New York, New York
One week in the Big Apple makes magic happen. During a one week stay the team had the chance to arrange meetings with several interesting actors in the social impact investment scene. Our team was specially happy to meet with the Global Social Investment Funds team at Deutche Bank. Having the opportunity to present our business case for this team that is about to setup a groundbreaking new social impact investment fund was very inspiring. That Deutche Bank is operating in novel manners on Wall Street makes one even more excited. We’d be happy to collaborate in the future when our proof of concept is up and running.
Addtinionally, our team met with the excellent Willow Impact Investors. This meeting was likewise very motivating. I am very pleased to find investors out there that share our values and this make me very excited about the future. For a social business it is key that we can find partners that can support our value set and strengthen our long term goals to have an environmental and social impact in the communities where we operate. Williow Impact Investors are also about to launch a impact investment fund with a follow up for social impact – groundbreaking stuff!
Finally, we scheduled a meeting with Rockefeller Foundation. We had a great meeting sharing experiences from the field and learning more about the SPEED programme withing their foundation that is looking at using gasfication technology to power telecom base stations in India. At Rockefeller they encouraged us to continue our efforts in East Africa and acknowledged that our model is innovative and has got potential in the Sub-Saharan Africa.