Find here the interview of Delphine Rattez, impact investing intern analyst at INCO. She presents her activity and her motivations to work in the environment of impact investing.
Hello Delphine, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
I am finishing my last year of master’s studies in Audencia Business school. I developed through my education a strong interest in finance, but also a desire to contribute to projects with clear environmental and social benefits. That is why I became curious about impact investing.
Can you briefly describe INCO's activities?
INCO develops programs that support a new generation of entrepreneurs, who carry out projects which are socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable and financially viable. It does so via training course, start-up acceleration programs and investment. Acceleration programs concern 500 start-ups each year all around the world, while with regard to investment, INCO has around 150 million euros of assets under management and more than 70 companies in its portfolio.
And precisely, what does your activities at INCO consist of?
I joined the investment team, as an analyst intern. My work consists mainly in conducting financial and extra financial analysis of businesses, with the aim of supporting investment decision. On a daily basis, it means meeting entrepreneurs, questioning the viability of a business model or evaluating the extent of the social and environmental impact of a project.
And in your opinion, what is the potential added value of an investment fund of impact investing within the startup ecosystem?
Impact investing enables to drive investments towards start-ups that bring innovative solutions to the challenges the world has to take up. Not only does it improve the access to funding of these start-ups, but it also helps them to keep in mind and to achieve their objectives in terms of social and environmental impact. I also think that impact investing demonstrates that social and green start-ups can generate attractive financial returns and encourages in that way future entrepreneurs and investors to consider them with more interest.