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The NextBillion events calendar is a resource to learn about upcoming conferences, contests, and other important events.
March
09
2015
Online
26 day(s)

The topic of the online bootcamp is ‘marketing and distribution to the BoP’, as behavioural change and last mile distribution are key to setting up a successful business with low-income groups. The target group of the bootcamp is entrepreneurs who are working on innovative products in rapidly expanding sectors such as sustainable energy, food/agriculture and water/sanitation. The bootcamp is developed together with Inclusive Business experts and practitioners. You will get access to practical tools to develop your marketing and distribution strategy, and you will learn from successful IB ventures. You may even be selected for an introduction to investors from our network.


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March
30
2015
Geneva, Switzerland
2 day(s)

Ye! connects young entrepreneurs to funding opportunities via the Ye! pitching events and our global network. This way, we help young entrepreneurs that are ready to grow their business to find the capital to do so. If you are running a startup with high growth potential, Ye! can help you scale it up!


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March
30
2015
New York City, NY
2 day(s)

Crafting a portfolio of investments that gives solid returns while helping your fund meet social and environmental goals is no easy task. As you increase your investments in the SRI/ESG and impact investing space, how can you sift amongst the various options while performing adequate due diligence? Do you have a solid strategy in place for integrating these investments into your portfolio? And how will you assess performance both in terms of ROI and impact? Attend Financial Research Associates’ conference on ESG, SRI & Impact Investing on March 30-31 in New York City to get the latest information from thought leaders in this unique investment space. Through in-depth research with a wide-array of quality thought leaders, we’ve carefully crafted an agenda that’s primed to be the ultimate ESG/SRI/Impacting investing event of the year.


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March
31
2015
Seattle, WA
1 day(s)

The Seattle Event is a full-day mini-conference designed to help investment advisors improve their knowledge around issues and impacts, and enhance the services being offered to socially conscious investors. Four hours of CE (continuing education credits) will be available for CFPs and CIMAs. Time is allocated to each partner organization to deliver news and updates. Lunch is included and the day is capped with a cocktail reception.


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March
31
2015
Apply Online
1 day(s)

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. The independent SEED International Jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.


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April
01
2015
Silicon Valley, CA
3 day(s)

The 12th Annual Global Technology Symposium, themed "Learn, Start, Lead" will be a remarkable event in Silicon Valley with engaging and interactive dialogue, break-through entrepreneurial pitch competitions and structured, yet fun, networking events. Participants will gain in-depth exposure to fresh ideas, deepen relations with global leaders and gather knowledge about best business practices.


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April
06
2015
Boston, MA
6 day(s)

The six-day Harvard Business School–Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance offers leaders from around the world an exceptional opportunity to connect with peers while engaging with some of the HBS faculty's foremost thinkers in business strategy and management. The HBS Executive Education learning model immerses the world’s most promising managers in a transformational experience that combines the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and tools with professional, intellectual, and personal development.


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April
06
2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 day(s)

The 10th Middle East Retail Banking Forum & Expo takes place on 6 - 7 April 2015 in an exciting new venue - the Ritz Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), UAE. In celebrating it's 10th anniversary, the event has expanded, offering more opportunities, to include a dedicated exhibition to run alongside the extremely successful conference. It is the one stop destination for any solution provider, vendor or consultant for high profile networking opportunities and a guaranteed platform to arrange one to one meetings with potential clients.


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April
06
2015
6 day(s)

Application Deadline: January 16, 2015 The six-day Harvard Business School–Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance offers leaders from around the world an exceptional opportunity to connect with peers while engaging with some of the HBS faculty's foremost thinkers in business strategy and management. The HBS Executive Education learning model immerses the world’s most promising managers in a transformational experience that combines the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and tools with professional, intellectual, and personal development.


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April
09
2015
Boston, MA
2 day(s)

Teams will be assigned and a broad problem statement will be provided prior to the event . Talks on Thursday and Friday of the conference will lend some real-life flavor and context. On Friday, teams will meet, ideate, and present their solutions to a panel of experts.


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April
09
2015
New Dehli
2 day(s)

The 7th Edition of the Global Sankalp Summit. This year Sankalp Forum takes the next step in our capital city. Stakeholders across the world from various sectors including Social Entrepreneurs, Investors, Financial Institutions, Corporates, DFIs, Donors and the Government come together to focus on Innovation as a trigger for Inclusion and the role of the Government as one of the most important actors in mainstreaming equitable development.


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April
11
2015
Cambridge, MA
1 day(s)

The 3rd annual MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference brings together exciting perspectives from the international development and business communities to examine the best way to bring poverty-alleviating solutions to market at scale. Through the 2015 theme "Bridging Innovation and Impact," this year's conference will explore ideas and approaches to social innovation, achieving impact, and all of the work that happens in between. Kenote speakers include Ann Mei Chang, director of the USAID Global Development Lab and Kevin Starr, director of the Mulago Foundation.


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April
21
2015
Chicago, IL
2 day(s)

The Summit is an excellent forum to develop relationships, to gain insight into successful strategies across industry segments and to learn from leaders who are mainstreaming impact investing. A new model of value creation is emerging deploying capital in strategies that leverage the inherent link between natural, social and financial capital.


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April
25
2015
Washington DC
1 day(s)

The Global Good Fund is a leadership development enterprise built by and for social entrepreneurs. We identify high-potential leaders and accelerate their success through proven and proprietary development methods. We believe growing leaders is the best strategy for solving complex social problems and achieving global good.


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April
28
2015
São Paulo, Brazil
1 day(s)

The objective of the 2015 conference is to clarify the concept of Impact Investing, deliver insight into the Latin American market, engage in case study work and illustrate mechanisms how to place Impact Investments. In the course of three panels, different perspectives on Impact Investing will be presented. In addition, projects that were developed within the Impact Investing Research Platform will be outlined during the conference.


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April
29
2015
Boston, MA
1 day(s)

The Virtual Currency Today Summit will look at the many factors that will shape the adoption and growth of Bitcoin and other similar currencies. Our expert panelists will offer insights on how market stakeholders can push through barriers to embrace digital currency as the next generation of payments and transaction solutions, which will ultimately change the end-user customer experience.


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April
29
2015
Singapore
1 day(s)

TBLI conferences offer a wealth of opportunity for networking with like-minded investors and new business partners. We invite you to share your ideas, challenges and solutions and to learn about innovation and investment opportunities.


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April
30
2015
Santa Clara, CA
1 day(s)

On Thursday, April 30th at 6pm, Santa Clara University will host Magis, an evening celebrating the social enterprise movement and its leaders. Join us, as we honor extraordinary individuals - Charly and Lisa Kleissner of KL Felicitas Foundation and Matt Flannery of Kiva- whose work embodies singular compassion, broad vision, and systemic change through social enterprise. Located at Santa Clara University campus, the evening will feature a cocktail hour showcase of innovations for humanity by social entrepreneurs, student fellows, and Jesuit institutions across the world, a grand dinner, and a room full of people who want more impact and more meaningful lives.


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May
01
2015
Baltimore, MD
3 day(s)

It’s Time 2015 is a cross-sector initiative bringing women and men together to achieve gender equity and empower women and girls at all levels to be leaders. Expected to draw up to 2,500 attendees representing a full spectrum of social and economic diversity, the inaugural summit will take place May 1-3, 2015 in the host city of Baltimore, while satellite events occur simultaneously in partner cities across the U.S. For more than a century, local, national, and global organizations have been working to advance leadership among women and girls across a range of issues. It’s time to change the conversation about gender equity. It’s time to tell a new story about women leaders and what they can continue to accomplish. It’s time to make the inclusion of women and girls a prerequisite across sectors. And it’s time to do this in collaboration with men.


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May
04
2015
Chicago, IL
3 day(s)

This event offers a unique opportunity to network with leaders of the sustainable, responsible and impact investing community, and to learn about new approaches, trends and policy developments in the field. The conference will attract representatives of investment management and advisory firms, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, community development institutions and asset owners such as pension funds and foundations, along with policymakers and corporate leaders.


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May
06
2015
Lagos, Nigeria
2 day(s)

The future of cash in Africa will not be about cash or physical representation of value. The future of cash be the compelling digital form that is shaping how Africans transact in some regions already, breaking down barriers across income groups leveraging on applications available via ubiquitous devices such as mobile phones and plastics, web etc. Major new trends and innovations in digital financial services are not only opening up the possibility of expanding financial inclusion but also creating new opportunities for a multitude of products and services that build on the mobile money system for the mass market in the African continent.


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May
10
2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts
6 day(s)

Led by Harvard professors with years of experience in evaluating financial access initiatives, Rethinking Financial Inclusion combines an evidence-based approach to understanding the market for finance and client needs with theoretical insights on how to design financial products to meet those needs. The executive program convenes leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to provide a conceptual framework for policy and product design


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May
12
2015
New York City, NY
2 day(s)

The 2015 Shared Value Leadership Summit will gather the world's leading thinkers and doers of shared value to deliver the "how-to" of building a shared value strategy that truly showcases business at its best. Participants will share best practices and roll up their sleeves to generate new business solutions to social issues, reimagining the role of business in society and the nature of competitive advantage. This is shared value leadership.


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May
18
2015
London, England
2 day(s)

Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit is Europe’s most prominent meeting place to find out where business leaders and innovators are headed around their sustainability and CSR strategy – so you can be a leader too.


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May
19
2015
The Hague, Netherlands
2 day(s)

The Impact Capital Summit – Europe is for European institutional investors deploying capital across asset classes for return and impact. The one and a half day forum will inform and provide one-on-one meetings between institutional investors and successful impact fund managers in various asset classes including public equity, public debt, private equity, private debt, and direct investments.


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May
19
2015
Johannesburg, South Africa
3 day(s)

Expert session leaders from across Africa’s payments industry will ask provocative questions; market pioneers will provide their perspectives in a series of industry panels and cutting-edge presentations. You, our audience, will then have the chance to take the floor and debate Africa’s most pressing payments issues with the experts in a series of interactive Q&A breakout sessions.


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June
01
2015
Geneva, Switzerland
3 day(s)

Access to finance is a precondition for meeting basic human needs in health, education, housing, energy, water or transport. Above all it is often the single most important determinant for creating conditions of decent incomes and employment. Microfinance – and more broadly: financial inclusion –will therefore remain on the development agenda. While substantial progress has been made over the past years in our understanding of the behavior of household enterprises, institutional performance and markets, many open questions remain that are relevant for public policy in future.


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June
02
2015
Johannesburg, South Africa
2 day(s)

Mobile finance and commerce (MFC) in Africa have traditionally targeted unbanked or underbanked populations at the base of the pyramid. From P2P transfers to airtime top-up and mobile bill payment, these products aimed to create more affordable and convenient financial services for those with a mobile phone, but limited access to formal financial institutions. While “first generation” mobile money services are still strong and growing, we are also witnessing a new wave of MFC in many African countries. Increasingly, the middle class is expanding and with it a strong demand for mobile payment and m-commerce applications from both merchants and consumers. On the other side of the value chain, service providers are eager to expand into new areas of MFC in order to create new revenue streams. From MNOs and financial institutions, to third-party technology providers, MFC stakeholders in these economies must re-evaluate how they can adapt to these shifting trends and ensure that they stay relevant. As African markets become increasingly diverse, how can MFC offerings similarly diversify to succeed over the long run?


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June
09
2015
Abu Dhabi, UAE
3 day(s)

2015 is a monumental year for the Child and Youth Finance Movement. Youth financial inclusion is priority on the G20 Agenda for 2015, economic inclusion will be a key goal in the post-2015 development agenda, and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is a primary working topic for global multilaterals. Right from the start, key players have agreed that in 2015 a focus on economic citizenship for children and youth is a top priority. This is a crucial year for the efforts of Child & Youth Finance International in scaling up action and reaching the goal of 100 million children by the end of 2015.


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June
16
2015
Milan, Italy
4 day(s)

This event is intended to promote awareness of remittances sent by migrants to their home countries. Session topics will include trends in remittences sent from Europe, best practices in regulation, opportunities for financial inclusion, competition and transaction costs, new technologies, opportunities for public-private partnerships and strategies for developing public-private partnerships to further financial inclusion.


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June
18
2015
Dublin, Ireland
2 day(s)

The general objective of the conference will be to discuss the cooperation potential between traditional financial institutions and the microfinance sector so that greater collaboration and cohesion is enhanced between both sectors in reaching out to the underserved.


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June
24
2015
Chicago, IL
2 day(s)

As a platform for the release of the Millennial Impact Report, MCON facilitated conversation around Millennials and how they engage as donors and supporters of nonprofits across all sectors. There is a need to support issues, rather than organizations. MCON will continue to use the Millennial Impact Report as inspiration for our conference topics, but it will also grow with the new movements in life and business, regardless of the driving force behind it. Which brings us to MCON 2015, this year’s two-day experience will explore the power of that influence in art, media, business and place.


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June
29
2015
Mexico City
3 day(s)

The Inter-American Development Bank invites you to attend the BASE III International Forum. Only once in 2015 you will have the opportunity to: Connect with more than 1,500 leading practitioners in the field of business for the base of the pyramid; find answers to the financial, social, and operational challenges your business model may be facing; have priority access to IDB's latest research on the base of the pyramid markets and demographics.


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July
06
2015
Miami, FL
4 day(s)

This event aims to bring together staff of microfinance institutions, policymakers, investors, academics and development partners to exchange ideas for promoting the development of the Caribbean microfinance sector.


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July
16
2015
Burlington, VT
2 day(s)

The 2015 Summit's main objective will be to present and discuss real-life BoP business initiatives, implemented by entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, that are driving sustainable innovation from the bottom up. In partnership with the University of Vermont's new Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA Program, the Summit will seek to engage leading edge examples of bottom-up innovation from around the world, including those right here at home in the US.


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September
09
2015
Nairobi, Kenya
2 day(s)

This year the event focused on the nexus between small social and green enterprises and businesses, and how to strengthen collaboration between them, and policy makers in supportive environments. What are the innovative small, micro and medium sized enterprises (SMMEs) that drive the change to sustainable development? How can linkages between social and green enterprises and businesses be strengthened for greater innovation and impact? What barriers do they face and how can their growth in Africa be fostered?


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October
06
2015
San Francisco, CA
4 day(s)

SOCAP15 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise. Held in San Francisco, October 6-9, SOCAP15 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes.


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October
07
2015
Zurich, Switzerland
2 day(s)

The Global Impact ForumTM supports the creation of transformative solutions to the world's most pressing social challenges through partnerships and investment. The Global Impact Forum is a two-day partnering event with a uniquely forward-looking and outcomes-oriented design. The forum presents exceptional social entrepreneurs and impact leaders to an audience of potential partners. Connections are made using an efficient system that allows attendees to screen potential partners and pre-arrange one-to-one meetings. Carefully curated presentations, high-level speakers and an exciting mix of participants make attending the Global Impact Forum a powerful experience.


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October
11
2015
Ixtapa, Mexico
6 day(s)

Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship program is to (a) open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives, (b) enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders and (c) infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.


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November
03
2015
Istanbul, Turkey
3 day(s)

This conference aims to facilitate debate on payment issues and offers sessions on a range of topics, including the changing landscape of payments; “partnerships, interoperability and competition” in the payments sector; strategies for customer adoption and retention; ways of creating a future without cash; regulatory issues, frameworks and movements affecting mobile financial services; and “digitisation.” Additionally, the event will include an exhibition, where approximately 40 stands will showcase products of developers and software and security companies. In addition, a “Payments Dragon’s Den” platform will offer start-up organisations an opportunity to present their products. The conference will also include a “leader’s summit,” an award ceremony and a reception.


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November
18
2015
Luxembourg
3 day(s)

This event will provide an opportunity for networking with European microfinance actors working in developing countries. With a quality program, specialist speakers, professional moderators, and focused participation, the conference promotes good practice and facilitates synergy amongst associates. Expert panels and interactive discussions will offer attendees the opportunity to learn more about the strategies of fellow European microfinance actors. Participants can also contribute to European responses to global microfinance challenges and share experience on common topics of interest. e-MFP Action groups also provide a focal point for a range of specialist interests.


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