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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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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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Read the full report >

Tags:  2016  Acceleration  ANDE publication  GALI 

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The Impact of Entrepreneurship Database Program 2015 Mid-Year Data Summary

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 21, 2016

The Impact of Entrepreneurship Database Program 2015 Mid-Year Data Summary
September 2015

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

The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), a collaboration between ANDE and Emory University, is designed to explore – and answer - key questions about enterprise acceleration including: Do acceleration programs contribute to revenue growth? Do they help companies attract investment? Do they work as well for developing-world impact entrepreneurs as they do for developed-world tech entrepreneurs?

This report summarizes application data collected from 3,113 early-stage ventures entrepreneurs who applied to participating accelerator programs during 2013, 2014 and early 2015. 

Tags:  Acceleration  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field Volume II

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 21, 2016

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field
August 2015

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

In this brief, we respond to questions about gender and entrepreneurship from The Unreasonable Institute: Do new ventures with women on their founding teams outperform their peers? And if a team has more women in roles of leadership, or they more or less likely to raise equity?

Tags:  Acceleration  accelerators  GALI  gender  women 

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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration Questions from the Field Volume I

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 21, 2016

Entrepreneurship and Acceleration: Questions from the Field 
February 2015

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

In this brief, we use data from the Entrepreneurship Acceleration Research Initiative in order to respond a question submitted by the MasterCard Foundation about Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa: "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?"

Tags:  Acceleration  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Good Incubation in India

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 1, 2016

Good Incubation in India: Strategies for supporting social enterprises in challenging contexts 

By Nesta

Building on Nesta’s 2014 Good Incubation report, this research draws on case studies to highlight strategies for good incubation in challenging environments. It focuses on weaker entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers advice to incubation managers and other ecosystem players, from policymakers to funders alike. 

Tags:  Acceleration  accelerators  Incubation  India 

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