Our Mission

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

Founded in 2003, the organization previously was known as the Microfinance Club of NY.

July 2018: The Board of Directors is proud to announce our organization's new name - the Impact Capital Forum. Founded as the Microfinance Club of New York in 2003, we have steadily expanded our programs to encompass the impact sector by addressing the use of financial capital, human capital, technology and natural resources to improve the world, all through the lens of financial services. Thanks to all our members and partners who enthusiastically have supported this vision! We invite you to participate in our programs and thought leadership initiatives in this new chapter for ICF.

As of October 1, 2018, there will be an increase in our annual membership fee from $25 to $45. Students, seniors, low-income individuals and the unemployed will be eligible for a reduced rate of $25/year. This is the first change in many years and enables our organization to offer more educational programs, of greater depth and variety, at convenient business locations and with food & beverage.  Sign up, or renew your membership, before Oct.1st to take advantage of the legacy rate. Please browse our list of upcoming and recent events below!

Next Events

    • 26 Sep 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Impact Hub NYC, 395 Broadway, 5th Floor, NYC
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    Impact Capital Forum is pleased to co-host a special event arranged for angel investors. Angel investors are invited to breakfast with 9 emerging market impact entrepreneurs hailing from Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Turkey and Rwanda. 

    The entrepreneurs are part of Accelerate2030, a global program in 19 emerging market countries initiated by Impact Hub, UNDP, and the International Trade Centre. From 300 startups initially engaged, the finalists now are visiting New York during the UN's Global Goals week.

    Come learn, engage and consider opportunities to invest and/or collaborate with scalable, social enterprises in rapidly growing economies. This is an intimate breakfast format, taking place the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 26, beginning 8:30. There are 9 places available, to allow for deep interaction with each of the 9 finalists.  We ask that only accredited investors* with an interest in angel investing in global startups register.

    Our co-host is Impact Hub New York City, a certified B corporation, that connects local innovators with the resources they need to accelerate their impact and offers membership community space. Their Manhattan office, and location for this event, is 395 Broadway.

    *Per the SEC, "accredited investor" includes individuals whose annual income exceeds US$200,000 ($300,000 if combining your income and that of your spouse), *or* possesses net worth exceeding US$ 1 million.

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Deloitte, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 50th Floor, NYC

    "Big data" and related analysis through AI/Machine Learning are changing how projects of all kinds are driven forward. The impact capital/financial inclusion/economic policy sectors have made inroads using these techniques, including loan underwriting, constituent/customer acquisition and macro-economic forecasting, however the full potential of big data-driven initiatives remains largely untapped. At this panel, learn:

    • how big data differs from traditional data analysis;

    • how machine learning approaches provide promising techniques to extract insights but needs to be used with care;

    • the successes and challenges of applying big data to understanding financial, economic and social activity;

    • how best to acquire big data (from public and private sources) and develop the talent to make use of it.

    Speakers include:

    • Julia Lane, Professor at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, and an NYU Provostial Fellow for Innovation Analytics. Dr. Lane is involved in US and international efforts to use highly granular economic data for economic policy-making.  See https://wagner.nyu.edu/community/faculty/julia-lane.

    • Jeff Stewart, founder of LenddoEFL. LenddoEFL is a world leader in scoring and identity verification technology, using non-traditional data to provide credit scoring and verification for the emerging middle class. In 2017, Lenddo merged with Entrepreneurial Finance Lab to better serve 20+ emerging markets. See www.lenddo.com and http://include1billion.com/.

    • Zach Hervieux-Moore, head of Data Science Engineering at Stratyfy. Stratyfy’s decision management solution empowers leaders with technology that combines the insights and agility of AI, with the control and transparency of traditional scorecards or rule engines. In essence, their software uniquely explains the ‘why’ behind what is otherwise a ‘black-box’ outcome with little or no explanation using standard machine learning. Offering a cross-industry solution, Stratyfy is able to advise organizations on the steps required to maximize use of these cutting-edge, data science technologies. See www.stratyfy.com.
    • Brian Merrill (moderator) is Managing Director at Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. He specializes in forensic accounting, data mining and related application development.  See www.linkedin.com/in/brian-merrill-3aaa341/


    6:00-6:15pm: Registration & Networking
    6:15-7:30pm: Presentation & Q&A
    7:30-8:00pm: Networking/Interaction with Panelists

    Special thanks to Deloitte for hosting this event.

    Enter 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the side street halfway between 5th and 6th Ave., running from 49th to 50th St., across the street from the west side of the skating rink. The event is at Deloitte on the 50th floor. The 1st floor welcome desk may ask you first to visit the Deloitte reception office also on the 1st floor, in order to receive a guest pass or be escorted upstairs.

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, 51 W. 52nd St, 23rd Flr., New York

    Opportunity Zones have emerged as a transformative economic development tool, providing a new incentive to place much-needed capital into distressed communities. They also offer investors opportunities to defer and/or reduce their tax liabilities. With the designation of Opportunity Zones and Treasury’s anticipated clarifying Resolutions, industry leaders will advise how to effectively navigate Opportunity Zones and use this tax incentive to spur investment in low-income areas. 

    This breakfast roundtable is highly relevant to fund managers, individual investors, advisors and real estate developers. It takes place on Monday, October 22, from 8:30-11:00am. Continental breakfast will be served.


    Industry leaders will discuss best practices and policy approaches for Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds and the current state of play based on recent developments.

    Moderated by Perry Teicher of law firm Orrick, Herington & Sutcliffe, LLP.


    8:30-9:00am: Breakfast & Networking
    9:00-10:30am: Roundtable Discussion
    10:30-11:00am: Networking and 1-on-1 Interaction with Panelists


    Upon arriving at 51 W. 52nd St., please come up to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's offices on the 23rd floor.

Programs Coming Soon

These will be posted, with details, in the Next Events section above as dates are announced.
Write info@impactcapitalforum.org if you'd like to participate in organizing an event theme.

 Oct-Dec '18
Strengthening Investment in East Africa: Technical assistance for building pipeline & post-investment support
  Financing for Global Solar Energy... Here Comes the Sun
  Ethical Fashion and Impact Capital - A Perfect Fit
 Jan-Mar '19
SDGs: How the UN's Sustainable Development Goals are driving Impact Capital

Applying Behavioral Economics to Financial Inclusion for Freedom of Choice

Sustainability Standards in Private Equity: Practical Implementation of SASB

Leveraging Blockchain for International Payments and Identity/Asset Tracking
Gender Lens Investing II: Deeper Insights Leading to Action

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