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October Edition

Harvest Season

October is traditionally a time of harvest. The season changes, the leaves change colour as we reap the fruits of our labour from the Spring and Summer and buckle down for Winter.

Whilst it feels like just the beginning for Pique Venture Investments (VCC) (the first offering of investment has closed with seven investors including myself. I'm preparing to make the first investment from the fund), October does mark an important milestone that feels like a harvest from hard work, gathering community, and determined vision from the preceding months.

Thank you for being part of the Pique Ventures community and for supporting our work in the Impact Investing and Gender Lens Investing ecosystems!

If you're interested in finding out more about future investment offerings, contact me at

September was a busy month for impact-focused conferences. SOCAP, SVI @Hollyhock and Gender Lens Investing Convergence all took place last month.

Luni Libes, founder of Seattle-based Fledge gave the following presentation at SOCAP14 on impact investing returns and investing without exits. Read more...

In last month's newsletter, we shared news about Bain Capital's acquisition of 50% of TOMS Shoes and wondered whether the social mission can be maintained or whether shareholder objectives flip to being more profit-driven. This month, we note another company with a social mission eyeing an IPO and similar questions being raised. The Honest Company, a B Corporation, is planning an initial public offering of shares. Read more...

First it was the digitization of payday loan companies (such as Wonga in the UK), now it's the digitization of pawnbrokers (Borro in the UK and Pawngo in the US). What impact might this have on impact investing? Read more...
October 24: BC Economic Forum: Women as a Catalyst for Growth - SOLD OUT

November 4: LOCO First Tuesday Business Mixer hosted by Olla Flowers, Potluck Cafe and Recipes for Success.

November 19: Vancouver IMPACT 2014 - the inaugural event convening impact-based accelerators, incubators and capacity builders.

All events noted are in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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