Session: Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship- unpacked
Within the tech industry and beyond, Social impact is gaining in currency. Investors and entrepreneurs are eager to show that they are broadly a force for good and can help in solving the UN sustainability goals of equality of Good Health, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Energy and more. They aim to demonstrate that profit is not their only objective.
Responsible investment (ESG) and impact investing are on the rise and the market for impact capital, currently sized at $60 billion, could grow over the next decade to $2 trillion.
But despite this growing interest, not everyone agrees on what “impact investing” and ‘’social entrepreneurship’’ actually mean and how effective they are in addressing the world pressing problems. Join us for this talk where we unpack and better understand the role of technology as an enabler of social change, different impact investment strategies and the reasons why a more gender-balanced system of social entrepreneurship can generate more impact.
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Bio: Elinor Honigstein
Elinor Honigstein has spent the last decade leading on community building, strategic and commercial partnerships and projects. She has been working in the intersection between technology and social impact and passionate about driving measurable change in the space of gender diversity and tech. Elinor is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at a UK government venture responsible for building global tech partnerships. She is a trained #IamRemarkable workshop facilitator (Google led initiative to encourage women and underrepresented communities to self-promote) and spends her free time mentoring, volunteering in charities and learning Italian.