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The Power of Purpose

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 9, 2017

The Power of Purpose: Jesuits for Social Entrepreneurship

By Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 

 

 Soon after their founding in 1540, the Jesuits established an expansive network of educational institutions around the world, embodying what we now call social entrepreneurship.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls “the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development.” Social entrepreneurship is a transformative response to this call.

The Jesuit-in-Residence experience is customized to the vocation of the individual Jesuit. The program’s pioneer, Fr. Phil Cooke, SJ, organized GSBI Boost accelerator programs in Nicaragua and the Philippines. Under the leadership of Fr. Bossou Constant, SJ, we created a Jesuit Network for Social Entrepreneurship, including four provinces in Africa, one in the United States, and one in China, with 18 affiliated Jesuits.

Miller Center imagines that this network will leverage Jesuit social and educational ministries to amplify the global impact of social entrepreneurship. The vocations of the Jesuits in this booklet illustrate the power of purpose in their approach. 

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  Asia  Social entrepreneurship 

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Investing for Impact

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 6, 2017

INVESTING FOR IMPACT: 27 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO CHANGE THE WORLD

By Agora Partnerships

 

Investing for Impact: 27 Investment Opportunities to Change the World outlines opportunities to support and invest in entrepreneurs across Latin America and the Caribbean who are solving the Sustainable Development Goals and building a more just, equitable society. These outstanding companies have gone through Agora’s Accelerator program and many are fully investment ready and looking for immediate capital. Every company in this book needs support - whether investment, advice, connections or access to markets - and every entrepreneur has been selected based on demonstration of the values of empathy, agency, curiosity and perseverance and their ability to create lasting, sustainable change.

 

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Tags:  accelerators  impact investing  Latin America  SDGs 

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Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 4, 2017

Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets:
Insights from 43 Programs

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

The second major report from GALI, written in collaboration with Deloitte, compares acceleration in emerging markets versus high-income countries. Examining data from more than 2,400 early stage ventures that applied to 43 programs, it finds more similarities between emerging market and high-income country entrepreneurs and accelerator programs than commonly believed. 

Despite the numerous difficulties of running a startup in emerging market countries, accelerated ventures are often able to grow at similar rates to their counterparts in the United States and Canada. The average effects of acceleration on equity and debt raised were nearly identical in high-income countries and emerging markets, and emerging market ventures were just as likely to report rapid growth.

The executive summary is available in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Tags:  2017  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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