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Where is the capital to seed new funds and ventures beyond tech: Call to action for Catalytic Capital?

Laurie Spengler May 26, 2021

References to catalytic capital pop up with greater regularity across our community of impact investors. An emerging definition describes Catalytic Capital as investment capital that is patient, risk-tolerant, concessionary, and flexible. Increasingly, it is recognized as an essential tool to support impact-driven enterprises and organizations that lack access to capital on suitable terms through the conventional marketplace. The Catalytic Capital Consortium or C3 aims to demonstrate the power of this form of investment to extend and deepen the reach of impact investing. But what does it really mean and, more importantly, how is it done effectively to seed early stage impact businesses, first time fund managers and new investment strategies?

During this session, we will hear from first-time fund managers with a JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) investment thesis as well as an investor who committed early to the fund. We will unearth the catalytic elements of the deal, surface the barriers that keep money on the sidelines from these deals and hear from an investor perspective how to push through those barriers and commit to the investment.



Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing


Catalytic Capital, First Time Fund Managers, New ventures, Innovative strategies

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To demystify catalytic capital terminology and encourage impact investors to put at least some of their portfolio to work in seeding new managers, ventures and strategies.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Service Providers


  • NameLaurie J Spengler
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationCourageous Capital Advisors
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameEd Dugger
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationReinventure Capital
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJulianne Zimmerman
  • TitleManaging Director
  • OrganizationReinventure Capital
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameEvelyne Dioh Simpa
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationWIC
  • StatusConfirmed
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