MICROFINANCE EVENT: MaRS Social Finance Forum; November 9-10, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Name: Social Finance Forum 2017

Event Date: November 9 – November 10, 2017

Event Location: MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cost: CAD 350 (USD 278) until August 15; CAD 600 (USD 477) thereafter.

Summary of Event: This event will cover topics including new financial technologies, closing the funding gap for female entrepreneurs, the evolution of development aid and exit strategies for impact investments. The agenda includes workshops, presentations, product showcase booths and sessions for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to funders. 

Background on Organizers: This forum is organized by the Medical and Related Sciences (MaRS) Centre for Impacting Investing, which was founded in 2011. It is part of the MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto-based nonprofit “urban innovation hub” [2]. In addition to connecting government agencies, charitable foundations and other nonprofit organizations, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing works with for-profit investors to address “society’s toughest problems” in a manner that generates financial returns [2].

Event Website: https://www.socialfinanceforum.ca/

For additional information, you may contact Muska Ulhaq by e-mail at mulhaq[at]marsdd.com or telephone at +1 416 673 8100.

By Matthew O’Neill, Research Associate

Sources and Additional Resources:

Social Finance Forum 2017:
https://www.socialfinanceforum.ca/

[1] About MaRS Discovery District:
https://www.marsdd.com/about/story/

[2] About the MaRS Center for Impact Investing:
https://impactinvesting.marsdd.com/services/

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