Financing Women Entrepreneurs
One-third of private businesses are owned or operated by women – and yet 80% of those needing credit can’t get as much they need. Women-owned businesses face the same challenges as other SMEs, plus more due to legal constraints and social norms. Learn how banks have turned lending to women entrepreneurs into a competitive advantage.
Asset-Based Lending: Moving Beyond Reliance on Fixed Assets
Collateral is a major constraint limiting lending to SMEs as many cannot prove ownership of land, the traditional form of collateral. But most SMEs have other assets such as receivables and inventory. Learn from financial institutions and fintechs who have mastered this method of providing much-needed credit to SMEs.
Workshop: Customer Input in New Product Design
“Start with the customer” is the common wisdom in designing new products and services. In this hands-on workshop, you will experience two very different methodologies for incorporating the customer perspective. Note: this session ends at 18.30.
Angels & VCs: Alternative Financing Sources
Start-ups rely on family and friends for capital, in part because financial institutions find them too risky. Yet some financial institutions are finding innovative ways to fund start-ups, as have angel investors and venture capitalists. In this session, we’ll explore different approaches to providing start-up SMEs the extra capital they need to grow.