The Reality on the Ground – Free Talks
Hear from leading practitioners in the field about the opportunities and challenges for SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) investment in the US and Internationally. SMEs, often described as too large for microfinance but too small for corporate banking, represent an important economic sector in any country. SMEs are the engine of development and an indicator of a thriving economy. However, SMEs in emerging markets have traditionally lacked access to capital, which restrains their ability to grow. In recent years, this has begun to change, as emerging markets banks are increasingly servicing the particular financial needs of SMEs.
MicroVest is an asset management firm that offers global investment opportunities across its family of funds. The company invests capital in under-banked markets, providing access to a growing portfolio of sustainable financial institutions. MicroVest’s emphasis on detailed due diligence process and focus on aligning values can result in meaningful financial returns for its investors. Since 2003 MicroVest has demonstrated that investing in its funds can be both profitable and purposeful. As of December 2016, MicroVest managed $411 million across all its funds.
Community Investment Management is the first impact investment firm focused on marketplace lending. CIM provides responsible and transparent financing to small businesses in the United States in partnership with a select group of technology-driven lenders. CIM combines experience, innovation, and values to align the interests of small business borrowers and investors.