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Event is Hosted by the Georgetown Global Social Enterprise Initiative, the Georgetown Global Human Development Program, and Agora Partnerships, May 21-23

Twenty-two companies operating in 12 Latin American countries and 16 different industries, looking to raise a combined total of $50 million, will convene alongside impact investors, industry leaders, and cultural commentaries at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business to participate in Agora Partnerships’ 3rd Annual Impact Investing in Action (IIA) conference.

IIA is presented in partnership with the Georgetown McDonough Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Global Human Development Program of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Its goal is to build an ecosystem for impact investing in Latin America by creating an intimate, action-oriented environment that celebrates proactive engagement, field leadership, and bold commitments.

Entrepreneurs presenting at IIA are finding new, innovative ways of solving the world’s problems, from a gamified app that encourages sustainable actions in Uruguay to a company that provides training for female rural artisans in Mexico to installing needed sanitation services for urban poor in and around Lima.

May 21-23, 2013

May 21: 9:15 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.
May 22: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
May 23: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C.

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To register for the conference, visit

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, senior director of communications, at (202) 687-4080 or

IIA will feature an array of speakers including:

  • Melanne Verveer, director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security
  • Luiz Ros, manager for the opportunities for the Majority Sector Office, Inter-American Development Bank
  • David Burstein, author, Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World
  • Martin Mayorga, founder and president of Mayorga Coffee, LLC
  • Scott Leonard, CEO and co-founder of Indigenous Designs Corporation
  • Morgan Simon, co-founder and CEO at Toniic
  • Michael Radparvar, founder and CMO of Holstee

To see a list of all featured speakers, visit

Featured Content
IIA will curate conversations targeted at dissecting the complicated web that has come to define the impact space and will highlight the most innovative leaders and valuable tools in the field today. All those in attendance will be expected to work together to make concrete commitments, form lasting relationships, and proactively engage in collective action.

Four kinds of sessions have been designed to foster these actions, including panels, workshops, intimate small-group conversations, and deal rooms. Content at IIA ranges from industry-specific discussions (i.e., building the ecosystem to support women entrepreneurs in Latin America) to investor-targeted conversations (i.e., creating a shared due diligence process) to exploring ways to mainstream impact investing (i.e., culture to couture: mainstreaming the impact movement through fashion).

For more details on these sessions and a full list of panels, workshops, conversations, and deal rooms, view the agenda:

About Impact Investing in Action
Impact Investing in Action (IIA), now in its third year, is a gathering of key industry actors designed to drive capital to early-stage companies and to build the ecosystem for impact investing in Latin America. These key actors include investors, entrepreneurs, and field builders (grant-giving institutions and foundations, impact accelerators, and universities).

IIA is designed to create an intimate, action-oriented environment that celebrates proactive engagement, field leadership, and bold commitments. Above all, IIA will create a space where we can come together and build lasting relationships. Learn more at

About the Georgetown School of Foreign Service Global Human Development Program
Two billion people today – almost a third of the world’s population – live in severe poverty. Reducing world poverty and promoting inclusive, human-centered growth are among the major challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The goal of the Master of Arts in Global Human Development program is to prepare students – through coursework, extra-curricular activity, and a practical fieldwork experience – to understand the challenges of development and provide them with the tools and experience to address those challenges as successful professionals.

The Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows Program, a collaboration between the Global Human Development program of the School of Foreign Service and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative of the McDonough School of Business is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the role of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in promoting sustainable development and to prepare them to become leaders and change agents in a rapidly changing world.

About the Global Social Enterprise Initiative
The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business aims to prepare current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that yield both economic and social value. Through practical training for global business leaders, the initiative advocates for transformative solutions to the world’s significant challenges in health and well-being, economic growth, the environment, and international development. Learn more at  or follow them on Twitter @GSEI_Georgetown.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.