Good news: the impact ecosystem has never been stronger in Latin America and at a global level! More players get involved every day and commit from different parts of society to tackle crucial issues the region is facing in terms of health, education, financial inclusion, environment and sustainability. Traditional banking and investors, philanthropic foundations, family offices, universities, pension funds, and even governments all around the region, show a growing interest in social enterprises and impact investing, gradually permeating the idea that you can do good by doing well.

Why is this exciting? Because social and environmental challenges in Latin America are so big that all the philanthropic money and government aid in the world would not be enough to address them. And impact investing offers a unique opportunity to drive long-term outcomes such as the ambitious United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By channeling private capital towards disruptive projects implementing innovative solutions, we can improve the lives of thousands of people, providing them access to healthcare, quality education, clean energy, affordable housing and transportation. We can build resilient cities and communities that overcome obstacles and recover from adversity.

And then, what? What can we concretely do? As the leading impact investing platform in Latin America, New Ventures catalyzes innovative enterprises that both generate profit and contribute to solve social and environmental problems in the region. We try and help great ideas become success stories to inspire as many change makers as possible. And as firm believers in collective intelligence, empathy and shared knowledge, we created in 2011 the Latin American Impact Investing Forum (Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto – FLII) now known as the most important gathering of impact investing in the region.

Every year, the Forum brings together about 400 investors, entrepreneurs, and change makers from more than 20 countries around the globe to discuss sectorial trends, inspiring examples and strategic alliances.

This year, the agenda, designed with the support of our Advisory Board, will particularly focus on the power of resilience and the relations between United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and impact investing in Latin America.

From February 27th to March 1st, 2018, in Mérida, Yucatan, we will facilitate up to 40 thematic panels, participative workshops, Speed Talks, and networking sessions on health, education, financial inclusion, environment and sustainability challenges, among many other exciting topics.

So be part of the solution! Get inspired and join us for the 8th Latin American Impact Investing Forum! Click here for more information.