Partnering For Global Impact® 2012 to be held In Lugano, Switzerland in July
New conference to create a powerful platform to support innovative solutions to global social and environmental challenges
Zurich and Lugano, Switzerland – February 22, 2012:
EBD Group, the leading partnering firm for the life science industry, today announced that the inaugural Partnering for Global Impact® conference will take place in Lugano, Switzerland, July 9–10, 2012 at the Lugano Convention Centre. Partnering for Global Impact will use EBD Group's partneringONE® system to provide an effective platform for collaboration between impact investors, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and organizations looking to support and deliver social impact around the world.
Impact investing aims to solve social or environmental challenges while generating financial returns. These investments provide measurable social impact and are driven by scalable and sustainable business models, a hybrid approach that is rapidly gaining currency around the world.
"Impact investing has the potential to grow to become a USD 500 billion market in the next ten years. To fulfill the promise of this approach to investment requires the creation of a marketplace that enables all parties in the value chain to efficiently and effectively interact and do business," said Cornelius Pietzner, Managing Director of Alterra Impact Finance, an impact investment management firm based in Zurich, Switzerland. "Partnering for Global Impact is an important event specifically designed to help develop this much needed marketplace, which will facilitate the connections leading to positive social change around the world."
Partnering for Global Impact will leverage EBD Group's proven partnering conference format and partneringONE software. EBD Group's six annual partnering events are held around the world, and feature two of Europe's largest partnering events, BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®. EBD Group's partneringONE software has generated over 138,000 one-to-one meetings over just the past five years, resulting in approximately USD 2.5 billion in deals in the life science industry each year.
"Partnering for Global Impact will be an important catalyst for the burgeoning impact investing industry," says Carola Schropp, President, EBD Group. "The conference is dedicated to raising the profile of social impact organizations through partnering, and ultimately improving the quality of life for disadvantaged communities. By matching social entrepreneurs with the right organizations, we can help them to scale up their activities and achieve more systemic change around the world."
About Partnering for Global Impact:
Partnering for Global Impact is an annual forum for investors, social entrepreneurs, foundation leaders, development agencies, families and executives from family offices to gather for two days of insightful panel discussions, project presentations and, most crucially, one-to-one meetings. The conference will attract major players from each group, making it an exclusive, high-level, partnership-oriented setting. A select group of companies with innovative social impact businesses will also present funding opportunities in five key sectors: education, healthcare, housing, financial services, and water.
The application deadline for social impact organizations to present at Partnering for Global Impact is April 27, 2012. Details on the application process can be found online at www.ebdgroup.com/pgi/presenters/index.php.
The early bird deadline for registration for the conference is May 18, 2012 to save CHF 200. Information on the conference and registration details can be found online at www.ebdgroup.com/pgi/index.php.
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About EBD Group
EBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group's partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success.
EBD Group's conferences are run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations and include:
- BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®, Europe's largest life science partnering conferences, supported by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
- BioPharm America™, the fastest growing partnering event in North America
- Biotech Showcase™, a unique forum in San Francisco for presenting to investors and business development executives, co-produced with Demy-Colton Life Science Advisors
- BioEquity Europe, the investor conference co-organized with BioCentury Publications and BIO
- ChinaBio® Partnering Forum, the first dedicated biotech/pharma partnering conference in China, co-produced with ChinaBio® LLC
- EuroMedtech™, EBD Group's partnering event for the innovative medical technology industry
- Partnering for Global Impact®, a new partnering conference providing an innovative forum to partner, identify and generate social and philanthropic investment and funding opportunities
EBD Group's sophisticated web-based partnering service, partneringONE®, is used as the partnering engine at numerous third-party events around the world, and partnering360® is the open online community of life science dealmakers that enhances partnering experiences throughout the year.
Outside of the conference format, EBD Group's consultants provide hands-on assistance for firms seeking to in- or out-license products and technologies.
EBD Group has offices in the USA and Europe.
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