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October 2021 recap

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My trusty Co-founder Lauren Grattan has been taking care of family this past month, so you get to (have to?) hear from me instead.

“Where we can look for opportunities where others see risk is the biggest part of our work,” Mission Driven Finance Co-founder Lauren Grattan said at SOCAP.Lauren, did, however, speak at impact conference SOCAP21 Virtual and was highlighted by ImpactAlpha.

Because we don't use credit scores for our placed-based fund Advance, we can reach a more racially diverse set of borrowers, as well as more military families, immigrants, and women.

Two recent examples highlight how we are using finance as a tool for change:
  1. The newest company in our portfolio, coding boot camp Sabio, showcases how we find and work with kindred spirits who also find opportunities where others may see risk. Sabio was founded by Liliana Monge and Gregorio Rojas in 2013, driven by their passion for getting people of color and other underrepresented workers the tools necessary to start careers in tech.
     
  2. Mission Driven Finance was recently selected to be part of the Purpose Futures Fellowship for our shared ownership real estate initiative to expand access to early care and education. I’m honored to join a diverse set of so many great people pushing boundaries, not least of whom my co-conspirator —Laura Kohn—and our colleagues Andrew Moncada and Joe Pileri. More about the fellowship here.

Finally, if you missed out on Lauren’s wisdom at SOCAP, she will also be speaking at the upcoming in-person ASBC-SVC 2021 Conference, taking place in San Diego in December.
Looking forward,
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David Lynn
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Lauren will be speaking at the ASBC-SVC 2021 Conference (December 8–11), an in-person convening in San Diego for business leaders, impact investors, policy makers, and more.

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