Interviews

Investing beyond capital: “We are looking for our next investment.”

June 20, 2016

Beyond Capital Fund is a social impact fund that invests in for-profit, seed-stage social enterprises throughout India and East Africa. We asked Ben Grozier, Operations Associate, to tell us more about the fund.

How Eva Helene Yazhari Established Sustainable Impact Investment Fund

June 15, 2016

A self-professed ‘hard-nosed capitalist,’ Eva Helene Yazhari (spouse,YPO Beverly Hills) realized that by leveraging her skills and connections cultivated from years in the investment industry and corporate world, she could source the best causes to invest in, setting up a portfolio of social enterprises rather than merely granting capital to established organizations.

Brian Axelrad, Beyond Capital Chief Investment Officer, featured in Chicago Booth Social Impact Programming

March 02, 2015

Broadening its academic offerings, SEI in the fall introduced a noncredit seminar on impact investing, taught by Brian Axelrad, '09, attorney at Horwood Marcus & Berk and chief investment officer of Los Angeles– based Beyond Capital Fund, which focuses on funding ventures in India and East Africa. Students in the seminar also participated in the national MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) competition among top business schools to prepare and present investment proposals to a panel of impact investors.

Booth Students Take On Impact Investing

November 17, 2014

In response to growing interest among Chicago Booth students and alumni, the Social Enterprise Initiative this fall launched a new seminar series on impact investing. Run in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, this non-credit workshop series kicked off in early November with more than 40 registered students.

The seminar is taught by Brian Axelrad, ’09, chief investment officer at Beyond Capital Fund (an impact investment fund focused on India and East Africa) and a corporate attorney and chair of the venture capital and technology practice at Horwood Marcus & Berk in Chicago.

Here, in an interview with Chicago Business reporter and student Lauren Anderson, Axelrad offers his take on the burgeoning field of impact investing and why Booth has an essential role to play in the development of the industry.

Brian Axelrad featured in Chicago Booth Student Newspaper

November 03, 2014

Brian Axelrad explains, “There have been a number of efforts around metrics related to social impact and unlike financial metrics where you have GAAP or IFRS that can be broadly applied across businesses and industries, not all metrics will be applicable to all social enterprises. Certainly GIIRS (Global Impact Investing Ratings System) and IRIS (Impact Reporting and Investment Standards) are good for a larger assortment of metric choices to apply to businesses and funds, respectively. But it's up to specific investors and businesses to consider them carefully and understand which apply to their particular context. But if there is one success metric to rule them all, I don't see it.”

Toniic Network Profile

February 03, 2014

Eva Helene Yazhari co-founded Beyond Capital Fund as a way to combine her professional skills and dedication to a socially conscious lifestyle. Throughout her career, Eva has been involved in investment management and business development in both non-profit and corporate settings.

“I’m a member of Toniic because great business solutions that yield tremendous social change can’t get off the ground without a community of investors committed to funding them. We can be vastly more impactful when we intelligently put our minds, money and hearts together.”…

How More Women Are Becoming Angel Investors, with Eva Yazhari

September 12, 2013

The Pipeline Fellowship–founded by Natalia Oberti Noguera–says it has been running angel investing bootcamps for women, looking to active more female angel investors. To learn more about how women are looking to change the investment climate–and get involved in investing themselves–we caught up with one of the Pipeline Fellowship’s local mentors, the CEO of Beyond Capital Fund, Eva Helene Yazhari...

TresVista works with Beyond Capital

August 09, 2013

TresVista works with Beyond Capital Fund (BCF), an impact investment charity that fosters sustainable, long-term social change through seed capital investments. Their focus is in the water, waste and sanitation, healthcare and energy business sectors in India and East Africa. By addressing the lack of seed capital for social business, they specialize in providing early-stage, seed-round financial capital along with management assistance, mentoring and expert advisory services. With a fully built and tested investment process, BCF’s aim is to foster sustainability and long-term social change for businesses that operate for the advancement of the base of the economic pyramid population. In working with TresVista, BCF has been able to add an extra layer of professionalism to its due diligence processes in order to ensure that the fund’s capital is invested in the most legitimate and viable companies with strong promises of social impact.

Pipeline Fellowship

June 08, 2013

Eva Helene Yazhari is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Capital Fund. Throughout her career, Eva has been involved in fund raising and investment efforts in both nonprofit and corporate settings. Eva was previously a Vice President at EnTrust Capital Inc., an asset management firm where she focused on due diligence, portfolio construction, and business development. Eva leverages her experience at EnTrust in ensuring that the capital allocated from the Beyond Capital Fund portfolio is put to effective use in accordance with due diligence best practices. Eva graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a BA in Mathematics, and is fluent in English and French.

Brian Axelrad’s Beyond Capital Panzanzee Interview

July 25, 2012

Brian Axelrad selected as Chicagoan Making an Impact for July 2012 by Panzanzee, a Chicago-based social enterprise incubator and co-working space.

1) How do you have impact in your work?  It depends on what hat I’m wearing at the time.  As far as traditional “impact” in the social enterprise field, I am Chief Investment Officer of Beyond Capital Fund, which is a social impact investment fund that invests in businesses in India and East Africa focused on the water, waste, sanitation and health care sectors.  In addition to achieving market rate financial rates and proving that financial sustainability is a viable market strategy for social impact, our goal is to improve the quality of life and standards of living for those living at the bottom of the pyramid.  As a lawyer, about half of my practice is working with and representing entrepreneurs and business owners of all stripes, social/impact or (mostly) otherwise.

Social Innovation Europe Interviews Beyond Capital

March 02, 2012

The Beyond Capital Fund is a non-profit organization based in Zurich, Switzerland that makes impact investments in healthcare, water, and energy in India and East Africa. The Beyond Capital Fund is a charity that reinvests the profits from its investments into new ideas over time. Their innovation lies in providing investment capital in the critical early stages of a social business while simultaneously taking a traditional investment approach to maximize social impact.

Beyond Capital interview for Galavante

November 22, 2011

This week, we are honored to speak with Beyond Capital Fund, founded by the extraordinary Eva Helene Yazhari and her husband Hooman…

“Despite all of our economic and technological advances, nearly 1.2 billion people live on less than $1.00 per day. As global citizens, we believe that what happens beyond our own communities impacts our daily lives so we’re committed to achieving widespread change for those living at the bottom of the global economic pyramid.”

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