– April 3, 2015 – NEW YORK — The Soho Loft Media Group and Victoria Global support EVPA Country Meeting on March 31, 2015 in Belgium.
Members of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) who are based in Belgium as well as those outside Belgium but have an interest in the Belgian market converged in Belgium for the first Belgian Country Meeting. This premiere one-day event was organized by EVPA and took place on March 31, 2015 at the AXA Corporate Responsibility in Belgium. The focus of this Country Meeting was to encourage and support local development of venture philanthropy. EVPA members shared experiences and networked, while non-members had the opportunity to broaden their knowledge on Belgium’s current business landscape.
Victoria Global, The Soho Loft Media Group and LDJ Capital Founder and Chairman David Drake says, “This event encourages and supports venture philanthropy, which is a foundational element of crowdfunding. For EVPA, venture philanthropy is a way of building solid investee organizations that have a societal purpose through high impact grants and social investment, a philosophy that we fully agree with.”
The agenda for this Country Meeting featured EVPA members sessions during morning hours and afternoon sessions that were open to non-EVPA members. The day’s agenda was covered from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Attendees were treated to a coffee reception before the welcome addresses were delivered by EVPA’s CEO Kurt Peleman and AXA Corporate Responsibility and Affairs Manager, Dina Iosifidis at 9.00am. After the welcome remarks, meeting attendees participated in a discussion aimed at deepening their understanding on who their fellow EVPA member participants were.
The moderated session explored who were the EVPA participants present, and what they do. Discussions in this session explored how EVPA members can work together towards increasing resources for Belgium’s venture philanthropy. The participants sought to answer the question, “How can EVPA help?” during the morning session. After a networking break, EVPA members participated in a session that encouraged them to reflect on past performances as they explored the critical topic on “Learning from Failures”. Later, the attendees explored ways of building policy making bridges across EU countries in a session that focused on “EVPA Policy Dimension”.
The afternoon session was open to non-EVPA members. It l featured sessions that focus on “EVPA and VP Fundamentals” and “Approaches of Practising Venture Philanthropy” highlighting stories from the field. The agenda also included a Question and Answer session. An evaluation was conducted towards the end of this event before guests networked over drinks.
There were a number of experts scheduled to speak during the EVPA Country Meeting. They included:
Kurt Peleman, EVPA CEO
Dina Iosifidis, AXA Corporate Responsibility and Affairs Manager
Elinor de Pret, EVPA Public Affairs Manager
Priscilla Boiardi, EVPA Research Manager
The Belgium Country Meeting was organized by the EVPA and funded by the European Union. EVPA is supported by the BMW Foundation, Acanthus, Adessium Foundation and the Omidyar Network.
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