Bridges Ventures named in ImpactAssets Global 50

London, 27 June 2011: Bridges Ventures, the sustainable growth investor, has been named in the ImpactAssets 50 – a global list of the top 50 private investment managers that successfully deliver social and environmental value as well as financial returns. Bridges Ventures was recognised as bridging the gap between competitive investor returns and the social impact delivered by its portfolio companies.

ImpactAssets is a non profit financial services company created to help solve the world’s toughest problems by catalysing investment capital for maximum environmental, social and financial impact. ImpactAssets was launched by the Calvert Foundation as an independent organisation in 2010.

ImpactAssets 50 is the first “open source” publicly published list of private debt and equity impact investment fund managers. The ImpactAssets 50 Investment Panel is chaired by Jed Emerson, Impact Assets’ Executive Vice President, Strategic Development.

Michele Giddens, an executive director of Bridges Ventures said:

“We are proud to be included in the ImpactAssets 50 and to be recognised by the industry for our efforts. The creation of this list underscores the growing interest in investing with social or environmental goals as well as for financial returns.”

Bridges Ventures is a sustainable growth investor established in 2002 with a mission to use its commercial expertise to achieve focused social or environmental benefit, as well as attractive returns for investors. Bridges Ventures has raised four funds to date which total £150m: Venture Funds I & II, the Bridges Sustainable Property Fund and the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

The Bridges Venture Funds have a two-pronged approach to invest in growth businesses based in UK underserved areas as well as those delivering social and environmental impact in education & skills, environment and health & well-being. The Venture Funds typically invest up to £10m at a time in ambitious, entrepreneurial businesses including early stage, growth capital and buyouts/buy ins.


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