The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, housed at Georgetown University, is launching a new series "Ideas That Transform", highlighting provocative social innovations that can truly transform the world for the better. We’ll surface new leap-frogging ideas that are disrupting the status quo and explore what it will take for them to thrive and actually lead to impact.
About this Conversation
Arguing that “now is the time to re-imagine how we invest into small businesses,” Agnes Dasewicz and Dale Mathias recently launched a ‘call to action’ with a LinkedIn post "We Need a U.S. Development Bank to Restart the Economy." Their idea is to create a new government-funded institution focused on the development of local economies and small businesses could play a significant role in our recovery.
This new Development Bank would support innovative investors like small and locally focused investment funds and partner with financial technology firms in implementing innovative methods of lending to small “main street” businesses. Agnes and Dale will be in conversation with Melissa Bradley, a tri-sector leader and expert in small and medium business growth in the US, particularly for New Majority entrepreneurs.
Join us in learning more about this idea, explore specific tactics, and examine the next steps to make this idea a reality.
Agnes Dasewicz leads the Capital Access Lab, a new initiative at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to increase capital investment to underserved entrepreneurs, and was a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation.
Dale Mathias has had a 25 year career in finance and private investments in both the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa and was an Associate Dean at Columbia Business School.
Melissa Bradley is tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is co-founder of venture backed Ureeka and founder and Managing Partner of 1863 Ventures.