Scaling Up Social Purpose Organisations

Event Details
  • June 4th, Monday, 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Breakout Room 327
David Woods

David Woods

Chairman Impact Enterprise Fund

Read session notes here. 

Session Description

Support for Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs), which includes social enterprises and non-profit organisations, have grown in Asia through the provision of not just financial capital but human and intellectual capitals. We have seen an increase in boot-camps, incubation programmes and funding awards in the region to help SPOs conceptualise, launch and build minimal viable products. However, the momentum to support early stage SPOs does not seem to be sustained through to growth-stage as funders’ risk appetite diminish. Intermediaries helping SPOs to accelerate also play a big role in equipping the success of investable deals. This session will look at who are the range of stakeholders in the social investment space and how they might enable SPOs to scale. It will also look at how these stakeholders are collaborating with each other, within their market and across the regions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Examples of funders and resource providers (intermediaries) working together to help scale SPOs
  • Opportunities (and/or challenges) within local and regional markets for SPOs to gain resources
  • Innovative ideas and platforms where funders and resource providers (intermediaries) can be equipped to help growth-stage SPOs


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