On Thursday, April 11 the Monaco Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (MVCA), in partnership with the International University of Monaco (IUM), will hold a one-day exclusive event, The EDGE, at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco. This Entrepreneurial and Impact Investing Forum and Challenge was designed to identify and showcase young companies proposing innovative solutions for a sustainable world. It will gather highly recognized entrepreneurs to inspire the next generation, with the objective to promote sustainable business models and “impact investing” with positive social and environmental outcomes. Around 300 successful entrepreneurs, business people, private investors, business angels, venture capital firms, business journalists, family offices, University alumni, MBA students and Foundations from around the globe are expected to attend.


The agenda will feature business entrepreneurs and keynote speakers, carefully selected world-renowned presenters, 5 selected business plan presenters, panel discussions and a dynamic Q&A session. H.S.H. Prince Albert II will open the forum, and Julie Meyer, Founder of Ariadne Capital and Entrepreneur Country will be the Chairwoman.

The roster of presenters include: Nick Hughes (founder of M-PESA), Jon Wright and Richard Reed (Founders of Innocent Juices), Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen (CEO and owner of Vestergaard Frandsen), Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou (CEO of EasyGroup), Mungo Park (Chairman of Innovator Capital), Juan Villalonga (Founder of HERMES Growth Partners), and ending with a keynote speech by Ben Bronfman (CEO of Global Thermostat). Impact Investing firms that will also present include responsAbility, Total Impact Advisors, Musa Capital, and more!

The cutting-edge topics that will be covered during the three sessions are:

  • The Magic Triangle: Innovation – Profits – Sustainability. “Developing innovative and profitable solutions for a sustainable world.”
  • Impact Investors on the Edge: Impact Investing. “Evaluating business models from profit and social impact perspectives.”
  • The EDGE 2013 Challenge: 5 Innovative Business Models, 5 New “ECO.nomics”

Julius Baer Bank is the main sponsor, a Private Banking institution supporting entrepreneurs and innovative business ideas. Other sponsors include the Monaco Government, Monaco Chamber of Commerce (CDE), Monaco Asset Management (MAM), Envestors, Triago and generous private individuals.