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Part 2: Exploring Alternative Funding Models for Small Business

2024 Global Conference

Part 2: Exploring Alternative Funding Models for Small Business

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Financial innovations proliferated in recent decades, yet access to capital to launch or scale remains the top challenge for most small businesses, especially women and minorities. Given the important role small businesses play in our economy creating jobs and driving innovation, small business financing is essential to our future economic growth. Panelists in this session will explore where and how we can innovate to establish lending and investment models that more effectively channel capital to underserved groups and communities.

Kristen Fanarakis
Associate Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
Eric Cromwell
Founding Member, Cromwell Schmisseur LLC
Lauren Grattan
Chief Community Officer, Mission Driven Finance
Sekou Kaalund
Executive Vice President, Head of Branch and Small Business Banking, U.S. Bank
Chris Pilkerton
Chief Legal and Regulatory Strategy Officer, Accion Opportunity Fund
Alexandra Rosen
Global Head, Venture Forward, GoDaddy