Agora Partnerships


Impact Investing in Action

Impact Investing in Action (IIA) is an action-forcing event that is brought to larger conferences and gatherings to drive capital into early- and growth-stage companies across Latin America.

At IIA, Agora entrepreneurs seeking capital host a Deal Discussion aimed at facilitating financing relationships. As a complement to more traditional “pitch” sessions where entrepreneurs are given a brief window to present their companies to a large room, a Deal Discussion provides an opportunity for an entrepreneur to hold a more in-depth conversation (45 minutes) with a smaller group of financers (8-10) interested in the entrepreneur’s impact theme.

In order to foster collaboration, the Deal Discussions are anchored by a question of strategic importance to the entrepreneur, one on which he or she seeks genuine input from the Deal Discussion participants. This allows both the entrepreneur and financers to quickly identify whether there is real potential to work together and to ensure that the right financial resources are channeled to the business.

Capital Advisory Services

Agora provides CAS for an additional fee to help entrepreneurs navigate the complex details of the financing process with financers. Support services include:

  • Match-Making: identify and connect the entrepreneur with potential financers in the Agora Network based on the needs identified in the financing project and the goals and interests of network members.*
  • Due Diligence Support: accompany the entrepreneur during due diligence meetings financers and assist them with follow up requests.*
  • Financial Model Tailoring and Validation: tailor the financial model created by the entrepreneur during the business consulting phase and validate the assumptions of that model from a financer’s perspective.*
  • Term Sheet Analysis and Deal Advising: share the term sheet templates for innovative financing structures and model the proposed financing terms to help the entrepreneur understand the implications and effects on the business.*
  • Deal Closing Support: provide assistance to both the entrepreneur and the financer during the deal closing process to ensure that all documentation is clearly understood and completed in a timely manner.*

Closing the pioneer gap

Agora companies are often called the “missing middle”—too big for microfinance and too small for traditional banks.


They are called “small and growing businesses” (SGBs) by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and increasingly referred to as “pioneers.” These pioneering companies represent how the 21st century will fight poverty and inequality but the capital markets to support them are only in their infancy, creating what has been termed the “pioneer gap.” Closing this gap—unleashing the potential of these companies—is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities facing global development efforts. Financing Agora companies is a simple and powerful way to help close the pioneer gap.

 

FAQ

How does impact investing differ from grant or commercial investing?
Broadly, an impact investment is any use of capital with the aim of addressing social and environmental problems. This can include financial, human, and knowledge capital. Unlike commercial investments, the success of an impact investment is measured by its positive social impact rather than its risk-return profile alone, and it targets a range of returns.

I run a family foundation and I’m interested in impact investing, but don’t know how to get started.  What should I do?
Join us! Becoming part of the Agora Network will provide you with regular opportunities to connect with entrepreneurs, funds, and other organizations. Our goal is to show you precisely how your financing can make an impact.

Is there a fee to join the Agora Network?
Joining the Agora Network is absolutely free. As part of the network, financers are given the opportunity to make an impact on their terms while reaping the many benefits of membership.

What do I have to do to become a member?
Simply sign up on the Agora Network database to join our community.

Contact Us

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments about the Agora Network.





Washington DC

Impact Hub DC
419 7th St NW,
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20004
Tel: 202-580-8776

Managua

Residencial Altamira D'Este,
del Banpro 1 cuadra abajo, No. 82
Managua, Nicaragua
Tel: 505-2270-2700
US VoIP: 202-558-6962

Mexico City

Av. Insurgentes Sur 318
Roma Norte,
06700 Cd de México, CDMX
Mexico

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