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Spark: HereO Ventures

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HereO Ventures: Using Video Technology to Create Partnerships between Refugees and Investors

Facilitated by Ignacio Inda ’06SIPA

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
6-8 p.m.
Refreshments included with RSVP

Uris Hall, Room 141
3022 Broadway
New York, NY

Populations in post-conflict areas often experience isolation from the international community, have difficulty accessing basic sources of income, and lack opportunities to find either full-time job opportunities or a favorable environment to launch their own businesses. 

At the same time, individuals in developed countries are unsure of how to address the refugee crisis and are simultaneously unable to find meaningful investment opportunities that both address a societal challenge and provide a return on their capital. 

HereO Ventures is a two-sided for-profit social enterprise designed to facilitate a cross-border supply of the three HereO pillars (peer-to-peer micro-debt/micro-equity loans, professional mentoring services, and emotional support) to refugees and other populations in post-conflict situations via an online video platform. 


  • Which of the three HereO pillars add the most value?
  • How can HereO balance the importance of profitability with its social mission?
  • Does a mentorship relationship between investor and investee make sense in this socio-economic/cultural context?
  • How can HereO overcome technical and communication challenges? 

Ignacio Inda is a bilingual investment banking professional with a 12-year career in La Paz, London, Madrid, and New York. He advises clients and finances/restructures renewable and conventional energy, PPP/Infrastructure, and water transactions. His emerging markets banking experience is complemented by his initial years as a strategy consultant for internet start-ups and as a nonprofit corporate fundraiser.  

Ignacio's education includes a Master’s in International Finance & Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (funded through a two-year Fulbright scholarship), a graduate degree in Social Impact Strategy from UPenn, and an MSc/BSc in industrial engineering from Universidad Pontificia Comillas's ICAI School in Spain.



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This workshop is supported by the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Club, Green Business Club, and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

December 11th, 2018 from  6:00 PM to  8:00 PM
Uris Hall, Room 141
New York, NY 10027
United States
Phone: (212) 854-1649