In it’s 9th year in India, Sankalp Forum has taken a moment to step back and reflect on its achievements so far and the way forward – to amplify and mainstream the inclusive development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals has brought leading stakeholders from the private and public sector, to align on a common agenda like never before. Sankalp Forum, this year, will be designed to crowd in support and scale up the conversation around social enterprise, impact investing and inclusive development to the global mainstream.
For 30 years, high-impact business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors have convened at SVN conferences to have authentic conversations with values-aligned peers. SVN’s unique conference experience creates an environment where the real challenges, insights, and best practices of leading a mission-driven business can be discussed. SVN conferences facilitate peer-to-peer relationship building, and create a community where attendees can enhance their leadership, improve their businesses, and expand their impact.
At SVN’s 30th Anniversary Conference & Gala, expect:
- Facilitated and open networking opportunities
- Interactive discussions and proactive, action-oriented dialogue among peers
- Sessions that offer key takeaways and practical advice on best practices for social enterprises and impact investors
- Inspiring and experiential presentations from innovative leaders on the future of mission-driven business
- A deep cultural foundation that welcomes values-aligned entrepreneurs and investors from a wide range of perspectives
Attend SVN’s conference to make connections, share ideas, and find the inspiration you need to build a more just, humane, and sustainable world. Detailed program and speaker information will be posted soon at www.svn.org. Register today to reserve your spot at SVN’s conference.
Based on findings from CFSI’s upcoming 7th Annual Underserved Market Size Study, this webinar will identify key trends and current opportunities in the $173 billion market to address needs of the financially underserved consumers. You’ll hear from industry experts, have a chance to ask questions during the Q&A, and learn about significant trends driving marketplace evolution and growth, including:
FinTech Solutions Make Inroads: New Channels Beyond the Storefront
From short-term credit, to money transfer, to paying taxes, FinTech is changing the game. Which industries are seeing FinTech solutions go mainstream as consumers make the leap?
Overdraft: A Financial Health Tipping Point?
Underserved consumers spend $25 billion a year on overdraft fees – could they be building financial health too?
Credit Cards in the Underserved Market: How Do They Stack Up?
Spending on subprime, secured, and retail credit cards tops $41 billion annually. What solutions can these cards provide for underserved consumers with lower credit scores?
The GIIN and Investors’ Council member UBS invite you to an intimate gathering of senior leaders from GIIN Member organizations with presence in Europe. Sessions include an SDG product testing workshop and a lively team debate on additionality. Please find a preview of the agenda and additional meeting venue details and hotel information below. A full agenda with speakers and session details can be found here.
Please note that space is limited to one senior representative per organization. If you are interested in contributing to the agenda, please email Allison Spector at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microfinance has sought out to include individuals that financial institutions exclude. The mission had been progressively widening to Alternative Finance, which has thrived outside of conventional financial instruments and channels. Alternative Finance takes different types such as angel investment, asset funding, cash flow funding, crowdfunding, crypto-currencies (Bitcoin), fair investment, fintech, slow money, pension fund investments, social impact bond, etc. All the types have resulted from social and/or technological innovations or a mix of both. They provide significant values to customers and investors. Some of the benefits include absence of lengthy applications, low documentation, almost no collateral, minimum or no credit score requirements, high approval rates, and fast funding.
Alternative finance has also widened the base of customers. While microfinance mainly aimed at making financial services available to people at the “Bottom of the Pyramid”, Alternative finance has gone beyond to target not only the poor, but also small enterprises, young and innovative ventures, women, minorities, individuals with no credit history, and any other audience excluded by the conventional institutions. While microfinance’s target is mainly the poor, alternative finance’s finance is the excluded.
The conference welcomes research papers, monographies, case studies, PhD research-in-progress and experiential insights on different topics and experiments of alternative finance. ITEM encourages in particular, reflections on the social and technological innovations, which broaden and deepen the range of alternative finance.