Vital Capital highlights need for Impact Investors to Support SMEs during the Covid-19 crisis

In an interview with Ian King of Sky News, Vital Capital founder Mr. Eytan Stibbe discussed the impact that the spread of COVID-19 is having on Africa and highlighted the financial needs of SME’s providing essential services in the region. “The first [to be affected] and most vulnerable are the small and medium-sized businesses,” Mr. Stibbe told Sky News. “Their financing channels have dried up and there will be plenty of opportunities to invest.”


Vital Launches Emergency Debt Facility in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

With foreign direct investment globally expected to fall by 30%-40% as a result of COVID-19*, the potential economic crisis facing Africa is severe and companies offering essential services in the developing world are among the most vulnerable to the coming financial shocks. It’s a situation that demands urgent and immediate action to save these businesses, which is why we have announced an emergency debt facility to help such companies continue to offer their critical services and get them through the coronavirus pandemic.


The Vital Impact Relief Facility, which starts with an initial $10 million in capital, will primarily target financially sound African businesses involved in agro-industry and processing, healthcare, and sustainable infrastructure and education in Kenya and Uganda. We plan to roll the facility out to our target geographies including Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Angola and Senegal, and are calling on other investors to join us and ensure that impactful businesses across the region can survive the crisis, continue to benefit millions of people across the continent and emerge even stronger from this crisis.


For official announcement click on the Vital Impact Relief Facility (link).

* according to the United Nations


ImpactAssets Releases Ninth Annual IA50 Impact Investment Fund Manager List

We’re excited to announce that Vital Capital been selected to the ImpactAssets 50 2020!


The IA50 ia a publicly available, online database for impact investors, family offices, financial advisors and institutional investors that features a diversified listing of private capital fund managers that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.


“With record applicants and assets under management, the IA 50 continues to reflect the rapid growth and interest in impact investing,” said Jed Emerson, ImpactAssets Senior Fellow, and IA 50 Review Committee Chair. “This year’s showcase includes eleven impact funds with more than $1 billion in assets under management. And to ensure we’re capturing the best future ideas, we’ve added emerging impact managers, who have the hunger, creativity and a willingness to explore alternatives that more seasoned fund managers may not.”


The IA 50 2020 saw a record number of private debt and equity fund manager applications. Managers who met the IA 50’s in-depth review criteria manage an estimated $39.8 billion in assets devoted to creating measurable, positive impact, up from $26.9 billion in 2019. Emerging impact managers direct nearly $400 million into cutting-edge strategies and high impact investments.


The right climate for investments with a positive impact

Eytan Stibbe, founding partner at Vital Capital, writes about how business leaders should be a force for positive change.


See the article published on CTECH here.


Ilulissat city centre (West Greenland), at the backgrounders view of the Colonial church and the icefjord – one of the northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Sites ©Anna Filipova

Announcing Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices

A new report “Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices” was recently released by Pacific Community Ventures together with support by the IMP and GIIN. The report examines trends and offers insights in an important, yet underdeveloped, area of investment practice. After analyzing impact investors due diligence approaches PCV present seven areas of best practice.


See in the report a brief case study on Vital and our Impact Diamond (page 42).

Click here for the report.


Promoting Investment for the SDGs at Milken Institute’s Global Conference

Vital’s Head of ESG, Ms. Tamar Pashtan, spoke at the Milken Institute’s 22nd Annual Global Conference on Meeting SDGs through Disruptive Technologies. The panel hosted an important discussion on how project finance structures can overcome gaps and critical development needs in water, food, energy, and health technologies for adoption and diffusion in new growth economies.


Vital has been selected for the Impact Assets 50 for the fifth year in a row

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been selected as one of 50 impact investment fund managers recognized in the Impact Assets 50 database in 2019. The IA50 recognizes outstanding impact investment funds with a demonstrated positive social, environmental and financial impact.


Vital Capital at the World Economic Forum 2019 Annual Meeting

As the most veteran impact investor at the World Economic Forum, Eytan Stibbe, Founding Partner of Vital Capital, was invited to moderate the Multilateral Meeting on Impact Investing & speak at the session Scaling Up Solutions for Supply Chain Traceability. The Multilateral Meeting brought together key members who champion impact investing to jointly design the Forum’s impact agenda into 2020.


London Stock Exchange Group’s 2019 Companies to Inspire Africa Report

The London Stock Exchange Group launched their second edition of the Companies to Inspire Africa Report.


In their second report LSEG included 360 companies from 32 countries who they see as high-growth firms that are crucial to the future of the African economy, capable of driving transformative economic growth in their home countries, Africa and beyond. Congratulations to Vital portfolio companies featured.


For the full report:


Vital Capital at the UN World Investment Forum

The UNCTAD World Investment Forum is the pre-eminent global platform for investment and development. The Forum devises strategies and solutions for global investment and development challenges. At the 2018 forum, Founding Partner, Eytan Stibbe shared experience of the operation of an inclusive business model for agricultural