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Mission Markets, which operates the first FINRA*-compliant marketplace for impact and sustainability investments, and Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), whose mission is to provide Social Enterprises in Asia-Pacific with access to impact investment capital, announce a strategic partnership which will broaden their geographic reach.
This partnership is an important step in the global expansion and adoption of triple bottom line investing and reinforces the leadership of Mission Markets and IIX in creating the capital markets infrastructure necessary to support this evolution.
IIX announced the launch of Asia's first private online platform, Impact Partners in March 2011. This private platform showcases a select group of pre-screened Asian Social Enterprises working in a range of sectors, including sustainable agriculture, clean energy, education, healthcare and inclusive finance. These promising Social Enterprises address some of Asia's most critical and persistent social and environmental challenges.
"This partnership with Mission Markets will substantially enhance Impact Partners' reach to investors around the globe, helping to expose the innovative Social Enterprises on our platform to a broader range of global investors," said Durreen Shahnaz, Founder and Chairperson of IIX. "We are particularly pleased to partner with Mission Markets, which shares our commitment to connecting Social Enterprises with mission-aligned capital."
Mission Markets is differentiated by its inclusive, collaborative approach in scaling the sustainability and impact investing markets. The partnership with IIX is exemplary of Mission Markets' focus on fostering an entire ecosystem around investment for social and environmental impact.
"We see this partnership as a significant milestone in expanding our reach into Asia," says Michael Van Patten, Mission Markets Founder and CEO. "This type of collaboration is a critical step in delivering market infrastructure to social and environmental stakeholders worldwide."
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About Mission Markets
Mission Markets is the marketplace for stakeholders within the sustainability sector. Mission Markets provides a secure online community where buyers, sellers, service providers, and all participants across the sustainability spectrum can communicate, access industry news and updates, share information, and, most importantly, transact business.
IIX is revolutionizing the way we look at sustainable economic development in Asia by creating platforms connecting socially and environmentally mission-driven enterprises with impact investors. Impact Partners, Asia's first private placement platform, was launched in March 2011. Impact Exchange, launching in 2012, will be Asia's first social stock exchange, a regulated trading platform allowing investors to invest in and trade securities issued by Asia's most promising Social Enterprises. IIX has received generous financial support for its work from the Rockefeller Foundation in the form of a grant supporting research and proof-of-concept analysis. IIX's not-for-profit sister organization, Impact Investment Shujog, focuses on impact assessment, advocacy and research for Social Enterprises.
Mission Markets is a financial services company that operates "The Impact Investment Platform" supporting the social and environmental capital markets. The Mission Markets Impact Investment Platform provides socially and environmentally responsible companies, organizations, and projects with access to mission aligned capital. The platform provides investors, investment advisors and 3rd party service providers with an efficient way to communicate, evaluate, invest in and monitor sustainable investment opportunities. Learn more at missionmarkets.com.
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