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An entrepreneurial approach to scaling impact

Our venture philanthropy approach supports the growth of organizations and companies by providing them with tailored financial and non-financial capital to scale their positive impact on society and the environment.

Efficient use of resources

"Efficiency and transparency are paramount to our philanthropic engagements. With this objective in mind we have applied many proven principles and processes from the venture capital and consulting industries to our approach. We raise and invest philanthropic capital with great care and ambition, and with the very clear expectation that it can unleash social and environmental benefits."

Oliver Karius, Managing Partner, LGT Venture Philanthropy
  • Entrepreneurial approach
  • Succeeding as partners
  • Our global footprint

Across the globe, we continue to face unprecedented environmental degradation and persistent social challenges. Far too many people suffer from the effects of environmental pollution, irresponsible use of natural resources and climate change. Billions continue to struggle to access affordable products and services catering to their basic needs and providing them with the opportunity to create a better future for themselves and their families. We apply an entrepreneurial approach to tackle modern-day challenges, including an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) assessment, and make an active contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Scalable solutions

In line with our mission, LGT Venture Philanthropy supports organizations which apply market- and non-market-based models that deliver effective and scalable solutions to modern-day challenges.

Since 2007, we have worked with organizations and companies across a variety of sectors and regions, primarily in emerging markets. Based on proven principles and processes from the venture capital and consulting industries, we ensure efficient allocation of resources throughout our engagements. We strive to realize the full potential of our portfolio organizations and support their growth. Especially during critical expansion stages, it takes the right type of support at the right time to reach the next level. Capital is an important component, but often not enough to build strong, sustainable organizations.

Tailored support

While we implement a consistent discipline and methodology and actively share experiences and benchmarks across our sectors and regions, we seek to provide each organization with the tailored support and financing structure it needs. Our approach is influenced by regional context, thematic variations, business model and growth stage, and we can deploy capital in the form of grants, investments (equity, debt), blended finance and innovative financial instruments.

We value a well-organized, comprehensive, direct, efficient, and ongoing interaction with our portfolio – seeking to add value and creating a win-win situation for all partners involved.

Access to know-how

Our team works closely with portfolio organizations. In addition, the LGT Impact Fellowship allows us to connect dedicated, experienced professionals from our broader network with our portfolio and local teams.

LGT VP makes its broad network of foundations, impact investors, research institutions and sector platforms accessible to portfolio organizations and companies. Together with our partners we aim to attract large-scale capital to the venture philanthropy and impact investment ecosystem, contributing to the acceleration of positive impact on millions of lives.

We believe that the broad, holistic spectrum of support we offer, combined with flexible and tailored financial capital, provides the right combination to scale positive impact.

In a world that has become increasingly interlinked from an economic, environmental, social and political perspective, we like to assess issues with the mindset of a global citizen. As a result, we have not focused on just one region, but have consciously chosen engagements around the globe, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and India.

While we aspire to be global in our motivation and mindset, we value the deep local and regional understanding of our teams and networks on the ground, allowing us to successfully engage in the various regions. Facilitating global learning and a transfer of best practices across our portfolio adds value to our work as well as to our portfolio organizations and companies.