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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Saturday
    April 17
    2021

    Cornell Impact Investing Competition Finals & My Journey Into Impact Investing

    CORNELL BUSINESS IMPACT SYMPOSIUM 2021

    Resilience through sustainability is needed more than ever. As the line between business and social and environmental issues is disappearing, the private sector is learning how it can be a productive partner in promoting solutions to issues such a social and environmental justice, food insecurity, climate change, supply chain transparency, overconsumption, and more. They are coming to the realization that addressing these issues through core business strategies is not only good for society but also good for business. Attend one or all of the panels to hear from those leading efforts to create a more resilient world.

    The Cornell Impact Investing Competition is an online pitch competition that allows undergraduate Cornell students in teams of 2-4 people, to identify, research, and recommend an existing early stage company that addresses a social or environmental problem for a hypothetical investment of up to one million dollars. Come listen to the finalists as they make their final pitch to the judges.

    While waiting for the results, hear from Sarah Howe (BS ’07), Senior Portfolio Manager, Open Road Alliance as she talks about her journey in impact investing. Student host: Impact Investing at Cornell.

    Time: 1:00 PM EDT

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    April 20
    2021

    Bye-Bye Bugs: The Booming Biopesticides Market

    The first recorded use of pesticides was about 4500 years ago by Sumerians who used sulphur compounds to control insects and mites. Over the past several millennia, humans have continued to invent new ways of controlling unwanted pests in agriculture, to great benefit to society at large. The 1970s and 1980s saw the introduction of the world’s greatest selling herbicide, glyphosate. However, as concerns around the health and environmental impacts of these synthetic compounds grew, a whole new market of biopesticides emerged — naturally-derived compounds that offer equal or better performance and preserve human and environmental health. According to Bloomberg, the biopesticides market is forecasted to reach $13B by the end of 2029.

    This webinar will provide insights into the rapidly growing market for biopesticides. Featured speakers include biopesticide expert Philip Rollinson, Marrone Bio Innovations Chief Sustainability Officer Keith Pitts, and Boundless Senior Research Analyst Fernanda Avila Swinburn. You won’t want to miss this topical discussion on the booming biopesticides market.

    Time: 2 PM – 3 PM EDT

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    April 20
    2021

    Maximize Your Impact With Stakeholder Engagement

    Digital technologies have enormous potential to affect large-scale change in low-income countries, particularly when it comes to increasing access to and usage of financial services. Recognizing the critical relationship between technology and economic opportunity, Accion Global Advisory Solutions works with financial service providers to bring meaningful digital products and services to micro-, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) globally.

    Even with mobile penetration on the rise, not all MSMEs have the same needs; just because digital products are available does not mean MSMEs will avail them. Furthermore, while there is some evidence about the benefits of digital adoption on business growth and financial health, there is limited evidence to compare impact outcomes across different digital product types.

    Recognizing these measurement challenges, Accion developed the MSME Digital Maturity and Product Impact Assessment in 2020. Accion is currently using this framework to implement a longitudinal study across seven countries to understand better how digital products impact customers’ lives.

    They’re thrilled to have Emma Morse, the author of the tool, join them to discuss how Accion is leveraging the assessment to glean important insights about MSMEs. Emma will also touch on the importance of stakeholder engagement in designing and executing impact evaluations.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    April 20
    2021

    Designing Financing Structures for Nature-based Solutions

    Challenges and opportunities in funding and incubating early-stage nature-based solutions designed to mobilize private sector investment.

    About this Event

    Convergence and The Conservation Finance Alliance are co-hosting a webinar to share challenges and opportunities in designing financing structures for nature-based solutions.

    On April 20th, Convergence and the CFA are bringing together practitioners to discuss lessons learned and challenges encountered in early-stage design work of natural capital and conservation finance structures.

    Convergence’s Asia Natural Capital Design Funding Window provides grants for the design and launch of blended finance solutions focused on natural capital in Asia. The CFA’s Incubator program seeks to identify, support, and promote innovative ideas and solutions to conservation finance challenges that have significant positive conservation impacts. The webinar will feature past grant recipients and program participants, who will share their practical insights.

    Convergence accepts applications on a rolling basis, and the next deadline for the window is June 3rd, 2021. Click here for more details. The CFA is currently seeking additional technical and financial partnerships for the CFA Incubator. Click here for more details.

     

    About the hosts

    Convergence is the global network for blended finance, generating data, intelligence, and deal flow to increase private sector investment in developing countries. Convergence’s Design Funding program supports the design and launch of new blended finance solutions that aim to catalyze private investment in development countries toward the Sustainable Development Goals. The Asia Natural Capital Design Funding Window provides funding for the design and launch of blended finance solutions focused on natural capital in Asia.

    The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) is the leading professional association for conservation finance experts and practitioners. CFA’s mission is to promote awareness, expertise, and innovation in conservation finance globally. CFA’s collaborative network of volunteer members participate in Working Groups, Task Forces, Executive Committee and Secretariat to promote knowledge and the effective use of conservation finance tools in their activities across the planet.

    Time: 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM EDT

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    April 21
    2021

    Dell Technologies CEE Social Impact Summit

    Progress Made Real – Knowing the importance of social impact and having the power of technology they are constantly asking the question: How can they – along with their customers, partners and suppliers – have a profound and positive impact on society and the planet?
    At Dell Technologies their commitment to addressing today’s biggest problems remains rooted in the commitments we have made for the next decade.
    Register to their virtual event for free
    Time: 1:30 PM CEST – 3:00 PM CEST / 7:30 AM EST – 9:00 EST
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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    April 21
    2021

    Designing Financing Structures for Nature-Based Solutions

    Convergence and The Conservation Finance Alliance are co-hosting a webinar to share challenges and opportunities in designing financing structures for nature-based solutions.

    Convergence and the CFA are bringing together practitioners to discuss lessons learned and challenges encountered in early stage design work of natural capital and conservation finance structures.

    Convergence’s Asia Natural Capital Design Funding Window provides grants for the design and launch of blended finance solutions focused on natural capital in Asia. The CFA’s Incubator program seeks to identify, support, and promote innovative ideas and solutions to conservation finance challenges that have significant positive conservation impacts. The webinar will feature past grant recipients and program participants, who will share their practical insights.

    Convergence accepts applications on a rolling basis, and the next deadline for the Asia Natural Capital Window is June 3rd, 2021.

    Time: 9:00 PM – 10:15 PM EDT

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  • Virtual - 2 Days
    Thursday
    April 22
    2021

    17th Annual Global Microfinance Forum

    Summary

    DEVELOPING THE MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY IN THE NEW REALITY

    The current economic environment has significantly affected the microfinance sector: MFIs’ operations, portfolio, and liquidity, as well as ways of cooperation and information exchange with the other microfinance stakeholders. Many financial markets see the changing value of the local currencies, prices for goods and services, and costs of hedging, and decreasing opportunities of attracting the new investments. Microfinance sector players struggle with debt repayments, meanwhile moratoriums and restructurings become a widespread measure introduced to support the sector development. In addition, a slowdown in the real economy makes the clients of MFIs even more vulnerable, hence it requires the respective transformation of existing systems, policies and approaches.

    The 17th Annual Global Microfinance Forum by Uniglobal will cover a range of topics that make this forum appealing to MFIs, investors and other industry players from all over the world. It will bring on board a solid network of professionals and senior level experts who will share their experiences and views on the current sector challenges and opportunities, as well as expectations and predictions about future trends in microfinance. During multiple sessions the participants will discuss how MFIs adapt to and run in the new reality, current complications for microclients, specificity of moratoriums on debt repayments, rising importance of digital transformation and many other important topics.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    April 22
    2021

    Are Permanent Magnet Motors the Next Game-Changer in Energy Access?

    As the ‘prime movers’ in many appliances, motors determine the capabilities, efficiency and reliability of most off- and weak-grid products. New Efficiency for Access research suggests energy-efficient permanent magnet motors could be a “game-changer” for off-grid and weak-grid appliance markets. Appliances powered by permanent magnet motors use up to 42% less energy than products powered by conventional alternating current motors and can reduce the net cost of a household’s solar energy system by 30%.

    Join Efficiency for Access on April 22 for a 90-minute webinar on permanent magnet motor applications in off-grid and weak-grid markets. Participants will learn more about permanent magnet motor technology, current market trends, and barriers and strategies to incentivise adoption, with real-world insights from the Pakistani fan manufacturer, Harness Energy.

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