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Impact Quarterly

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’s Legal Advisor on “Why Impact Investing is the next corporate innovator”

October 18, 2012
By: Ashley Lee of International Financial Law Review
Why impact investing is the next corporate innovator

Oxfam’s £1 billion loan to Mongolia’s Xac Leasing blurs the line between private equity funds and not-for-profit organisations.

The transaction highlights the growing trend of impact investments, or utilising private equity strategies for investments focused on the greater good. It also signals environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues becoming more important for private equity funds.

However both trends raise questions about the for-profit and non-profit status of companies, and may signal the introduction of new corporate structures.

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IIX & Shujog Featured in ADB Article on “Social Economy for Poor Communities”

October 17, 2012
By Asian Development Bank:
Social Economy for Poor Communities:

Social enterprises play a vital role in addressing social and environmental challenges in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

With a significant number of people living in extreme poverty in Asia and the Pacific, social enterprises, i.e., organizations that pursue social goals through commercial strategies, serve as a vital link to narrow the gap in the region’s income disparity.

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How to do good and triple returns

IIX Director and Head of Investor Team En Lee is in Prestige Magazine’s “40 under 40” and talks about impact investing. Click here to read the article.

IIX highlighted in Rockefeller trip to Singapore

Dr. Judith Rodin’s visit to Singapore and leadership of the Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) panel on impact investing has been highlighted by The Rockefeller Foundation. Click here to read the press release.

BBC News also covered the event, interviewing Dr. Rodin about how investors “can help meet the world’s needs” and the role IIX can play. More information about the interview can be found here.

Videos of comments by IIX Founder & Chairperson Prof. Durreen Shahnaz and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin are available online.

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The video of the panel discussion will be hosted online soon.  For immediate enquiries, please email

IIX announces successful close of seed capital investment in BagoSphere, led by Small World Group Incubator

September 26, 2012

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) announced today that it successfully facilitated the seed capital round of funding for BagoSphere Pte. Ltd, a pioneering vocational training social enterprise that provides affordable and effective training programs catered to rural, low-income youths in the Philippines. The transaction closed through IIX’s Impact Incubator and Impact Partners platforms with four strategic investors. Law firm Clifford Chance provided pro bono legal support to BagoSphere for the transaction. The investment comes in the form of a convertible note and will fund start up costs and the establishment and operation of a training center in Bago City, Philippines.

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New Report on the State of Social Enterprises in India now available

IIX’s sister company, Shujog has a new report up!  As part of its Asian Development Bank (ADB) Regional Technical Assistance (RETA), Shujog is proud to share the newest report on the State of Social Enterprises in India.  Shujog served as a research consultant for the ADB to undertake the work for the report.  Access the full report here

Interviews at the Impact Forum

Delegates of the Impact Forum talk about their experience at the Forum and how they think the space is moving in Asia.

More funding options available to social enterprises

By Sim Ping Khuan

SINGAPORE : A growing variety of funding options are now available to social enterprises.

In Singapore, these businesses with social missions are now getting easier access to bank loans with preferential rates and other funding options.

Since starting four years ago, Singapore-based Adrenalin Events and Education has been committed to employing the disadvantaged.

About 30 per cent of the the firm’s staff either have physical challenges or are youths from disadvantaged social backgrounds.

The social enterprise has been on the lookout for funding options to balance its social mission and grow its business.

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Rebel with a cause.

Read Durreen Shahnaz’s exclusive interview with Her World Magazine.

The pillars that support inclusive growth

DONOR money is drying up and social enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region are looking towards being both profit-driven and socially impactful, said participants at an industry forum this week. Published in The Business Times 30 June 1 July 2012.