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Amplify Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Amplify Impact Investing:
The International Value Proposition for Impact Investing

By InsideNGO and the INGO Impact Investing Network

InsideNGO and the International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Impact Investing Network announce the publication of Amplify Impact Investing: The INGO Value Proposition for Impact Investing, an in-depth study of the current impact investing landscape among INGOs in the international development sector. The report reveals that the development sector’s impact investing activity is growing, with INGO-managed or -founded impact investing funds encompassing more than $545 million in assets.

While the traditional development funding model has relied upon government grants and contracts, foundations, and philanthropic giving, the impact investing model seeks solutions to economic and social challenges that result in a financial return for the investors. The INGO Impact Investing Network was formed last year by InsideNGO, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Pact, Mercy Corps, and GOAL as a consortium of more than 40 INGOs that are working together to gather and share knowledge about how INGOs are using private investment capital to advance their work in solving pressing global development challenges.

Tags:  2016  impact investing 

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A Fellowship Approach to Accelerating Social Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 8, 2016

A Fellowship Approach to Accelerating Social Entrepreneurs

By Echoing Green

This white paper by Echoing Green shares lessons from its impact investing “inflection cohort” pilot program. The inflection cohort supported 10 social entrepreneur Fellow alumni leading for-profit and hybrid social enterprises. Echoing Green's goal was to support them through a common, critical inflection moment: transitioning from early-stage funding to raising more sophisticated institutional growth capital. By sharing Echoing Green's inflection cohort approach and noting a variety of accelerator models of support, the organization aims to identify strategies that other programs can build on to enable early-stage entrepreneurs to grow, attract investment, and deliver greater impact.

 

Tags:  2016  Acceleration  accelerators  Social Entrepreneurship 

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An Exploration of Agripreneurship

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 1, 2016

An exploration of Agripreneurship: Scope, Actors and Prospects

by Steven Carr, Independent Consultant & Anne Roulin, Nestle R&D

This research was commissioned as a result of growing interest in the topic of youth-centered Agripreneurship and seeks to identify the key actors to help young unemployed, or under-employed, graduates in Africa, or other developing economies, to enter into entrepreneurship in agriculture or agribusiness.

It is hoped that this report will encourage future dialogue between organisations that share an area of interest and thus play a meaningful role in catalyzing new partnerships to support the sustainable development of rural communities, building the resilience of food chains and creating wealth through the activities of dynamic young Agripreneurs.

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Tags:  2016  Agriculture 

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GEM Social Entrepreneurship Special Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Social Entrepreneurship Special Report 

by Bosma, Schott, Terjesen and Kew
at the American University Center for Innovation in the Capital at the Kogod School of Business

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s (GEM) social entrepreneurship activity research is based on interviews with 167 793 adults in 58 economies in 2015, and is thus the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world.

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Tags:  2016  Social entrepreneurship 

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Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 20, 2016

Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors 

by Toniic

As impact investing matures as a movement, more investment models are being deployed, especially in sectors and regions where various forms of capital are needed to support solutions to some of the world’s chronic social and environmental issues. In this report, we share a number of examples of how venture philanthropists and impact investors are working together to fund early-stage impact enterprises around the world.  How are different types of capital and other resources complementing each other to achieve impact? What lessons can be learned from some of the current efforts by foundations and individual investors to collaborate?

Tags:  2016  Impact Investing  philanthropy 

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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector: 2015 Impact Report

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 20, 2016
State of the Small & Growing Business Sector:
2015 Impact Report 

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Since 2009 ANDE has been tracking the state of the small and growing business (SGB) sector to assess its growth and impact on emerging market economies. This year’s report reflects a sector that is on the move—and also dives into regional market insights. It discusses the hurdles for emerging market entrepreneurship—access to capital, talent and markets—and evaluates how well the sector is addressing these.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • ANDE members have collectively invested over $12 billion directly into SGBs and supported over 415,000 entrepreneurs with business development services.
  • In the past ten years, 485 investment vehicles have launched that invest in emerging market SGBs, with an estimated $26 billion in committed capital.
  • An estimated one-third of SGBs are owned by women, and more ANDE members have embraced gender-lens investing: at the end of 2015, 63 percent of ANDE members included a focus on women entrepreneurs, up from 50 percent in 2011.

Despite growth, there are still a few key hurdles that small businesses in emerging markets must overcome on their path to growth including:

  • Talented managers are needed to accelerate growth of small businesses.
  • Deals under $2 million are on the rise, but very early-stage investing lags.
  • Entrepreneurship is key to creating jobs, yet development dollars are declining.

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Tags:  2016  ANDE publication 

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New Perspectives on Financing Small Cap SME's in Emerging Markets

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Perspectives on Financing Small Cap SME's in Emerging Markets:
The Case for Mezzanine Finance

by the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)/Investment funds local SME

 In search for new models to provide risk capital, mezzanine finance, which blends elements from traditional Private Equity (PE) and debt financing into a unique product, provides an additional offer in the SME finance ecosystem for missing middle entrepreneurs.

As a relatively young and rather complex segment in the impact investing space, the commissioned study 'Publication of new perspectives on financing small cap SMEs in emerging markets: the case for mezzanine finance' provides an understanding of the specificities, diversity (and complexities) of it, critical to spur innovative thinking on both the fund managers and investors sides so products may be improved and models may be more scalable.

This study is the first of its kind and represents a first step into building small cap SME mezzanine finance as an asset class on its own.

Tags:  2016  finance  Financing Mechanisms  SME 

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Case Studies: Bringing Latin American SGBs into the future

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Case Studies on growing MSMEs in Latin America

by FUNDES.  

FUNDES is a consultancy firm that takes Latin American small and medium businesses into the future. They have recently released a series of case studies on their work to support small and growing businesses by partnering with corporations like SABMiller, Nescafe, and more. Read the following stories: 

Tags:  2016  Case Studies  Latin America  Shared Value 

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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Impact Measurement, May 2016)

Posted By Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Institute, Friday, May 20, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Impact Measurement, May 2016) 

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University

In this brief, we respond to questions from Acumen about what social enterprises think of measurement approaches that impact investors have created, specifically: Are entrepreneurs who have received impact investment funds using tools such as IRIS and B Impact Assessment? If they are, what factors are driving this adoption?  If not, why not? And are they using other approaches instead?

Tags:  2016  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems:

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems: A Study of Rural Communities in India and Nepal

by World Resources Institute

This study assesses and compares the benefits of electricity service to households and small enterprises from microgrids, solar home systems (SHS), and the national grid in select rural communities in India and Nepal. Electricity access, in general, leads to reduced kerosene use, more time spent by women on income-generation, and the acquisition of home appliances. However, different types of systems have distinct differences in electricity service conditions. These conditions partly explain why households with SHS exhibit the greatest reduction in kerosene use; why grid-connected households own more appliances; and why electricity access benefits small businesses, but seldom drives key business decisions. The developmental impacts of rural electricity access may benefit from supply standards, greater policy support for investments in productive uses, and further research into the cost-effectiveness of electrification from different supply systems. 

Tags:  2016  India  social enterprise 

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