More focus on impact, people, and clients
to create great ànd grand companies
Brussels West & Tallinn City, April 3, 2022 – ImpactBuilders launches new advisory services for institutional investors, for corporate venturing departments of large enterprises, and for M&A firms. ImpactBuilders wants to improve the quality of their investment decisions, and to strengthen their portfolio companies by preparing them for tomorrow’s Europe.
Impact, people, and client are the key words.
Founder Jan Lagast: “Investment companies are experts in financial returns. However, their results depend on people. The people who work for the companies they invest in, and the people who buy from the companies they invest in.” That’s why ImpactBuilders launches advisory and coaching services focused on the collaborators and the customers. “We complement the legal and financial expertise of institutional investors, with expertise on organisation and leadership, as well as on the end-to-end value chain from market to supply.”
Non-financial due diligence services
Before they invest, institutional investors send in an army of experts to verify the contracts and the financial reporting. “We add the experts who can screen these companies on organisational design, leadership, sales & marketing, and supply chain,” explains Jan Lagast. ImpactBuilders experts have obtained many years of industry expertise, so they don’t need a lot of information to pinpoint the unused potential and the risks of a future investment.
One of the new services is a so-called ‘cultural due diligence’. This service measures the business culture gap between the acquirer and the candidate acquiree. “We only need a few days to inform an investor whether it’s worth or not to acquire a certain company. Many acquisitions that looked great on paper, have been very disappointing, because the human factor had not been taken into account. And that’s a pity – not only for the low financial returns.”
Because people make all the difference
ImpactBuilders also helps during the investment period. “We want to support investment companies to improve the organisation and the leadership of their portfolio companies, and to optimize the value-chain from market to supply. Whenever the investment managers detect a fundamental issue, they can send us in to make their investments more futureproof.”
According to Jan Lagast there is a rising demand for advisory on sourcing, transport, and logistics. Also the big changes on the international markets require a new attention. “And, of course, we also witness an increasing demand for the human factor in buinsess. Not every employee wants to give up home work. The introduction of the new Future of Work concepts is an unprecedented challenge for many companies. Since these challenges could impact the return of their investments substantially, investment managers are in search of solutions. And ImpactBuilders is ready to provide such solutions.”