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Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Recommendations to Foster Development in Africa's Health Markets

Source: Huffington Post Impact

As the CEO of a company that markets portable, power-free medical instrument sterilizers to hospitals and health centers in East Africa, Dr. Bernstein has seen first hand the degree to which people are ready to pay for safe and effective medical care. But at the same time there is a conscious effort to avoid the creation of a completely segmented health system where the quality of care is much higher for those who can afford it from the private sector, and huge portions of the population are unable to participate in the market.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Indigenous leaders empowering communities through social enterprise

Source: The Guardian

Initiatives such as a healing centre in the Amazon forest are helping indigenous groups protect and manage their own land.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 — South Asia

Social Enterprises in India Received $1.6 B in 14 years

Source: Business Standard

Of the USD 1.6 billion invested in the country since 2000, USD 435 million was made by dedicated impact investors like Aavishkar, Omidyar Network among others, the report by social advisory firm Intellecap said.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

SOURCE Initiative Links Entrepreneurs and Investors to Bolster Businesses that Benefit Low-Wealth Americans

Source: Digital Journal

A new initiative that discovers business solutions to social issues by linking entrepreneurs with investment capital and mentoring was announced today by The Hitachi Foundation, Village Capital, and Investors' Circle.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Building the Impact Investing Market in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

The impact investment market is extremely diverse and the DFID Impact Fund is distinctive
Friday, April 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investors warm up to start-ups with a cause

Source: Live Mint

To outsiders, Vindhya e-Infomedia Pvt. Ltd appears to be just another business process outsourcing (BPO) company. What sets the Bangalore-based company apart is the fact that 80% of its 500 employees comprise women below the poverty line and those with physical disabilities; some are blind, hearing-impaired or autistic.
Thursday, April 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs: Don't Forget About Kickstarter

Source: FastCoExist

The fundraising platform wants to be a place where projects for good get off the ground.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

What Is Scale? Hint: Social Enterprises Don't Have To Be Huge To Reach It

Source: Forbes

A couple of years ago, I was working on a strategic planning project for a start-up that got hung up on the idea of “scale.” The founders were thinking globally, but meeting locally – in a windowless conference room, with lousy coffee, a couple of laptops, and no employees. We made of lot of lists, blew through a lot of Powerpoint, did many meetings. The ideas were fantastic, the potential market of those who needed the proposed services were in the tens of millions, and the business plan was sleek. But they couldn’t start small enough to prove the model. It had to be national right away, because the idea was so strong.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food

Source: Fast Company

Newly engineered foods. A TV show satirizing big AG. Farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases. Here are the companies that are cooking up new ideas and changing how we think about our food.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Factors That Show Social Enterprise Might Start Seeing Bigger Exits

Source: Fast Co.Exist

Stewart Craine, cofounder of Barefoot Power and now Village Infrastructure Angels, walks into investor presentations with a pair of well-worn, highly scuffed shoes with the soles falling off. They are his "investor shoes," illustrating the ridiculous distance he has traveled in pursuit of investment for his businesses, which work with world’s poor.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nine ways to make sure you make a difference with impact investing

Source: The Guardian

Impact investors want more than a financial return, they want their money to do something good in the world at the same time. This means balancing financial risks and rewards with the complex measures of social and environmental impact.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

‘Learning together’ to grow a business in the plains of Tanzania

Source: PBS NewsHour

When Hailey Chalhoub and Eliza Madden, both 22, were sent to Tabora in northeastern Tanzania to help its residents with a nascent food processing business, they had their marching orders: make a profit.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Stock Exchanges for Social Enterprises? Here's Where You Can Find Them

Source: Forbes

As the spotlight on investors seeking social investments continues to brighten, the rise of social stock exchanges—places where people can buy shares in social businesses with missions that align with theirs—shouldn’t be all that surprising.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

People + technology as a best investment

Source: Devex

Gib Bulloch, founder and global managing director of Accenture Development Partnerships, is all about putting money into ideas that work.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Announces Social Entrepreneurs of 2014

Source: Press Release

Thirty seven Social Entrepreneurs have been recognized by the Schwab Foundation as the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014. The winners were selected in recognition of their innovative approaches and potential for global impact. The awardees will be announced during a livecast session at The Huffington Post, featuring Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Maker of Toms shoes expands into coffee roasting

Source: ajc.com

Toms, the Los Angeles company known for its comfy, eco-friendly footwear and its shoes-donating ways, is tiptoeing into an unusual product line: coffee.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — Europe & Eurasia

UK Boosts Social Enterprise With 30% Tax Relief on Social Investments

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A move welcomed by campaigners and industry experts as potentially unlocking millions of pounds for social enterprises.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

B Lab Just Announced its B Corp Best for the World List

Source: Forbes

The list includes 92 social enterprises creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact of the almost 1,000 certified B Corporations in operation.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bonds Tied to Green Investments Are Booming

Source: The Economist

Christopher Flensborg of SEB, a Swedish bank, calls it another tipping-point for “green bonds”, and he should know: he invented them.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Biz-school courses focus on giving back

Source: Crain's New York

In 2010, Donnel Baird grew increasingly frustrated while working for a coalition of labor and environmental groups in Washington, D.C., to promote residential energy efficiency and sustainability projects. In the process, he discovered how difficult it was for entrepreneurial businesses, nonprofits, churches and other small enterprises to find backers such as banks willing to fund their efforts to install solar power or energy-conservation technologies. "The transaction costs and the risks were too high," he said.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

HaPinoy, PBSP work to revive E. Visayas sari-sari store economy

Source: Sun Star

SOCIAL enterprise HaPinoy is closely working with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) to revive the sari-sari store economy in Yolanda-ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas. HaPinoy president Mark Ruiz said they will initially help 2,000 sari-sari stores in Leyte for the livelihood rehabilitation effort that will benefit 100,000 residents to have access to basic commodities.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Empowering People With Cooking Stoves

Source: Techli

Imagine spending 30 percent of your income on cooking fuel, inhaling the equivalent of 20 cigarettes daily while preparing meals for your family, and having to send your daughter to collect fuel for hours every day. What sounds like a far-fetched scenario is the reality of millions of people around the world in countries like Nepal, Darfur and Haiti.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Smartphone app reads blood oxygen levels to hospital standards, advances to global obstetrics tests

Source: Phys.org

Private and public investors are injecting $2 million into a Canadian mobile health innovation that offers hope of preventing thousands of deaths and improving the health of expectant mothers, newborns and children throughout the developing world.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Turning Africa’s Healthcare Challenges Into Opportunities

Source: Ventures

Most people are familiar with the problems facing the health sector in Sub-Saharan Africa faces: poor infrastructure, a shortage of healthcare workers, a lack of capacity in the existing workforce and substandard quality to name a few. These problems, coupled with inadequate public sector spending on health, have pushed the private sector to the front in the development of the African health sector.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Donated Bicycles Are Helping Save Lives in Africa

Source: Care2

Think supporting development means giving hand outs? Think again. Done right, development means giving a hand up. Take for example Aid for Africa member World Bicycle Relief and its recently established Buffalo Bikes Ltd.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — South Asia

Does India Need Its Own 'Impact' Investors?

Source: Forbes

Indian entrepreneurs complain that India’s venture capital scene, particularly for “impact” investments, is limited.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

The White House’s new $65.8M Social Innovation Fund competition is the largest to date

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

The 2014 competition, which was officially announced this week, will provide up to $65.8 million to grantmakers.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is Social Enterprise the “Child Star” of the Sector?

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

Writing for the Poverty Matters blog at the Guardian, Deborah Doane, the former director of the World Development Movement, calls social entrepreneurs in India “the child star in an otherwise much-maligned space.”
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

d.light Announces $11 Million Series C Financing, Expands Board of Directors

Source: Power Engineering

The Series C round included participation from all major investors, including DFJ, Omidyar Network, Nexus India Capital, Gray Ghost Ventures, Acumen Fund and Garage Technology Ventures. With the closing of Series C, d.light has raised a total of $40 million in capital.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

How to Assess a Social Enterprise

Source: HuffPost Impact

How do we really know when an organization is doing quality work we should rally behind and having a real, positive impact, versus just using the right buzzwords?
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact investing key to unlocking Kenya’s growth potential

Source: Standard Digital

Starting a business, conventionally, is largely driven by the need to make profits, and the higher the margins the better for the proprietor. Downcast often occurs when companies report slump in profit, as this is considered not good enough to create investor confidence and attract more shareholders.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: M - Lab Wins Impact Economy Innovations Grant

Source: allAfrica

M:Lab East Africa identifies, nurtures and helps build startups in the knowledge economy by providing training, market research, access to finance and infrastructure among many other services.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Somaliland: Silatech and Kaaba Microfinance Partner to Support Youth Enterprise

Source: Somaliland Sun

Silatech has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kaaba Microfinance Institution (K-MFI), based in Somaliland, to promote youth enterprise and employment solutions. The agreement paves the way for the two organizations to jointly develop a Youth Enterprise Fund, which will provide dedicated funds and technical assistance to microfinance institutions throughout Somaliland.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sankalp Forum announces 24 Indian social enterprises as Sankalp Awards Finalists for 2014

Source: Press Release

Finalists looking for nearly INR 200 Crores in impact investments over the next two years. Also competing for Sankalp People’s Choice Awards to be decided by the global online community.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

VisionSpring Cofounder Jordan Kassalow On Why Two Million Customers Is Not Enough

Source: Forbes

Jordan Kassalow is cofounder and chairman of VisionSpring, and has more than 20 years of experience providing eye care to the world’s poor.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — South Asia

Tata social enterprise challenge to encourage innovative ideas in India

Source: Business Standard

The winners of the second edition of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge, hosted by the Tata group in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), were announced today at IIM Calcutta.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — South Asia

Lifting Filipinos out of poverty by growing social entrepreneurship at home

Source: PBS NewsHour

Many Filipinos move into urban slums or leave their country in search of work. But to help lift his nation out of poverty, economist Antonio Meloto wants to turn its citizens into job generators rather than job seekers. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro profiles Meloto’s efforts to encourage businesses in rural areas.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding Platform Aims to Break Cycle of Poverty for Adolescent Girls

Source: Ecopreneurist

A new social enterprise is setting its sights on breaking the cycle of poverty for girls in the developing world, by giving them the opportunity to go to high school through the helping hand of crowdfunding.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Press Release : Case Foundation Commits $100,000 to Georgetown Global Social Enterprise Initiative

Source: Case Foundation

Grant to Support Impact Investing Initiatives, Including Policy Coordination with the Social Impact Investment Task Force
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Net Neutrality And Social Entrepreneurship: Why Freedom To Create And Share Matters

Source: Forbes

Social entrepreneurship and the open, freely accessed – but still commercially viable – Internet have worn parallel paths into the American landscape.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Equity Crowdfunding Rules in the U.S.: 15 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know Now

Source: Equities Network

Equity crowdfunding promises to open up a new financing source for thousands of capital starved businesses around the country. Many entrepreneurs are wondering what this means for them and don’t have time to digest the complex 585 page rule proposal.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Deshpande's Sandbox to inspire social innovation hubs

Source: Business Standard

Deshpande, advisor to US President Barack Obama and founder of Deshpande Foundation, said, "If we are able to combine the execution excellence of for-profit organisations with the compassion of not-for-profit organisations, we can do magic."
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

How social enterprises are combatting modern slavery

Source: The Guardian

Rich McEachran explains how social enterprises are a sustainable solution to modern slavery worldwide
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

China: State monopolies give way to social enterprise

Source: Pioneers Post

As the state loosens its grip on public services in China, Beijing is sending strong signals that social innovation and investment will be driving forces of a refreshed public services system. Adam Pillsbury from the British Council explains the new dynamics of social enterprise in China.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Spreading hope one box at a time

Source: Inquirer.net

Over 20 artists share their works to aid victims of typhoon ‘Yolanda’
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Tata Social Enterprise conference – expect the unconventional

Source: The Guardian

Leaders from across the sector gathered to offer their guidance and advice to aspiring social entrepreneurs
Sunday, December 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

Greg Dees, social entrepreneurship pioneer, dies at 63

Source: Duke News Service/Herald Sun

J. Gregory Dees, a Duke University professor recognized internationally for developing social entrepreneurship as an academic field, died at Duke Hospital Friday afternoon. He was 63.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Solar Lamp for African Villagers

Source: OnIslam

On a continent where more than half the population lives off-the-grid, many African villagers can neither afford nor acquire simple solar lamps. Instead, they have to rely on dangerous kerosene products to light their homes.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Taking a businesslike approach to social woes

Source: Los Angeles Times

'The Solution Revolution' shows how entrepreneurs and organizations are taking on intractable social problems.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

What to consider when setting up a social enterprise in Singapore

Source: Yahoo! Finance

A social enterprise focuses on championing a good cause, such as helping the poor or promoting animal welfare. It also aims to be a profitable business, where surplus revenues are ploughed back into growing the company and expanding its activities.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Social Entrepreneurship Focus of New Partnership

Source: allAfrica

USAID will commit $2 million to support the project, which will be matched by an additional $2 million in support from General Atlantic, the Newman's Own Foundation, the Pershing Square Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Echoing Green.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social enterprise incubator Villgro invests in three startups

Source: VCCircle

Social enterprise incubator Villgro has invested an undisclosed amount in three social enterprises—OneBreath, Ecozen Solutions and Artoo. Apart from equity, the incubator will provide mentoring, access to network and talent for these start-ups.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

The five stages of grief for a failed social entrepreneur

Source: The Guardian

Dan Morrison talks about the five stages of grief following a failed social enterprise, and how to recover your motivation and start again.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

5 reasons impact investing is not for you

Source: Business Standard

Seemingly simple and beneficial to all, impact investing is far more than simple philanthropy
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Yes - the sandwich generation can and should work in social enterprises

Source: The Guardian

The generation sandwiched between looking after their children and parents can benefit financially from a new approach
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

5 ways to fight resistance to sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

To avoid discouragement and burnout, we need to address this resistance proactively, yet patiently.
Monday, November 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Merry-Go-Round That Turns The Power Of Play Into Electricity in rural Ghana

Source: Fast Company

Empower Playgrounds is providing electricity-generating playground equipment to impoverished schools in rural Ghana.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovation Summit Encourages Social Entrepreneurship

Source: The Harvard Crimson

Social entrepreneurs, Harvard affiliates, and students from across the United States convened in Northwest Labs on Saturday for the Igniting Innovation Summit, a conference meant to spark student interest in social entrepreneurship through a series of events.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

TOMS Creates E-Commerce Hub for Socially Conscious Shoppers

Source: Entrepreneur

n the world of social innovation, Blake Mycoskie of TOMS is a bit of a rock star. Now, he is using his company’s star power to give other like-minded startups a leg up. TOMS is launching an e-commerce platform called “Marketplace” on TOMS.com that hosts goods from 30 social entrepreneurs who have mission-driven business models, similar in ethos to the “buy one, give one” model that Mycoskie pioneered.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

TOMS Creates E-Commerce Hub for Socially Conscious Shoppers

Source: Entrepreneur

n the world of social innovation, Blake Mycoskie of TOMS is a bit of a rock star. Now, he is using his company’s star power to give other like-minded startups a leg up. TOMS is launching an e-commerce platform called “Marketplace” on TOMS.com that hosts goods from 30 social entrepreneurs who have mission-driven business models, similar in ethos to the “buy one, give one” model that Mycoskie pioneered.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Chetna Vijay Sinha, India Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013

Source: The Schwab Foundation

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Chetna Vijay Sinha, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank, and Mann Deshi Foundation, as the winner of the 2013 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Thursday, November 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

First women's bond from World Bank raises $165 million

Source: The Economic Times

Bonds tied to social or environmental targets are part of a new trend of social finance, as a growing class of investors seek to bridge the gap between philanthropy and pure financial returns.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Empowering women social entrepreneurs in India

Source: The Guardian

New 'Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development Programme' in India is to identify women working in social enterprises and train them to become 'Master Trainers'.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

MBA Programs Increasingly Incorporate Social Goals

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

Students seeking to “do good” have traditionally sought higher education programs in fields such as nonprofit management, social work, or public policy and administration. Recently, increasing numbers of these students are turning to business schools and, consequently, business schools are adjusting their curriculums to meet the change in demand.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 — Latin America

Why social enterprises can help heal Haiti's post-earthquake wounds

Source: The Guardian

It's been nearly four years since the Haiti earthquake and despite the billions of dollars that have been pumped into aid relief projects, the country is still recovering. "Since the earthquake, there has been a lot of short-term aid in Haiti, but creating sustainable and long-term jobs is a different story" explains Rebecca Troxler from 3 Cords, a social enterprise whose workforce includes a number of amputees and members of a local deaf community, who otherwise would likely be unemployed.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — South Asia

Aavishkaar in list of top global impact investors

Source: The Economic Times

Two prestigious US universities have selected social venture capital firm Aavishkaar Venture Management Services and its flagship fund, Aavishkaar India Micro Venture Capital Fund, as among the world's top global impact investors.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

7 Tips from the six winners of the World Summit Awards in healthcare and environmental solutions

Source: Social Story

Thanks to mobiles and social media, healthcare and environmental solutions are emerging in the consumer and citizen space, and not just in hospital enterprise IT and meteorological centres.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Qatar-based social initiative, Silatech hosts US events on innovative entrepreneurship

Source: Gulf Times

Founded by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser,Silatech has hosted two major events in the US with a view to increasing awareness and informing US policy towards youth in the Arab world.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Finalists announced for "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" Award

Source: The Times of India

MUMBAI: The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, which organizes the SEOY India Award in association with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship announced the finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award 2013.
Monday, October 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Entrepreneur's Inspiration For Solar-Powered Lighting

Source: Forbes

Solar-powered light bulbs for the poor: A growing number of social enterprises are selling such technology to bottom of the pyramid households in Africa, India and other countries. One of the first to do so, Denver-based Nokero (for No Kerosene) just introduced its next generation of products, as it works to make the company’s management more professional–and able to grow the enterprise even more. A little more background on the issue: Around 1.3 billion of world’s population lacks access to reliable electricity. Most of them use kerosene lamps, which are very very very expensive compared to incandescent lamps, (people spend as much as 30% of their income on kerosene-based fuels, according to Nokero), cause deadly fires (If you live without electricity, you’re seven times more likely to die by fire than someone with electricity, according to Katsaros), and contribute to air pollution. They don’t produce a whole heck of a lot of light, either
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bikes for Africa changing health care

Source: IOL

When Andrea Coleman bought her first motorcycle six months before her 16th birthday, all she wanted to do was escape her “funny little suburb” outside London. Now, almost 50 years later, she is being credited with using motorcycles to revolutionise Africa's transport and health systems. The mother- of-three will receive the Barclays Women of the Year award at the 59th annual Women of the Year Lunch on 16 October.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

5 Ways To Avoid Failure, From Social Enterprises That Didn't

Source: Fast Company

We've all been to an endless procession of conferences where shiny, successful people share their triumphs and "best practices" to rounds of applause. There's plenty of such puffery in the private sector, but if anything, the pressure to please donors and stakeholders by making it seem like everything's going great is even higher in the social entrepreneurship space--even when it's not.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Wildlife Works builds business protecting forests, climate

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

Rangers patrol a dusty forest in southern Kenya, keeping a watchful eye out for poachers. Although they roam near the borders of two national parks, their salaries don't come from the Kenyan government. They're employees of a small Mill Valley company, Wildlife Works.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social enterprise Findacure aims to unlock new insights into rare diseases

Source: The Guardian

Through his social enterprise Nick Sireau and his team aim to change the field of drug development.
Thursday, August 29, 2013 — South Asia

Grameenphone secures $345m to widen rural network

Source: The Daily Star

Grameenphone is set to receive $345 million funds from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, to expand its coverage in rural areas.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why Profits, Entrepreneurship, And Social Good Are Not Incompatible

Source: Forbes

Why should poor people receive the most obsolete technologies—when their lives can be impacted the most by advances in technology? Should my education and talent be used to make rich and powerful corporations even more so—or to help those in need? These are questions that Alfredo Zolezzi agonized over after achieving early success as a scientist and entrepreneur.
Friday, August 23, 2013 — Latin America

Bringing Solar To Impoverished Towns, With A Model Straight From The Corporate World

Source: Fast Company's Co.Exist

Disillusioned by corporate life, Manuel Aguilar and Juan Rodriguez started Quetsol, an organization that uses business acumen to supply rural Guatemalans with solar power.
Friday, August 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Lauren Bush Lauren: Social Enterprise Is Her Bag

Source: Inc.

The founder of FEED explains how she turned a simple burlap bag into a powerful tool for fighting world hunger.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

The difficulty of starting up a social enterprise in a warzone

Source: The Guardian

With youth unemployment across countries like Egypt, Somalia and Syria still hovering between 60% and 70%, there has never been a more relevant time to encourage social entrepreneurship. In some developing countries, where there is no central government stable enough to accept foreign aid, it can be responsible for up to 90% of job creation.
Friday, August 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Top tips: how to beat mainstream business rivals

Source: The Guardian

Phil Levermore, managing director of energy supplier Ebico, a social enterprise, advises on how to compete with 'non–social enterprises'
Friday, August 16, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

What you need to know about the Middle East’s new social entrepreneurs

Source: Devex

Many things amazed me in my travels across the growing tech startup ecosystem in the Middle East over the past two tumultuous years.
Monday, August 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Who's Who Of Social Enterprises Registers As Benefit Corps. In Delaware

Source: Forbes

Recently, I wrote about American Prison Data Systems, a New York City social enterprise that seeks to improve the education of prison inmates using a tablet-based platform. Turns out, it was one of the 17 businesses that just registered as the first Benefit Corporations in Delaware.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

With Skoll Foundation Support, Citi Provides Financing for Innovative Social Enterprise KickStart International

Source: Daily Finance

Citi Microfinance and Citi Commercial Bank today announced US$2,000,000 in financing to support KickStart International, a non-profit social enterprise that designs, manufactures, and sells high quality, low-cost irrigation pumps for use by smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, July 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprises: Bubble building within the space, creating fissures in the sector

Source: The Economic Times

When shoeshine boys start giving stock tips, then you know something is wrong, goes an old Wall Street dictum.
Friday, July 26, 2013 — South Asia

IIM Calcutta setting up incubator for BoP startups

Source: Techcircle.in

Startup incubators and accelerators have been cropping up across the country in the recent times (which is good news for the domestic startup ecosystem). Now Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta is planning to set up an incubation centre which will focus on social enterprises addressing the problems of people living at the bottom of the pyramid.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 — Latin America

Brazil's eco-tourists keep social enterprises successful and sustainable

Source: The Guardian

The three–part series closes with an investigation into Brazilian ecotourism and social entreprise success by Iguazu Falls.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 — Latin America

Goizueta MBAs Help Fix the Bolivian Recycling Business

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

On Aug. 3, seven MBA students from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School will travel to Bolivia as part of a project designed to put their skills to work solving a waste problem in the nation’s capital in Santa Cruz. The students will help determine the feasibility of building a more efficient recycling plant and creating jobs in the process.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 — South Asia

Dirty Business

Source: Bangkok Post

Singaporean Jack Sim wants nobody to be embarrassed by toilets as he seeks to clean up sanitation throughout the developing world.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprises: Bubble building within the space, creating fissures in the sector

Source: The Economic TImes

When shoeshine boys start giving stock tips, then you know something is wrong, goes an old Wall Street dictum. When this aphorism begins to resonate in the field of impact investing and social enterprises endeavouring to address some of the most intractable societal challenges of today, then it is indeed worrying.
Monday, July 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

Banks and social enterprise

Source: The Guardian

Last week, the Cooperative Bank launched the Social Enterprise Directplus account. It's specifically for community interest companies (CICs) set up with social or environmental value as their primary goal and offers a number of free banking facilities.
Friday, July 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda: Social Business Will Help Defeat Poverty

Source: All Africa

On July 11, 2013, Sulaiman Madada, the state minister for the Elderly and Disabled, launched the beginning of what might be one of the best things to have happened to Uganda: a social business.
Friday, July 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Scaling social innovation: what is it?

Source: The Guardian

Outsourcing public services may cut costs, but what has it got to do with social innovation and positive social change?
Thursday, July 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding Power: Solving Climate Change and Other Community Needs

Source: 3BL Media/Justmeans

Crowdfunding could be an incredibly powerful way to deliver a decentralised energy system.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 — South Asia

Abhijit Ray: ‘There is a yawning gap in early stage impact investing in India’

Source: The Alternative

Five days ago, India’s largest angel investing group, the Indian Angel Network, started a fund focused solely on socially relevant enterprises, with its first investment in Gram Vaani, a community radio enterprise based out of Delhi. Last year, about $151 million (about Rs 902 crore) was invested in social ventures across India, marking the rise of serious interest in the space of social investment, both from mainstream and sector investors.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

14 Scalable Social Enterprises

Source: Trend Hunter

Depending on who you ask and what their specific definition of social enterprise is, they may say that "scalable social enterprises" are redundant because all social enterprises should be able to scale.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Enterprise Keeps On Making Mistakes--And Learning From Them

Source: Forbes

Like any regular old startup, social enterprises make plenty of mistakes. You may recall Zack Rosenberg and his DoGoodBuyUs.com, which I wrote about recently and which got its first break thanks to a mistake.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can Financial Markets Be Good?

Source: Forbes/Skoll World Forum

In the Impact Investing industry we have been agreeing-to-disagree for a while now. The debate tends to take the form of investment priorities: financial-first vs. impact-first. Do you prioritize financial impact or do you prioritize social impact? I will argue that this debate is irrelevant and is an example of what Jed Emerson calls bifurcated thinking.
Monday, July 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Entrepreneur Transforms a Nonprofit Into a Profit-Making Enterprise

Source: The New York Times

Last week, we published a case study about a social entrepreneur, Saul Garlick, discussing what kind of legal structure would be best for his enterprise, ThinkImpact, which encourages entrepreneurship in third-world communities. He fundamentally had three options: continue as a nonprofit, go commercial, or find some sort of hybrid route.
Monday, July 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Are social stock exchanges the great equalizer of development finance?

Source: Devex

This past June, the world was introduced to two social stock exchanges.
Friday, July 12, 2013 — South Asia

Indian Angel Network launches IAN Impact for social enterprises; to invest up to $333K in 6 firms per year

Source: Techcircle.in

Indian Angel Network (IAN), a national network of angel investors investing in startups and early-stage ventures, has formed a sub-group called IAN Impact, which will focus on social enterprises addressing the problems of people living at the bottom of the pyramid.
Friday, July 12, 2013 — Latin America

Brazil's social entrepreneurs are making the most of safer favela conditions

Source: The Guardian

On a five-week journey exploring all five regions of Brazil, social enterprise specialist Richard Brownsdon investigates what opportunities are available for social entrepreneurs in the fifth largest country in the world.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 — South Asia

Enter India's amazing world of frugal innovation

Source: CNN

In 2001 a huge earthquake shook the state of Gujarat in India. 2,000 people were killed, 400,000 lost their homes, and countless more lost their businesses in the devastation. One young entrepreneur, Mansukhbhai Prajapati, lost everything, but found an innovative way to get back on his feet.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

PepsiCo will support 200,000 Arab social innovators

Source: Gulf News

PespsiCo will provide practical and educational support to social entrepreneurs across the Arab world.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan pay-as-you-go solar company wins global green energy award

Source: Biztech Africa

Azuri Technologies – a company that gives Kenyan households pay-as-you-go access to solar power, is the winner of the 2013 Ashden Award, the world’s leading green energy prize.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 — South Asia

Ronnie Screwvala puts profit first in social impact ventures

Source: The Economic Times

Ronnie Screwvala, the managing director of Walt Disney India, logs in 70 hours a week for the entertainment company and yet devotes 10-15 hours to philanthropy and social impact businesses. "Whatever one makes from the business, 10-15% should always go back to society," he says.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 — No Region Specified

Communicate and stay on target: a recipe for ensuring social impact

Source: The Guardian

As businesses turn social, how do they guarantee social impact?
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 — Latin America

Telling a very happy story: enterprise from Brazil's point of view

Source: The Guardian

Social enterprise is becoming a part of the norm in Brazil, a valid option for starting or growing a business.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

If You're Out to Change the World, How Do You Know When to Move On?

Source: Harvard Business Review

A certain phrase has gained currency in my world lately: the notion that a social enterprise must have an "exit strategy." Social enterprises, of course, are organizations designed primarily to yield social versus financial value. But here the community is borrowing a term from traditional venture capitalists, who know that a big part of maximizing returns is having a plan for when and how to end one's involvement in a venture and invest resources elsewhere.
Monday, July 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

Five reasons social enterprises fail: from obsessive founders to 'perfect' plans

Source: The Guardian

After the collapse of his own social enterprise, Matthew Cain wanted to know what makes a social business a success.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Research finds rising numbers of 'hybrid organizations' across sectors

Source: Devex

An increasing number of entrepreneurs are gravitating to a new model for achieving social change: the hybrid organization. By offering a way to achieve both social and economic goals, this model has sparked the creation of thousands of social enterprises around the world, forcing long-standing business perspectives and even legal systems to make way.
Monday, May 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

How three of the best-performing socially conscious funds are investing

Source: The Economic Times

Socially responsible investing has long been associated with avoiding companies in "vice businesses" like alcohol, tobacco and weapons.
Monday, May 20, 2013 — South Asia

Instilling soft skills in chauffeurs

Source: The Hindu Business Line

In the travel industry, the bottom of the pyramid is the driver.” Ram Badrinathan, Founder & CEO, GlobalTHEN.
Friday, May 17, 2013 — South Asia

Entrepreneurship and Social Impact in the Middle East — Business as Unusual?

Source: All Things D

It is a striking feature of the growing startup ecosystems in the Middle East that the lines between “entrepreneurship” and “social entrepreneurship” — that is, entrepreneurship that makes a social impact — often blur.
Friday, May 17, 2013 — South Asia

Anti-diarrhoea vaccine: Why social innovation is the way ahead for Indian healthcare

Source: First Post India

After nearly 25 years of work involving multi-institution, multi-country collaboration, India yesterday announced its first locally developed anti-diarrhoea vaccine.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The hottest frontier

Source: The Economist

Strategies for putting money to work in a fast-growing continent.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 — South Asia

Acumen Fund announces first energy investment in Pakistan

Source: Daily Times

Acumen, a pioneering non-profit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and in South Asia, on Monday announced its first investment in the growing rural energy sector of Pakistan.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cane Toads A Shoe-In for Social Impact

Source: Pro Bono News Australia

You may never have considered how online shopping for cane toads could have a positive social impact.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

How to Plan when you don’t know what is going to happen? Redesigning aid for complex systems

Source: Oxfam International

They’re funny things, speaker tours. On the face of it, you go from venue to venue, churning out the same presentation – more wonk-n-roll than rock-n-roll. But you are also testing your arguments, adding slides where there are holes, deleting ones that don’t work.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 — South Asia

Source code: PharmaSecure goes mobile in battle against fake drugs

Source: The Guardian

An initiative allowing the provenance of medicines to be verified using mobile technology is taking aim at the illegal drug trade.
Monday, May 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Is social enterprise sustainable?

Source: VC Circle

Social enterprise first evolved in the developing world. Now the business models and social metrics may be going mainstream.
Friday, May 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Venture Capital Trust Fund signs MoU with GIMPA to establish Centre

Source: Ghana Business News

Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) to establish a Centre for Impact Investing in the country.
Thursday, May 09, 2013 — South Asia

Godrej Appliances to enter new categories for rural consumers

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Growing rural demand is making Godrej Appliances target consumers at the bottom of the pyramid with new products pegged below Rs 3,000.
Thursday, May 09, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Preventing Drug Shortages With Cell Phones in Malawi

Source: PBS Newshour

Eighty percent of the 13 million Malawians live in rural areas, making delivering health services challenging, especially in remote parts with no roads.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Microlender Backs Startups to Bring More Than Loans to the Poor

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Microlending has lost a lot of its shine in the seven years since Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for delivering small loans to help poor women start businesses.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 — South Asia

Market for feature phone apps is low-tech goldmine

Source: BBC News

The next time you are standing at a bus stop, cursing the late-running service, spare a thought for Milind Dahikar.
Monday, May 06, 2013 — South Asia

Cheering social entrepreneurship: How Lok Capital did it

Source: Money Control

Investing in a social enterprise in India has become quite the in-thing and the definition of who is a social entrepreneur seems to be changing as well.
Monday, May 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

What is the best way of innovating for social change?

Source: Financial Times

There are many different ways – organisationally speaking – that you can save the world.
Thursday, May 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Unlikely Takeover: A Third Way to Scale Social Enterprise

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

When we try to scale social enterprise, we usually try one of two paths: growing small organizations or spreading ideas across a range of organizations to scale impact.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 — South Asia

World Bank Group Awards $2 Million to Social Enterprises in the States of Madhya Pradesh

Source: Finchannel.com

Twenty social enterprises were awarded grants totaling $2 million by the India Development Marketplace (DM) funded by the World Bank Group (WBG).
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

Entrepreneurs say the FDA is killing medical innovation

Source: Venture Beat

Chandra Duggirala, maker of an experimental device for type two diabetes, is on the verge of giving up.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Connecting the Global Community of Leading Impact Investors: Global Impact Investing Network

Source: Forbes

Forbes interviewed Amit Bouri, the managing director at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of impact investing around the world.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘We believe strongly in the power of entrepreneurs to transform Africa’

Source: Business Day

As of March 2013, Omidyar Network has committed more than $611 million to for-profit and non-profit companies that foster economic advancement, including entrepreneurship.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Profit Meets Purpose: Why Social Entrepreneurship Suggests a Possible Future for Global Capitalism

Source: Huffington Post

As the first Internet stock bubble neared its popping point in 1999, IBM chief executive Lou Gerstner famously dismissed the dot-com start-ups of his day as "fireflies before the storm--all stirred up, throwing off sparks."
Friday, April 26, 2013 — Latin America

Assured Labor Raises $5.5M To Find Jobs For Workers Across Latin America

Source: Tech Crunch

Assured Labor, a New York, Mexico City and São Paulo-based startup that helps low- and middle-income workers across Latin America find jobs through their mobile phones, just closed $5.5 million in funding led by Mexican private equity firm Capital Indigo.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Conscious Business, Crowdfunding and Social Impact Investing

Source: Huffington Post

Crowdfunding thought leader Rose Spinelli and Richard Branson Award Winner Shayan Nahrvar, CEO of Raise5.com, were ready to talk about funding in the new capitalism at the Conscious Business Network last week.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Guide to Scaling Social Innovation

Source: Huffington Post

For those who have been working in the field of social entrepreneurship for a decade or more, as we have at the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, 2013 is starting to feel like a watershed year.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 — South Asia

Grassroot-level innovations may hold the key to global challenges

Source: The Guardian

Development professionals should help spread the ideas that are effective in solving problems but often remain in obscurity.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 — South Asia

Making a clean sweep of a 'dirty' business in India

Source: MoneyControl.com

A new kind of "dirty" business is becoming the latest frontier in the bottom-of-the-pyramid market in India, with a number of start-ups seeing a huge opportunity in building and maintaining toilets as more than 600 million Indians still defecate in the open, according to the World Health Organization.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Farmers Celebrate Earth Day By Saving The World

Source: Forbes

Storms are getting more violent, seasonal patterns are shifting, and the weather is seemingly harder to predict.
Monday, April 22, 2013 — Europe & Eurasia

10 Things I Learned At Skoll World Forum 2013

Source: Forbes

The 10th annual Skoll World Forum, which brought together several hundred of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to Oxford, wrapped up last week.
Monday, April 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

AfDB Provides $38m To Aid Entrepreneurship, Job Creation In Rwanda

Source: Ventures Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is contributing $38 million to boost entrepreneurship and job creation in Rwanda.
Friday, April 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

6 reasons companies fail to reach the bottom of the pyramid

Source: Devex Impact

It is no secret that, when it comes to commercial ventures at the base of the pyramid, our greatest hopes and expectations have been placed on the potential of multinational corporations to mitigate poverty.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Beyond Profit: A Talk With Muhammad Yunus

Source: The New York Times

Today, in a ceremony at the United States Capitol, Congressional leaders will present the founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his “efforts to combat global poverty.”
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 — South Asia

Blue Collar, Inc

Source: Hindustan Times

Krishna Kumar used to spend his days listlessly gathering scrap in garbage dumps across Motihari in Bihar.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can Firms Aim to Do Good if It Hurts Profit?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Blake Jones of Boulder, Colo., is one of the many modern entrepreneurs who say their goals extend beyond increasing the bottom line to such pursuits as reducing child poverty or protecting the environment. But he worries that embracing a mission other than maximizing profits could open the door to shareholder lawsuits because of decades-old corporate governance laws. A co-founder and chief executive of Namaste Solar, Mr. Jones says his eight-year-old company gives 20% of its annual after-tax profits to local projects, such as a nearby children's museum and a bicycle-recycling program. It also offers up to $30,000 in solar-system installation grants to schools and other nonprofits. But "according to state law," he says, "we don't have any legal protection for doing business the way we do" even though such practices attract customers who also "want to do good."
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 — South Asia

"Being a woman gives me patience and humility"

Source: Times of India

Aparajita Agrawal's Sankalp Forum is the first platform globally that has social enterprises at its core.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Medical Care, Aided by the Crowd

Source: The New York Times

Two years ago, Chase Adam, a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, was riding a bus through a town called Watsi, when a woman got on board asking for money.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Michael Porter unveils new health and happiness index

Source: The Guardian

The Harvard professor, who created the concept of shared value, hopes to bring social and environmental considerations to the top of the policy and corporate agenda
Friday, April 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nairobi Company Develop Innovative Technique for Waste Management

Source: Voice of America

Just one-third of Nairobi’s trash makes it to the single municipal dumpsite at Dandora.
Friday, April 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social impact measurement: time to admit defeat?

Source: The Guardian

'Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts', said Einstein. Perhaps it's time to heed this lesson.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social enterprise franchise: a 10-question test

Source: The Guardian

Franchising isn't easy, especially in the social enterprise sector. So what do you need to have in place before you do it?
Thursday, April 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth ‘could save a million African lives by 2017

Source: AfrOnline

Mobile health (mHealth) applications such as text messages could save more than a million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, according to a report.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 — Latin America

Looking for a Latin American Seed Fund? Try the Colombian Government

Source: The Atlantic

Grooveshark creator Andres Barreto is placing a bet on Colombia.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Pakistan's social entrepreneurs eager to unlock innovation potential

Source: The Guardian

A changing mindset can help the country establish an enabling environment in which social enterprises can flourish
Monday, April 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

In Mexico, A Dartmouth Grad Fights Poverty Through Capitalism

Source: Forbes

Fernando Orta had remarkable drive and ingenuity even when I first met him as a freshman at Dartmouth. It’s no surprise that five years after graduation, he is making things happen.
Monday, April 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mara Foundation, NFTE Partner For Global Entrepreneurship Education

Source: Ventures Africa

Mara Foundation and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) have launched a partnership aimed at educating emerging entrepreneurs across the globe.
Friday, April 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

5 Things Social Enterprises Should Learn About Scale From Big Companies

Source: Fast CoExist

To make a true difference, social enterprises have to get big--something they’re not often prepared to do.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New apps transforming remote parts of Africa

Source: Associated Press

For generations, breeding cows in the rural highlands of Kenya has hinged on knowledge and experience passed down from parents to children. But Mercy Wanjiku is unlike most farmers. Her most powerful tool is her cell phone, and a text messaging service called iCow.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Connecting The Worlds Of For-Profit And Nonprofit For Greater Good

Source: Fast CoExist

We live in a world where for-profits and not-for-profits occupy separate spheres, and we often focus more on their differences than on their similarities.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 — South Asia

Sheetal Mehta Walsh, on the Rise of Social Entrepreneurship

Source: The Next Women

Sheetal Mehta Walsh, is the founder of Shanti Life, a unique microfinance platform serving the poor in Gujarat villages and slums so that they can create sustainable businesses.
Monday, March 25, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Bankers ride boom in social enterprises

Source: South China Morning Post

Putting private capital to public service is booming in Asia, and some investment bankers are quitting their high-profile jobs to support "clean and green" enterprises.
Monday, March 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Serving the poor, but operating like a business

Source: Devex

At a time when public sector resources are limited, and every philanthropic dollar must go further, there is a robust debate in the international development community about how to achieve development goals with less money.
Friday, March 22, 2013 — South Asia

Deepa Gangwani: Fomenting Change for Indian Trash Collectors

Source: PBS Newshour

A shocking incident involving her maid and a trash collector helped set Deepa Gangwani on her quest to help the poor communities near where she lived in India.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 — South Asia

Water for all

Source: The Economist

NEARLY three-fourths of all diseases caused in India are due to water contaminants. Despite that, one in eight Indians still lacks access to clean drinking water.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 — Latin America

Questioning the TOMS Shoes Model for Social Enterprise

Source: The New York Times

After visiting Argentina and seeing the impact of poverty on some of its children, Blake Mycoskie was inspired to create a philanthropic “for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations.” The result was Toms Shoes, which promised that for every pair of shoes it sold, it would give away another pair to a child in need.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling poverty with social enterprise

Source: The Guardian

Despite the promising economic growth exhibited by African nations in the last decade, the spectre of food poverty still looms large.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 — South Asia

Asian Development Bank : Pay-As-You-Go Model Expands Solar Energy Access in Rural India

Source: Press Release

More than 60,000 households in rural India will have better access to electricity by 2015 as Simpa Networks, a company supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), scales up the sales of its off-grid, pay-as-you-go solar energy solutions.
Friday, March 15, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Life of Pi to bridge the funds gap

Source: The National

A new company is attempting to help bridge a US$3.5 billion (Dh12.85bn) funding gap for the Middle East's poorest entrepreneurs by linking them to microcredit loans bankrolled by the social media generation.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mali Entrepreneurs Offer Path to Peace

Source: Forbes

The day French fighters started bombing Mali in January, I was on edge. Root Capital’s regional credit manager based in Dakar, Diaka Sall, was visiting clients in Mali that very day the French stepped in to stop the Northern rebels’ southward march toward the capital city.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Benefits of Mobile Health, on Hold

Source: The New York Times

The world now has 5 billion mobile phones – one for every person over 15.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 — Europe & Eurasia

Building A Cell Phone That Doesn’t Kill People

Source: Co.Exist

Bas van Abel leads an innovative electronics company. But, unlike Apple or Samsung, he’s not particularly interested in the latest voice activation or finger-swiping technology.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

We Found it: The World's Greatest Small Social Enterprise Will Inspire You

Source: Forbes

Today, I interviewed The Yonkofa Project founder Dr. Gabriella Nanci. I’ll share that interview with you directly and unedited as Dr. Nanci tells her story much better than I could.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa on the move

Source: Business Day

Awolowo Road has long been a destination for enterprising Nigerian traders. In the 1990s, Kola Karim became one of them, setting up shop on the road that links the plush neighbourhood of Ikoyi to the tumult of the Lagos Island business district, selling shirts and jeans to the throngs.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — South Asia

Interview with Impact Investment Shujog and Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

Source: Forbes

Robert Kraybill, Managing Director at IIX, and Magnus Young, Research Manager at Shujog, join us today to share their insights on the work they do at Shujog and IIX. They also provide their analyses on the trends in the impact investing space.
Thursday, March 07, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Impact Entrepreneurship' Places Importance on Social Consciousness

Source: Entrapreneur

On a trip to Africa in 1990, Peter Scott was moved to tears by the deforestation he encountered.
Thursday, March 07, 2013 — South Asia

Impact investing likely to grow at 30% annually

Source: Live Mint

Impact investing, in which money is used to deliver social benefits alongside financial returns, generated around $100 million (around Rs.547 crore today) of capital in India last year and is set to grow at an annual pace of 30%, according to research by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Making mobiles for the masses

Source: BBC

Fancy freshly brewed coffee in the morning, but don’t like the inconvenience of getting out of bed? Then you might want to get your hands on the wi-fi enabled coffee maker from chip-maker Qualcomm, which allows you to drip start your brew from your phone or tablet.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 — Europe & Eurasia

In Turkey, Economic Opportunities for Women Coincide With More Domestic Abuse

Source: PBS Newshour

In Turkey, a fast-changing society has brought new opportunities for women, but also increased domestic abuse.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 — South Asia

Microcredit loans fall for first time in 13 years

Source: The Globe and Mail

The number of people around the world who have access to microcredit financing has fallen for the first time in 13 years, reflecting turmoil in the sector and the fallout from the global financial crisis.
Monday, March 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

Sequestration’s effect on US aid

Source: Devex

Since U.S. lawmakers failed to reach a deal on March 1 to avert $85 billion in across-government budget cuts, the global aid community has been nervously awaiting the impact on development business.
Monday, March 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

CSIS report: Refocus aid on private sector

Source: Devex Impact

Today, the Washington D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies released a new report that calls for U.S. foreign aid to reorient itself around the private sector and make “broad-based economic growth” its organizing principle.
Friday, March 01, 2013 — South Asia

India’s Budget Targets Women

Source: The New York Times

At a time when India’s commitment to women’s rights is under scrutiny, the government’s annual budget released Thursday proposed a number of measures for women, including increased spending to improve their safety and a bank only for women.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship in B-Schools in Three Charts

Source: Harvard Business Review

Twenty years ago, on two different business school campuses a continent away, the seeds of social entrepreneurship were planted.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

TriLinc Global Launches $1.5 Billion Impact Investment Fund

Source: Market Watch

TriLinc Global Impact Fund ("TriLinc") announced today that its registration statement pertaining to its public offering of up to $1.5 billion in units of limited liability company interest was declared effective by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

5 Lessons Between Tech and Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Huffington Post

My company, Smallknot, is propelled by a dash of rage and a spoonful of optimism.
Monday, February 25, 2013 — South Asia

164 social ventures take part in the first edition of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge

Source: India Education Diary

The Tata group in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C), hosted the grand finale event of the first Tata Social Enterprise Challenge today, followed by a Social Entrepreneurship Conference at the institute’s auditorium where the winners were felicitated.
Monday, February 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Booz & Company sponsors Social Enterprise Week

Source: Zawya.com

Booz & Company, a leading global management consulting firm, is the newest sponsor of Social Enterprise Week (SEW2013).
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why Social Enterprise Attracts Women

Source: Triple Pundit

From Rwanda to Shanghai, women are setting up new businesses with social and environmental change at their heart. Charlotte Sankey asks what’s driving them.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Put the Social Before the Enterprise (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Would)

Source: Forbes

How do you identify the entrepreneurs who are going to create meaningful social impact? Look for the ones who, above all else, put their social missions first.
Friday, February 01, 2013 — South Asia

Rebecca van Bergen Gives Wings to Struggling Artisans

Source: PBS NewsHour

The talents of countless small-scale craftspeople around the world are abundant, but many have trouble growing their businesses because they lack resources and connections to large-scale, and perhaps more importantly, consistent buyers in higher-income countries. But what if those connections could be made, with some financial resources and business consulting made available? Enter Rebecca van Bergen, part social entrepreneur, part fashionista. Van Bergen is founder and executive director of Nest, a nonprofit dedicated to helping artisans in developing countries grow their businesses.
Friday, January 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

How Islamic finance and a more ethical capitalism go hand-in-hand

Source: The Guardian

Though wealth creation is the primary goal taught by top businessmen, social impact is considered to be a more fulfilling outcome for others. Money is not timeless, but what you do with that money can be. The light you instil in the uneducated, the medicine you provide to the ill, or the food and water you provide to the malnourished is far more enduring than the car you drive or the house you buy. Most advocates of social entrepreneurship believe that creating a business with a social impact leaves much more than just a humble footprint behind.
Friday, January 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

10 Resolutions For Social Entrepreneurs In 2013

Source: Fast Company

Momentum for social entrepreneurship is exploding. Every year, more and more people are working on businesses and organizations designed to improve the world. As we look forward to the rest of 2013 and the continued expansion of the field, here’s a list of resolutions that social entrepreneurs should be thinking about.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Students develop low-cost water filtering system for African nation

Source: Penn State Live

In an effort to bring fresh water to rural Kenyans, School of International Affairs (SIA) students Kory Hansen and Jin Ju Kim participated in Penn State's Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program to develop a ceramic water filtration system for parts of the sub Saharan African nation.
Monday, January 07, 2013 — South Asia

Lok Capital buys minority stake in social enterprise Drishti

Source: mydigitalfc.com

Firm will use funds to service underserved geographies of Karnataka
Thursday, December 27, 2012 — South Asia

Tata launches 'Social Enterprise Challenge'

Source: New York Daily News

Mumbai, Dec 27 — Aiming to find the country's most promising social enterprises, the Tata Group has launched the 'Tata Social Enterprise Challenge' in association with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), a company statement said here Thursday.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Egypt: Impact Investing Is Key to Inclusive Development in Egypt

Source: All Africa

Demographic pressures and years of under investment in meeting social needs suggest that Egypt will not be able to provide jobs, housing and basic services without adopting a wide strategy for inclusive development. Impact investing should be encouraged as one of the strategy's pillars.
Friday, December 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Need to Scale: Social Enterprises and Community Health

Source: CSRWire

“Community health workers: Now that is a profession that must be compensated.”
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — No Region Specified

Bill Drayton's Five Trends For Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

At a recent event in NYC, journalist and author David Bornstein interviewed Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton about the future of social entrepreneurship. In case you missed it, here’s a recap from Eli Malinsky of the Centre for Social Innovation.
Monday, November 26, 2012 — No Region Specified

Jewelry Designed to Disarm

Source: The New York Times

NEW YORK — As icons go, few things communicate global menace more effectively than the stark silhouette of an AK-47. Designed more than six decades ago by Mikhail Kalashnikov, a former Soviet tank commander, the assault rifle boasts the dubious distinction of being the most abundant and reliable killing device in history.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 — South Asia

Justrojgar Joins With Upaya Social Ventures to Create Service Sector Jobs for the Very Poorest

Source: Press Release

Equity Investment Will Create New Corporate, Domestic Employment Opportunities For Those Living At The Base Of The Pyramid
Monday, November 19, 2012 — No Region Specified

Five Predictions For The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Forbes

What’s the future of social entrepreneurship? On November 29th, Ashoka’s founder, Bill Drayton, is giving his predictions in an interview with David Bornstein from the New York Times. But what do you think? Give your say on Twitter using the hashtag #FutureSocEnt and your thoughts will feed into the event and a post-event summary.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — South Asia

Student Social Entrepreneurs from India Win the 2012 Intel Global Challenge

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

With a “jugaad” mindset embedded in the culture, India has no shortage of social innovators cooking up solutions to the world’s ills. As a matter of fact, the Greenway Grameen Infra (GGI) team from India has just been announced as the winners of the 2012 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, receiving $50,000 from the Intel Foundation on their invention of a biomass-based stove that increases fuel efficiency.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — South Asia

My new book will talk about SKS experience: Vikram Akula

Source: Business Standard

A candid account of what went wrong at SKS Microfinance Ltd during 2009-11 is in the offing. Founder and former chairman of SKS Microfinance, Vikram Akula, tells Santosh Tiwari in an interview he was working on his new book, which will focus on his SKS experience and lessons learnt.
Friday, November 09, 2012 — No Region Specified

Duke Receives Award for Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Source: Duke Today

Durham, NC - Duke University will be able to draw on its expertise in social entrepreneurship and innovation to tackle global health challenges, thanks to a $10 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that was announced Thursday in Washington.
Friday, November 09, 2012 — No Region Specified

OneLeap aims to bring social entrepreneurs and serious investors together

Source: Gizmag

The world is brimming with good ideas, but presenting them to the people who are in a position to make them happen presents a formidable challenge. OneLeap, launched earlier this year, is a web-based networking platform designed to fix this situation by bridging the gap between entrepreneurs, investors, influencers and top-tier executives, while raising money for charity in the process.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 — South Asia

Goonj founder this year’s top social entrepreneur

Source: Hindustan Times

Almost 13 years ago an idea then considered a ‘non-issue’, fructified into an NGO — Goonj, got recognised on Tuesday evening, as its founder Anshu Gupta was adjudged the ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2012”.
Monday, November 05, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Is the Philanthropy Model Broken? Changemakers Discuss Social Entrepreneurship in Dubai

Source: Wamda

In Dubai, a city that is sometimes referred to as ‘soul-less’, over 150 social changemakers from across the Gulf gathered at the Capital Club in DIFC a couple of weeks ago to discuss how our models of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy can evolve.
Friday, November 02, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Businesses urged to take lead in supporting social enterprises

Source: Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE : Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing has said that while the government supports social enterprises, more businesses still need to take the lead in growing the sector.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 — No Region Specified

Why Social Ventures Are More Popular Than Ever

Source: Good Magazine

The continued growth of social ventures is an accepted fact that’s rarely—if ever—formally quantified. This is likely due, at least in part, to varying definitions and terminology used to describe the same trend: using the methods and disciplines of business and the power of the marketplace to advance social, environmental, and human justice agendas.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 — Asia Pacific

How social enterprise movement can stop acts of terrorism

Source: The Jakarta Post

Nothing is new in the use of social enterprise to promote peace. The phenomenon has won global recognition with Nobel Peace prize awarded to social entrepreneurs like Wangari Maathai of the Greenbelt Movement in 2004, Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank in 2006 and former US vice president and environmental campaigner Al Gore in 2007.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 — Asia Pacific

DBS China launches social enterprise program

Source: China Daily

Development Bank of Singapore (China) announced the launch of a program to support the development of social enterprises in China on Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 — Latin America

Lessons from Rio: the talking points from SEWF2012

Source: The Guardian

In a converted 1871 grain storage facility near Rio de Janeiro's old waterfront docks, I joined my fellow NESsT staff from 11 different countries to transform an empty historical building to a sustainably designed venue in a matter of days.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Creating space for social enterprise in Singapore

Source: The Guardian

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" That is probably the most common question I would get from any family member, friends of family and head-patting adults in general. It was a question that I enjoyed answering when I was 10. The possibilities were endless. But I also wondered why adults like asking that question. Was it because they found a need to keep up with our fleeting, fantastic answers, or was it that they like to reminisce on what could have been for themselves?
Monday, October 22, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Earthquake Recovery in Japan: Entrepreneurs to the Rescue

Source: Triple Pundit

“Disaster relief” usually brings to mind images of tents, food and water convoys, and emergency medicine. But since 2011's earthquake, tsunami, and reactor meltdown in the Tohoku region of Japan, a Tokyo-based social entrepreneurship group called ETIC has added a whole new dimension: an entrepreneurial recovery effort.
Monday, October 22, 2012 — Asia Pacific

IIX, SEAS Sign MoU To Promote Growth Of Social Enterprises In Asia Pacific

Source: Bernama

SINGAPORE, Oct 22 (Bernama) -- Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to solidify joint efforts to promote the Social Enterprise (SE) space in the sustainable energy sector.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Bush Food Gathers Momentum as a Social Enterprise

Source: Pro Bono Australia

The concept of ‘bush tucker’ is uniquely Australian - romanticised by Hollywood as something Crocodile Dundee survived on - but now a group of Indigenous Queenslanders wants to turn the harvesting of native bush foods into a sustainable social enterprise.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — No Region Specified

Help Us Find 30 Awesome Social Entrepreneurs Under 30

Source: Forbes

Last year, we launched our 30 Under 30 project, where we named 30 up-and-comers in 12 industries, including technology, food and wine, music, and finance. This year, we’re including a new category I’m very excited about: social entrepreneurs.
Monday, October 15, 2012 — Latin America

Muhammad Yunus announces financing in Haiti

Source: Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Nobel peace laureate Mohammad Yunus announced Saturday that his pro-business development group is financing several endeavors through a mix of loans and equity.
Monday, October 15, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Israel’s Rather Different Social Network

Source: Wall Street Journal

ISTANBUL—One of the more unusual presentations at the Webit conference here was from Israel Venture Network, a 10-year social entrepreneurship network targeting some of Israel’s deprived and excluded citizens, in a talk given by the former tech Chief Executive Isabel Maxwell.
Monday, October 15, 2012 — South Asia

Learn for life, not for exams, students told

Source: The Times of India

MANGALORE: Pragrati 2012, the biennial symposium with the theme 'Youth- Intrinsic Motivation' with a focus on igniting young minds and awakening them to the realities surrounding them was held at AIMIT, St Aloysius College, Beeri on Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 — No Region Specified

Village Capital & Venture Well Team Up to Launch an Accelerator Focused on Clean Tech and Mobile ICT

Source: Blue Sky

Village Capital and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance’s (NCIIA) Venture Well have joined to offer early stage IT and cleantech entrepreneurs the opportunity to win $100,000 in seed money. Teams selected from across the nation will take part in a two and a half month competition beginning with a conference for selectees the weekend of November 29, 2012 in Boston. T
Friday, October 05, 2012 — No Region Specified

The VisionSpring Model: Creating Markets And Players Instead Of Empty CSR

Source: Forbes

Earlier this month, the Schwab Foundation announced its 2012 “class” of outstanding social entrepreneurs. Among them was Dr. Jordan Kassalow, the founder of an organization called VisionSpring that works to ensure that everyone in the developing world has access to eyeglasses.
Friday, September 28, 2012 — No Region Specified

USAID and Acumen Partner to Spur Private Debt Capital for Social Enterprises in Developing Countries

Source: Acumen Fund Blog

New York – Today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund addressing poverty across Africa and South Asia, announced a collaboration to facilitate the flow of up to $15 million in private debt capital to social enterprises working to provide critical goods and services to the underserved across these regions.
Monday, September 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Acumen Fund and Dow Partner to Scale Social Enterprises in East and West Africa

Source: Acumen Fund Blog

Commitment announced at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting brings funding and technical expertise to entrepreneurs providing low-income consumers with energy, agricultural inputs, water and sanitation
Thursday, September 13, 2012 — South Asia

$4 billion planned for investment in social enterprise in 2012: Report

Source: The Economic Times

According to a global impact investment market study by JP Morgan, and the Global Impact Investment Network (GIIN), investors see the social enterprise as a market 'in its infancy and growing' with almost $ 4 billion planned for investment in 2012. Over the last eight years $ 600 million has been invested in social enterprises in India itself. The Monitor Institute estimates that over the next 5 - 10 years impact investments will grow to 1 percent of global assets under management, emerging as a new asset class.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 — No Region Specified

Sure, We Can Build a Better Toilet. But Will People Use It?

Source: Wired

The Gates Foundation’s plan to build a better toilet has inspired optimism for the future of sanitation in the developing world.
Monday, September 10, 2012 — No Region Specified

Why Social Entrepreneurs Could Use a Little More Faith

Source: GOOD

As your average Fast Company subscribing, TED Talks-watching, New York Times reading, SXSW obsessed pop culture junkie, I know a few things about social innovation. Having followed the game-changing efforts of TOMs Shoes, Kiva, Kickstarter and Warby Parker, it's easy to think of social innovation and entrepreneurship as a secular thing. A recent Southern California Faith-Based Social Innovation Forum showed though that when it comes to collaboration with faith-based social entrepreneurs, there's plenty of room for growth.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 — Asia Pacific

New Impact Investing Stock Exchange Is Making Steady Progress

Source: Forbes

It looks as though The Impact Exchange Board, or the iX, a ground-breaking publicly regulated social stock exchange, has been making steady progress since it launched about a year ago.
Friday, August 24, 2012 — No Region Specified

Will Renewable Energy Be the Focus of Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs?

Source: Ecopreneurist

With the advent of Crowdfund Investing (aka equity or debt-based crowdfunding) will we now see technology merge with social entrepreneurship to solve some of the world’s leading societal problems?
Thursday, August 23, 2012 — No Region Specified

Social enterprise should be made central to higher education strategy

Source: The Guardian

When I went to university in the late 1970s, fewer than 20% of school leavers when on to higher education. Some degrees were clearly vocational (medicine perhaps the most obvious example), but most were not. My module on the Comparative Government of Indonesia and Nigeria has not, I'm afraid to say, been of direct relevance to me in the world of work.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 — No Region Specified

An App For Boosting Social Enterprise Retailers

Source: Forbes

Here’s a good idea: Boosting social enterprise through a useful app. Specifically, one that helps like-minded customers find triple bottom line retailers in their area. Consumers who want to patronize such enterprises get easy access to information they probably wouldn’t know about otherwise. And businesses have an effective way to market their wares.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 — No Region Specified

Tackling food waste through a social enterprise model

Source: The Guardian

The founder of social enterprise Rubies in the Rubble, proves that you can run a company with a business head and a charitable heart
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — No Region Specified

Ditch The Hero Complex, And 3 Other Tips For Female Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

Ten years ago, social entrepreneurship was a pretty lonely field. There weren’t degree programs or associations; impact investing and microfinance were barely even recognized terms. Even organizations like Ashoka – which has a 25-year history of investing in entrepreneurs with high potential for solving social problems – would have struggled to promote their “Everyone a Changemaker” vision.
Friday, August 17, 2012 — Asia Pacific

The size and scale of Chinese social entrepreneurship

Source: Guardian

While the social entrepreneurship field has been around for several decades in some countries, it has only begun to emerge in China in the last decade. So there is little understanding about the current organisational structures, origin, size, scope of work and impact of social enterprises in China.
Thursday, August 16, 2012 — No Region Specified

Does the one-for-one social enterprise model paper over the cracks?

Source: Guardian

Giving one product away for every one sold has its benefits, but some believe it ignores the deeper roots of poverty
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 — Asia Pacific

TISS, DBS Bank tie-up to support social entrepreneurship

Source: First Post

Singapore-based DBS Bank and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) joined hands to launch a programme which will support social entrepreneurship.
Monday, August 13, 2012 — South Asia

Future Group to pitch Mother Earth chain against retailer Fab India

Source: The Economic Times

MUMBAI: Future Group, the country's largest retailer, will pitch its Mother Earth chain directly against ethnic products retailer Fabindia by expanding rapidly and borrowing its rival's social enterprise-style business model.
Monday, August 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Is Your Social Venture Really Worth Scaling?

Source: Harvard Business Review

Although scaling is the holy grail for most social entrepreneurs, not everyone should attempt it. In a previous post, I outlined the key capabilities I've found to be present in the social ventures that are able to reach sizeable impact (which can be remembered with the acronym SCALERS—they are Staffing, Communicating, Alliance-Building, Lobbying, Earnings-Generation, Replicating, and Stimulating Market Forces). Before a social entrepreneur gets to work building those capabilities, however, it makes sense to ask the question: Is this venture really ready to scale?
Monday, August 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Will Crowdfunding Ignite Investing For Profits And Purpose?

Source: Forbes

Can you earn a healthy return on your investment and help change the world at the same time? If you haven’t been paying attention, there are already thousands of entrepreneurs and investors betting that you can, with a multibillion-dollar market to show for it.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 — No Region Specified

3 Lessons From Ideo For Designing The Best Social Enterprises

Source: Fast Company

If you follow the design world, the name Ideo should sound familiar to you. The consultancy firm has worked on major products for some of the biggest companies in the world including Apple, PepsiCo, and Microsoft. But a little over a year ago, Ideo decided providing design solutions for corporate giants wasn’t enough, so they helped form a separate nonprofit organization called Ideo.org focused solely on delivering the firm’s unique human-centered design to nonprofits, social enterprises, and charitable organizations.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

Unleashing the Power of Social Enterprise

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Can social enterprise be the panacea for the Green Economy? That was the question put to me as I joined a panel at the Fair Ideas summit in Rio as part of the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit.
Thursday, June 07, 2012 — Latin America

VisionSpring Sells Its One Millionth Pair Of Eyeglasses In The Developing World

Source: PRWeb

For many in the developing world, the lack of access to affordable eyeglasses leads to the unnecessary loss of educational and employment opportunities. VisionSpring works to ensure that everyone in the developing world has access to eyeglasses. Founded in 2001, by Dr. Jordan Kassalow, VisionSpring has developed proprietary distribution channels in India and El Salvador to deliver high-quality, affordable eyeglasses and comprehensive eye care to the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) consumer.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 — No Region Specified

Transformational Entrepreneurship: Where Technology Meets Societal Impact

Source: HBR Blog Network

The slow decline of industrial manufacturing in developed nations and recent failures of financial capitalism across the globe have sent us searching for a new model of economic growth. I see the two movements of Technology Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship beginning to converge into a promising solution.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 — Latin America

B Corps Go Global: Sistema B Certifies South American Social Enterprise

Source: GOOD

Last fall, a small group of social entrepreneurs from South America met to discuss how to foster more social enterprise in the region and create more bang for the buck at existing enterprise. The result was Sistema B, the first effort to adapt the American system of B Corporations—which ease operations for companies that combine profit and social good—to a foreign setting.
Friday, April 20, 2012 — South Asia

‘Citi and SEDC Working for Capacity Building’

Source: Daily Times

Citi Pakistan and the Social Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC) at LUMS are collaborating on a capacity building project, supported by $50,000 grant from Citi Foundation.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 — Asia Pacific

The Life-Changing Power of a Good Nap—And a Smart Business Plan

Source: GOOD

Yellow Leaf Hammocks, a rising socially conscious lifestyle brand, could have launched fast after its inspiring moment only to crash and burn. Yet smart planning and business sense gave the company the organic, slow-growth start that offers it the best shot at a sustainable future. Howyou run your company is just as important as why.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tony Elumelu Foundation, Co-Creation Hub in Partnership to Give Social Technology Entrepreneurs Boost

Source: WorldStage

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), an institution dedicated to the promotion and celebration of excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship across Africa, is partnering with Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHub), Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space dedicated to catalysing creative social technology ventures, in an effort to encourage innovative ideas that could help transform the social technology space in Nigeria.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling the Challenges of Urban Sanitation: A Social Enterprise Model

Source: The Guardian

A micro franchise initiative founded by SC Johnson in Nairobi aims to improve levels of sanitation in low-income communities.
Monday, April 09, 2012 — Latin America

Daniel Izzo on Brazil's First Impact Investing Venture Capital Firm

Source: Forbes

Recently, the Opportunities for the Majority (OMJ) Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank hosted Daniel Izzo, co-founder and partner of Vox Capital, Brazil’s first impact investing venture capital firm, which focuses on high potential businesses that serve the Brazilian low income population through products and services with the potential to improve their lives.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 — South Asia

Japanese Professor Shoji Shiba Helping India Inc Breakthrough

Source: The Economic Times

Dhobi Ghat, the washermen's hub in Mumbai, is a dingy neighbourhood of clotheslines, discoloured pools of water and rows upon rows of wash pens. But it presents an array of socio-economic groups among the 10,000-odd washermen who live and work here-from smaller washermen thrashing clothes on flogging stones to better-off cleaners who run Laundromats. It's a thriving ecosystem and a perfect case study for how people at the bottom of the pyramid impact an economy.
Monday, April 02, 2012 — South Asia

Asian Innovation: Frugal Ideas Are Spreading from East to West

Source: The Economist

Multinationals are beginning to take ideas developed in (and for) the emerging world and deploy them in the West.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Cape Town's Women Take the Lead in Farm-Focused Social Enterprise

Source: GOOD

Abalimi’s profitable social business, Harvest of Hope, relies on a community-supported agriculture model that provides customers (who pay in advance) a box of fresh, organically grown produce harvested from community gardens each week.
Friday, March 16, 2012 — No Region Specified

Need Blind: Vision Spring and Warby Parker Shake Up Eyewear With Impact

Source: GOOD

Social enterprises Warby Parker and VisionSpring are finding innovative ways to bring glasses to people who can’t afford huge markups. VisionSpring, a nonprofit social enterprise, focuses on selling low-cost glasses to people earning between $1 and $4 per day. Warby Parker, a for-profit B-Corp, sells affordable eyewear in the domestic market while donating a pair of frames to VisionSpring for each pair it sells.
Friday, March 16, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Namibia: Chinese Enterprise in the Country - Panelised House Manufacturer

Source: allAfrica

It goes without saying that Chinese companies, be it a trade company, or a construction company or a service provider, or a manufacturer, are one of the contributors to Namibian socio-economic development with respect to poverty reduction, infrastructure improvement, employment creation, business vision, technical know-how, market and commodity competition system and working ethics among others.
Monday, March 12, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Enterprise Sets Up Service Centres for Livestock Farmers

Source: Business Daily

A social enterprise has opened 16 livestock service centres to help farmers improve production through better extension services.
Friday, March 02, 2012 — South Asia

Pathbreakers: Harish Hande, MD of Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO)

Source: Economic Times

Unable to ignore the poorest of the poor who live in abject darkness, Harish Hande decided to put his Master's in solar power to good use. Today, the 44-year-old MD of Solar Electric Light Company or SELCO, retains the same inclusive elan while reminiscing how his company continues to light up lives at the bottom of the pyramid.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Alliance Pushes Social Entrepreneurship Bill

Source: Manilla Bulletin Publishing Corporation

An alliance of farmers, workers, community enterprises, business associations and fair trade groups is pushing for the approval of a measure designed to institutionalize social entrepreneurship (SE) nationwide.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 — South Asia

Social Innovators Seek to Balance Economic Sustainability and Impact

Source: Business Standard

Bridging the digital-divide in India has long been a cherished dream. While much is yet to happen, IT industry body Nasscom has taken initial steps to identify business models that can change the access of technology at the bottom of the pyramid. This year too, Nasscom presented awards to six businesses that are trying to bring social innovation. The awards showcase the impact and learnings from the ideas of winners that have gained shape, acceptance and success.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 — Latin America

Empowering the Haitian People

Source: UVU Review

Sustain Haiti is a non-denominational, independent group of Haitians, development specialists, students, social entrepreneurs, and concerned citizens based in Provo, UT. It was created and began sending volunteers and aid to the country of Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country in January of 2010.
Monday, February 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

McGraw-Hill Research Foundation Policy Paper Shows How Social Entrepreneurship Provides Innovative Solutions to Global Education

Source: PR Newswire

In the last decade, social entrepreneurship has been touted as one of the most promising ways to solve some of the world's problematic issues. How Social Entrepreneurship is Helping to Improve Education Worldwide, a McGraw-Hill Research Foundation policy paper, outlines specific ways in which social enterprise is improving education in the U.S. and in developing countries.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Is the Social Enterprise Bubble About to Burst?

Source: GOOD

Over the past two months, GOOD has profiled organizations in Africa using market solutions to solve water and sanitation challenges, improve agriculture, and promote public health. Social enterprises like these are transforming development work, and social entrepreneurs are being hailed as rock stars. But social enterprise isn’t the first trend to hit the development sector. From women’s empowerment to “sustainability” to microfinance, the aid community has moved through its stash of silver bullets. What makes social enterprise any different?
Thursday, February 02, 2012 — No Region Specified

The Real Architects of Social Change: Live from Davos

Source: CSRwire

Everybody seemed to agree that the world is now facing some serious problems: Climate change, persistent poverty and inequality, the failure of financial systems, environmental degradation, the impeding exhaustion of cheap minerals and oil and so on. And everybody seemed determine to provide solutions to these problems. Prominent among these proposed solutions: Social entrepreneurship.
Friday, September 02, 2011 — No Region Specified

Innovative Financing

Source: Knowledge@Wharton

Besides looking for the most commercially viable, innovative enterprises to invest in, Geneva-based Bamboo Finance also looks for another trait - investment targets that bring a direct, positive benefit to low-income communities by providing access to health care, sanitation, clean water, housing and the like. Having a socially positive impact while making a profit can be a huge challenge for a private equity (PE) firm like Bamboo. But it looks like it has scored an early success throug...
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 — No Region Specified

Ashoka, Bamboo Finance, Canopus Fdn. Launch Solar Energy Fund

Source: Press Release

Press Release: Three of the world's leading organisations supporting social enterprise for development today announced that they are forming a partnership to launch the 'Oasis Energy - Solar for All Fund', which will invest in companies bringing affordable solar power to markets that are without access to electricity. Ashoka , the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs, and the Canopus Foundation , whi...
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