Nov 12, 2015 | 3-4pm | Helsinki, Finland | NA-klubi Room, Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki

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Businesses change and shape our lives through their products, services and ways of operating. They are in a unique position to change lives in low-income communities and solve local and global development challenges.

What types of challenges and opportunities exist for companies working in emerging markets? How can impactful innovations be localized, customized and scaled for emerging markets? What can impact-minded enterprises and more established companies learn from each other? How can companies from small startups to large multinationals work together, with governments and other actors for mutual benefit? How can other ecosystem players support innovators to scale into emerging and developing markets?

Join this session hosted by the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global platform with over 130 inclusive business member companies working in developing countries, to explore these questions, and to network and establish linkages with the innovative tech businesses and ecosystem supporting players.

This interactive knowledge-sharing discussion will be opened by H.E. Sinikka Antila, Ambassador for Trade and Development, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, followed by insights from two renowned global tech enterprises working in developing countries. All attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the discussion and interact with the speakers.


Welcome remarks: Sinikka Antila, Ambassador for Trade and Development, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Introduction of the topic and panelists: Minja Nieminen and Tomohiro Nagasaki, Business Call to Action

Insights from companies:

— Ting Shih, CEO and Founder, ClickMedix, US-based global tech enterprise working on deploying technology enabled community health workers to deliver cost-effective healthcare in India

— Alloysius Attah, Co-Founder and CEO, Farmerine, leading Ghana-based technology provider of mobile services to meet the needs of rural farmers in Africa

The Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a unique multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)UK Department for International Development (DFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme— which hosts the secretariat — in collaboration with leading global institutions, such as the United Nations Global Compact and the Inter-American Development Bank’sOpportunities for the Majority Initiative. For more information,please or on Twitter at @BCtAInitiative.