Join the Global South’s leading platform where business meets development.
Since its launch in 2009 Sankalp Forum – an Intellecap Initiative – has created an eco-system of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, multilateral and policymakers who are committed to furthering the cause of development through entrepreneurship and innovation to achieve the UN SDG Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 across the Global South.
Sankalp Forum has grown to become a collaborative network of over 100,000 stakeholders globally through a year-round calendar of initiatives across South Asia, South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
What to Expect at Sankalp
3 DAYS OF VIRTUAL CONVENING
- AI-Powered matchmaking for one-on-one meetings
- Deep-dive discussions on our thematic areas i.e. Financial Inclusion, Agriculture, Smart Climate and Clean Energy, Circular Economies, Gender, and Water, Health and Sanitation
- Interactive workshops, and inspirational talks
- Country spotlights
- Curated deal rooms for investors and entrepreneurs
- Highly participatory sessions and virtual workshops
- Masterclasses for entrepreneurs on fundraising, and venture capital
BEST IN CLASS NETWORKING
- Practitioner-led small group discussions on key interest topics
- AI-Powered matchmaking for one-on-one meetings
- Personalized recommendations for who you should meet based on your interests
- Searchable attendee database based on interests, sectors, hiring, and investment opportunities
All Access Passes to Sankalp
Our tiered ticket pricing ensures accessibility for all ecosystem players. All attendees, regardless of ticket type, have access to the same level of benefits. The selection of ticket type is based on the honour system.
This year we aim to make Sankalp inclusive and accessible to all. These passes are ALL access passes that will allow you to leverage the full networking capabilities of the AI-based technology, small group discussions, as well as curated masterclasses, deal rooms, and workshops.
Select panel discussions on each day will be open to all and live-streamed to a broader audience. Stay tuned for when we launch the agenda so you can decide which sessions to join.
Thriving rural agent networks that provide cash-in cash-out (CICO) services are essential to improve the uptake of DFS, promote financial inclusion, and advance SDGs. However, there are several challenges in developing these networks, including weak demand for DFS, unviable business models, inadequate rural infrastructure, and lack of enabling regulatory policies. As a result, financial service providers tend to treat rural agents and clients like their urban counterparts, often providing undifferentiated services and unable to develop viable business models.
Development funders have a critical role in supporting the expansion of rural agent networks. Join this webinar to learn four ways in which they can make an impact, using CGAP’s market systems approach to financial inclusion.
Emilio Hernandez, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
Emilio leads CGAP’s work to promote agent networks’ rural reach and quality. His work focuses on better understanding the financial needs of underserved client groups, like smallholder families, and experimenting with providers innovative strategies and products that meet those needs. Prior to CGAP, he led technical cooperation programs focused on inclusive rural and agricultural finance at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations overseeing interventions in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He also oversaw business operations for a large international agricultural technology company throughout Central America.
Estelle Lahaye, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
Estelle leads CGAP’s work to engage with funders, global advocacy bodies, and support organizations to co-create knowledge, share information, provide guidance, and advocate for effective financial inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in financial inclusion and banking, her work at CGAP has also included facilitating CGAP’s strategy development process and leading experimentation and research activities on digital financial services in the West African Economic and Monetary Union.
Alice Nègre, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
Alice works on CGAP’s guidance for financial inclusion funders. In recent years, she has focused on promoting a systemic approach to financial inclusion by adapting generic guidelines and training material to the financial industry. With over 20 years working in financial inclusion, Alice has launched and managed a microfinance rating agency, advised governments, sat on the board of microfinance institutions and advised SME banks, supervised demand and supply side surveys, and facilitated market-wide consultations.
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Impact Entrepreneur Magazine launches its “Deep Dive” Series as we welcome the Co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council.
About this eventNote: Deep Dives are hour-long Zoom Meetings: Live Q&A Sessions (as opposed to our Zoom Webinars, where the audience is in View-Only Mode) between the author(s) or subjects of an Impact Entrepreneur Magazine article and our members. Be sure to read the article in question and come bearing questions! Premium members of Impact Entrepreneur get complimentary admission to all live and archived Deep Dives. To RSVP for your spot as a Premium Member, visit this link.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words with Jeffrey Hollender
Sadly, the private sector is mostly talk and little action these days when it comes to digging in its heels to bring about necessary and meaningful change for society and our environment. It seems as though every day another round of corporate statements, pronouncements, and commitments trickle out with little meaningful analysis, transparency, or ensuing change reported. While this “double-speak” is not the case among all corporate citizens, it is pronounced enough to concern me deeply as a business leader who now also serves as CEO of a business activist organization.
— From Actions Speak Louder Than Words by Jeffrey Hollender
Join Impact Entrepreneur for a Deep Dive with Jeffrey Hollender, co-Founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation and co-founder of American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) to discuss his IE Magazine article, Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
Jeffrey Hollender is the CEO and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council. He also co-founded and served as CEO of Seventh Generation, is the author of seven books, and adjunct professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the Stern Business School, New York University.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT