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Betting on the Unbettable: How micro-investing in diverse underestimated founders at the BOP can revolutionize Impact Investing

Francisco Abad Guerra Codeis

In the heart of impact investing lies a paradox: the most transformative solutions often emerge from those deemed too risky, too unconventional, or simply “unbettable.” “Betting on the Unbettable” unveils the pioneering journey of Understatement Founders, an investment fund daring to defy conventional wisdom by placing bets on those at the bottom of the pyramid. This session is not just a story about a fund; it’s a bold reimagining of what constitutes value, risk, and return in the world of impact investing.
In just seven minutes, we’ll explore how Understatement Founders is challenging and reshaping the investment landscape by:

– Empowering the Marginalized: Delve into how investing in diverse entrepreneurs—those in remote regions like the Amazon, credible LGBT+ individuals, and other marginalized groups—transforms communities from within. These stories highlight that those closest to societal problems often hold the keys to the most innovative, sustainable solutions.

– Redefining Failure and Success: By supporting individuals who believe they are destined to fail, Understatement Founders flips the script on traditional notions of investment success. We’ll examine how this approach not only yields high social impact but also uncovers unexpected financial returns, proving that betting on the “unbettable” can lead to groundbreaking successes.

– Advocating for Non-Traditional Education and Lifelong Learning: This section will underscore the importance of supporting individuals who lack access to formal education yet possess the innate potential to be agents of change. Through examples, we’ll illustrate how non-traditional education and lifelong learning initiatives are crucial components in nurturing this untapped talent pool.

– Calling for a New Investment Paradigm: The presentation culminates in a powerful call to action, urging impact investors to expand their horizons and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as non-negotiable pillars of their investment strategies. By investing in the end of the pyramid, we not only address immediate social challenges but also sow the seeds for a more equitable, sustainable future.

The controversial stance that “the only way to truly understand diversity is by betting on it” will serve as the guiding thread throughout the presentation. This assertion challenges attendees to reconsider their investment approaches and beliefs about risk, urging a collective shift towards more inclusive, impactful investment practices.

“Betting on the Unbettable” is more than a session; it’s a provocation, a conversation starter, and ultimately, a beacon for anyone in the impact investing space committed to driving genuine, lasting change. Join us to discover how the boldest bets on diversity and inclusion are paving the way for a new era of impact investing.

Track

DEI, Ownership and Impact

Format

Brief and Bold (1 Speaker, keynote style)

Speakers

  • NameFrancisco Abad Guerra
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationCodeis

Description

In the heart of impact investing lies a paradox: the most transformative solutions often emerge from those deemed too risky, too unconventional, or simply “unbettable.” “Betting on the Unbettable” unveils the pioneering journey of Understatement Founders, an investment fund daring to defy conventional wisdom by placing bets on those at the bottom of the pyramid. This session is not just a story about a fund; it’s a bold reimagining of what constitutes value, risk, and return in the world of impact investing.
In just seven minutes, we’ll explore how Understatement Founders is challenging and reshaping the investment landscape by:

– Empowering the Marginalized: Delve into how investing in diverse entrepreneurs—those in remote regions like the Amazon, credible LGBT+ individuals, and other marginalized groups—transforms communities from within. These stories highlight that those closest to societal problems often hold the keys to the most innovative, sustainable solutions.

– Redefining Failure and Success: By supporting individuals who believe they are destined to fail, Understatement Founders flips the script on traditional notions of investment success. We’ll examine how this approach not only yields high social impact but also uncovers unexpected financial returns, proving that betting on the “unbettable” can lead to groundbreaking successes.

– Advocating for Non-Traditional Education and Lifelong Learning: This section will underscore the importance of supporting individuals who lack access to formal education yet possess the innate potential to be agents of change. Through examples, we’ll illustrate how non-traditional education and lifelong learning initiatives are crucial components in nurturing this untapped talent pool.

– Calling for a New Investment Paradigm: The presentation culminates in a powerful call to action, urging impact investors to expand their horizons and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as non-negotiable pillars of their investment strategies. By investing in the end of the pyramid, we not only address immediate social challenges but also sow the seeds for a more equitable, sustainable future.

The controversial stance that “the only way to truly understand diversity is by betting on it” will serve as the guiding thread throughout the presentation. This assertion challenges attendees to reconsider their investment approaches and beliefs about risk, urging a collective shift towards more inclusive, impactful investment practices.

“Betting on the Unbettable” is more than a session; it’s a provocation, a conversation starter, and ultimately, a beacon for anyone in the impact investing space committed to driving genuine, lasting change. Join us to discover how the boldest bets on diversity and inclusion are paving the way for a new era of impact investing.

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