This is a press release from Villgro Philippines.
The first Impact Happy Hours for 2021 will be held on March 25, 5 pm onwards via Zoom as a culmination of the International Women’s Month by Villgro Philippines in collaboration with Ashoka Philippines and Xchange.
The fun, feisty get-together of the entrepreneurship community in the Philippines is all set to end the month on a high note with an event that promises an exciting and impressive line-up of speakers and attendees.
The event’s keynote address will be delivered by Hardika Shah, the Founder and CEO of Kinara Capital, a fast growth fintech in India driving financial inclusion of small business entrepreneurs. Hardika is an Ashoka Fellow who has earned her stripes globally for her passion and innovative work. A recipient of the Financial Inclusion Award by the Sankalp Forum, she has also won the People’s Choice Live Audience Award at The Wall Street Journal’s Financial Inclusion event.
Author, investor and serial entrepreneur Nathalie Molina Niño will be joining Impact Happy Hours from the US and sharing her insights and hacks for the audience of entrepreneurs in a fireside chat. Nathalie is a renowned serial tech entrepreneur, a gender and climate-focused investor, and the author of Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs, the startup bible for women entrepreneurs.
Rosalyn Mesina, Country Program Manager of WeEmpowerAsia at United Nations Women Philippines, will be joining in for a fireside chat at Impact Happy Hours, to launch the new platform for Women Enterprises in the Philippines. She is a development worker with special focus on gender, diversity, and inclusion.
The highlight of Impact Happy Hours: Women’s Month is the launch of the WE Rise Community, an access-to-finance platform for women entrepreneurs to connect with an ecosystem of support – investors, financial institutions, technical assistance providers, access learning opportunities, and a community of peers.
WE Rise Community is being launched by Villgro Philippines in collaboration with UN Women WeEmpower Asia to address the gender financing gap. Women entrepreneurs in the Philippines will now have a go-to platform to access a network of experts, mentors, investors, and peers who can help them achieve their growth goals.
"We have been able to successfully curate and design a community that is a platform for women entrepreneurs where they can access resources, connect with potential investors and collaborators, and receive financial mentoring and become investment ready...There is a lot of excitement about the Community, and we hope that this will be the key turning point in the way women entrepreneurs navigate their entrepreneurial journey," said Priya Thachadi, Co-founder and CEO of Villgro Philippines.
Thachadi added that there are already at least 20 investors who have joined the platform.