This year’s conference is still in the early planning stages. Information will be posted once it becomes available and sent out through our listserv, which you can join here. All the information on this page is referring to the 2013 Conference, which was held on 3/30/13.
About the Conference
Established as the first undergraduate microfinance conference in the United States and now in our 7th year, the Penn Microfinance Conference brings together talented individuals, professionals and organizations that seek to discuss and learn about the present and future impact of microfinance in our world.
Our theme this year, Di◦ver◦si◦MFI◦ca◦tion: The New Landscape of Microfinance, will explore how in wake of increased regulation, ethical crises, and the commercialization of microfinance, diversification has become a critical component for the survival and sustainability of microfinance. We will discuss how MFIs are diversifying their offerings and business models, how the microfinance industry will sustain itself given these changes, and the way microfinance is adjusting to mainstream finance. In addition, finalists of Pitch For Impact, the elevator pitch contest co-organized by Penn Microfinance and PennSEM, will present their business ideas at the conference.
The conference presents an opportunity for professionals, academics, and students interested in the field to connect and be part of an integral conversation on microfinance as it emerges today. Participants will gain access to all keynotes and panels, a networking session, coffee chats, and the social business plan “Pitch for Impact” final round presentation. Admission is free for Penn students, $5 for students, and $10 for the public. Dress is business casual.
Created with Penn Microfinance Conference 2013.