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In this first introductory episode, we’ll go over the gap in international development funding and an overview of the main actors, industries, and aspects of development financing, giving an idea of the episodes to come! If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to leave a review on iTunes and share it with a friend or colleague interested in the subject.
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Alicia Robb is an author, researcher, angel Investor, and managing partner of two early stage venture funds. She is a Ph.D. economist specializing in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and international development. Her most recent vegan investments include New Wave Foods, Finless Foods, LivWell, Vaute, the Gold Leaf Collective, and Lighter. On this episode we chat more about her work engaging women in venture capital, as well as what it means to be a vegan investor. You can connect with Alicia here: Connect with me on LinkedIn: Connect with me on Instagram:
Mike Lightman is an experienced international entrepreneur. After completing his MBA, Mike worked with at Excell Partners, a smaller hardware focused VC in New York that invests in pre-seed and seed deals. Mike had the traditional associate role, conducting diligence and finding new deals. Over time he took on a more senior position and led diligence teams for multiple deals. Mike joined the World Bank in November, 2015. His roles normally involve assessing and redesigning startup support programs, preparing startups for investment, and liaising directly with investors. In his free time Mike is a part time EIR with Hax, the world’s first and largest hardware accelerator. He mentors companies at Urban-X (a smart city accelerator in NYC) and 1776 (a global incubator). Mike has been on the selection committee of SXSW Eco, is a founding board member of CENTCOM New York tech scout week (where US Central Command meets with technology startups), and is generally mentoring a few startups at any given time. Connect with Mike: Connect with me:
Avery is a young, inspirational, and charismatic leader who has a natural ability to connect and communicate with others on a genuine and respectful level. With an already proven ability to establish sincere relationships among his colleagues and clients, he follows his natural inclination towards a strength-based leadership approach. Avery is a Social Entrepreneur with a background in impact investing; that is investing into companies that have a social mission/mandate to create a social impact, alongside a sustainable ROI. He works with young entrepreneurs, and works to create opportunity to make a social impact and positive difference in the world.
Viola is the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions Inc. Ovamba is an award winning African “FinTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies to serve African SMEs with innovative Sharia compliant finance products in Africa’s trade and commodities sectors. Ovamba combines short term capital, eCommerce, logistics services, and proprietary algorithms to drive financial inclusion and promote growth. Ovamba brings an unparalleled understanding of the African market and its nuances to a global audience of institutional investors. My past experience with frontier markets has given me insights into the best way to integrate all players within Africa’s formal and informal business landscape, and tailor opportunities to Western investor expectations. In this episode, we talk about what Africa’s middle class needs to build wealth, and the capital and credit gap that is needed to help them grow.
Joy Anderson is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change. She began as a high school teacher in New York City Public Schools. She went to New York to understand how power works in big systems and stayed for eight years because she fell in love with the students. Joy played leadership roles in the teachers union and managed federally funded programs for the school and the district. After leaving New York, Joy transitioned from a school teacher to an entrepreneur, founding Criterion Ventures in 2002, co-founding Good Capital with Tim Freundlich and Kevin Jones in 2006 and leading the development of Rockefeller-funded Healthcare_Uncovered from 2006 until 2009. Literally hundreds of ventures have been shaped by Joy’s insights and experience. As faculty on the leading social innovation award programs, including Unreasonable Institute and Echoing Green, she advises the next generation of leaders. As chair of the board of directors of Village Capital and through involvement in Investor’s Circle, she is actively involved in shaping early stage social investments. And through her role in developing and leading Structure Lab© workshops she has helped over 300 organizations think through their legal and financial structures. A serial entrepreneur and consummate networker, Joy’s leadership and expertise have been at the forefront of the development of the social capital markets over the last 10 years. Her interest in the role of finance in changing the world was sparked during her eight year consulting relationship with the General Board of Pensions of the United Methodist Church. She was instrumental in her board position at Lutheran Community Foundation in their recent $10 million allocation to social investment. As a recognition of her business leadership, in 2011, Joy was ranked 51st in Fast Company’s annual of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Currently, she leads Criterion Institute which serves as a think tank around shaping markets to create social and environmental good. Joy’s intellectual interests draw on her research for her Ph.D. in American History from New York University. Her dissertation examined prison reform in the 1830’s and how individuals and organizations in democracies claim expertise in order to shape public institutions. Joy lives with her husband and daughter in a Connecticut apple orchard, and can be found in the fall pressing cider and boiling apple syrup. Learn more about Criterion here:
Boris is a finance professional turned social entrepreneur, social impact specialist with expertise in management, business & growth strategy, credit analysis and financial modeling along with a passion for social finance and sustainable entrepreneurship as solutions to surpass the UN’s SDG’s. After working for 5 years in various positions in Corporate Banking at ING (Associate Relationship Manager, Business Manager (Strategy Analyst) and a Secondment in Structured Finance), Boris decided to take a year off work to volunteer in India for Pollinate Energy as City CoFounder (Operations Manager), a social business that brings solar powered lights and other sustainable products to India’s urban poor communities that have no access to electricity and clean water. On this episode we chat about creating a marketplace for impact and using new innovations like impact cryptocurrency to catalyze new resources for the SDGs.
The very first episode of $7 Trillion Ideas (to Save the World)!
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80% of the world lives on less than $10 a day. Colleen believes the top leaders, transnational corporations and online business have a great opportunity to start using their business models to lift up the third world and developing nations through education and healthcare opportunities. After surviving cancer at the age of 14, Colleen takes a powerful stand for the evolution of humanity. Her vision is to transform leaders and shift culture in order to create evolutionary experiences for humanity. She guides individuals and corporations to take responsibility with evolving their mindset so they can transform the world. She coaches and consults individuals, companies and leaders to understand how to improve global connectivity, employee retention with the younger generation and move into lifestyle careers. Connect with Colleen here:
In cliché fashion, David’s life was transformed after a trip to Africa. His ensuing soul searching led him to quit his Bay Street career on a quest to effect positive change. Currently there are two levers David is pulling to effect change. As Director of Impact Investing at World Vision Canada he is mobilizing investment capital to help the world’s most vulnerable people. He also founded Kind Wealth, a not-just-for-profit business helping generations X, Y, and Z manage their finances in alignment with their values. David has lived, worked, and volunteered at various times throughout Africa. One of his proudest accomplishments is founding and running Grassroots Youth Development while living in South Africa. David is a frequent speaker at conferences and in the media. David spent 13 years as Director of Manager Research with Morningstar; a global investment data & research provider. David holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Rotman School
In this episode, we’re joined by Jonathan Hera, Founder and Managing Partner at Marigold Capital to engage in a discussion on how we can make gender lens investing truly transformative in its potential to impact women. Marigold makes investments using a gender and inclusivity lens for systems level impact to better use finance for equitable and prosperous social change. The firm is one of Canada’s leading impact investors and blended finance practitioners in emerging, frontier and domestic markets. Marigold Capital continues to reconceive traditional finance to shift norms, remove structural barriers, and empower marginalized individuals to participate and benefit fully in society. It’s first fund will launch in September 2018. It aims at improving the social and economic standing of society’s most marginalized citizens.Previously Jonathan was the Director, Investments at Grand Challenges Canada, and the Fund Manager of RBC’s Generator Impact Fund. Jonathan has also worked with Sarona Asset Management, leading investor relations and impact reporting, has advised CGAP (an independent financial inclusion research centre housed at the World Bank) on strategic and third-party regulatory issues, and has been engaged by MEDA on financial access and capital formation issues in Latin America. Jonathan is the founding course director of “Social Purpose Investing and Finance,” an MBA elective taught at the Schulich School of Business, York University. He lives in Toronto with his partner Rosie and their two daughters, Sofia and Nadette.
The very first episode of $7 Trillion Ideas (to Save the World)!
In this episode I have the pleasure of chatting with Tim Nash from Good Investing. We chat about equipping people with good hearts and intentions with the financial knowledge to put their money into causes aligned with their values. We even take a look at a cool ETF tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals! Good Investing was founded by Tim who after years of blogging as The Sustainable Economist, realized that many people feel hopeless about investing and need some help. He created Good Investing as a way to help people learn how to invest online and make intentional decisions about what they’re investing in.Tim is not a broker, advisor, or money manager. He’s an investment coach that offers an independent perspective. He doesn’t sell any products or take any commissions. Instead, he collects an hourly fee for education and coaching services that help clients feel confident investing their own money according to their definitions of good and evil. To learn more about Good Investing, go to:
Mike is the founder and CEO of Active Impact Investments in addition to being the Fund Manager for Fund I. Active Impact exclusively supports small to medium sized social ventures scale their impact and profit by providing funding and extensive capacity building services to the portfolio companies. Prior to this, Mike was a Top 40 under 40 with 20 years in the tech industry specializing in services companies and SaaS products. He worked for 14 years in various executive roles for award winning companies, most recently President of Traction Rec and COO at Traction on Demand. Prior to that President of Randstad Professionals running $300M in revenue. Mike's greatest expertise is in enterprise sales, building high performing teams, improving operational efficiency and execution. He serves on the board of directors at DSRF and is a mentor/EIR at NVBC, Founder Institute and Spring Activator. Mike has a Queen’s BSC, INSEAD exec MBA and got his board training through the Beedie Directors Educ
In this episode I chat about my top 3 takeaways from the Social Finance Forum and some lessons we can take forward into 2019.
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Mar 15th, 2018
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Jan 1st, 2019
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