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Making Impact Happen

13 December 2017 at 8:30 am - 11:30 am


On Wednesday December 13 in London, DigitalAgenda leads a morning of debate designed to help understand the people who invest to improve lives and the world around us. The event involves an audience of 150 founders, academics, policymakers and investors, drawn from the DigitalAgenda Network and beyond.

Making Impact Happen brings together some of the leading figures in social impact, for an immersive morning around a live question time format. We’ll explore:

  • The key challenges facing startups in the social impact sector
  • Regular pitfalls and mistakes to avoid when looking for investment
  • Tips for turning a great idea into a funded business
  • Decisions and factors influencing investment
  • The technology trends driving innovation and influencing change in this sector.

Guests will network with more than 150 founders, policymakers, academics and investors.

Our panel includes leading figures involved in investing for public purpose.

Daniel_KorskiDaniel Korski – Public – chief executivePublic is a new investment advisory business helping innovators transform local and central government services through digital. Daniel was previously deputy head of policy at 10 Downing Street under David Cameron and has also worked for the US State Department.



Sam Duncan – LeapFrog – head of impact
LeapFrog invests capital, people and knowledge in purpose-driven businesses, helping them to grow, be profitable and have real social impact. Sam leads LeapFrog’s ‘profit with purpose’ measurement work. She has 10 years of experience in emerging and developed markets in Australia, India, Honduras and Peru.

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Rod Schwartz – ClearlySo – chief executive

Impact investment bank ClearlySo is driven by a belief in the power of business to deliver positive change. Brooklyn-born Schwartz, a former investment banker, co-founded the firm nine years ago. Since then it has done 140 deals for 120 clients and this year expects to raise £60m.

Our audience of 150 is drawn from the DigitalAgenda Network, and beyond. Questions on the day will come from the floor.

Our question time chair is Oli Barrett MBE.

Wednesday December 13
NatWest, 250 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4RB

Tickets for Making Impact Happen cost £25+VAT each – but if you join the DigitalAgenda Network you will receive two free tickets as part of your membership benefits package.

Making Impact Happen is supported by NatWest. Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact us.


13 December 2017
8:30 am - 11:30 am


NatWest 250 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4AA
NatWest 250 Bishopsgate
London, EC2M 4AA

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