HereO Ventures: Using Video Technology to Create Partnerships between Refugees and Investors
Facilitated by Ignacio Inda ’06SIPA
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
Refreshments included with RSVP
Uris Hall, Room 329
New York, NY
Vulnerable populations in post-conflict situations often experience feelings of isolation from the international community, difficulty accessing basic sources of income, and a lack of both full-time job opportunities and a favorable environment to launch their own businesses.
At the same time, individuals in developed countries also often feel helplessness related to the refugee crisis, and struggle to find meaning in their lives and their investments while finding a better return on their capital.
HereO Ventures is a two-sided for-profit social enterprise creating an online video platform to supply emotional support, peer-to-peer microfinance, and mentoring services to refugees and populations in post-conflict situations.
AREAS FOR DISCUSSION
- What are the benefits of such a video platform for both investors and refugees?
- Which aspects of the platform are most beneficial?
- How important is it to match refugees and investors based on commonalities?
- What features of the platform could make it easily scalable and attractive to customers on both sides of the platform?
Ignacio Inda is a bilingual investment banking professional with a 12-year career in La Paz, London, Madrid, and New York. He advises clients, finances, and restructures renewable energy, PPP/Infrastructure, and water transactions. His emerging markets banking experience is complemented by experience as a strategy consultant for internet start-ups, and as a non-profit 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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