SOCAP (Social Capital Markets), the world’s largest conference on social enterprise and impact investing, is taking place at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California this week. We’re excited that Jessica Droste Yagan and Tasha Seitz of Impact Engine are both at #SOCAP16 connecting with others in the impact investing field. Earlier this month, Tasha and Jessica wrote an article on the SOCAP blog, sharing Impact Engine’s model and their thoughts on the state of impact investing in Chicago and beyond. Below, they’ve shared a dispatch from the conference after Day 3.

“It’s so great be in San Francisco at SOCAP16, surrounded by the energy and excitement of the SOCAP community. As veteran attendees (this is Jessica’s third and Tasha’s fifth conference), we are always energized to be around smart people who are passionate about the potential of the intersection of impact and markets. We’ve had the chance to hear from many entrepreneurs building solutions to important problems, and were happy to cross paths with two Impact Engine portfolio companies (Develop Link and Sokowatch). We’ve noticed a growing interest in direct investing among the investor community: yesterday Tasha spoke on a panel about direct investing, sharing what she has learned working with emerging funds and angel investors. We’ve found that even groups like community development financial institution (CDFIs) who have long been impact investing are still learning and growing in this space. This gathering is an excellent reminder just how much this movement and opportunity has grown over the years!”

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