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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.

More people in Asia making impact investments

June 26, 2012 – Channel News Asia  Singapore: Investing with a social cause has caught on in Asia.  Read more here.

 

Social enterprises need to create success yardstick

June 25, 2012 – Business Times interview at Impact Forum 2012. Read the full article here.

Professor Durreen Shahnaz’s speech at Asian Private Banker Investment Advisory Summit Singapore 2012

“Private bankers are becoming irrelevant,” Durreen Shahnaz, founder, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) boldly says, because she believes Asian investors, yield-oriented though they may be, want more out of their wealth managers. “They are out of touch with their client needs and wants.”

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IIX covered in Forbes Online Magazine

"Impact Partners will continue to provide fuel for IIX...many of the social enterprises that want to participate in the private marketplace need a lot of help before they’re ready for prime time."

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IIX featured in the Star Online Malaysia.

Read the full article hear to find out how IIX is creating the Impact Exchange a social enterprise exchange.

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IIX Featured in ‘Inside Investor Relations’!

IIX and our Managing Director Robert Kraybill were featured in an article about social stock exchanges in Inside Investor Relations this weekend:

“Social stock exchanges can make the world a better place, which goes back to what I thought capital markets should be doing all along,’ says Kraybill, managing director of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX).”

Read the full article here and keep an eye out for the print edition due in February.

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IIX mentioned in Institutional Investor

IIX was mentioned in an Institutional Investor article about impact investing infrastructure on January 5, 2012.

“A few shops have set out to build [impact investing] infrastructure. In March 2011, Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), run by former Morgan Stanley colleagues Robert Kraybill and Durreen Shahnaz, launched a platform called Impact Partners. For an annual subscription fee, Impact Partners gives investors information about social enterprises throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Chosen for their financial viability and their social or environmental impact, the enterprises featured on the platform focus on everything from microfinance to fair trade to sustainable agriculture.”

Read the full article here.