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SOCAP19 is coming sooner than you think, and NextBillion is proud to once again serve as a media partner. The conference, convening Oct. 22-25 in San Francisco, is expecting over 3,000 impact investors, entrepreneurs and innovative cross-sector practitioners, and will feature over 150 breakout sessions and 500 speakers. Register by Aug. 30 to get their Summer Special pricing, and use NextBillion's discount code for an additional $250 off.
It’s time to stop addressing the global refugee crisis with short-term emergency measures, and to start seeking long-term solutions, says Thane Kreiner at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. One of those solutions is entrepreneurship, and Kreiner shares five lessons from the Center's Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins (SEM) accelerator program for businesses serving or led by refugees and other displaced people. The Center is selecting its second SEM accelerator cohort, and applications are open worldwide until August 23, 2019.
Why Social Entrepreneurship is Vital to the SDGs: 15 Award-Winning Entrepreneurs Share their Insights
In recent months, the global development sector has faced some unwelcome news: The world is not on track to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But there is still cause for optimism: The ongoing growth of social business points to possible ways to overcome this slow progress. Mark Horoszowski, CEO of MovingWorlds.org, met with award-winning social entrepreneurs from around the world at the recent SOCAP conference, and asked them how entrepreneurship can help achieve the SDGs. Their responses, compiled here, highlight many of the reasons the sector is moving to the forefront of the global development agenda.
Chopping Block to Starting Block: How OPIC (Now IDFC) is Writing the Next Chapter in U.S. Development Finance
The Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) just survived a near death experience. The agency was among the proposed cuts when the Trump administration came into power and began budget negotiations. But with the passage of the BUILD Act, OPIC will transform into the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, with a new budget and a new set of financial tools. We caught up with David Bohigian, Executive Vice President of OPIC, at SOCAP18 to find out what these changes mean for entrepreneurs and others seeking development finance.
Press release: OPIC Loan to Kiva Supports Almost 100,000 Microloans to Developing Country Borrowers
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) announced Thursday at the Social Capital Markets conference that its financing to Kiva Microfunds has supported 98,137 microloans to 207,227 small business borrowers, across 30 countries.
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Impact investors are often guilty of stringing along social entrepreneurs with needlessly long due diligence processes, "abusing their power and privilege," says Andy Lower at investing firm A Different Approach to Poverty. Weeks can easily turn to months – a delay that's unfair to entrepreneurs, and unacceptable in other industries. In response, his firm has devised a four-hour due diligence process, which has sparked interest – and a fair amount of push-back – in the sector. Lower discusses the approach in this provocative Q&A.
SOCAP, one of the premier events centered on mobilizing capital for impactful social and environmental change, is right around the corner. Set for Oct. 23-26, 2018 in San Francisco, SOCAP18 is expected to draw thousands of participants and will feature over 500 speakers from the professional impact sphere. In a preview of what's on tap, SOCAP CEO Lindsay Smalling has details on the discussions, a reconfigured format and a special last chance discount for NextBillion readers. And NextBillion will be giving away a FREE ticket to the event to one lucky reader of our weekly e-newsletter next week - subscribe by 12:00 pm EDT Wednesday, Sept. 19 for your chance to win!
Whether you are an early-stage social entrepreneur or just exploring the world of social entrepreneurship, conscious business or impact investing, here's an amazing deal for you: SOCAP's 2018 Impact Passport giveaway offers the opportunity to go to several of the premier events in the social impact calendar this year - for free. The winner of the sweepstakes will receive a suite of conference tickets, media consultations and subscriptions with a total value of approximately $9,000.