October 12

NextBillion Editor

Discussion Heats Up at SOCAP17: Tweets, Live Interviews & Highlights from Thursday’s Sessions

As SOCAP17 begins its third day, the discussion is heating up considerably (check out some of the tweets below). We’ve got a full slate of on-the-ground coverage planned today, including:

If you’re at the event, stop by the media room in the Festival Pavilion and say hello!


A live interview with ron cordes of cordes foundation

SOCAP turned 10 this year. One year before that, Ron Cordes and his wife, Marty, formed the Cordes Foundation – one of the first focused on impact investing and social entrepreneurship. We discussed the sector’s evolution (and a few remaining weak spots) with Cordes in this live Q&A. (The audio levels are a bit low for the first minute, but we got it sorted out before the actual questions began around the 1:00 mark – progress! Feel free to skip the intro and get straight to the questions.)



A live interview with maelis carraro of bfa

How can fintechs get low-income customers to trust them? What are the latest innovations in financial product design for the underserved? And which buzz-worthy technology has more potential for financial inclusion: blockchain or AI? Maelis Carraro manager of Catalyst Fund, answers these and other questions in this live interview. Catalyst Fund is an initiative by JP Morgan and Gates Foundation, run by BFA (a partner of NextBillion). The fund supports early-stage inclusive fintech startups with grant capital, mentorship, and business advisory services, helping them develop their businesses to become investment-ready and work with impact and commercial investors to facilitate connections. Check out these insights from Maelis Carraro, broadcast live from #SOCAP17.



A Live Interview with Erin Worsham of CASE at Duke

It’s a perennial subject here at SOCAP: scaling impact. And that applies to social entrepreneurs, funders and everyone along the value chain – right down to the end consumer or beneficiary of a service. So we were glad to have Erin Worsham join us in our Facebook Live interview on the second full day of SOCAP to talk about scale and to help us navigate through the evolving discussions around scale. Worsham is executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She and contributing editor Scott Anderson chat about why scale is so elusive a concept, the evolution of SOCAP and how today’s business school students are exploring social business and impact investing.
































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