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The mission of the Impact Capital Forum is to advance the impact investing and social enterprise sectors by providing a platform for innovation, collaboration, and thought leadership.

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    • 12 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc. 25 Broadway, 12th Floor, NYC

    Impact Capital Forum is pleased to host this showcase with three New York based social entrepreneurs. We are committed to promoting new business initiatives with a positive impact through our Social Enterprise Spotlight Series.

    This night features the founders of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Keap candles, and other businesses. Come engage and learn the path forward for these scalable, social enterprises. During our panel discussion, we will focus on the key areas of opportunities and challenges on their path to growth, their relationships with private and public investors, and the support needed from their communities.

    Our social entrepreneurs include:

    Robert Lee, Co-Founder & CEO of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine was founded in 2013. It targets a niche gap that is not being served by the larger existing organizations who have a minimum food donation requirement of 150 lbs. They use technology to facilitate the handling of excess food, and localize issues into sets of communities that can help sustain themselves. 

    Harry Doull, Founder of Keap. Keap is a B Corp certified candle company offering its products via a monthly subscription. The candles offer unique, proprietary scents developed by the world's foremost independent master perfumer, Christophe Laudamiel and delivers them with a emphasis on regenerative agriculture and circular consumption.  By using regenerative agriculture techniques, Keap’s wax supplier has created a palm wax as a by-product of an oil refining process, and in turn, Keap has found a way to turn that into an excellent candle.  On the circularity side, Keap's long-term vision is to be a zero-waste company and to inspire individuals and other companies to do the same. 

    *Third Entrepreneur to Be Announced


    6:00-6:30 PM   Registration/Networking

    6:30-7:30 PM   Panel Discussion

    7:30-8:30 PM   Networking

    Event Location:

    Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc. 

    25 Broadway, 12th Floor, 

    New York, NY 10004

    Please be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID to enter the building. 

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • NYU Wagner Graduate School, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor, NYC

    Explore how an advanced degree program can propel your career in sustainability, impact investing and philanthropy. Learn all about Sustainability Masters programs (MBA, JD, MA) and what they entail directly from the esteemed professors who teach the classes.

    Join us for a lively discussion led by esteemed professors from NYU, Bard, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania who can address your questions about their curricula. Find out how their master’s programs will enhance your skills and give you a competitive edge in the marketplace.  Meet and network with faculty for an insider's view. The goal of the program will be to share with prospective students (predominantly mid-level professionals) information on the various sustainable investing programs/higher educational opportunities.

    Speakers Include:


    • 5:30-6:00pm Registration/Networking
    • 6:00-7:00pm Program
    • 7:00-7:30pm Networking with light food & beverage


    To encourage the growth of the impact sector and its committed participants, this event is free of charge for all attendees. Please register in advance so that we may prepare accordingly.

    Please also consider becoming an ongoing member of Impact Capital Forum to gain access to our diverse community of impact professionals and and range of sector programming. 

    Event Location:

    Thanks to NYU for hosting this cross-institution event.

    NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School
    295 Lafayette Street -- 2nd Floor
    New York, NY  1001

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Deutsche Bank at 60 Wall Street, NYC
    Join us for a fireside chat with CEO Joan Larrea of Convergence and Fund Manager Sustainable Investments Moya Connelly of DWS about the power of blended finance. The session will highlight the effect of development finance when used as a catalyst to attract private investors and achieve impact at scale. Their discussion will be followed by a plenary session showcasing private funds with case studies. This event will be of great interest to those involved with institutional finance and impact investing as well as those who wish to learn about projects that blend financial and social returns.
    • Joan Larrea, CEO of Convergence. Convergence is the global network for blended finance. They generate blended finance data, intelligence, and deal flow to increase private sector investment in developing countries. Joan Larrea brings to Convergence 20 years of experience in emerging markets investing. Prior to joining Convergence, she led the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation's efforts to partner with philanthropic and private investors to increase capital flows to OPIC's target markets.
    • Moya Connelly, Fund Manager Sustainable Investments at DWS.  Moya Connelly is responsible for overseeing energy debt investments for DWS's Sustainable Investments NY group. Since joining DWS in 2013, she also has been responsible for overseeing microfinance and other alternative financial service relationships in Latin America. Earlier, Ms. Connelly was one of the founders of MicroVest, a microfinance investment management firm. She has served as the CFO of a capital management company, as an investment officer, and a member of the Board of various microfinance organizations.

    This business event takes place Wed., Sept.25 at Deutsche Bank on Wall Street. Registration in advance is required, available to the public and complimentary for Impact Capital Forum members.


    • 3:00-3:15 Registration
    • 3:15-3:45 Fireside Chat
    • 3:45-4:00 Refreshment Break
    • 4:00-5:00 Plenary session with funds and case studies
    • 5:00-5:30 Networking


    Thanks to Deutsche Bank for hosting. Upon arrival, visit the security desk on the main floor. There will be an escort to guide attendees to the presentation.

    • 09 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Orrick, 51 W 52nd St, NYC
    Showcasing Private Equity and Investing in Startups in Opportunity Zones

    This event is the fourth gathering of ICF's working group about Opportunity Zones. The working group's members will discuss early stage venture capital and SME investments that can optimize their Opportunity Zones investment activity.

    This Working Group session will showcase investors who are uniquely experienced in the merged field of non-real estate investments and opportunity zones. These investors include:

    • Vijar Kohli, co-Founder and Portfolio Manager at Golden Door Asset Management. They are best known for identifying technological efficiencies within their portfolio companies. Prior to founding Golden Door Asset Management, Vijar was a successful prime brokerage analyst at JPMorgan Chase managing capital structures and allocations of over $1 billion for a number of hedge funds. Vijar is a graduate of Seton Hall University with degrees in Accounting, Economics, and Finance, and studied at Princeton University.
    • Brian Phillips, Managing Partner, The Pearl Fund, the nation's first tax-free venture capital fund, with a focus on opportunity zones. Brian has been an early-stage entrepreneur, a global expert on economic development by using entrepreneurship, an advisor to Ivy League facility on how to convert their inventions into viable businesses, and an intrapreneur in several global organizations. As a founding CEO he has raised over $33M in venture capital. Mr. Phillips has been an advisor on entrepreneurship to global firms like Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, IBM and Arthur Young, as well as charitable organizations focused on entrepreneurship like the Aspen Institute, the Clinton Foundation, TechoServe and Endeavor Global.

    What are Opportunity Zones?

    Opportunity Zones have emerged as a transformative economic development tool, providing a new incentive to place much-needed capital into distressed communities. Opportunity Zones also offer investors opportunities to defer and/or reduce their tax liabilities when committing capital within designated areas. A helpful guide to Opportunity Zone investing is here.

    The working group is open to new members. It is relevant to those investing in Opportunity Zones - or supporting such investment - including foundations, financial institutions, impact investing intermediaries, fund managers, investors, attorneys, advisors, and real estate developers.


    Orrick - 51 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019.

    Breakfast will be served.

    The event is co-sponsored by Impact Capital Forum and Orrick, a law firm and leading advisor in the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure, and Financial sectors globally.

    How to Register

    When you visit this event's registration web page, you have the choice of registering as a new or existing Impact Capital Forum ‘member’; this includes access to all future working group meetings, participation in electronic communications of the working group, as well as access to other ICF impact sector events. To become a member, visit our Membership web page. There is also an option to register for the breakfast as a ‘non-member’, which includes access to just the one event.

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09 Aug 2019 Summer Social with Impact Capital Forum at Rubin Museum
22 Jul 2019 Speed Networking Event - Connecting for Impact
26 Jun 2019 Applying Blockchain to Financial Inclusion - Identity, Ownership, Lending & Payments
11 Jun 2019 Wine & Cheese with FABSCRAP - Creating a 2nd Life for Used Fabrics in NYC - Social Enterprise Showcase
03 Jun 2019 China’s Belt & Road Initiative: Implications for Development Finance and Sustainable Investing
22 May 2019 Working Group Breakfast - Opportunity Zone Investing
07 May 2019 Opportunity Zones Part II: Insights into the New Regulations
06 May 2019 Spring Networking Event - Celebrate 'Impact' with Us
29 Apr 2019 Getting to 100% Impact in your Portfolio and Beyond
25 Apr 2019 Digital Innovations in Financial Inclusion in Emerging Markets
02 Apr 2019 The SDGs as a Public-Private Bridge: Managing Risk, Return and Impact
14 Mar 2019 Innovative Tech Products to Facilitate Impact Capital Markets
12 Mar 2019 A New Era in US Development Finance: The $100bn Multiplier - Fireside Chat with David Bohigian, Acting President & CEO, OPIC
26 Feb 2019 The Future of Social Impact Bonds: Blending Private Investment with Impact Performance
20 Feb 2019 Working Group Breakfast - Opportunity Zone Investing (Recurring Event)
06 Feb 2019 Embrace Impact: Aligning Your Portfolio with Your Values
23 Jan 2019 Inaugural Working Group Breakfast - Opportunity Zone Investing (SOLD OUT)
16 Jan 2019 ESG Standards in Private Equity: How SASB’s industry specific standards inform Private Investing (SOLD OUT)

Programs Coming Soon

These will be posted, with details, in the Next Events section above as dates are announced.
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