Top 5 tips for a new impact GP

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Back in 2002, when Michele Giddens, Philip Newboroug and Sir Ronald Cohen founded Bridges Fund Management, the term ‘impact investing’ didn’t even exist. Read Giddens’ top 5 tips for a new impact GP.

  • GOALS. Have a clear idea of what your impact and financial goals are, and make sure you design a product that reflects the needs of the market (including both investors and investees)
  • CONSENSUS. Align with the IMP’s growing consensus around impact management and measurement (rather than trying to re-invent the wheel)
  • LISTEN. Collaborate with and listen to others in the sector who have learned from experience about how to invest for impact successfully
  • PEOPLE. Hire brilliant people who believe in your mission, because ultimately this will be the key to success
  • MISSION. Stay true to your mission as you grow (perhaps even locking it into the founding articles of your business, to protect it in perpetuity)

Read more about Bridges Fund Management and impact investing here!

Michele Giddens

Who she is: As a partner in Bridges, she focuses on strategy, investor relations, public affairs and impact assessment.

Education: BA Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University, and MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Earlier activities: Michele has over 25 years’ experience in international development and social finance. She began her career with International Finance Corporation and spent eight years with Shorebank Corporation.

Special: Michele was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Bridges Fund Management

What it is: One of the first fund managers in the world to launch an impact-driven investment fund. Focuses on four themes: healthier living, future skills, sustainable planet, and stronger communities.

Who and where: Founded in 2002 by Sir Ronald Cohen, Michele Giddens and Philip Newborough. A team of 50 in London and 6 in New York.

Funds: GBP 1 billion capital raised, 14 funds, 160 portfolio investments