Digitization is changing how businesses operate in emerging markets. Whether it is pay-as-you-go solar or better lending through mobile credit scores, innovation is enabling new businesses to serve local financing needs. A complementary revolution is happening on the investor side as well. Digital platforms are making it easier, cheaper, and more accessible for individual investors to invest in asset classes that were once only available to the very rich. This includes impact investing and investing in faraway markets. The dual shifts are opening an opportunity to reshape how we invest, who we invest in, who has access to capital, and who will drive the economic destiny of entire continents.
This fireside chat will be moderated by Jim Chu, an active investor in emerging market innovation and will host two guests: a startup fintech innovator seeking to expand access to capital for SME along with a mainstream institutional lender to discuss how the new and old worlds can evolve together to broaden access to capital in emerging markets.