Bloomberg BNA is convening the 2017 Sustainable Business Summit Series to bring sustainable business and sustainable investing conversations to the U.S. and abroad. The Summits will take a forward-oriented look at how companies are innovating in their sustainable business models and adopting practices that prioritize sustainable value. Savvy business leaders know that sustainability initiatives increasingly yield economic returns alongside environmental and social benefits. By embedding them into their corporate structures and strategies, forward-looking companies realize both long-term and short-term benefits.
Join mSTAR and USAID for a deep look into the digital gender divide and how data can shape project approaches. The event will feature the newly released Gender & ICT Survey Toolkit.
This is an invite-only event, registrants will receive a message in the days after registration confirming their attendance.
Questions? Email mSTAR_Project@FHI360.org.
WDI welcomes Maria Cavalcanti, president and CEO of Pro Mujer – a nonprofit finance organization that has disbursed more than $3 billion in loans to mainly women-owned enterprises in Latin America – to its Global Impact Speaker Series at the University of Michigan.
Cavalcanti will discuss Pro Mujer’s business model, which is centered on gender equity, and take questions from attendees beginning at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 15 in room 1560 of Blau Hall at the Ross School of Business. The event is free and open to the public.
Pro Mujer was founded by Lynne Patterson and Carmen Velasco in Bolivia in 1990 to use microloans to support women-owned businesses. Today, the organization works with entrepreneurs in that country as well as Argentina, México, Nicaragua and Peru. In 2015 alone, Pro Mujer reported providing $330 million in loans to more than 250,000 clients. Operating mainly in urban areas and regions just outside major cities, Pro Mujer also provides direct and indirect health care services through a series of centers and clinics. Services include non-communicable disease detection, dental care and ultrasound diagnostics.
In early 2016, Cavalcanti was named president and CEO of Pro Mujer. She has ambitious plans to expand the organization.
“As we look ahead, we are focused on amplifying our services and expanding our footprint,” Cavalcanti said in an interview with NextBillion.net, WDI’s affiliated media site focused on business solutions in low- and middle-income economies. “By leveraging partnerships and technology, we are building Pro Mujer as a platform capable of serving millions at a time; a one-stop shop for empowerment for women in the region.”
Cavalcanti holds an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin, a master of science in Information Science from Columbia University in New York, and a bachelor of arts from Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil. She is based in New York City, where Pro Mujer is headquartered.
Webinar: Uniting Tech and Touch – Why Centaur Products Are Better for Consumers and Providers – Evidence from Kenya
Join us for a webinar on the digital financial services landscape in Kenya and what constitutes effective “human touch.” This webinar will feature CFI Fellow Alexis Beggs Olsen and Africa Board Fellowship Program Director John Lwande discussing the circumstances when Kenyan customers still desire human interaction and the innovative ways in which financial services providers (FSPs) integrate human interfaces into their digital product offerings.
Note: We will be using GoToMeeting webinar service for this event. If you do not have GoToMeeting installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download the required software before joining the webinar. It’s free; just follow the prompts, and you should be all set.
Cape Town, South Africa - 3 DaysWednesday
Africa’s early stage investor community comes together November 15th and 16th, with a bonus ‘Cape Town Innovation Tour’ November 17th for the 4th annual African Early Stage Investor Summit – #AAIS2017. This exclusive investor-only event, hosted at Workshop17 in Cape Town, South Africa, unites key stakeholders in the ecosystem from across the continent to exchange best practices, share lessons learned and plot the roadmap for the future.
This years’ theme ‘START-SCALE-EXIT, F(o)unding Great Startup Teams Poised For Global Success’ focuses on the role investors play in working with startup teams to scale internationally and ultimately exit. Topics key to this year’s event will for example be:
- expanding from Africa to the world;
- building international syndicates;
- taking startup teams from idea to exit;
- angels exiting to VC’s.
Joining #AAIS2017 provides a unique opportunity for you to network with the most influential thought leaders in the early stage investment space and to plug into the African tech startup ecosystem. Learn and exchange knowledge with a network of top investment experts and exchange best practices with like-minded investors. Register now to get access to quality deal-flow and explore co-investment opportunities in the continent’s top companies.