École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Nettra Pan is a PhD student at the Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Her thesis focuses on how investors perceive and evaluate financial and non-financial attributes of early-stage ventures. She is interested in personal development and the role of business and technology in society. Nettra has worked with a number of companies on how to design and improve business initiatives which aim to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. She holds degrees from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences Po) and Columbia University, where she studied International Public Management and Political Science. Nettra grew up in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and has lived and worked in New York City, San Diego, Phnom Penh, and Paris. She enjoys yoga, painting, and reading with her cat.
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Beatrice is leading EPFL’s newly launched Social Impact Initiative at the Vice-Presidency for Innovation (VPI), EPFL where she is bridging the gap between technology, innovation and social impact. Previously she worked at the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, the United Nations, the International Federation of the Red Cross, as well as the House of Commons, UK Parliament. A London School of Economics Alumni, she is a Mentor for the IMPACT Accelerator, nominated as one of the 10 best accelerators worldwide where she is advising a start-up in Tanzania that provides low-cost weather stations to African farmers. Beatrice is a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum and is a co-founder of Powering Education, a non-profit organization that leverages data and analytics to quantify the impacts of clean energy on rural and off-grid communities in Eastern Africa.
What are funders looking for when they decide to finance social projects? In this session we provide an overview of what private funders (funds, foundations, and individuals) are looking for in the for-profit and non-profit organizations they support. If you are looking to raise funds, join us to understand when you should approach different types of funders, and what you should include in your pitch to different types of funders. You will also have the chance to submit questions to a prominent private investor, and a social venture who has successfully raised funds. We show how different types of private capital may be essential to bringing your innovative social project to life.