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  • Great Barrington, MA - 3 Days
    April 5

    Startup Weekend for Impact Entrepreneurs

    Kick start your idea and change your life over the course of 54 hours at Techstar’s Startup Weekend  for Impact Entrepreneurs.  Startup Weekend in Great Barrington, MA is designed for you to bring your social impact business idea or business concept to life.  We want you to come with your idea that can provide a measurable benefit to human and/or natural communities.  We welcome ideas across all social and environmental disciplines and technologies including environmental, sustainability, housing, food and agriculture, wellness, mindfulness, women’s empowerment, education, technology, data, AI, healthcare, pollution, waste, climate and hunger.

    We aim to attract talented innovators and disruptors from around the Northeast and to establish Great Barrington and the Berkshires as a regional center for social and environmental innovation.

    Impact Entrepreneur
     and Techstars Startup Weekend have combined to bring your socially impactful ideas to life at Startup Weekend for Impact Entrepreneurs.  If you have an idea that is great for individuals, the community or the environment this is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced and awesome social impact entrepreneurs and mentors, all in one weekend.

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  • Turin, Italy - 5 Days
    July 8

    Impact Insurance Academy

    The ILO’s Impact Insurance Academy is a unique opportunity to learn from more than ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance facilitated by the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility.

    By combining plenary sessions with specific electives by the choice of participants, participative activities, case studies and intensive discussions, the Academy offers a dynamic learning environment for participants and experts from all over the world to discuss ways of developing inclusive insurance.

    Target Audience:

    The Impact Insurance Academy targets mid-to senior-level insurance practitioners exploring and setting up inclusive insurance programs in their organizations. Regulatory and supervisory authorities willing to support inclusive and responsible insurance in their countries are also invited to attend.  The Academy is also tailored for financial institutions or other distributors that are interested in inclusive insurance. It is useful for development practitioners, funding agencies and technical assistance providers supporting projects in this field.

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  • Johannesburg, South Africa - 1 Day
    April 9

    Scaling Digital Finance & Commerce Innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Mondato Summit Africa 2019 is the sixth annual digital finance & commerce (DFC) thought leadership and executive retreat hosted by Mondato, a boutique advisory firm specializing in DFC.

    The conference is an intimate gathering of 100-125 executives from the financial services, telecom, retail, investment and tech industries, the focus is on finding innovative and scalable solutions to promote the digitization of the African continent.

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  • Online - 1 Day
    February 14

    Registration Deadline: DFS Lab Mojaloop Bootcamp

    DFS Lab invites growth-stage startups and tech companies to join us in Tanzania April 8-12, 2019to work with the team behind the Mojaloop platform at our bootcamp.

    Mojaloop, supported by the Gates Foundation, aims to create an interoperable payments systems for mobile-first emerging markets to address the biggest challenges for retail financial services. The DFS Lab is offering a group of leading technology and financial service companies an opportunity to work with the team behind the Mojaloop platform in a closed-door session to explore how Mojaloop can be used.

    Mojaloop is open-source software for financial services companies, government regulators, and others taking on the challenges of interoperability and financial inclusion.

    The event, a 5-day design sprint and hackathon, will offer participants an in-depth look at Mojaloop, an opportunity to build solutions in collaboration with the Mojaloop platform developers and a chance to prototype products and features on the Mojaloop stack.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    January 21

    Lean Research Skills for Conducting Interviews

    Lean Research Skills for Conducting Interviews is MIT D-Lab’s first online course with the edX platform and back by popular demand! Instructors: Elizabeth Hoffecker (MIT D-Lab) & Zoe Dibb (Girl Effect). Seven-week course – starts January 21. Find out more

    Who should take the course

    • Academics, students, and professionals preparing to conduct interviews who want to strengthen their social science research skills
    • Anyone working on a thesis, business plan, etc., that involves gathering information directly from people.

    What you’ll learn

    • The steps and the skills needed to conduct quality interviews
    • How to apply the Lean Research principles to the interviewing process
    • How to identify and correct problematic interviewing techniques and behaviors
    • Strategies for dealing with challenging interviewing situations
    • How to design, prepare for, implement, analyze, and document interviews

    More about Lean Research Skills for Conducting Interviews

    Interviews are one of the most common and powerful field research methods, used across a wide variety of disciplines and topics. Whether conducting a research study, an evaluation of an existing product or service, or gathering insights for a business plan, or a design process, interviews are often the method of choice for gaining insights directly from people. The quality of that information, however, depends to a large degree on the skill of the interviewer.

    This course introduces effective techniques for conducting interviews and is designed to help you develop and strengthen your skills as an interviewer. It does not assume any existing experience conducting interviews, but will quickly take you past the basics and into best practices that incorporate the Lean Research principles of rigor, relevance, respect, and right-size. The course focuses specifically on conducting interviews in “the field” – contexts in which we may be in an unfamiliar setting or culture, such as when traveling abroad or conducting research in a place we haven’t been before.

    Developed by MIT D-Lab in collaboration with Girl Effect and featuring examples of Lean Research Interview Skills used by Girl Effect TEGAs (Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors)!

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  • Durham, North Carolina - 3 Days
    March 11

    Getting Gender Smart

    Do you want to explore unlocking capital or deploying capital to benefit women and girls? Are you excited about the power of women to make markets? Do you want to contribute materially to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals around women and girls? Are you ready to get beyond the talk and get to the strategies and tactics of action?

    This new 2-day intensive course is designed to help you navigate the emerging world of gender smart investing so that you can develop tangible strategies and practice to more easily and quickly integrate gender smart investing as part of an overall investing practice.  Two of the top globally recognized pioneers in gender lens and impact investing will lead the training, sharing their insights and working with you on the key practices of gender lens investing.

    NextBillion readers can get a $200 discount with code NEXTBILLION200, if they register by December 31.

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  • Boston, MA - 6 Days
    March 31

    HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance

    The Harvard Business School (HBS)-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance is the first executive education program of its kind to provide high-level management and leadership training to those shaping the microfinance industry, including CEOs of leading microfinance institutions and executives of mainstream banks entering the microfinance market.

    The intensive six-day program offers leaders from around the world an exceptional opportunity to connect with peers and engage with some of the HBS faculty’s foremost thinkers in business strategy and management. The HBS Executive Education learning model immerses the world’s most promising leaders in a transformational experience that marries the best of strategic thinking with the most important advances in financial inclusion and impact investing.

    Course Focus: 

    The program addresses key strategic issues arising out of the dual goals of economic and social value creation that define the industry, which include:

    • How new business models in this space— especially technology-enhanced models—succeed or flounder.
    • How to successfully competing in highly competitive markets.
    • How to balance one’s social mission with financial considerations.
    • How to stay abreast of rapidly evolving products and delivery channels.
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  • Amritsar, India - 2 Days
    November 23

    Financial Inclusion in a Digital Economy

    Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development Studies (IDSAsr) has organized the 9th IDSAsr National Seminar on the theme Financial Inclusion in the Digital Economy. The seminar will aim to reorient the process of financial inclusions towards sustainability, which in turn has the potential to impact the way people think.

    Millions of families live on the border between self-sufficiency and destitution, and financial exclusion pushes them in the wrong direction. That’s why the government of India has set the goal of establishing a banking outlet in every village.

    The seminar will help to equip people with knowledge and skills making them more competent and confident while at the same time increasing their opportunities for leading a healthy and productive lifestyle in harmony with nature and with concern for social values, gender equity and cultural diversity.

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