- "And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero." -- Walt Whitman
Agora’s leadership on developing and testing new metrics for development put it in the top tier of organizations working to support small and growing businesses in the developing world. – Brad Presner, Acumen Fund
Agora is committed to doing our part to help create global standards that can help drive capital to impact entrepreneurs. So how do we measure impact?
This work includes beta-testing and using the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) and as well as the Global Impact Investing Ratings System (GIIRS). Agora Entrepreneurs will be among the first in the world to be GIIRS rated and we are committed to providing timely and useful feedback to the GIIRS teams. Agora is also proud to manage a Pioneer GIIRS fund, and be an official pilot user of the Pulse portfolio management system, the software used to collect and manage IRIS data. We are working to try to get all entrepreneurs we work with to provide data consistent with IRIS so that we can report it to broader funder and investor community.