EnVest seeks to catalyze the “Environmental Economy” – bringing together active investors who believe we can use capitalism to address many of the world’s environmental challenges.
EnVest is not a research or educational event. There will be no panels or speakers educating attendees about the world’s environmental challenges. Shaped by investors, for investors, EnVest curates deal flow for committed investors who aim for market rate financial returns while respecting, improving and sustaining our environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is EnVest?
Envest is an environmental investing event bringing together the world’s leading environmental investors and the world’s best environmental investment opportunities.
The primary goal of Envest is to generate meaningful investment into high quality environmental opportunities across a spectrum of private asset classes. The secondary goal of Envest is to bring together the world’s leading environmental innovators and investors in one place to share thoughts on how to use capitalism to address the world’s environmental challenges i.e. how do we create the “Environmental Economy.”
Envest is not a research event, or a series of panels educating its members about environmentalism and impact capitalism. It is a “for investors, by investors” investment event for those committed to deploying capital across asset classes, with the aim of creating jobs and economic growth while respecting, improving and sustaining the environment.
Why is EnVest happening now?
EnVest’s guiding statement is a quote from US President Theodore Roosevelt:
“We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.”
Never has this statement been more true, or the need for solutions more urgent. We believe that competitive capital and innovation have a key role to play in these solutions, so developed an event specifically designed to accelerate deployment of competitive capital into the Environmental Economy.
What are EnVest’s key operating principles?
The EnVest team has identified 5 key principles guiding our work and events:
- It is our national moral obligation to preserve our natural resources for future generations.
- Investing in the Environmental Economy can generate competitive returns
- Action, not talk.
- Write checks, learn somewhere else.
- We are stronger together.
What will make EnVest successful?
We define the success of EnVest in three ways:
- The amount of money invested into environmental opportunities as a direct result of EnVest;
- The number of investment opportunities that receive investment as a direct result of EnVest; and
- The number of organizations that hold simultaneous events the same week as EnVest.
What will happen at EnVest?
The core of EnVest will be a one day investment conference on Thursday, November 8. This conference will provide curated investment opportunities for investor attendees, broken down by asset class and subject. The focus is on private asset classes including seed, venture, growth capital and private equity. Non-profits and government programs are not included as asset classes. Investment subjects include air & water, waste & pollution, forests & wilderness, fisheries & oceans, and food & agriculture.
On either side of the one day conference (Wednesday, November 7 at 5pm and Thursday, November 8 at 5pm), we will hold social events aimed at giving investors and management teams the chance to share ideas and ambitions around environmental investing.
Who leads EnVest?
EnVest is led by a small Steering Committee, supported by a large Advisory Board broken into vertical specific committees. The Steering Committee is responsible for overall event direction and event details. The Advisory Board committees are responsible for identifying, vetting, and preparing investment opportunities for their respective theme.