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SOCAP Update: DAY 1

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Mission Markets has had a productive and inspiring first day here at SOCAP!

We have been giving live demos and signing up issuers and investors all day at our exhibitor booth (above) and have attended as many of the excellent panel discussions as we could manage.

Coverage of all these sessions through a variety of media channels can be found on the SOCAP site but here are some highlights from what we’ve seen for ourselves:

The talk on “Connecting Private Capital Markets to Impact Investing Opportunities” was completely jam-packed.  This is a terrific indicator of how much excitement there is around impact investing, but we were lucky to even find a seat on the floor!

Many of the panelists commented on the exact marketplace deficiencies that led to the creation of Mission Markets:

Ron Cordes of The Cordes Foundation noted that there was no good way to find and compare impact investing opportunities.

Greg Ulrich of Money for Good said that the inability of knowing where to find good investment opportunities combined with insufficient ratings and benchmarks presented significant barriers to impact investors.

We were impatiently awaiting the opportunity to explain how Mission Markets directly addresses these issues, when  moderator Gerhard Pries of Sarona Asset Management beat us to the punch – and told the crowd about the recent lauch of our platform!  Looks like the word on Mission Markets is officially out!!

You should also check out Hope Consulting’s insightful and well-researched Money for Good survey on Impact Investing which was discussed at some length in this session.

Since impact measurement is such a core part of the Mission Markets model, we were also sure not to miss the session on “Harmonizing Tools to Measure Impact”.

This was another standing room only crowd, at least partly due to the excitement around the near-simultaneous official launch of the IRIS 2.0 taxonomy of impact indicators.  For the record, Mission Markets is a long-time advocate of IRIS (and the standardization it affords our sector) going all the way back to pre-version 1.0 🙂

This session really brought home the message that IRIS is just one piece of the larger metrics measurement puzzle.  With IRIS as a foundation, an entire performance ecosystem becomes possible, including the GIIRS Morningstar-style impact ratings report, and the PULSE portfolio management system for impact measurement.

We will continue to closely follow the impact investing and metrics tracks here at SOCAP, so please stay tuned for more on-the-spot updates on these topics – and others – as the conference continues…

– The Mission Markets Team

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Mission Markets operates a financial marketplace for the impact and sustainability community. On the Mission Marketplace members can raise capital, discover investment opportunities, buy and sell environmental credits, access comprehensive data and information, promote valuable products and services and connect with a community of like minded stakeholders. Our goal is to increase the flow of information and capital within the impact and sustainability sector and expand the stakeholder community as a whole.

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