Symposium on scaling social businesses
On 18th and 19th November 2015 ICS and Ka Tutandike Uganda will host the symposium: Scaling Social Business in East Africa in Kampala, Uganda. A social business differentiates from a ‘regular’ business by aiming for social impact as much as financial profit. Impact investing is growing in popularity while change makers dare to include economic return in their initiatives. But how do promising impact businesses make the step to a mature enterprise that still has social impact? And when does a social enterprise become an interesting incentive for investors? This first regional East Africa symposium gives insight into and potential solutions for the financial and organizational challenges that many entrepreneurs in East Africa are facing today.
Special attention will be given to examining the struggles of social enterprises to attract timely and sufficient funding, and to the challenges faced by investors to identify suitable investment opportunities for short and long term portfolios. Through interactive dialogue between relevant East African stakeholders, we aim to generate new ideas to identify and overcome existing hurdles. The focus will be on agriculture, education, health and environment.
Who will attend this symposium?
Representatives from impact businesses, multinational corporations, financial institutions, impact investors, international development organizations, civil society, government representatives, business leaders and entrepreneurs.