This summer, I embarked on a transformative journey as an intern, supporting former INSEAD alumni on a mission to make a significant impact in the world of climate technology. In this blog post, I will share the challenges I overcame, the invaluable lessons I learned, and the memorable moments that defined my summer internship experience. Venture capital for climate tech: A bold vision
The impact valuation partnership between Global Initiative for Sustainable Tomorrow (GIST) Impact and INSEAD’s Hoffmann Global Institute for Business Society (HGIBS) was kicked off in the summer. GIST Impact is the global leader in impact valuation, with data and analytics that harness the power of impact economics to understand the value contribution that businesses make to the world.
This summer I found myself immersed in the dynamic world of green technology at the Hong Kong Green Finance Association Annual Forum as a student participant. It was a melting pot of innovators, thinkers, and leaders, all committed to the quest for a sustainable future. I was privileged to gain insights into the future of sustainable technology and its crucial role in achieving global carbon neutrality.
Ingka Group is the biggest IKEA franchisee in the world, operating close to 90% of IKEA stores. They have three business areas: the core business, IKEA Retail with 379 IKEA stores, Ingka Centres, with 44 meeting places (anchored by IKEA stores) and Ingka Investments, which is focused on making responsible investments in their core business or areas that add value for their customers. Ingka Investments has seven portfolios: capital markets, forestry, renewable energy, real estate, venture capital, growth and business development and since 2022, circular economy.
Greetings to all who share a fervent passion for catalysing change and moulding a better world. As I stand at the juncture of my internship voyage with PANL Business Consulting and Services, I am thrilled to unveil the profound imprint of the INSEAD Hoffmann Institute Impact Internship Stipend – a journey that transcends financial backing and dives deep into the heart of social impact. Illuminating the path ahead
Since college, I have been trying to make a difference in social impact and sustainability. Starting from 2012, I volunteered in South Africa for one month to provide underprivileged kids with quality education. Subsequently, I participated in reforestation as well as marine conservation initiatives. It was then that I realised, compared to traveling abroad, it could be more impactful to help my local community first.
There are certain times of the year at INSEAD when one particular type of conversation dominates any other. As the end of the first period approached, everyone wanted to know whether you were going on exchange, with questions distilled down to “Fonty or Singy P5?”
This summer, we interned with Group AID with the support of the INSEAD Hoffmann Institute Impact Internship Stipend. Darrel led the organisation’s business development efforts for its latest proposition of CSR packages for corporates, while Chao Yang led efforts to uncover new workshop offerings for Group AID to expand its suite of services. Background
This summer, I interned with Jumanji, an impact-driven start-up studio based in Paris, France. The studio is dedicated to bringing products and services that drive the world towards a more sustainable future. Among the suite of products and services the studio is working on is an appliance rental service called HomeCycle. HomeCycle’s mission is to reduce e-waste and grow a circular economy, making consumption practices more sustainable.
When I joined the Climate Tech Bootcamp for an internship, a global virtual programme that supports early-stage climate entrepreneurs, I had no idea what I was getting into. My background as a civil engineer had taken me across Africa, working on construction projects, but this was a whole new ballgame. My task was to figure out if starting a venture capital fund for climate startups in the Middle East was a smart move.