To bring real change to society, we need social and business entrepreneurs, policy makers and policy thinkers, philanthropic and profit-driven capital to come together. It has become increasingly more apparent that there is a massive financing gap to scale innovative social ventures.
What is Blended Finance?
Blended finance is the strategy of combining grants and investments to fund a project. Various blended finance solutions already exist, including de-risking and pay-for-success instruments, technical assistance facilities, concessionary investments, ect…While blended finance structures are by no means appropriate for all social ventures, it can enable many of them to work both more strategically and more sustainably.
Who will be there ?
> Philantropists & Public Funders : Individuals, foundations, development agencies
> Social Innovation Actors : Social entrepreurs and ecosystem facilitators
> Investors : Impact investors, fund managers, business angels
- 18:15 Welcome
- 18:30 Welcome keynote by Arnaud Mourot (Ashoka)
- 18:35 Panel discussion on blended finance solutions opportunities and barriers with Markus Freiburg (FASE), Brigitte Baumann (GoBeyond), tbc (SFG), moderated by Audrey Sélian (Rianta Capital)
- 19:15 Pitching session by 3 Ashoka Fellows, includin Ron Layton (Light Years IP) with a blended financing model, to inspire & offer new investment opportunities
- 19:45 Cocktail networking
Place: BNP Paribas Auditorium, Place de Hollande 2