Lessons from the Trenches: Investing in the "Missing Middle" in Emerging Markets

Despite increased interest in the "missing middle," gaps still exist in the levels of financing available to early stage enterprises in emerging markets. Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Program and Agora Partnerships co-hosted a panel discussion on ways this gap be filled to make sure businesses can access the capital they need to grow and the ways in which industry professionals can create a better pipeline of investible deals. Moderated by Joyce Chang, Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets and Global Credit Research at JPMorgan, the panel featured experts in the field including Amie Patel, Investment Officer at Soros Economic Development Fund, Ben Powell '05 , Founder and CEO at Agora Partnerships & Recipient of the 2011 Social Enterprise Alumnus Innovator Award, Will Haughey, Co-Founder of Tegu and Agora Entrepreneur and Gustavo Eiben, Head of North America Investor Relations, Aureos Capital.