Jack Knellinger is an entrepreneur with a lifelong commitment to impact. After spending years as a software developer, his journey as an entrepreneur began by leading Ashoka’s expansion efforts throughout the Pacific Northwest in the United States. Following his time funding and supporting more than 30 youth-led enterprises at Ashoka, Jack led the expansion of Microsoft’s Employee Engagement program. During his tenure at Microsoft, philanthropic contributions from employees rose to $100M USD for the first time in the company’s history resulting in support for more than 17,000 organizations. After leaving Microsoft in 2012, he supported the set up an early stage fund that has been investing in impact enterprises in Seattle over the past five years and expanded Social Venture Partners, a venture philanthropy organization, to India for the first time. In 2015, after founding or co-creating two other impact enterprises with global reach he co-founded Capria. Capria is advancing the next generation of impact fund managers in emerging markets that deliver superior returns and scaled impact with the goal to launch at least 15 new impact funds in the next five years.
09 Jun 2017
The session will highlight the key issues hampering the access to finance and explore innovative approaches that can be adopted by policymakers, investors, lenders and entrepreneurs to bridge the funding gap.