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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global membership network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Learn more

Argidius Foundation and ANDE announce winners of the

Argidius-ANDE Talent Challenge

Five finalists chosen to tackle the recruitment and retention challenges for start-up management in emerging markets.               

The Argidius–ANDE Talent Challenge (AATC) has now identified five promising solutions to the human capital constraints for small and growing businesses (SGBs). Pending final review, the finalists will be awarded grants of up to 200,000 euros to conduct pilot programs that will last up to three years, during which time ANDE will provide ongoing guidance. Provided impact targets are met, a grand prize of up to one million euros will be awarded to the most successful program with the greatest potential to scale.

These winners include: Amani Institute, Creative Metier, Open Capital Advisors, Shortlist and Village Capital. 

"We’re pleased to have received so many qualified and innovative proposals to help solve the people puzzle for small businesses. We’re confident that we can work together to expand the pool of talented professionals ready to welcome the challenges unique to small and growing businesses,” said Nicholas Colloff, Argidius Foundation executive director.

An expert panel of SGB sector professionals selected the winners based on the clarity, feasibility, capacity, expected impact and scalability of the proposed solution. Applications were required to focus on at least one of the following Argidius Foundation-target countries in Latin America (Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama), West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo), or East Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda).

You may view the full press release here. 

What's Working in Startup Acceleration: Insights from Fifteen Village Capital Programs

Despite the emergence of hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, we know little about their effectiveness or how differences across programs influence venture performance. To address this gap, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) launched the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) in collaboration with a consortium of public and private funders. GALI builds on the Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory University, which works with accelerator programs around the world to collect and analyze data describing the entrepreneurs that they attract and support. 

This report is the first in a series of annual reports to be published on data emerging from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. 

 Report: Education for the 22nd Century

Youth unemployment is a global problem, especially in developing and emerging markets. One of the reasons for this is the mismatch between employable skills and current approaches to education. Entrepreneurs have an important role in helping bridge the gaps that keep young people from moving smoothly from education to employment. This report explores what this role is, and how to strengthen the opportunities for education-focused entrepreneurs.

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The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative 

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Press Release - Announcing a New Partnership 

ANDE is excited to announce a $2.3 million investment in the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative! The program partners, including the US Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Omidyar Network, The Lemelson Foundation, and the Argidius Foundation, are eager to examine the effectiveness of accelerators over the course of the next three years. To learn more about the partnership, please read the press release