List of Sponsors & Partners
Ard Credit is a publicly listed non-bank finance company, licensed by the FRC. It is a flagship of Ard Financial Group - a full-service financial holding company. Ard Credit was set up in April 2011 with the goal of providing access to inclusive financial services to Mongolians by leveraging the potential of innovative technologies. Ard Credit’s IPO in March of 2019 was 3 times oversubscribed.
Ard Credit offers a range of financial products and services to its customers through its proprietary mobile wallet. Ard App features self-enrollment, AI backed credit scoring, a unique loyalty point system based on blockchain technology and a powerful cross-selling platform for e-commerce, insurance, brokerage and payments services.
Ard Credit is owned by 1,500 individual shareholders, has 120,000 customers and over 10,000 borrowers as of the end of April, 2019.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the EU Bank, owned by the EU Member States. It is the largest multilateral borrower and lender by volume and provides finance and expertise for sound and sustainable investment projects that contribute to furthering EU policy objectives. Together with the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the EIB Institute it forms the EIB Group.
We are a major player in the field of financing and supporting the development of a sustainable and responsible microfinance sector worldwide. Jointly we further financial inclusion helping to create jobs and address local needs by tackling market gaps in the supply of financial services to micro-borrowers.
The EIB supports microfinance providers, investment fund managers, capacity building service providers and other industry stakeholders, thus promoting sustainable and responsible finance for smaller businesses and low-income households mainly in emerging countries but also in Europe.
The EIF facilitates access to finance for European micro-enterprises, SMEs and midcaps. It develops, promotes and implements equity and debt financing instruments which specifically target the needs of this segment, mainly in EU Member States.
The EIB Institute complements the actions of the EIB Group in the area of microfinance, mainly through grants and sponsorships. The Institute promotes conferences and other initiatives and supports higher education and research enabling the development of microfinance in Europe and beyond. It is a key pillar of the EIB Group’s community engagement.
responsAbility Investments AG is an asset manager in the field of development investments and offers professionally-managed investment solutions to private, institutional and public investors. The company’s investment solutions supply debt and equity financing predominantly to non-listed firms in emerging and developing economies. Through their inclusive business models, these firms help to meet the basic needs of broad sections of the population and to drive economic.
Symbiotics is the leading market access platform for impact investing. Over the past decade, the company has originated and structured nearly 3,700 investment transactions, worth more than USD 4.8 billion, on behalf of 425 companies in 83 emerging and frontier markets, all serving a measurable sustainable and inclusive finance objective, purchased by 50 different investment funds and institutional investors. Symbiotics is a registered asset manager in Switzerland, a registered investment adviser in the United Kingdom, and has further office presence in Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa and the United States, regrouping more than 145 employees worldwide.
BlueOrchard Finance Ltd
BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment manager, dedicated to fostering inclusive and climate-smart growth. BlueOrchard was founded in 2001, by initiative of the UN, as the world’s first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments. Today, BlueOrchard provides institutions in emerging and frontier markets with debt and equity financing and investors around the world with premium investment solutions, including credit, private equity, and sustainable infrastructure. With a major global presence and offices on four continents, BlueOrchard has invested to date more than USD 6bn across 80 emerging and frontier markets, enabling tangible social impact.
For additional information, please visit: www.blueorchard.com
CROWD CREDIT is a Japanese crowdfunding platform that provides debt capital to overseas Microfinance Institutions, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, Renewable Energy businesses, etc. Since its inception in 2013, the company has aimed to connect the debt borrowers in the countries with limited capital access and the investors in countries with little investment opportunities, namely Japan.
As of now, CROWD CREDIT has raised over US$ 160 million loan funds from 34,000 registered investors, and the fund size is continually growing
The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) aims to foster economic development and prosperity in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Neighbourhood Region by investing in the success of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) as well as private households. As access to financial services is key to developing this segment, EFSE focuses on helping financial sectors strengthen their ability to provide responsible financing for this target group. Alongside its investment activities through local partners, EFSE multiplies its impact through the EFSE Development Facility, which provides technical assistance, training, and other services to entrepreneurs and institutions.
EFSE was initiated by KfW Development Bank with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Commission. It is advised by Finance in Motion: www.finance-in-motion.com
As the first public-private partnership of its kind, EFSE draws its capital from donor agencies, international financial institutions, and private institutional investors.
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is the leading private Business School and Advisory Institute in Germany for the finance sector, offering top-ranked degree programmes and executive education with a focus on finance and management. Unlike other business schools, Frankfurt School also has a long track record of providing inclusive-finance advisory services & education. Over the past 27 years, Frankfurt School has successfully implemented more than 800 advisory projects in almost 100 countries all over the world, from small feasibility studies over institutional capacity building project up to multimillion EU-framework programmes. Some of the distinctive areas covered are Financial Inclusion, Micro and SME Finance, Women Banking & Empowerment, Risk Management, Sustainable & Climate Finance, and many more. This broad experience has been translated into an ever-growing comprehensive portfolio of executive education. Over the course of the past 20 years, 9,000 participants from more than 150 countries have joined one or more of our development and sustainable finance programmes, from one-week Summer & Winter Academies in Frankfurt, to certification e-learning courses, and even up to the fully fledged online programme Master of Leadership in Development Finance (MA).
Software Group is a global technology company specialized in digitalization and integration solutions for institutions that provide financial services. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria, it currently serves a worldwide client base in more than 65 countries from 9 regional offices located in Australia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico, the Philippines and the USA. The company’s vision is to accelerate financial inclusion by creating cutting-edge technology solutions. Some of Software Group’s customers are organizations such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Asian Development Bank, Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU), Financial Sector Deepening (FSD), 7 of the 10 biggest Microfinance networks, Bank South Pacific, Fullerton Financial Services Holding, Fidelity Bank Ghana, Access Holding, Grameen Koota Financial Services, Atlantic Money, CIB Egypt, Allianz Bank Bulgaria, etc. Visit us at: https://www.softwaregroup.com
Triple Jump is an impact-focused investment manager that provides meaningful and responsible investment opportunities in developing countries. Triple Jump believes that opportunities are not spread equally around the world, but talented people are. By providing financing and support to companies in developing countries, Triple Jump aims to empower individuals to improve their quality of life.