Investment Manager Training – Washington, DC
April 22, 2024- April 26, 2024
Washington, DC, United States

The ANDE Investment Manager Training is the only course of its kind which provides a comprehensive overview of investing in small and growing businesses.

Start Date April 22, 2024
End Date April 26, 2024
Location Washington, DC, United States
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About the IMT

The ANDE Investment Manager Training (IMT) course stands out as a unique program offering a comprehensive exploration of small and growing businesses (SGBs) investment. Tailored for both active investment managers engaged in SGBs and capacity development providers supporting entrepreneurs through the investment journey, this five-day course draws extensively from real deals executed by ANDE members.

Distinguished by its highly interactive and participatory format, the course delves into the social and environmental impact of investments at the SGB level, emphasizing how these factors shape the investment process. This is the only course of its kind that focuses on both investing in emerging and developing markets and the principles of impact investing.

You can find a recording of an informational webinar here, providing additional details on the course.


Your registration will cover access to all training sessions, comprehensive materials, daily breakfast, lunch and beverages, as well as a group dinner on April 22. 

The registration deadline is April 5, 2024, or until the training reaches capacity.  Registration fees are non-refundable, except in emergencies.

Ticket Prices (USD)
ANDE Members*  



*Members must be in good standing with their membership dues at the start of the training in order to attend at the member rate.

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About the Trainer

John Kohler serves as the Director of Impact Capital at Santa Clara’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and is also a mentor to social entrepreneurs at the Global Social Benefit Accelerator.  In 2011, he authored a report on impact investing entitled Coordinating Impact Capital: A New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses, co-authored a chapter on equity investing in New Frontiers of Philanthropy (Oxford Press-2014), and published a study on Total Portfolio Activation for Impact (Miller Center-2016).  He is now pioneering a new investment vehicle – the Variable Payment Obligation – that presents investors with a ‘structured exit’ alternative to equity.  In addition, he is co-founder of Toniic, a syndication network of impact investors. John manages investments through Redleaf Venture Management, a venture capital operating company founded in 1993.  John’s earlier background includes 20 years of executive level positions at Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics, Convergent Technologies and Unisys.  He was one of the founding executives at Netscape Communications. He led investments at AdRelevance (JMXI), Mosaic Communications (TWX), NetGravity (DCLK), RedCreek Communications (SNWL), and Wireless Online.  John served as a board member at PACT, an NGO based in Washington D.C., and on PACT’s microfinance company in Myanmar.  He received his bachelor’s degree concentrating in international economics from UCLA and completed executive programs at Wharton and Stanford business schools. Over the last 15 years, he was a managing member of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund and currently advises ACDI/VOCA’s impact fund and several USAID projects. Other recent advisory roles include the Vatican Impact Investing Conference and Catholic Relief Services.

Aspen Institute COVID-19 Health & Safety Advisory

We strongly encourage all those who attend Aspen Institute events to be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, as defined by the CDC. Masks are welcome but not required. If you need a mask, we can provide one to you.

Community Agreement

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