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The Impact Quarterly gathers insights from our teams, partners and thought leaders in the impact enterprise and impact investing space.

Published since 2012,the Impact Quarterly reaches out to over 25,000 readers.

IIX/Shujog Founder Durreen Shahnaz Profiled in Youth Leader Asia

Durreen Shahnaz, the founder of Impact Investment Exchange and Impact Investment Shujog, was recently profiled for the magazine Youth Leader: the Asian Region. An excerpt:

Shahnaz has proven herself to be an incredibly determined individual:

As I like to say, you just have to say “you can’t do it” to me and I will set to prove you wrong….yes, there were many barriers but I always found ways to go around it. The most important thing is to believe in oneself and not give up.

To read more, click the link below:

Social Investment- Put your money where your heart is; Says Social Entrepreneur Durreen Shahnaz

 

 


 

Ecosystem Partners: Your opportunity to make an Impact is now!

Impact Investment Shujog (Shujog), as part of a program sponsored by Asian Development Bank, is conducting research focusing on the key players currently facilitating impact investments in Social Enterprises, as well as those interested in participating in this market.

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IIX and Mission Markets™ Announces Partnership – Press Release

NEW YORK AND SINGAPORE—Mission Markets™, which operates the first FINRA*- compliant marketplace for impact and sustainability investments, and Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), whose mission is to provide Social Enterprises in Asia‐Pacific with access to impact investment capital, announce a strategic partnership which will broaden their geographic reach.

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Impact Investor Survey

Impact Investors: Share your insights & stand a chance to win a one-year Impact Partners membership valued at US$3500 here.

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Impact Partners on 938LIVE

Director of Impact Partners En Lee was interviewed by Singaporean radio station 938 last Tuesday, answering questions about the importance of impact investing and the launch of Impact Partners.

To listen to the interview, please click here. Investors and Social Enterprises can register with Impact Partners at www.impactpartners.asiaiix.com.

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Impact Partners is Asia’s first private platform for social enterprises and impact investors. Launched March 2011, Impact Partners is an exclusive network where investors are given access to business plans and introduced to social enterprises that are not listed on the Impact Exchange. This online platform is a dedicated matching service for investors interested in making private investments in pre-screened social enterprises that match their investment criteria. Unique to Impact Partners is the fact that the social enterprises would have been assessed on their social impact and financial capacity through a market readiness assessment framework so that investors can be assured of high-level access to a possible investment opportunity.

Impact Partners Launch – Press Release

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) Announces Launch of Impact Partners, Asia‟s First Private Placement Platform for Investment in Social Enterprises

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IIX’s Impact Partners has Launched!

IIX is proud to present Impact Partners, Asia’s first private platform for social enterprises and impact investors. Launched March 2011, Impact Partners is an exclusive network where investors are given access to business plans and introduced to social enterprises that are not listed on the Impact Exchange. This online platform is a dedicated matching service for investors interested in making private investments in pre-screened social enterprises that match their investment criteria. Unique to Impact Partners is the fact that the social enterprises would have been assessed on their social impact and financial capacity through a market readiness assessment framework so that investors can be assured of high-level access to a possible investment opportunity.

Check us out at www.impactpartners.asiaiix.com!

ADB symposium gathers social entrepreneurs

From the Nation:

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), Impact Investment Exchange Asia, and Thammasat University are jointly organising the Impact Forum for Social Change, Global Social Venture Competition, and Social Entrepreneurship Symposium, starting tomorrow at the Landmark Hotel in Bangkok.

More than 100 social entrepreneurs and representatives of governments, the business community, development agencies and research institutions will participate in the activities. Also involved are so-called impact investment groups – those seeking both financial and social returns.

According to the ADB, social enterprises offer huge potential for tackling socio-economic problems, such as lack of access to healthcare, education, housing, and micro-enterprise financing. Thailand boasts an emerging pool of dynamic social enterprises, and an even greater number of social entrepreneurs looking to start up new initiatives.

While many social entrepreneurs and enterprises are ready to boost their positive social impact, they require improved access to growth capital, capacity building, and market-relevant skills.

“Impact investors … are addressing the need for capital by committing resources to businesses considered socially and environmentally responsible,” the Manila-based bank said.

On the sidelines of this symposium, Thammasat University is also hosting its fourth annual Global Social Venture Competition – Southeast Asia. University students from seven countries have teamed up to join the competition and 10 finalists, including four Thai teams, will showcase their plans today.

Two Thai teams are from Thammasat’s IMBA (International Master of Business Administration) programme. One team, named “Smile Floss”, deals with the first organic silk floss in Asean to support local silk producers. DeepScan offers an innovative endoscope that can be used to detect cancer at the early stage and target low-income people.

I-AM, from Thammasat’s IBMP (Integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programme), collects harmful by-products of the leather industry and turns them into leather board.

Indhan, the team from the Asian Institute of Technology, is a biogas system provider, aiming to reduce dependence on external energy among rural households in Nepal.

Social Enterprises Meet in Thailand to Address Challenges

Asian Development Bank Press Release

BANGKOK, THAILAND (3 March 2011) – Social entrepreneurs are generating business ideas to address social and environmental challenges in Thailand and around Asia. But they require greater financial support from impact investors to expand their ventures.

More than 100 social entrepreneurs and their supporters are gathering in Bangkok today and tomorrow to discuss the huge potential of social enterprises in improving lives through the power of the free market. They are convening as part of the combined Global Social Venture Competition, Social Entrepreneurship Symposium, and Impact Forum for Social Change.

Social entrepreneurs are persons who develop fresh business solutions to major social challenges. They tend to be ambitious and committed to developing and implementing ideas for wide-scale societal change. Social entrepreneurs work to solve problems by developing sustainable and market-based solutions to address perceived gaps in what government and charity organizations are doing.

“The Competition and Symposium provide the opportunity to engage social entrepreneurs who are changing the world with their energy and creativity,” said Edward Rubesch, Director of the IMBA Program at the Thammasat Business School. “These events showcase how social entrepreneurs are developing innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems.”

One sponsor of the two-day program is Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX Asia), which is building the first social stock exchange in Asia. “A regional stock exchange serving social enterprises from Thailand and other developing Asian countries will link social enterprises in need of funding with impact investors who understand their business models and value their social mission,” said Durreen Shahnaz, the organization’s founder and chairperson.

Support for the combined program has also been provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Through its operations, ADB supports a vibrant private sector,” said Bart W. Édes, Director of ADB’s Poverty, Gender, and Social Development Division. “Social enterprises promote inclusive growth through their clever utilization of socially oriented business models. They are building from the grassroots up, and making their positive impact felt in communities across Thailand and beyond.”

Young social entrepreneurs, government representatives, and potential investors are gathering to explore how to boost the capacity of social enterprises in Southeast Asia. The overlapping events – which are open to the public – will highlight promising new initiatives, offer participants with a deeper understanding of impact investment, and explore the market readiness of social enterprises in Thailand.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region.

Media Coverage of IIX’s Bangladesh Impact Forum

IIX Asia has just concluded its inaugural Impact Forum For Social Change in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  For more information, see the Forum link on our website.

“Social enterprises need financing from ‘impact investors’ that include a heterogeneous group like foundations, family offices, banks, pension funds and social investment to scale up their efforts, a discussion in Dhaka was told yesterday.
Impact investors are a group that eyes a social goal beyond merely returns in terms of profit…IIX Asia, a Singapore-based social enterprise, seeks to establish the region’s first social stock exchange to provide sustainable social enterprises from developing countries with the opportunity to raise capital through the stock market.”

– “Seminar Stresses Social Stock Exchange,” The Daily Star 1/11/11 (full article)

The recently concluded Impact Forum for social exchange co organized in Dhaka, Bangladesh by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX Asia) saw conclusions of social enterprises making a significant contribution towards inclusive economic growth and providing opportunities to the poor of the Asia and Pacific region…

The one-day forum saw 60 participants gather together from the government, development agencies, social enterprises, and impact investors, as well as experts in capital market development and resource mobilization. It was aimed at providing participants with a deep insight of impact investment, impact measurement, and the market readiness of social enterprises in Bangladesh and other areas of the Asia and Pacific region.

– “Impact Forum for Social Exchange Organized in Dhaka,” Microfinance Focus 1/13/11 (full article)