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Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S. Community Investing

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S. Community Investing:

by the Global Impact Investing Network

The report, supported by the Kresge Foundation, takes an in-depth look at the application, benefits, and scalability of financial guarantees in impact investing. The study outlines how guarantees have been used to date in U.S. community investing, what challenges have been associated with their use, and what opportunities exist to use guarantees at greater scale to support communities and the environment. This paper also includes case studies that highlight how guarantees have been structured in areas such as affordable housing, healthcare, community revitalization, and energy efficiency.

Download the case study here.

Tags:  communities  impact investing  investing  Scale  scaling program 

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2017 Global Startup Ecosystem

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 13, 2017

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2017

by Startup Genome

Startup Genome's mission is to empower cities all over the world to capture their fair share of the new economy. It accelerates the economic growth of startup ecosystems worldwide through benchmarking, networking, and exposure.

Its latest Global Startup Ecosystem Report highlights the work of 50+ ecosystems to help startups and entrepreneurs grow. The results of the survey creates global insights and highlights local programs. The report is compiled from 10,000 surveys taken by startups worldwide and the knowledge and dedication of 300 partners, including the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

Tags:  2017  ecosystem  entrepreneurship ecosystems 

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Impact Investing: Who Are We Serving?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Impact Investing: Who Are We Serving? 
A case of mismatch between supply and demand.

By Oxfam and Sumerian Partners

This report from Oxfam and Sumerian Partners questions some of the assumptions around impact investment and highlights the experience of enterprises contributing to poverty reduction so that they might be better served by the field. It argues that the sector risks being discredited due to rising, unrealistic expectations about financial returns.

Tags:  2017  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  sector publication 

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Smallholder Outgrower Scheme

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 1, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Smallholder Outgrower Scheme:
Principles of Success

by AgDevCo, in collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation and UKAID

AgDevCo, in collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation and UKAID, launched the Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) to work with rural agricultural enterprises to develop equitable outgrower schemes that will boost productivity and incomes for half a million smallholder farmers. This case study investigates the practical lessons and underlying principles of success of six smallholder outgrower schemes.

Download the case study here.

Tags:  Agriculture  smallholder farmers 

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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Intellectual Property, March 2017)

Posted By Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Intellectual Property, March 2017)

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

In this brief, we respond to a question from VentureWell about intellectual property: “In our work, we see that science and technology-based startups face different challenges and need different resources than other ventures.  In your data, how do teams with intellectual property differ from those without? We are specifically interested in the roles of geography, education, team size and gender composition."

Tags:  2017  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Entrepreneur Mobility, November 2016)

Posted By Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 14, 2016

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Entrepreneur Mobility, November 2016) 

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

In this brief, we respond to a question from Nesta about entrepreneur mobility: “Obviously, there is a well-known flow of startups towards the United States (driven in large part by the availability of venture capital and higher valuations at IPO), but does your data show any movement of entrepreneurs to and from developing countries?

Tags:  2016  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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More than Measurement

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 10, 2016

More than Measurement: A Practitioner's Journey to Impact Management 

By Bridges Impact+ and Skopos Impact Fund 

More than Measurement is a new report by Bridges Impact+ and Skopos Impact Fund.

It describes our development of an ‘impact management’ approach – which we define as the management of assets in order to meet explicit impact goals (alongside financial goals).

This paper has catalysed a global effort to develop a shared convention for describing impact goals, in a way that can inform portfolio construction.

In traditional asset management, we have developed a shared convention (risk, return, liquidity – and asset classes, as a shorthand) to describe, align and manage against our respective financial goals. However, the same is not yet true within impact investment.

Over the last decade, there has been an industry push to improve impact measurement. Better measurement is essential, but we found it is most meaningful when you have spent time thinking about what success looks like from the start.

Tags:  impact investing  impact measurement  social impact 

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Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report 2016

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report 2016
by Invest2Innovate

The Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report is an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the enabling environment for businesses in the country. The study maps the space, assesses the gaps and challenges entrepreneurs face in Pakistan, and provides recommendations on how to improve the ecosystem in the future.

According to the report, there has been a noted increase in entrepreneurial activity in Pakistan, which is both exciting and encouraging. However, while this growth is encouraging, a number of challenges prevail – a lack of formalized funds, a lack of trust and transparency, and a poor policy and regulatory framework – to name a few. This report delves into these challenges and explores ways to further enable entrepreneurship and investment in Pakistan.

Tags:  Asia  entrepreneurship ecosystems 

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The Practitioner's Guide

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 9, 2016

The Practitioner’s Guide: Steps to Corporate Investment, Innovation and Collaboration

By the Multilateral Investment Fund/IDB

All corporations seek to differentiate themselves and look for new ways to create value. But, how does an organization change the way it does business? This guide addresses three key questions: 1) What is the business benefit and why should my business consider alternative options in its innovation and investment strategy? 2) What steps can I take to begin the process of designing our corporate innovation and investment strategy so that it creates positive outcomes? 3) Who can I work with to make this happen and what forms of collaboration exist in the market that I can learn from?

Tags:  2016  Corporate Responsibility  impact investing  innovation 

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From Innovation to Practice

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 1, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

From Innovation to Practice: Impact Investing Education and Training 

By the Beeck Center for Innovation + Social Impact

Produced with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Pathways to Innovation focuses onthe current state of impact investing education and training, and assesses opportunities to meet emergent demand and build capacity across the impact investing ecosystem. It also includes a listing of nearly 200 providers of courses, events, and other opportunities learn about impact investing.

Tags:  2016  education  impact investing 

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