2016 - Together with the IDB-MIF, we launched a call for proposals for the creation of an Impact Investment Fund for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, and accompanied the development and implementation of the impact investment strategy for the fund until December 2019.
2020 - We accompanied the development of the first Sustainable Bond in Bolivia together with the UNDP and Banco de Desarrollo Productivo de Bolivia.
2017/18 - Together with the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the IDB Lab, Social Finance UK and Fundación Alimentaris we developed, structured and coordinated the offer of the First Social Impact Bond of Argentina on employability of vulnerable young people, and acted as performance manager of the SIB until 2022.
2019 /20: We designed two payment by result schemes, one in conjunction with the UNDP on capacity building for school teachers for the Province of Salta, Argentina; and another in conjunction with Open Society Foundation to work on the issue of community sponsorship of displaced persons and refugees in Argentina.
In 2020, together with the Argentine Food Bank Network and Fundación Alimentaris, we developed a pay-per-result structure aimed at improving the nutritional quality of the food delivered and health of beneficiaries.
2016, we launched and still lead the Impact Investment Working Group for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay (www.inversiondeimpacto.net) and we represent Argentina in the Global Steering Group on Impact Investment.
2019 - Launched the Latin American Pay-by- Results Network with counterparts in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and the UK.
Over the last 5 years we have developed valuable material that points to the development of the impact investment market in Latin America. Among others, these are worth highlighting:
2017 - "Study on the opportunities and challenges for impact investment in Argentina".
2018 - "Building Impact Investment Wholesalers", in conjunction with the Global Steering Group on Impact Investment.
2019 - "Manual on the use of impact metrics and reporting for Sustainable Enterprises", together with the Argentine Ministry of the Environment.
2020 - "Study on opportunities and challenges of impact investment in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile" together with UNDP.
WE REACHED 5 YEARS
We are now 5 years old and have launched the strategy for a new great decade, focused on the development of opportunities and viable investment vehicles, to demonstrate that it is possible to invest and generate a financial return and a positive impact on society and the environment. We focus on:
1. Pay per Results Fund: for the development of Pay per Results Contracts in Latin America.
2. Investment in SMEs and MSMEs, in alliance with expert funds in Latin America.
3. Impact Investors Club: Scouting and offering viable impact investment opportunities for motivated investors aligned with positive social and environmental impact criteria, and support them in giving their first steps towards impact investment.
Who we are
We have the experience developing the solutions, opportunities and vehicles through which investors can align capital with purpose, to catalyse lasting economic and social change.
We know that investment has the power to achieve the change we want to see happen in our lifetime, at the speed and scale needed.
We are driven by the conviction that building a thriving, inclusive, and sustainable economy represents a unique opportunity to shift course for Latin America
WE EXIST TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN
WE ARE ACRUX
We focus on transforming the major challenges of the Latin American market into unique opportunities to generate impact at scale.
We bring innovation and financial market efficiency to finding solutions to some of the most complex social and environmental problems of our time. We do this by adapting outcome payment tools, combining and blending finance sources, and transferring best practice to Latin America.
We work with governments, development finance institutions, investors and field experts combining social and financial expertise to design and implement more efficient public services.
We work in alliance with a renowned Latin American impact investment fund to develop tailor-made investment opportunities, vehicles and financial solutions for the SME and MSMEs sector in Latin America. We enhance the value of these investments by providing capital and helping to improve and enhance the social and environmental impact of companies.
Based on our extensive network, both in Latin America and Europe, we provide a specialized advisory service to investors so that they can invest with impact and at scale.
We identify companies with proven business models and positive returns, pre-select them and present them to investors according to their interests in terms of impact; risk and return profile and the appropriate financing instruments for both parties.
We accompany the investor in their development towards impact investment, and their consideration of the social and environmental impact across the investment process from due diligence to exit.
We support the investor in the diversification of their financing instruments adapted to the needs of the investment opportunities matched according to their areas of interest, and in the monitoring and reporting of the impact of the companies in which they choose to invest in line with international standards and best practices.
We are a neutral, independent and reliable player.
MARKET INTELLIGENCE AND BUILDING
We develop and build the market for sustainable and impactful investments through:
Building networks, promoting best practice and generating knowledge:
We develop key market intelligence, necessary for the development of the impact investment market in Latin America.
We train key market players, including private and institutional investors, corporations, governments, academia and multilaterals.
We have a multidisciplinary team with diverse expertise that includes specialists in finance, management, development and impact measurement.
Together we can provide multi-dimensional solutions to our clients and the projects we work on, from governments to private investors and companies, generating value in everything we do.
Acrux has a unique network of pro-bono advisors, experts in areas including: investment and finance, financial innovation, regulatory and legal frameworks, management, entrepreneurship, international development and impact investing, who motivate, challenge and support us to think "outside the box" and find innovative solutions to complex problems.
María Laura is the Director of Acrux Partners, a firm specialized in impact investment based in Argentina and the UK...SEE MORE
MARÍA LAURA TINELLIDirector & Co Founder
María José Castelli, works as Project Manager in Argentina. María José has many years of experience in the labour market both...SEE MORE
MARIA JOSÉ CASTELLIProject Manager in Argentina
Federica has been working since 2020 as Manager of new projects in Uruguay, and is a recognized leader in team development and...SEE MORE
FEDERICA ABELLAProject Manager in Uruguay
Flavia is an Impact Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst. She has more than 10 years of experience working in programme management...SEE MORE
FLAVIA TINELLIImpact Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst
Daniel is in charge of startups scouting and onboarding in Acrux. Additionally, he is a board member of the South cone Taskforce...SEE MORE
DANIEL TRICARICOStartups Manager
Agathe has a degree in Political Science and International Economics from Sciences-Po Toulouse...SEE MORE
AGATHE VIRFOLLETProject Manager in the Region
Juan Savino has been an Advisor to Acrux since 2015, and is in charge of Investor Relations for Lexington Partners in...SEE MORE
Martine Delogne is an international consultant who specialises in sustainable and inclusive development and the development...SEE MORE
MARTINE DELOGNEInternational Consultant
Constanza Connolly has been an advisor to Acrux since its foundation in 2015. She is Counselor of Estudio Beccar Varela. She...SEE MORE
CONSTANZA CONNOLLYCounselor of Estudio Beccar Varela
Adolfo has been an advisor at Acrux since 2020, and Senior Product Manager at Mercado Libre. His area of expertise is project...SEE MORE
ADOLFO DIAZ VALDEZAdvisor
Damian Gerbasi served for 2 years as an Investment Associate for Acrux and is now a strategic ally of the organization. His work...SEE MORE
Building Impact Investment Wholesalers
Key Questions in Design of an Impact Investment Wholesaler. Working Group Report from The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment.
Inversión de Impacto en Argentina 2017
The following report is made as part of the work and actions of the Mesa Ejecutiva de Inversion de Impacto Argentina.
Manual de Métricas e Indicadores de Impacto
Why and how to measure the environmental and social impact of your business?
Impact project/investment of the year - Education: Argentina's first social impact bond
The Social Impact Bond (SIB) issued by the local government of Buenos Aires in 2019 was developed to fund a pilot project to help 1,000 vulnerable young adults aged between 17 and 24 in their search for employment.
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Emprendedor esquelense es uno de los ganadores de “Triple Impacto”
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