Impact Investing in Action 2013
Impact Investing in Action 2013 (IIA|13) is a gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and field-builders working to build the early-stage impact investing ecosystem in Latin America. On May 20-23, 2013, Georgetown’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative hosted the event with Georgetown Global Human Development Program and Agora Partnerships at the McDonough School of Business. Among the key speakers are Former Ambassador Melanne Verveer who is the current Executive Director of Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security; Dean David Thomas of McDonough School of Business; Martin Mayorga, Founder and CEO of Mayorga Coffee; Luiz Ros, Manager for the Opportunity for the Majority Sector Office at the Inter-American Bank; and Ben Powell, Founder and CEO of Agora Partnerships.
The three day conference consisted of panels, workshops, conversations, and deal rooms that all facilitate new opportunities for partnerships and investments. The twenty-two companies from Latin America are all committed to finding new ways to solve the world’s problems. From nutrition to fashion, software to sustainable shoes, toilets in Peru to infrastructure projects in Chile, IIA has some of the highest potential companies from across Latin America. The picture that emerged at IIA|13 was of an ecosystem that is rapidly gaining momentum, changing quickly, and in need of support and stewardship.