Financing Impact Innovation – East and West Perspectives

March 3, 2021 @ 13:00

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the perceptions of both investors and entrepreneurs as the impacts of pandemic have disparately affected the human communities around the world. This global crisis of Coronavirus isn’t a trigger but a catalyst to expose the economic challenges accumulated from the global recession and long-standing disparities throughout societies in the long past. It has driven more business leaders to amplify their efforts to address sustainable technology and contribute to positive solutions that strengthen both market and societal resilience to future crises. Policymakers, impact entrepreneurs and investors are motivated by a common desire to advance green technology, healthcare and environmental innovations, digital economy and clean energy in the realms of both business and public policy. Their intuition is clear, that is to pursue two goals at once – investment returns and social or environmental returns.

How would business elites, like you, vitalize ideas for a positive impact in the demanding and pragmatic world like today? Why would venture capitalists, institutional investors and pension fund to spare their attention to your proposal for a better future? How close may we implement the ESG guidance in our business activities alongside a financial return?

Please join with Yang Du (Former Vice Chairman, Chinese Asset Management Association of Hong Kong) and impact investor Richard Georg Engström (founder of The One Initiative) and listen to their views on why and how sustainable causes attract more and more capital. They will share observations and case studies on the subject, from the motives of the policy-makers in the Eastern & Western countries, to the evolution of ethical financing standards, even down to the focus of how social and environmental entrepreneurs to develop, to build, to grow and to scale up solutions for a better world.

Following content will be covered and discussed during this session:
– Motivations for policy makers to achieve ESG standards in different continents/countries – Realities and responses of the market, how to achieve both goals of profit and ESG at once – How impact innovation to became a USP (unique selling point) for start-up business – How we can leverage green standards for joint efforts in European / US business innovation – Case studies of how business can seize the innovative ideas whilst attracting financial investment in Europe / US- Discrepancies and topics for improvement in the process of funding impact innovation