Catalytic Capital
Case Study Learning

Registrations closed on 22 September 2023.


29 September; 11 October; 18 October



AVPN Academy, in partnership with the Catalytic Capital Consortium (C3), is set to launch a a Catalytic Capital Case Study Learning Series in September/October 2023.

The Catalytic Capital Case Study Learning Series is a 3 part online learning series designed to address knowledge gaps in the Catalytic Capital space and allow participants to grow a deeper understanding of catalytic capital, as well as seek practical advice on how to approach problems with a Catalytic First approach.


  •  USD 89 for three sessions; USD 35 for one session (AVPN Members)
  •  USD 130 for three sessions; USD 50 for one session (Non AVPN members)

Due to feedback received, we are now providing a choice for single session sign-ups. Participants are encouraged to join all three sessions to maximise the learning opportunity.

The fees includes access to the online sessions, as well as recordings for the session you have signed up for after the learning session is completed. 


Successful registrants will be notified via email, along with payment instructions.


About the Event

Catalytic Capital Case Study Learning Series
29 September, 11 October, 18 October 2023, 4:00 to 5:30 PM SGT (with an induction hour on 28 September)

Asia sees a growing number of untapped opportunities to support innovative solutions that address complex problems in underserved populations and underfunded sectors.

In response, a catalytic capital approach seeks to address these challenges with investments that are patient, risk-tolerant, concessionary, and flexible in ways that differ from conventional investment, with the ability to de-risk and mobilise additional investment from mainstream investors.

Be part of a case study learning series with funders and investors. Together, learn how you are able to ensure the additionality of your capital, address issues on the ground, and achieve your return objectives. Dig deeper on how it is well-placed to build proofs-of-concept, scale, and sustain the development of ground-breaking solutions which other funds might deem too risky.


Seeding (Session 1)

Scaling (Session 2)

Sustaining (Session 3)


Gain conceptual and applied knowledge of catalytic capital

Consider Potential Applications within your Organization

Design Catalytic Capital approaches


Meet the Faculty

Harvey Koh is an independent consultant, and serves as senior advisor to the Catalytic Capital Consortium (C3), Dalberg and FSG. He brings over two decades of experience across venture philanthropy, strategy consulting and international development. He has worked extensively with donors, investors and companies to develop and scale inclusive business models that benefit the poor. His experience spans the housing, water, healthcare, energy, vocational training and livelihoods sectors, in India, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Harvey has also directed influential research to advance thinking and practice, notably introducing the concept of the ‘pioneer gap’ in impact enterprise and investing. His work has featured in publications such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and he is a regular speaker at leading conferences, universities and other institutions. He sits on the trustee boards of EYElliance and Social Innovation Exchange (SIX).



Please note that the session recordings are only available to the paid participants of the case study learning series. Instructions on how to access the recordings have been sent to all participants. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Catalytic Capital Case Study Learning Series is a three-part online learning series designed to address knowledge gaps in the Catalytic Capital space and allow participants to grow a deeper understanding of catalytic capital, as well as seek practical advice on how to approach problems with a Catalytic First approach.

The participants are presented with case studies that demonstrates how catalytic capital was deployed to drive impact. They are prescribed a variety of pre-reading materials to further familiarise themselves with the case and deepen their applied knowledge of catalytic capital in support of seeding, scaling and sustaining ventures.

This series will culminate and involve 3 x 1.5 hours online lecture and discussion session led by a faculty and/or practitioner about the case studies, and catalytic solution and approaches. The faculty and/or practitioner will also discusses pre-selected questions and solutions.

Each session will focus on a different theme:

  • Session 1: Seeding
  • Session 2: Scaling
  • Session 3: Sustaining
  • gain conceptual and applied knowledge of catalytic capital
  • consider potential applications within your organisation
  • design catalytic capital approaches

The learning journey is 9 hours comprising of a one-hour induction session, 3.5 hours of asynchronous pre-work, and three 1.5-hour virtual sessions. Learners are given pre-work that will be accomplished asynchronously. This includes reviewing a case digest and submitting output based on the given material. All registrants will afterwards gather virtually for a faculty-led lecture and discussion to take a deep dive into the given case and social finance solution.

USD 89 for 3 sessions; USD 35 per session (AVPN members)

USD 130 for 3 sessions; USD 50 per session (Non AVPN members)

*Fees includes access to pre-read materials, access to the online sessions and recordings you have signed up for after the completion of the learning series.

Please email We will review on a case by case basis. 

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Corporate Foundation

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Source: Council of Foundations

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Source: EVPA, 2018

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Adapted from: Corporate Finance Institute (CFI)

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