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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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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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