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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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Hardware Pioneers

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 18, 2016

Hardware Pioneers: Harnessing the Impact Potential of Technology Entrepreneurs

by FSG

A new report from FSG, Hardware Pioneers: Harnessing the Impact Potential of Technology Entrepreneurs, investigates the obstacles to development and scaling faced by those seeking to bring innovative hardware technologies, such as solar lanterns or low-cost medical devices, to people living in poverty throughout developing countries. The report suggests ways in which various sectors can leverage their unique resources to strategically support the journeys of these pioneers, from the initial inspiration to ultimate impact at scale.

Tags:  2016  inclusive business  sector publication  technology 

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

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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. 

Village Capital – a seed-stage accelerator that runs programs for entrepreneurs in impact-oriented sectors – was the first to work with the Entrepreneurship Database Program, starting in 2013. Application and follow-up data have now been collected from fifteen different Village Capital programs. These data provide a unique opportunity to examine the performance of ventures accelerated by these different Village Capital programs compared to those that applied but were not selected.

This report is divided into two parts:

  • The first section reveals differences in venture performance among accelerated versus non-accelerated ventures based on one-year changes in revenue, employees, and investment. This information is then used to identify the highest and lowest performing Village Capital programs and presented to a panel of experts who suggest potential reasons for these differences. 
  • The second section tests these predictions using qualitative and quantitative research methods, revealing several key insights for Village Capital and other early-stage venture accelerator programs.   

This report is the first in a series of annual reports to be published on data emerging from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. For previous analysis on broader findings from the initiative click here.

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Tags:  2016  Acceleration  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Impact Report 2014: State of the Small and Growing Business Sector

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016

This report focuses on the state of the global SGB sector, and also dives into regional trends. First, we provide an overview on intermediaries in 2014, including data on capacity development services, direct investments into SGBs, and donor funding. Next, we highlight trends and activities at ANDE’s five most established regional chapters: Brazil, Central America/Mexico, East Africa, India, and South Africa. We also expose current challenges for the sector to address, such as how to recruit and retain talent, improve entrepreneurial acceleration, and increase donor support to fulfill global development goals.  

Since ANDE’s founding in 2009, we have seen much progress made by the SGB sector, composed of those organizations that support entrepreneurs in emerging markets. In 2014, more than 200 members were operating in more than 150 countries, and had collectively supported nearly 350,000 entrepreneurs.

Nonfinancial support has increased.
We have identified over 600 accelerator programs operating globally, including at least 200 based in emerging market countries. This model shows promise: preliminary research results show revenue and employee growth for accelerated enterprises was three times faster than growth for nonaccelerated enterprises.

The pace of investing has picked up.
We estimate that in the past five years, investment vehicles that do deals $2 million and below in emerging markets have raised $10 billion to invest in SGBs. The number of private equity deals below $2 million tripled in 2014 compared to 2010. And encouragingly, investors are increasingly willing to make earlier stage deals—lowering their median minimum target deal size in the past five years to $250,000.

But, there is still work to be done.
Despite the growing recognition that SGBs are a powerful mechanism to achieve economic and social change, investments from the international donor community have decreased to one percent of total development assistance.  We believe that if donors increase support directly to small and growing businesses, and more importantly invest in initiatives that strengthen the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem, they can have a catalytic effect on market-based approaches that will solve critical global challenges.

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Tags:  accelerators  ANDE publication  employment  entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  SGB 

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Education for the 22nd Century: How entrepreneurs can help bridge the education to employment divide

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 9, 2015

 

What are the gaps that keep young people from moving smoothly from education to employment? And how can education-focused entrepreneurs ease the transition?

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. Solutions are emerging to address the gap, but this is a complex problem that requires innovation in and coordination between the public and private sectors.

A few months ago, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with the support of SAP SE, set out to uncover how education-focused entrepreneurs are making a difference and the challenges they face along the way. A series of global roundtables on this subject helped shine a light on the amazing opportunities that exist for these entrepreneurs. 

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. Whether you represent a corporation or foundation, or you're an education provider, investor, or part of an entrepreneurial support organization, there's something in this report for you. 

  

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Tags:  ANDE publication  education 

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Diagnostic Toolkit

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This toolkit has been developed by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It provides methodological guidance on assessing the current state of entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers a set of resources and tools that can be used by development practitioners. This toolkit does not aim to be exhaustive, but is intended to serve as a basis for other organizations to build upon. To develop this toolkit, ANDE conducted a comprehensive review of publicly available literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems and identified nine evaluative frameworks. We assessed these frameworks and synthesized key elements and indicators. ANDE encourages practitioners to use this toolkit as a resource guide that can be adapted and modified to fit the local and/sectoral context.

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Ecosystem building; accelerators; incubation  Entrepreneurship  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Impact Inventing: Strengthening the Ecosystem for Invention-Based Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

Posted By Alexander Pan, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This report focuses on what differentiates an invention-based entrepreneur from traditional entrepreneurs and highlights what support invention-based entrepreneurs require, what resources are available, what ecosystem level gaps remain, and what tangible actions can be taken to fill these gaps. It is based primarily on a series of roundtable discussions held in Brazil, India, Kenya, and South Africa, and is supplemented by both one-on-one expert interviews and quantitative surveydata. Through this work we have identified five major ecosystem gaps that stymie the growth of inventionbased enterprises in emerging markets. These five gaps are: the Market Gap, the Finance Gap, the Talent Gap, the Policy Gap and the Physical Capital Gap.

You can download the publication here. 

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Tags:  ANDE publication  BoP  Entrepreneurship  financing mechanisms 

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The State of Measurement Practice in the SGB Sector

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This report reviews the current state of measurement in two types of organizations that directly support SGBs – impact investors and capacity development providers. Using a mixed-methods approach, we collected data and interviewed over 30 organizations across these two categories, and analyzed key trends in measurement practice. 

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  metrics and research  SGB 

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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration Questions from the Field - Feb 2015

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

In this brief, we use data from the Entrepreneurship Acceleration Research Initiative in order to respond to the following question by Steve Cumming of the MasterCard Foundation about Youth Entrepreneurship 

"At The MasterCard Foundation, we have a portfolio of youth entrepreneurship projects that we support in Sub Saharan Africa. We’re always looking for data to better understand the space and to inform our programming. I’m wondering if you could share any data by ages 18-24 and 25-30, and by African country or region if possible. Do you see anything interesting under these parameters?"

You can find the publication here. 

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  West Africa  Youth 

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