Competing for a cause

What qualities are necessary in a great GP? A competitive spirit. A knack for fundraising. Determination to go the distance. Coincidentally, all those traits are a perfect match for a charity triathlon.

On September 12, one event will allow GPs to bring the two worlds together, and give them the chance to compete against their peers at the Olympic rowing venue, Dorney Lake, in London.

The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is sponsoring the Impetus-PEF Private Equity Triathlon, which brings together professionals from private equity, venture capital, professional services and portfolio companies to compete in a series of different races for different skill levels.

Last year’s event featured 300 participants from more than 60 firms, hailing from shops like 3i, The Blackstone Group and KKR. Taking a break from competing for deals and competing instead for Impetus-PEF, the athletes raised £146,000 to help transform the lives of economically disadvantaged youth.

And after the race is over, athletes can attend a family barbeque, complete with plenty of opportunities for every GP’s favorite pastime: networking.

Interested in getting in on the action and racing for a cause this fall?  Visit the Impetus-PEF Private Equity Triathlon page at