Director & Co-Founder Anthem Asia
While social investing has gained significant traction globally, there still exists a dearth of patient capital channeled into potentially high-growth social enterprises, particularly those with unproven social business models. Access to capital can be scare and more expensive compared to large enterprises. Bridging this funding gap requires not only investors’ willingness to wait with greater patience to realize their returns on investments but also collaboration among different investors.
The session will highlight the key issues hampering the access to finance and the approaches that can be adopted by investors, lenders, entrepreneurs and policymakers to bridge the funding gap. Through the discussions, the panel will examine the spectrum of funding options, how investors screen investees, and how investors collaborate with other partners. Challenges and lessons learned will also be highlighted.
- What are the main challenges facing social businesses in accessing capital? What is the spectrum of capital available?
- What are the main considerations of investors and lenders in assessing potential investees?
- What are the main issues facing collaborative partnerships between investors, lenders and businesses? How can we overcome these challenges?