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Zubi Impact Investment Day: Reflecting on a Decade of Impact and Envisioning Future Goals in Sustainable Investment

On the 23rd of May, Madrid hosted the Zubi Impact Investment Day, an event marking Zubi Group’s ten-year journey and spotlighting its commitment to a sustainable future. Held at the iconic Larra Journalism Laboratory, the event drew over 250 attendees.

The primary aim of this gathering was to connect investors, innovators, and business leaders under a common cause: to channel investment into projects that offer financial returns and generate positive social and environmental impact. Through this initiative, the group has encouraged investors to join their plan to mobilise 1 billion euros over the next decade to meet critical sustainability and social development challenges.

Zubi Impact Investment Day was more than just a conference on investment; it was a declaration of intent and a call to action for all those committed to building a fairer, more sustainable future. The event also demonstrated that with proper collaboration and a forward-thinking approach, it is possible to create lasting impacts on the world.

The event featured prominent guest Rocío Albert López-Ibor, Madrid’s Regional Minister for Economy, Finance, and Employment. During her speech, López-Ibor praised Zubi Group’s rapid growth and positive influence, remarking, “We are thrilled that Zubi started in Valencia and now has a presence in Madrid. Your innovation positively impacts society. In just ten years, you have evolved from a group of entrepreneurs to a diversified group focused on social and environmental impact, which is far more enduring than mere economic impact.”

A Day of Celebration and Inspiration

Since its inception, Zubi Group has been a catalyst for change, focusing its strategy on addressing social and environmental challenges. At this event, founder and chairman Iker Marcaide shared the group’s future ambitions. “Our vision for the next decade focuses on expanding our global reach, investing in companies that seek financial profitability but also generate a tangible social and environmental impact.”

Iker Marcaide kicked off the event by welcoming participants with an inspiring note, reiterating the group’s vision to lead by example in the impact investment space. Marcaide emphasised that while Zubi aims to influence the financial market, its primary goal is to catalyse a systemic shift towards more sustainable and ethical business practices.

A Decade of Impact in Numbers

Moreover, Marcaide reviewed Zubi’s first 10 years during which the group invested 60 million euros, created four business units, launched 9 startups, and engaged in 30 strategic partnerships both nationally and internationally. The goals for the next decade are even more ambitious, with Zubi planning to prevent 200,000 million tonnes from ending up in landfills, avert 1 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions, improve the health and well-being of 100 million people, enable a more sustainable lifestyle for 100 million people, and develop the talents of a million individuals. To achieve this, it aims to mobilise 1 billion euros from co-investors, family offices, and institutional investors over the next 10 years through its projects and investment funds.

The strategy for the next ten years will focus on transforming Zubi into a more global player with a more systemic and catalytic approach, attracting talent to continue creating and investing in companies that address social and environmental challenges to create a better future.

Impact Investment Discussions with Experts

The Zubi Impact Investment Day programme offered attendees the chance to dive into the group’s four strategic business lines: entrepreneurship through Zubi Labs, sustainable urban development through Zubi Cities, investment through Zubi Capital, and education through Zubi Education/Imagine Montessori School.

During the sessions, participants explored projects focused on addressing critical social and environmental issues and discussed new opportunities for impact investment around relevant trends like decarbonisation, the circular economy, renewable energies, education, health, and new sustainable building systems.

EDUCATION → CONNECTING FUTURES: THE ROLE OF IMPACT INVESTMENT IN SHAPING EDUCATION

At the “Connecting Futures: The Role of Impact Investment in Shaping Education” panel, experts in educational innovation and sustainable development debated the transformative potential of impact investments in education. Chaired by Carmen Pumariño, Investment Director at Zubi Capital, the discussion included Pablo Lara, Board Member of Grupo Planeta and Managing Partner at Zubi Labs; Nacho de Pinedo, CEO and Co-founder of ISDI; Lucía Figar, Head of Corporate Innovation and Ventures at IE and CEO of The Global College; and Omar Ynzenga, Founder of Portobelo Ventures and Executive Chairman of Borealis. 

The panel explored how strategic investment in education can effect significant, lasting change, highlighting the need for scalable and sustainable solutions that meet the educational demands of the 21st century.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP → BRIDGING WORLDS: FROM FOUNDING TO FUNDING

The “Bridging Worlds: From Founding to Funding” panel addressed the transition from entrepreneurs to investors, a journey filled with challenges and opportunities. Moderated by Pol Hortal, General Director at Zubi Labs, the discussion featured Leandro Sigman, President of Insud Pharma; Iñaki Berenguer, Managing Partner at Lifex Ventures; Ignacio Pi, Director of Alimarket Publications and independent professional investor; and Octavi Uyà, CEO and Co-founder of Woodea. 

The panelists shared their experiences and lessons learned, highlighting how impact investing can transform entire industries by fostering sustainable and socially responsible businesses.

REAL ESTATE → BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: INVESTMENTS THAT TRANSFORM CITIES AND LIVES

“Building a Sustainable Future: Investments that Transform Cities and Lives” was a roundtable led by Guillermo Ruiz, CEO of Zubi Cities, featuring experts such as Blanca Hernández, CEO of Magallanes Value Investors; Bruno Sauer, CEO of the Green Building Council Spain; and Susana Isabel, Associate Director at Arup. 

The experts discussed how real estate investments can promote sustainable urban development and improve urban quality of life, exploring strategies to address rapid urbanisation and its effects on society and the environment.

CAPITAL → FROM NICHE TO NORM: THE SEAMLESS INTEGRATION OF IMPACT INVESTMENTS

The “From Niche to Norm: The Seamless Integration of Impact Investments” panel, moderated by José Nistal, CEO of Zubi Capital, featured Raul Sánchez, Director of Impact Investments at COFIDES; Jaime Vera, Senior Investment Manager at FEI; Ana Guzmán, Director of Investments and Impact at Portocolom; and Matt Christensen, Global Head of Sustainable & Impact Investing at Allianz Global Investors. 

The panelists explored how impact investing is evolving from a niche to a standard in investment management, discussing strategies to integrate impact considerations into all investment decisions and how these can generate financial returns alongside significant social and environmental benefits.

Impact Investment Discussion Panel

One of the highlights of the day was the discussion between Margarita Albors, founder and president of the Social Nest Foundation, and Justin Rockefeller, co-founder and president of The ImPact. The conversation emphasised the importance of aligning assets with ethical values and how families and family offices can use their fortunes to drive positive social change. This discussion also highlighted the need for investments that seek financial returns as well as tangible benefits for the community and the environment.

The closing of the Zubi Impact Investment Day was led by Carlos Martín de San Pablo, CEO of Zubi Group, who emphasised the company’s ambition to lead global impact investment. With motivating words, Martín expressed the company’s desire to attract more investors to the field of sustainable investment: “We want many investors to join the impact world and produce catalysis and exponential growth.”

Commitment to Sustainability

The Zubi Impact Investment Day was notably a demonstration of Zubi Group’s strong commitment to sustainability. The event was organised following strict criteria to minimise environmental impact, from waste management to the selection of sustainable materials, ensuring that every detail was in line with the group’s sustainability principles. Additionally, a meticulous calculation of the event’s carbon footprint was conducted, taking into account the materials and energy used, as well as the travel of attendees and catering provisions, all to emphasise the importance of each action in contributing to the company’s sustainability goals.