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.

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    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Aretsky's Patroon, 160 E 46th St, NYC
    • 44

    Join us Tuesday, August 28th, for a professional networking event and drinks in celebration of our organization's new name.

    Impact Capital Forum is the new brand and vision for our organization, which you previously knew as the Microfinance Club of New York.  We've updated our name as the Impact Capital Forum to reflect our broader coverage of the microfinance, impact, and social enterprise sectors.   We are now a 2,000+ network of professionals in financial services / financial inclusion / social impact.

    Please see our email of August 20 to members and past attendees announcing this re-branding.

    This networking event is a casual get together, featuring a cash bar from 5pm-8pm. Our last networking event drew 75 professionals, lots of brainstorming and good cheer.  See you there!

    Aretsky's Patroon (Rooftop)
    160 E. 46th St. between Lex. & Third
    NYC, NY
    (212) 883-7373
    • 06 Sep 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • P.S. Kitchen, 246 W. 48th St, New York, NY
    • 69

    NYC’s very own social enterprise restaurant - P.S. Kitchen

    Join the Impact Capital Forum on Thursday, September 6th, for a professional networking event and to learn about and experience NYC’s very own social enterprise restaurant.

    P.S. Kitchen opened door a year ago as NYC’s first restaurant existing solely as a "social business." They commit to:

    1. Creating jobs for those marginalized in New York, such as clients of partnering organizations.

    2. Donating 100% of profits to sustainable charitable work locally and overseas.

    3. Providing New Yorkers with delicious food options that are kind to the body and the earth.

    The restaurant offers an exquisite vegan menu from a renowned chef, fusing traditional French cuisine and Asian essences with American comfort food.  Think Maitake Steam Bao buns or Smokey BBQ Beyond Burger as two choices.

    This networking event is a casual get-together, featuring unlimited appetizers and cash bar from 5:30pm-7:30pm. We will hear about the restaurant's mission and experiences so far, from co-founder April Tam Smith - by day, a Managing Director in equity derivatives by day - and some of the staff. We hope to see you there!

    Watch the video trailer of a documentary on their journey, featuring familiar faces such as Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who was the first patron of P.S. Kitchen at the grand opening of their second floor!

    You must register to participate in advance. Entry is $20 for attendance solely at this event, or $10 suggested at the door for those who are Impact Capital Forum subscribed members, or who become members before the event.

    P.S. You're highly recommended to stay after the event for dinner, using a special discount code that Impact Capital Forum will share with those who have registered in advance.

    P.S. Kitchen
    246 W. 48th St.
    New York, NY 10036
    (212) 651-7247
    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Deloitte, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 50th Floor, NYC
    • 92

    "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 Lenddo. Lenddo 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, the company merged with Entrepreneurial Finance Lab to better serve 20+ emerging markets. See www.lenddo.com and http://include1billion.com/ .

    • Brian Merrill (moderator) is Senior Manager 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.

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.

 Aug-Sep'18 Gender Lens Investing II: Deeper Insights Leading to Action

Opportunity Zones: New Tax Incentives Stimulating Community Investment
 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
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

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