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January
20
2014
107 day(s)

The Tech Awards 2014 honors science and technology innovators whose life-changing work touches millions of people around the world in profound and positive ways. The Tech Awards shines the spotlight on 10 international techmanitarians who are unleashing the potential of technological innovation for a better world. Awards are given in five categories: Environment, Education, Young Innovator (under age 27), Health, and Economic Development. Each year, The Tech Awards laureates are invited to Silicon Valley, where they are given access to resources and mentoring to aid in scaling their organizations’ impact and visibility. The visit culminates in The Tech Awards Gala, where the laureates are awarded unrestricted cash prizes of $75,000 and $25,000. Applications now open. The deadline is Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time


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April
21
2014
Cambridge, Massachusetts
6 day(s)

Building on eight highly successful years, the 2014 course offers a curriculum for all financial inclusion leaders engaged in expanding financial services to under-served clients around the world – from microfinance practitioners and conventional commercial banks to investors and regulators. Through this unique course, HBS and Accion have brought together leaders from close to 100 countries – including nearly 150 CEOs, presidents, executive directors, and managing directors from some of the world’s leading providers of financial services to the poor.


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April
21
2014
Cambridge, MA
6 day(s)

After eight programs spanning over 500 participants from roughly 100 countries, we are proud to announce that the annual executive education program jointly run by Harvard Business School (HBS) and Accion is now accepting applications for 2014. The program will take place April 21-26, 2014 at the HBS campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This year, the program has a new name. It is now the HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance. This name change confirms a shift in course focus and approach that has been underway for some time, from an exclusive focus on microfinance to a broader financial inclusion scope.


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April
23
2014
NextBillion.net
1 day(s)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) last month turned five. ANDE identifies common challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs and small and growing businesses, and implements field building initiatives for those involved in supporting them, including for-profit and non-profit funds. Executive Director Randall Kempner joins NB Managing Editor Scott Anderson for a Live Q&A about the state of the sector and where ANDE goes from here.


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April
28
2014
New York, New York
1 day(s)

Growing interest in the role of market-based solutions in addressing the problems of poverty has led to the emergence of many new and promising business models. These inclusive businesses can be powerful agents of change whether by bringing safe drinking water to slums, powering remote villages, or connecting farmers to markets. Yet very few of these models have been able to operate at scale. Why? - Join our panel of experts as we discuss the findings from a new report from Monitor Inclusive Markets, following on from their 2012 report, From Blueprint to Scale. We’ll explore the barriers faced by inclusive businesses as they take on some of the world’s toughest problems, and how we can work to overcome them to accelerate achieving impact at scale.


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April
29
2014
Chicago, IL
2 day(s)

Impact Investing is projected to grow to $1 trillion by 2020. Where are the leaders of the space focusing to both maximize both impact and return... at the Impact Capitalism Summit which will be held April 29-30 in Chicago. The global leaders of impact investing will be assembled to discuss that exact topic! The Summit will be the first conference to take a portfolio approach to impact investing identifying the key trends and opportunities across major asset classes. The Summit will bring together over 300 family offices, foundations, asset managers, and fund managers representing over $150 Billion in investable assets and will be the key hub for those leading the mainstreaming of impact investing.


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May
12
2014
Washington DC
4 day(s)

This conference, hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in association with Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), will convene thought leaders and industry practitioners to drive the EM PE community to examine its track record, reflect upon and take stock of this evolving asset class.


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May
13
2014
New York, New York
2 day(s)

The Shared Value Initiative is a global community of practice to drive adoption and implementation of shared value strategies among leading companies, civil society, and government organizations. It is designed for senior-level corporate practitioners and leaders in government and at global nonprofits. To request an invitation or for more information, please contact info@sharedvalue.org.


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May
13
2014
Minneapolis, MN
3 day(s)

Every two years, foundation leaders, asset owners and supporters of the field of mission investing come together at the national conference in order to learn and make connections that result in better and more mission investments. Join your colleagues and peers at this year's event, May 13-15, in Minneapolis-St. Paul. We will feature high-energy facilitators and sessions for all levels of practitioners and all types of philanthropic asset owners and managers.


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May
13
2014
San Francisco, CA
2 day(s)

This rapidly evolving model has global and local implications that are changing markets, cities, and lives. To move into the economic mainstream, early adopters must engage new partners and models. SHARE will bring together change makers from multiple sectors and perspectives to meet at the crossroads of the old and new economy to find common ground and catalyze the next wave of growth. This two-day cross sector convening will engage deep conversations on the changing landscape of the sharing economy, empower people with an understanding of a variety of models and provide opportunities to connect with new and unexpected partners.


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May
13
2014
São Paulo, Brazil
1 day(s)

The Private Wealth Brazil Forum is a Brazil focused international meeting for private bankers, UHNWIs, wealth managers, family businesses and family offices. The Forum brings together 300+ industry leaders from the Brazilian Private Wealth Management field for a focused one day conference. Delegates will discuss asset allocation strategies for portfolio and offshore diversification and wealth planning education including tax, trust and estate planning.


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May
14
2014
Detroit, Michigan
3 day(s)

The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions invites you to join us at our Annual Conference, Financial Inclusion in Focus: From Vision to Reality, from May 14-16, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Federation and its members will be celebrating 40 years of helping people and communities achieve financial independence through credit unions. Please save the date on your calendar for next May. The Federation's Conference brings together leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the financial empowerment field and is the industry's largest gathering of credit unions that share a mission of community development and financial inclusion. The 40th Anniversary Conference will celebrate our successes while looking forward to the opportunities ahead.


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May
15
2014
Brighton, UK
2 day(s)

The objective of the conference is to strengthen investment into Africa's financial services sector. It will bring together institutional investors, including asset management firms, pension funds, hedge funds, brokers and other investment specialists.


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May
19
2014
New York, New York
2 day(s)

The Private Equity Latin America Forum, organized by Latin Markets, is a meeting of the world's largest international private equity managers and investors. The forum brings together 400+ investors, funds, and advisors for a two day meeting discussing sectors, due diligence, and private equity investment opportunities in Brazil, throughout Latin America and around the world.


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May
19
2014
Brazil
5 day(s)

The five-day practical and interactive program hosted by Banco Central do Brasil (BCB) has been developed exclusively to enable AFI members and guest delegations to exchange knowledge on financial inclusion with a strong focus on agent banking, rural credit, financial services consumer protection and financial education.


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May
19
2014
3 day(s)

This event offers a unique opportunity to network with leaders of the sustainable, responsible and impact investing community, and to learn about new approaches, trends and policy developments in the field. The conference will attract representatives of investment management and advisory firms, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, community development institutions and asset owners such as pension funds and foundations, along with policymakers and corporate leaders.


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May
20
2014
New York, New York
3 day(s)

A 3 day + 3 month program by Accenture Development Partnerships, Business Fights Poverty, and Leadership Laboratories that helps managers in large companies make the business case for innovations and opportunities that have social impact. The program is geared for early-stage ideas. The program starts with an intensive, three-day intrapreneurship crash course with guest faculty made of world-class intrapreneurs and thought leaders, including the Center’s Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies. Over the following three months, managers receive business consulting support from Accenture Development Partnerships, leadership mentoring from Leadership Laboratories, and connections to potential collaborators through Business Fights Poverty. The inaugural 2013 TIL was hosted by Oxford’s Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship with participants from Barclays, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, and others.


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May
21
2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3 day(s)

The Duisenberg school of finance in Amsterdam will be hosting a programme on "how to create environmental and social value through impact investing." The two and a half day course will cover: impact investing principles and best-practices; the potential outcomes of impact investing in terms of financial and social returns; the most viable impact investment themes; how to monitor processes and measure impact.


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May
28
2014
Washington DC
2 day(s)

This conference, hosted by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), is aimed at exchanging views and experiences and deriving key operational conclusions for policy makers and housing finance practitioners.


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May
29
2014
New York, New York
2 day(s)

The program opens with plenary sessions on “Trends in Impact Investing - going mainstream?” and “Investing in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure”. Further workshops around ESG integration and risk management address topics such as ESG materiality/metrics, fixed income, supply chain risks and climate change. How to structure impact investing across asset classes, learning from deals gone south, BoP-market investments or philanthropy investing are sessions mainly addressing impact investors.In addition, three sector-specific workshops put the focus on the opportunities and challenges around renewable energies, food production and health care.


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June
04
2014
Los Angeles, CA
3 day(s)

Since 2006, CFSI and American Banker have attracted hundreds of leading players from every sector in the financial services industry to gather at our annual Forum to network, generate new ideas, and advance innovations in the financially underserved market. One of the hallmarks of the Forum’s success has been its ability to anticipate changes in the market. EMERGE: The Forum on Consumer Financial Services Innovation (formerly the Underbanked Financial Services Forum) reflects our understanding that the financially underserved market has evolved.


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June
05
2014
New York, New York
2 day(s)

The ANDE Orientation Training is a two-day comprehensive overview of the small and growing business sector. Geared towards new hires, summer associates, and those new to the sector, over 175 individuals have participated in this training over the past three years. The agenda will include sessions on: Financial Models, Doing Deals, Impact Investing, Sector Analysis, Business Plans, Case Studies, Social Entrepreneurship 101, and more! Fee: $200 member rate ($400 for non-members)


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June
10
2014
Nairobi, Kenya
2 day(s)

This conference aims to focus on fundamentals to the business of insurance and discuss how industry players are and must adopt their business models in this dynamic market.


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June
12
2014
Milan, Italy
2 day(s)

Join us in the heart of Milan where we will be learning from organisations already putting social value measurement into practise, what they have discovered and how they've utilised results to really make a difference and what they need to do to make this possible. As well as this you'll have the opportunity to meet members from around the world and make some fantastic connections. We are already expecting key international speakers from organisations such as Danone, ICAEW, The Young Foundation, Accenture, Acumen and The FRC Group. We will be holding practical sessions to help you understand more about the development of SROI and you'll also be able to get hands on experience with the latest tools to help you. We'll also be discussing the implications of social value measurement for policy and investment.


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June
13
2014
Champaign, Illinois.
3 day(s)

Subsistence marketplaces consist of consumer and entrepreneur communities living at a range of low income levels, and are concentrated in developing countries and regions such as Brazil, India, China, Vietnam and Sub-Saharan Africa. In the last decade, the Subsistence Marketplaces Conference has been a leading forum for evolving and sharing research and fostering best practices in these communities. The conference is titled to highlight consumption and entrepreneurship while emphasizing diverse geographies and substantive domains of subsistence. Specific themes include consumption and conservation, entrepreneurship, substantive domains of subsistence, diverse geographies, social innovation, and curricular innovation.


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June
13
2014
Greifenstein Castle, Switzerland.
3 day(s)

Join host Christian Krüger, philanthropist and impact investor, and Dr. Maximilian Martin, Founder & Global Managing Director of Impact Economy, from June 13 to 15, 2014 for the 4th Impact Economy Symposium and Retreat at Greifenstein Castle in Switzerland. Our motto this year is simple: the next big thing will be industries that create value for shareholders and stakeholders alike. Industries that achieve this balance are worth our investment and support because they will fundamentally reshape how we live, work, and allocate capital. The Symposium is a by-invitation only gathering designed for asset owners and business leaders looking to turbo charge their businesses, philanthropy and investing.


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June
17
2014
Summer Place, Johannesburg
2 day(s)

Mobile Financial Services (MFS) in Africa have traditionally targeted unbanked or underbanked populations at the base of the pyramid. From P2P transfers to airtime top-up and mobile bill payment, these products aimed to create more affordable and convenient financial services for those with a mobile phone, but limited access to formal financial institutions While “first generation” mobile money services are still strong and growing, we are also witnessing a new wave of MFS in many African countries. Increasingly, the middle class is expanding and with it a strong demand for mobile payment and m-commerce applications from both merchants and consumers. On the other side of the value chain, service providers are eager to expand into new areas of MFS in order to create new revenue streams From MNOs and financial institutions, to third-party technology providers, MFS stakeholders in these economies must re-evaluate how they can adapt to these shifting trends and ensure that they stay relevant. As African markets become increasingly diverse, how can MFS offerings similarly diversify to succeed over the long run?


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June
18
2014
Chicago, Illinois
2 day(s)

MCON14 is a two-day experience where corporate, cause, and public leaders see how the next generation is redefining how we tackle issues in our communities, build movements to create change, and use our talents and resources to inspire peers. With engaging speakers and discussion panels, MCON14 is the premier conference for cause and Millennial engagement. This year, the event will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and streamed online.


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July
30
2014
Nairobi, Kenya
2 day(s)

Having successfully delivered this investment series in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia and London; it has proven to be the most comprehensive Africa focused investment funds and asset managers forum bringing together policy-makers, business leaders and investment professionals. The forum convenes an exclusive network of foremost pension funds, sovereign funds, development financial institutions, central bankers and asset managers focused on the intersection of macro-economic developments; capital markets innovations, infrastructure financing, private equity, real estate investment trusts (REITs), real estate funds and alternative investments.


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July
30
2014
Nairobi, Kenya
2 day(s)

Having successfully delivered this investment series in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia and London; it has proven to be the most comprehensive Africa focused investment funds and asset managers forum bringing together policy-makers, business leaders and investment professionals. The forum convenes an exclusive network of foremost pension funds, sovereign funds, development financial institutions, central bankers and asset managers focused on the intersection of macro-economic developments; capital markets innovations, infrastructure financing, private equity, real estate investment trusts (REITs), real estate funds and alternative investments. The forum is designed for investment professionals to explore action oriented, compelling and engaging content that fulfils audience needs. It takes on a different approach to the usual event formats; it adopts an open conversation format driven by catalysts that induce discussions amongst participants. Emphasis is placed on attracting professionals that will proactively contribute to the open forum; as well as companies whose activities have direct bearing on the industry. The idea is to facilitate a captivating connected network where ideas are clarified, meanings are conveyed and participants learn more.


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August
28
2014
Singapore, China
3 day(s)

The BoP represents a blue ocean opportunity of more than US$5 trillion dollars, and tapping it would also mean improving quality of life for those most in need. Themed A Brave New Marketplace: Unleashing Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid, the inaugural BoP World Convention & Expo is a unique forum that encourages key stakeholders from multiple sectors and industries to share knowledge, engage with issues and explore partnerships to bring sustainable and affordable solutions that could impact millions of lives. In conjunction, an expo will be held to offer corporate participants a platform to provide holistic solutions, products and services for the consumers and entrepreneurs at the base of the pyramid.


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September
01
2014
Doha, Qatar
1 day(s)

MFS in the Middle East: Challenges and Emerging Opportunities For more information or to become a sponsor, speaker or media partner, please contact: Conference Organizer: Christina Economou | ceconomou@mondato.com | +44-798-564-6305 Media/PR: Arielle Jaffe | ajaffe@mondato.com | +336-95-93-43-95


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September
02
2014
San Francisco, CA
4 day(s)

SOCAP14 will be held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA from September 2-5. Join the world’s pioneering impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, civic leaders, and innovators to create the intersections where you – with friends and valuable strangers – mobilize resources and capital for good.


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September
09
2014
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
3 day(s)

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), in cooperation with the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (CBTT), will host the 2014 Global Policy Forum (GPF) 9-11 September 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The agenda and additional Forum details are currently under development. News and updates will be made available in the near future.


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September
10
2014
Nairobi, Kenya
2 day(s)

This conference aims to evaluate the systems and innovative channels needed to compete and thrive in a rapidly expanding industry. Conference topics will include amongst others mobile insurance, agricultural insurance, health insurance, pension systems and management.


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September
10
2014
Oslo, Norway
2 day(s)

For the first time, TBLI is partnering with a leading European business school to offer a TBLI CONFERENCE in Scandinavia. We are looking forward to TBLI CONFERENCE™ NORDIC 2014, hosted by the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo on 10-11 September. At the moment, we are building the program with our local partners in Scandinavia. Please view the current list of topics we would like to address at the event, reflecting current debate on ESG and Impact Investing. Workshops will focus on challenges as well as opportunities for institutional investors, private investors, asset managers and financial service providers in the sector.


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September
22
2014
Arlington, Virginia
4 day(s)

The SEEP Network’s 2014 Annual Conference will serve as a platform to promote learning and exchange around proven and emerging approaches, strategies and models for reaching substantial numbers of poor and vulnerable populations on a sustainable basis. The conference will explore scalable solutions that involve inclusive business models, private sector partnerships, technology applications, and new investment and financing models. The conference will organize learning around overarching questions such as: How do we define scale? What are the greatest challenges to scaling development impact? Which innovations in products, delivery and partnerships promise the greatest results and are likely to endure? How can market facilitators be more effective in this context? What are the potential trade-offs between reaching large numbers and achieving impact?


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October
06
2014
The Netherlands
2 day(s)

We are very much looking forward to returning to The Netherlands for the 18th European TBLI event: TBLI CONFERENCE™ EUROPE 2014 will take place on 6 & 7 November 2014. The conference venue will be confirmed soon. Towards the summer, we will start building the agenda and will publish a draft program to invite comments and suggestions from partners, sponsors and interested speakers. If you are interested in participating in the conference and/or to speak in a session, please let us know. We are looking forward to hearing from you at conference(@)tbligroup.com. Sponsoring packages are available at different levels, ranging from 1,500 EUR to 20,000 EUR. You will find an overview of benefits and fees for sponsors here.Please let us know if there are any questions or suggestions.


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October
12
2014
Ixtapa, Mexico
6 day(s)

A four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat for nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers and impact investors engaged in economic justice enterprises. On World Poverty Day, break down the silos of unproductive competition and go beyond the boundaries of conventional poverty alleviation. The gathering leverages resources, shares innovations, enlists allies, builds coalitions and creates force multipliers.


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November
01
2014
Singapore
1 day(s)

For more information or to become a sponsor, speaker or media partner, please contact: Conference Organizer: Christina Economou | ceconomou@mondato.com | +44-798-564-6305 Media/PR: Arielle Jaffe | ajaffe@mondato.com | +336-95-93-43-95


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November
05
2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 day(s)

The WorldPensionSummit 2014 will offer a platform to exchange knowledge and innovative ideas on how to secure sufficient pension provision with experts and authorities in the fields of retirement management, pension fund strategy and social security employee benefits.


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