The Speaker Series will discuss the following:
- Stability in regulation, policy framework and public procurement to attract investors;
- Development of a range of financing options for SMEs, including debt and smaller scale financing as venture capital is very selective and not able to address the needs of all Innovators;
- Review and reduction in red tape for public support;
- Development of more flexible risk-sharing conditions to engage financial actors – namely banks – in the Eco Commerce area;
- Better understanding of the role business angels can play to support innovation as they operate differently than venture capitalists;
- Intelligent use of public funding through leveraging, using it as a complement to private finance;
- Greater involvement of large corporations and understanding of how they can contribute to the financing of innovation;
- Examine the international dimension of Innovation financing to meet the challenges of global needs and competition.
- ...and more.
For topic suggestions, speaker engagements, and sponsorships:
The Speakers have at least one thing in common - they share insight, provoke thought and stimulate conversation about compelling and timely issues, stories and events. By offering entertaining educational opportunities that are unique and unavailable elsewhere, ECE continues to attract expert Speakers from around the world.
The first Speaker Series in 2013 featured a number of highly regarded experts in the field of Eco Commerce . The lecture program has since expanded to include internationally renowned business executives, investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, philanthropists, scientists, authors, media experts and other luminaries.
The Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE) has become a well-established and highly regarded highlight of the global commerce, and an integral part of the international business community.
The ECE works closely with organizations around the planet to identify Speakers who have particular appeal for ECE's fast growing international audience of over 2 million business executives, values-based investors and donors, entrepreneurs, and policy leaders.
The Speaker Series also addresses an important role of ECE's global mission - public service in the communities - by dedicating speakers to address education and other societal issues and concerns.
All production expenses for the Speaker Series are covered by sponsorships. NO state funds, research foundation funds, donations or general gifts are used to fund or support the Speakers or programs.
Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
We help investors seeking potential partnerships to find projects and engage investors with enterprises, organizations and communities around partner projects by region.
Collaborative Online Learning
Financing innovation is about commercializing new technology and bringing best practices to market. ECE brings together individuals and organizations in a way that does not require a large investment of funds and time. By pooling our contacts and resources, we can find new opportunities and develop unique financial instruments and tools to bring innovations to market in a quick and efficient manner. Together, we can overcome market penetration challenges and remove barriers accelerating access to funding, markets, and government approval process.
SMART objectives - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time-Bound. Sustainable and inclusive growth, and collective impact and shared value. An outcome is new partnerships and trust, and the most efficient ways of financing innovation.
About Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE)
ECE is a network of capital industry and business executives, entrepreneurs, and values-based investors and donors.
ECE is a catalyst for the development of the Eco Commerce capital industry through investments in innovation.
ECE builds on the network of Eco Commerce Hubs, regional gateways for leaders and learners in Eco Commerce.
To stimulate investment in Eco Innovation, ECE delivers a deal flow, sector specific portfolios of highly qualified innovations, to values-based investors.
To improve and accelerate access to much needed capital, ECE provides hands-on advisory services to business executives, entrepreneurs, and investors.
The ECE, acts as an aggregator, leading the global efforts in developing unique partner programs, investment strategies, financial instruments, and regional funds that will meet specific requirements of all stakeholders.
Investment approach that aims to proactively create positive social and environmental impact against an acceptable risk-adjusted financial return. This requires the management of social and environmental performance (in addition to financial risk and return). With impact investing “impact” comes first, whereas with sustainable investing “financial returns” come first.
Investment approach that integrates consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into investment decision-making and ownership practices, and thereby improve long-term returns to beneficiaries. Source: UN PRI NB: in this paper “sustainable investing” and “responsible investing” are used as synonyms
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
Socially responsible investing, an area often affiliated with the retail financial sector, incorporates ESG issues as well as criteria linked to a values-based approach. For example, it can involve the application of pre-determined social or environmental values to investment selection. Investors may choose to exclude or select particular companies or sectors because of their impact on the environment or stakeholders. Negative screening (such as weapons exclusions) and positive screening (such as Best-in-Class or thematic approaches) typically fall in the remit of such investments.
Investment approach that integrates long-term environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria into investment and ownership decision-making with the objective of generating superior risk-adjusted financial returns. These extra-financial criteria are used alongside traditional financial criteria such as cash flow and price-to-earnings ratios.
Social Venture Capital Investing
Is a form of venture capital investing that provides capital to businesses deemed socially and environmentally responsible. These investments are intended to both provide attractive returns to investors and to provide market-based solutions to social and environmental issues. Social venture capital can refer to debt or equity investments in socially-oriented enterprises, which includes BoP (Base of the Pyramid)-targeted efforts to stimulate economic development in the poorest regions of the world.
Loans & Grants
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term loans for physical and economic damage caused by a declared disaster. Learn more about home and personal property, business and economic injury loans.
Business Physical Disaster Loans
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Military Reservists Economic Injury Loan
Small Business Loans
Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)
For small business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. Explore the resources that can help you develop an emergency preparedness and disaster relief plan.
Disaster Recovery Plan
State Government Information
Green Business Guide
There’s a new focus on environmental responsibility, and as a small business owner, you can make a difference. Help protect our ecosystem and serve your customers who value your environmental efforts.
Green Business Case Studies
Green Business Practices
Green Certification and Ecolabeling
Environmental Grants & Loans
Use the links below to help find financial resources to pay for energy efficient upgrades to your facilities, to finance your business’s innovative environmental products and technologies and to support your environmentally friendly business.
Department of Energy Grants and Loans
The Department of Energy provides many funding opportunities, including:
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy grant programs
Office of Science Grants and Contracts
Environmental Protection Agency Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has several grant programs, many of which are listed on this site. In addition, links to several specific programs are provided below:
Brownfields Grants for redeveloping formerly polluted real estate
Green Building Grants
Integrated Pest Management Grants
National Center for Environmental Research
National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants
Energy for Sustainability
Small Business Innovation Grants
A few federal programs provide grants to small firms engaged in scientific research and development (R&D). The federal government's SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs award a specific percentage of federal R&D funds to qualified small businesses. SBIR/STTR programs encourage small firms to undertake scientific research that helps meet federal R&D objectives, and have high potential for commercialization if successful.
The following federal agencies award SBIR/STTR grants:
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Science Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Programs
Organic Certification Cost Sharing Program
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Adaptation Fund Board
Amazon Fund, Clean Technology Fund
Congo Basin Forest Fund
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
Forest Investment Program
GEF Trust Fund
The Global Climate Change Alliance
Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund
Green Climate Fund
Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund,
The International Climate Fund
The International Climate Initiative
The International Forest Carbon Initiative
Japan’s Fast Start Finance
The Least Developed Countries’ Fund
MDG Achievement Fund
The Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative
Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program for Low Income Countries
Special Climate Change Fund
Forest Investment Program
Pilot Program for Climate Resilience
Eco Commerce Loan
Eco Commerce Capital
Eco Commerce Credit
Climate Resilience for Business
Catalyzing Climate Finance
Due Diligence and Disclaimer
The due diligence process is negotiated between the interested investors and the companies seeking funding. ECE does NOT engage in the sale or resale of securities.