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Unveil Impact Investing Under COVID-19, with Paul Meyers, Asian Digital Veteran and Investor

Episode Summary

The general public is increasingly becoming more aware of the value of sustainability. How is the investment world reacting to that? Impact investing - investment that generates positive social or environmental impact alongside financial returns. Today, we have a great conversation about impact investing with Paul Meyers, an Asian digital veteran with over 25 years of experience, who helped set up ADBVentures, the Asian Development Bank’s first emerging market impact fund. Paul explains what impact investing specifically means in emerging markets and extend the conversation to how the current COVID-19 outbreak will make a difference. He also introduces startup cases to illustrate what impact investors are looking at when making decisions.

Episode Notes

01:50 Impact investing in emerging markets

04:20 How COVID-19 impacts the impact investing

09:48 How COVID-19 impact entrepreneurs to adjust their business

12:30 How startups can get the attention from impact investors

15:48 SE Asian startups tend to solve their local Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) problems first

16:53 Impact investing from China to Southeast Asia

18:31 What startups deliver social impact

20:51 Asian organizations with a global vision of gender equality

23:00 What encourages the changes for female entrepreneurs

26:25 How to contact Paul Meyers

*About Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

“The SDGs, as they’re known, set quantitative and qualitative targets and delivery timelines for impact-focused action through 2030. From eradicating poverty (Goal 1) to ensuring the availability and management of clean water access (Goal 6) to combatting climate change (Goal 13) and others." (Paul Meyers)

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos; our guest Paul Meyers; producer Eva Shi; editors David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsors People Squared. Be sure to check out our website

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