Stanford Microfinance and Impact Investing Course

Sean Foote, entrepreneur and UC Berkeley business professor, is holding a Microfinance and Impact Investing course at Stanford this fall. Hear from distinguished speakers including the President of Kiva and the Chairman of Compartamos Bank! The once-a-week classes run from 4:15 to 5:30 PST on Mondays, from 9/24 to 12/3. This free class will be simulcasted across the country – join us! All you need is a classroom, a projector, and a hardwired internet connection.

See Course Description below.

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The Stanford Microfinance Course, taught by Professor Sean Foote, is a free online class that covers a variety of topics relating to microfinance and impact investing. The course will explore the financial climate of the poor and the unique structure of microfinance institutions, as well as the backlash and criticism of the industry. The second half of the 12-week course will look at impact investing more broadly and examine topics such as venture capitalism, raising funds, valuations, and determining how to make good investments. With distinguished guest speakers and student discussions, the course will provide students with advice and practical case studies. The class is an MBA level course, but its unique simulcast structure makes the material accessible and understandable to all levels by allowing students to participate and ask questions in real-time.

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