Fundamentals of Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing

Fundamentals of Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing

An introductory course for young professionals globally 2023 - I

Master the fundamentals of Sustainable Finances, ESG and Impact Investing with our 20-hour online course designed to equip young professionals with the knowledge, network and skills to thrive in a rapidly evolving landscape.

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Our course fee is $250 USD per participant, with discounts available for group enrollments.

*DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, sponsors the free enrollment of EPOS students and EPOS programs alumni.

Boost your career

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, sustainability and social & economic impact factors are becoming increasingly important drivers of organizational success. By enrolling in our comprehensive course you’ll gain a competitive edge in the job market and open the door to new opportunities in your career.

Syllabus Preview

Módulo 1: Exploring Social and Environmental Challenges

Objective: Gain a comprehensive understanding of current social and environmental issues, emphasising the critical role of sustainable business models and finances.

Sustainability pressing issues

Approaches to solve the crisis

International treaties and agreements

Funding gap concept

Live session 1

Módulo 2: The Intersection of Business and Sustainability

Objective: Examine the crucial role businesses play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Businesses' in service of social and environmental good (responsibilities)

Designing, planning, and implementing sustainable business models


Live session 2

Módulo 3: Diving into Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing

Objective:  Dive into sustainable finance and explore various investment strategies, focusing on impact investing.

Sustainable finance and impact investing as tools for mobilising private resources toward sustainable development and social entrepreneurship.

Regulatory aspects of sustainable finance

Live session 3

Módulo 4: Practical Applications of Financial Mechanisms

Objective: Explore practical aspects of financial vehicles, mechanisms, and structures that promote sustainability.

Green finance initiatives

Social impact bonds and results-based financing

Live session 4

For business

We offer group enrollment discounts and tailored solutions for organizations looking to train multiple employees. Contact us to discuss your organization’s needs and explore customized training packages:

Invest in your employees’ growth and enhance your organization’s expertise in sustainable finance and ESG. By empowering your team with these skills, your organization will be better positioned to navigate the changing financial sector, make informed decisions, and drive responsible growth.

Please provide your company information, contact details, number of employees to be enrolled, and any specific requirements. Our team will be in touch shortly to discuss your needs and guide you through the enrollment process.


Instructor Information

Our experienced instructors have extensive backgrounds in impact investing, social innovation, and sustainability, with real-world experience across various industries. They are passionate about empowering the next generation of professionals with the skills needed to navigate the evolving world of sustainable finance.”

Waldo Soto

Business Engineer

Business Engineer, Bachelor of Science from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Diploma in Innovation from Babson College and Diploma in Global Management from University College London. MSc in Urban Management at Technische Universität Berlin. Co-founder and director of de 2811, a social enterprise dedicated to the regenerative development of communities and the environment with headquarters in Chile, Colombia, Germany and the United States.

Gabriela Carrasco

Business Engineer

Business Engineer and Political Scientist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, MPA at New York University with a specialization in Social Innovation and Impact Investing. She is co-founder and director of de 2811, a social enterprise dedicated to the regenerative development of communities and the environment based in Chile, Colombia, Germany and the United States.

Luz Mila Lancheros

MPA in Social Innovation and Impact Investing from NYU, Lawyer and Specialist in International Business Law

MPA in Social Innovation and Impact Investing from NYU, Lawyer and Specialist in International Business Law from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. She has worked in the private, public and third sector sectors, on topics such as corporate affairs, regulation, ICT, sustainable finance, entrepreneurship and social innovation, climate action and the generation of impact ecosystems. Her purpose at 2811 is to build alliances and articulate actors to achieve innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges in Latin America.

Join a global community for regenerative finances

Live Sessions

In this 20-hour course, participants experience a blend of self-paced online learning, live classes, and collaborative activities over a one-month period. The course features four live sessions, fostering engagement through interactive discussions, group projects, and Q&A opportunities with industry experts.

  • Live Session #1 Wednesday, next

    09:30 – 11:00 EST / 15:30 – 17:00 CET

  • Live Session #2 Wednesday, next

    09:30 – 11:00 EST / 15:30 – 17:00 CET

  • Live Session #3 Wednesday, next

    09:30 – 11:00 EST / 15:30 – 17:00 CET

  • Live Session #4 Wednesday, next

    09:30 – 11:00 EST / 15:30 – 17:00 CET

This course will empower you with the knowledge and skills to

Understand and address pressing social and environmental challenges, enabling you to contribute to your organization’s sustainability goals and initiatives.

Assess and implement sustainable business models, demonstrating your ability to drive positive change and create long-term value for your company and society.

Navigate the complex landscape of sustainable finance and impact investing, preparing you for roles in finance, consulting, and other sectors that require ESG expertise.

Make informed decisions based on ESG data and analysis, showcasing your ability to evaluate risks and identify opportunities that align with your organization’s values and objectives.


Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

This course is designed for an international audience, particularly targeting individuals from Europe, Africa, and Latin America who have recently completed a Master's program or are at an early stage of their career development. It is helpful to professionals from various sectors, including finance, sustainability, non-profit, and government, among others. The course aims to provide valuable knowledge and skills in sustainable finance and ESG basics to help participants excel in their respective fields and contribute to sustainable development initiatives across the globe.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

There are no specific prerequisites for this course. However, a basic understanding of finance and sustainability concepts may be helpful. Important: This is not a technical finance course.

What are the main differences between this course and similar courses?

Our course stands out due to its strong focus on inclusivity and diversity. We bring together participants from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa, fostering a unique learning environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and experiences from diverse backgrounds. Our course content features case studies from the Global South, providing fresh perspectives and insights into sustainable finance and ESG challenges faced by developing regions. Furthermore, we maintain connections with international cooperation agencies, ensuring our course content is relevant, up-to-date, and aligned with the goals of global development initiatives.

What language is the course taught in, and are there any language proficiency requirements for enrollment?

The course is taught entirely in English. To ensure participants can fully engage with the course materials and discussions, a proficient level of English is required. If English is not your first language, we recommend a minimum TOEFL score of 70 (internet-based) or at least a B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you have any concerns about your English proficiency, please feel free to contact our support team for further guidance:


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Alternative Programs

Course with Uniandes

Application deadline: April 18 to May 25, 2023
Format: Virtual mode

2811, the Center for Sustainable Finance of the Universidad de los Andes and ColCapital lead this second version of the Impact Investing: Latin American Context program.

Finance for the planet

“Over the last few years, impact investing has been expanding as a promising tool for both investors and philanthropists, who for many years thought of themselves as players in different arenas.”