a2iTalk - The Promise of Impact Investing

Who: Christian Rosenholm, Senior Professional for Sector Economics and Development Impact, IFC
When: Friday, April 26th, 2019 from 8.30AM – 10AM
Where: Confederation of Danish Industry, H. C. Andersens Boulevard 18, Copenhagen
Sign up: Click here to register
Seats are limited – with first come, first served. Sign up deadline is April 17th

Join us on Friday, April 26th from 8.30 AM to 10.00 AM, and be inspired by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - a member of the World Bank Group - as they provide clarity on how to establish a common global discipline on investing for impact.

The impact investment market is growing rapidly. Since 2013 the market has grown by nearly 500%, reaching $228 billion USD in 2018, as it continues to attract stakeholders from the public-, civil- and financial sector and foundation communities looking for sustainable ways to generate and support beneficial development in low-income countries.

In Denmark, however, investors, foundations, NGOs and the private sector is still struggling to harness the opportunities related to impact investments.

At the a2iTalk, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – a member of the World Bank Group – will share key findings from the April released report: Creating Impact, the promise of Impact Investing and will inform about their efforts to promote impact investing for development through the launch of: Investing for Impact: Operating Principles for Impact Management, IFC has brought together a global group of leading asset man-agers, asset owners, development financial institutions and specialist funds to define end-to-end principles for investing in impact.

As a member of the core taskforce that drafted the impact investing report and developed the operating principles, Christian Rosenholm, Senior Professional for Sector Economics and Development Impact, will draw an outline of how participants can use these principles to catalyze impact investment.

The a2iTalk is organized by access2innovation in collaboration with Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and the “Fra Filantropi til Forretning” initiative.

CURRICULUM VITAE – Christian Rosenholm
As Senior Professional for Sector Economics and Development Impact at IFC, Christian Rosenholm supervises the demand-driven evaluation program across industries and geographies with around 20 evaluations completed every year. Christian has been the focal point for IFC Private Equity Fund investments, leading the operationalization of IFC’s new Impact management framework AIMM and impact assessment of Private Equity Fund investments. Previously Christian was the IFC regional result measurement specialist in East Asia and the Pacific within Sustainable Business Advisory. He also has experience from a range of development organizations and consulting companies.


Seminar on the East African energy sector


Business potential within East Africa’s long-term economic and energy ambitions

Organized by: House of Energy & access2innovation
Venue: C.A. Olesens Gade 4, 9000 Aalborg
April 4th 2019 14.00 – 16.00

East Africa is home to some of the World’s fastest growing markets – with Kenya and Tanzania leading the way with growth rates of 5-6 per cent (GDP Real Growth Rate) pr. year.
The growth is pushing local energy capacities to its limits. Most East African countries have ambitious energy plans that aims at increasing current energy generation and efficiency. This requires technologies and knowhow within:

  • Renewable energy solutions for both primary agriculture as well as food processing.
  • Energy solutions, e.g., distribution, transmission, production, back-up systems.
  • Water production, cleaning, purification as well as wastewater treatment.
  • Utilisation of waste products (biogas, briquetting, water etc.).
  • Optimising energy consuming processes, i.e. insulation

Danish private sector hold the needed solutions for alle the challenges listed above.
On April 4th 2019, House of Energy and access2innovation invite Danish companies to explore the East African energy markets. At the seminar you will be introduced to the recent publication of our East Africa Energy Market Study, case studies from Danish companies already engaged in the market along with a brief overview of an upcoming Danida delegation trip on May 6th-11th.


14.00 - 14.15

Welcome: Setting the stage
by Preben Birr-Pedersen, House of Energy

14.15 - 14.45

Looking ahead: The trends for East African energy
by Ole Stein, access2innovation

15.00 - 15.30

Case: EA Energy - Energy efficiency in the private sector in Kenya
by Eg Andersen, EA Energy

15.30 - 16.00

Introduction to Danida delegation trip - visit and explore the energy markets in East Africa with access2innovation
by Ole Stein, access2innovation

Please sign up by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view later than April 2nd, 2019.

For further information, please contact Ole Stein at access2innovation.

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PhD Master Class

Partnerships, Sustainability and BoP Markets.
Bringing Research into Play
Since 2007, access2innovation has been working to bring NGOs, businesses, public institutions and academia into new partnerships to form innovative market-based sustainable solutions that meet the needs of developing countries.
This work has resulted in over 60 partnerships and despite being able to showcase a successful portfolio of partnerships, finding from access2innovation suggest that reaching BoP opportunities is still very problematic. Companies and NGOs are struggling to develop, test and scale the partnerships and the agenda lacks research-based knowledge on about on what needed to bring more partnerships to BoP markets.


09.00 – 09.10 Welcome by Professor Arne Remmen, Aalborg University, Department of Planning

09.10 – 09.40

10 Years of Saving The World, Making Money and Repeating: Introduction to Access2innovation, by CEO Jacob Ravn
09.40 – 10.40 Lecture by Professor Stuart Hart, University of Vermont.
10.40 – 10.50 Short break
10.50 – 11.30 Q&A with CEO Jacob Ravn and Professor Stuart Hart.
11.30 – 12.00 Lunch & Networking
12.00 – 13.00

Part 1 – PhD / Postdoc Presentations: Ideas and Feedback (15 min. presentation, followed by 15 min feedback/Q&A).

- Presentation 1: TBD

- Presentation 2: TBD


13.00 – 14.00

Part 2 – PhD / Postdoc Presentations: Ideas and Feedback (15 min. pr. presentation, followed by 15 min feedback/Q&A).

- Presentation 3: TBD

- Presentation 4: TBD

14.00 – 14.30 Networking

Date: 4 December 2018
Venue: Aalborg University (AAU), room 4.521, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg

Admission is free, but registration is required. For registration send us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with  your name and institution/workplace.

Registration deadline: November 28th.

Show me the money

Get the latest insights into funding through the EU, the Innovation Fund and new joint opportunities in 2019 through access2innovation at this short and sweet two-hour info meeting.

At the meeting there will be presentations by Anne-Luise Skov Jensen from the North Denmark EU Office, Johan-Ulrik Lervang from the Innovation Fund and CEO Jacob Ravn from access2innovation.

January 17th, 2019 from 14:00-16:00.

access2innovation, Rantzausgade 4, 9000 Aalborg.

Participation is free for members of the access2innovation association.

Please sign up by sending an email with your name and contact info to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more about the Innovation Fund at Bootstrapping (Danish)

Pitch your SDG business case

Get valuable business case feedback from experts.

access2innovation members are invited to pitch their business cases to an expert panel in Copenhagen on December 6th.

Members can get feedback on business case presentations from experts from CSOs, private sector, investors, academia and government.

The goal is to ensure that partnerships in access2innovation are provided with constructive and critical advice from leading experts – a vital component in assuring successful testing and scaling of solutions.

Each project will be given 15 minutes to present their case and their top three challenges. This will be followed by a 30-minute dialogue with a panel of cross-sector experts.

When: December 6th, 2018, 10.00 - 16.00
: Confederation of Danish Industry, Rådhuspladsen, Copenhagen

Participation will be based on a first come first served, so sign-up to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Jacob Ravn at 2770 2318 for additional information.

The event will be co-hosted with Confederation of Danish Industry.

C. A. Olesens Gade 4, 3. sal, DK-9000 Aalborg, // c/o GrowAal

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