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Thursday, July 2, 2015 — South Asia

Social Enterprise Awards 2015: Inspiring social change

Source: Jakarta Post

For these six creative and inspiring social enterprises, lying back while expecting funding from donors is so last-decade. “Do what you can, start now and do it for others” seems to be the sacred slogan for six winners of the Social Enterprise Awards for Arts, Creative Economy and Tourism, which were presented by DIAGEO and the British Council in Jakarta recently.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing For The Millennial: You, Too, Can Have An Investment Portfolio

Source: Forbes

Impact investing has been catching headlines with major banks like Bank of America BAC +1.48% and JP Morgan developing so-called “impact portfolios.”
Monday, June 29, 2015 — South Asia

Burning Bridges by Building Bridges

Source: Philstar

Do you remember the old folk song that goes, “ako ang nagtanim at nagbayo at nagsaing, subalit nang maluto ay iba ang kumain” (I planted, pounded and cooked my own rice, but some other guy ate it)? It is not exactly the same story for the farmers, but it is certainly how they still feel.
Monday, June 29, 2015 — Latin America

A Light in the Darkness

Source: The Economist

Some mountainous parts of Mexico are so remote that the electricity grid fails to reach them, let alone the banking system. A five-year-old social enterprise, Iluméxico, hopes to change that. It provides more than 20,000 people with loans to buy low-cost solar panels and batteries, enabling them to switch lights on, watch television and charge mobile phones, sometimes for the first time.
Friday, June 26, 2015 — South Asia

A Clean Bag of Water

Source: USA Today

It weighs no more than 11 ounces, fits easily into a backpack and looks like any other plastic bag.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 — South Asia

Beyond Organic: Promoting Indonesia’s Indigenous Farming Cultures

Source: The Guardian

The first time Helianti Hilman visited the indigenous farmers of the West Java town of Garut, she was asked to remove her shoes before entering their fields. Her surprise grew when the farmers quizzed her on her mood – they didn’t want her upsetting the plants.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 — South Asia

Solar power enterprise gives light, livelihood to the poor

Source: Inquirer.net

In the slums of Tondo, Manila, hope flickers in broad daylight for poor communities in the form of solar power technology. Amid makeshift houses, piles of garbage and mud-covered walkways, young mothers are operating a container van which has been transformed into a renting station of solar-powered rechargeable lamps in Sitio Damayan (Smokey Mountain).
Thursday, June 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Thread Raises $3.5 Million Round for Clean Textile Innovation

Source: Tech.Co

Thread, a Pittsburgh-based startup dedicated to creating dignified jobs in the developing world, recycles plastic into socially responsible fabric.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

This High-Tech Vision Test Could Make the World See 20/20

Source: Next City

While providing charity eye care in Haiti, Joel Kassalow noticed that a complex eye-testing machine was essential, unwieldy and too costly to buy in multiples — and it became a bottleneck in giving people necessary care. So he offered an innovation he’d created at his company, Smart Vision Labs: a version of the same machine at one-fiftieth the weight and one-hundredth the cost.
Monday, June 15, 2015 — South Asia

Social Enterprises Get US$112K Worth of Grants at DBS-NUS Event

Source: Digital News Asia

DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise have announced the winners of the 2015 DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia (SVC Asia), adding that they would receive grant monies totalling S$150,000 (US$112,000).
Friday, June 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Sustainable innovation, minus the sticker shock?

Source: GreenBiz

What do solar-powered hearing aids, a subscription service for baby clothes and mobile technology for farmers in East Africa all have in common? For one, they are each finalists in this year’s Sustainia100, an annual study of the top 100 sustainability innovations, published Thursday.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — Latin America

School in Bolivia Cleans Up Using Pedal-Powered Soap

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Freddy Candia Aguilar, affectionately known as “MacGyver” for his uncanny ability to make something out of nothing, proudly held a banner with the words “Cochabamba Pedal Project” emblazoned on it. He had been providing free bike tune-ups all day to participants in Cochabamba, Bolivia’s first Bike and Pedestrian Day, while promoting his new social enterprise.
Monday, June 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social Enterprise Leader Wants to Map Africa’s Future

Source: NewsDay Zimbabwe

Entrepreneur Vimbiso Mashumba says she feels privileged to be part of the 30 young people to represent Zimbabwe at the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

3D eye tech social enterprise giving gift of sight

Source: The New Zealand Herald

Dr. Hong Sheng Chiong's talk at TEDxAuckland last month was met with a standing ovation. Yet what he had to say is really just the beginning of an open-source journey to end preventable blindness globally; and it begins with a life-changing invention designed especially for those living in poverty.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

How A Drunken Chipmunk Voice Helps Send A Public Service Message

Source: NPR

A new game called Polly, designed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, helps get useful information to people with little or no reading skills.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Motsepe, Schwab Sign 3-year, $1.07 Million Social Entrepreneurship Deal

Source: BizNews.com

Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Co-Founder and Deputy Chairman of the Motsepe Foundation, announced a three-year, 1 million Swiss franc partnership on the opening day of the World Economic Forum on Africa. The objectives of the partnership are to advance the social entrepreneurship agenda in Africa by raising awareness, engaging the media and celebrating proven social innovators; contribute to research initiatives on best practices and scaling strategies; and build the capacity of African social enterprises through peer-to-peer exchanges.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Foundation Searches for Young Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Sun.Star Cebu

There are many success stories of social enterprises taking off, but most of these are in Manila. Proponents of a contest seeking to award social entrepreneurs hope to find the next success story in the provinces.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — South Asia

Swiss investor Rianta Capital Zurich is scouting for impact investments in India

Source: Tech In Asia

Switzerland-based impact investor Rianta Capital Zurich has partnered with Villgro, India’s social enterprise incubator, to scout for funding opportunities in agriculture and allied sectors.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: OPIC awards seven clients Impact Awards for excellence in development

Source: OPIC

OPIC recognized seven clients for excellence in development at its May 19 Impact Awards. Clients were recognized for projects that bring electricity to remote villages in India, financial services to small businesses in the Middle East, affordable education to poor families in Sub-Saharan Africa and much more.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: SOCAP Open Is Live, Accepting Session Ideas for SOCAP15

Source: PitchEngine

SOCAP, the world’s largest conference for social enterprise and impact investing, launches SOCAP Open and is accepting session ideas for SOCAP15, now through June 7th.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

This Bank of America Exec Helped Create a Virtual Mentoring Program to Connect Women Around the World

Source: The Business Journals

She spent one week in South Africa, and one week in Belfast, Ireland. Both trips were with different women, but the purpose was the same: To mentor businesswomen across the globe.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — Latin America

Harnessing Social Impact Investing in Latin America

Source: The Huffington Post

For many, Latin America is associated with a laundry list of negatives: drugs, corruption, gang violence and transnational crime. However, our new reportHarnessing Social Impact Investing in Latin America, helps to dispel some of these myths. In fact, in the realm of social impact investing, it is on the forefront of rapidly-changing global trends.
Friday, May 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Is This the Big Solution to Failing WASH Projects We've Been Waiting for?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Water and sanitation projects often go something like this: NGOs show up with equipment, money, and people on hand, drill a well or install sanitation systems and then leave. A handful of locals are typically trained on upkeep and minor infrastructure repairs, but this isn’t always the case. If the wells need to be repointed or major leaks or breaks occur in the pipes, the communities are out of luck. As a result of the dig-and-dash approach, well-meaning projects end up abandoned and communities go back to contaminated water, which can lead to enteric illness and death, as well as economic setbacks.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

'Leg Bank' Hope for Changing Amputees' Lives

Source: Medical Xpress

A 'leg bank' - providing life-changing prostheses to low-income people who have lost limbs - is being developed by a team including University of Strathclyde researchers.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 — Latin America

Press Release: Acumen Launches to Tackle Poverty in Latin America

Source: Market Watch

Acumen announced today its expansion to support social entrepreneurship in Latin America. The pioneer in impact investing will be headquartered in Bogotá and will invest in innovative entrepreneurs and enterprises in Colombia and Peru to drive faster, sustainable solutions to poverty and create new paths forward to tackle economic inequality. While extreme poverty in Latin America has declined by half, more than 80 million people still live on $4 a day and more than 200 million are at risk of being pulled back into poverty by economic instability and climate change.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 — Latin America

Press Release: Acumen Launches Expansion to Tackle Poverty in Latin America

Source: Market Watch

Acumen announced today its expansion to support social entrepreneurship in Latin America. The pioneer in impact investing will be headquartered in Bogotá and will invest in innovative entrepreneurs and enterprises in Colombia and Peru to drive faster, sustainable solutions to poverty and create new paths forward to tackle economic inequality. While extreme poverty in Latin America has declined by half, more than 80 million people still live on $4 a day and more than 200 million are at risk of being pulled back into poverty by economic instability and climate change.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Goodbye, Kerosene: How Solar Could Transform Africa

Source: Mother Nature Network

Africa is in the midst of a technological revolution, and it's increasingly solar powered.
Monday, May 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In a Slum in Kenya, Help Is Just a Click Away

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

In a Nairobi, Kenya, slum, residents used technology to map the area, a key first step in solving problems from waste removal to street lighting. Those with phone can now report problems more accurately.
Monday, May 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Kiva Zip and Startup Incorporation Service Join Forces

Source: Forbes

If you’re running a social enterprise–or any startup, for that matter–two of the headaches you face are incorporating and raising early funding.
Friday, May 1, 2015 — No Region Specified

Warby Parker gets its unicorn horn

Source: Fortune

Add hip eyewear startup Warby Parker to Fortune’s Unicorn List: the company has raised a new funding round of $100 million that pushes its valuation over the $1 billion mark.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Nine Humanitarian Businesses Win Bloomberg-Funded Genesis Challenge

Source: Jewish Business News

Genesis Generation Challenge Recipients of this year are: Build Israel and Palestine (BIP); Building Up (Canada); eNable 3d Printed Prosthetics; LAVAN (Israel); Prize4Life (Israel); Sanergy (Kenya); Sesame (Israel); Spark (Burundi); and Vera Solutions (United States, India).
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Cookstove That Could Save 4 Million Lives Per Year

Source: Mashable

Growing up, Phil Ferranto never thought about how people cooked around the world. He took it for granted, like many of us do, thinking most people had access to some type of stove to feed their families.
Friday, April 17, 2015 — South Asia

Village Women Run Safe Water Franchises in Arsenic-Hit India, Bangladesh

Source: Reuters

Rural housewives in countries such as India and Bangladesh, where ground water has high levels of arsenic, are being encouraged to set up businesses to sell safe water to save lives in their communities and earn some income.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — South Asia

Ikea Launches Range Made by Worker Co-operatives

Source: Co-operative News

IKEA has launched a new range of products created by women’s co-operatives in rural India.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: TriLinc Global Impact Fund Makes Impact Investments in Africa and Latin America

Source: Market Watch

TriLinc Global Impact Fund announced today that it has approved a total of $9.2 million in trade finance facilities to companies in South Africa, Kenya, and Argentina, bringing total financing commitments as of March 31, 2015 to $76.7 million for business expansion and socioeconomic development through its holdings in Africa and Latin America.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Pharmaceutical Company Operates With the Heart of a Nonprofit, Soul of Social Enterprise

Source: MintPress News

A San Francisco-based pharmaceutical company is bringing a new contraceptive to the U.S. market. The product is Liletta, an intrauterine device (IUD), which, like any other IUD, is long-lasting and highly effective at preventing pregnancy when inserted properly.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Group Hopes Recycled Hotel Soap Helps Save Lives Worldwide

Source: Associated Press

Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save lives with soap. It began about seven years ago as a tiny operation with a few friends and family in a single-car garage in Orlando, Florida, where they used meat grinders, potato peelers and cookers to recycle used soap into fresh bars.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Ikea’s Newly Designed Refugee Shelters Are a Game Changer

Source: TakePart

The units are spacious, have solar panels, and can last an average of three years.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

How to Serve Remote Customers Who Live on Less Than $2 a Day

Source: Forbes

The worlds of business and charity are increasingly merging. Social enterprises engage in activities that don’t perfectly fit in either of these worlds. Blending the two is a powerful tool: the solutions are often more effective, more innovative, and above all more sustainable.
Friday, April 10, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: Mudra Bank Is Just What India’s Microfinance Sector Needed

Source: Business Line

Mudra Bank can provide some cohesion and impetus to this fragmented space, besides the right kind of regulation.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 — South Asia

The Social Media Network Saving Lives, No Internet Needed

Source: TakePart

At one of India’s most prestigious tech universities, IIT Delhi, assistant professor in technology for development Aaditeshwar Seth has been spearheading a social media network for the country’s rural and largely poor population—no Internet required.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

MCE Social Capital Reaches $100 Million in Loan Guarantees for Social Good

Source: MCE Social Capital

Launched in 2006, the nonprofit impact investing firm has used its innovative loan guarantee model to generate economic opportunities for nearly two million people living in poverty.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Marketing: The Missing Ingredient in Social Entrepreneurship

Source: The Huffington Post

I have been asked to teach a course in Marketing for the esteemed Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship Program at USC. While I look at this as a great opportunity. I also recognize it is an enormous challenge. Why? Even though many profess a deep knowledge of these subjects, both are not well understood. Business people tend to look at social entrepreneurs as bleeding heart do-gooders that waste their time chasing after lost causes. Moreover, social entrepreneurs tend to view profit-seeking business people as money-grubbing and selfish with little concern about the greater good. Even worse, they tend to view marketers as slimy, sleazy liars. So why do intelligent people wanting to use their intelligence to solve the world's social problems tend to shun marketing?
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 — No Region Specified

Kennedy School to Create New 'Social Enterprise Incubator'

Source: The Harvard Crimson

As it revisits major aspects of its curriculum in conjunction with its capital campaign, the Kennedy School of Government is in the early stages of creating a new “social enterprise incubator,” according to HKS spokesperson Doug Gavel.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 — South Asia

Press Release: Caspian Impact Investments Raises $20 Million in Financing From OPIC

Source: Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Caspian Impact Investments (CII) today announced that it closed a debt financing commitment of $20 million from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.
Monday, March 30, 2015 — South Asia

Interview: India in Strong Position as the 'Laboratory for Innovation', Says Acumen's Ajit Mahadevan

Source: Business Today

Ajit Mahadevan, Country Head, Acumen, tells Sarika Malhotra that the company's aim in investing patient capital is not to seek high returns, "but to jump-start the creation of enterprises that improve the ability of the poor to live with dignity. In the long-run we do aim to see a return of our capital". Acumen has been investing in India since 2001 and has backed 26 companies across portfolios, including low-cost maternity care, skills training and education, water filtration enterprises and more. In addition to providing patient capital to investee companies, it has also invested in human capital and a wide range of management support services to help the companies scale up.
Monday, March 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Think Bigger: Social Entrepreneurship's Critical Need for Accelerators

Source: Entrepreneur

Prossy Sebunya has a passion for clean cook stoves -- a technology that’s critical in third-world countries, where fuel is an expensive commodity, wood fires lead to deforestation and unhealthy conditions prevent sanitary food preparation.
Monday, March 30, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Social Investment Problems Include 'Too Much Hype and Hubris and Not Enough Transparency' Says Report

Source: Civil Society

Social investment in the UK requires less hype, more transparency from lenders and more focus on the needs of charities and social enterprises if it is going to succeed, according to a commission of thinkers and practitioners in the world of social finance.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

10,000 Flat-Pack IKEA Shelters for Iraqi Displaced

Source: IRIN

The UN refugee agency has placed an order for 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters designed by a social enterprise arm of furniture giant IKEA, with first delivery planned within months to camps across Iraq, where some 2.5 million people have been displaced by conflict.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Traditional Divisions Between NGOs, Charities, and Businesses Are Blurring With New Collaborative Projects on Water

Source: psfk

The problem of global water access is as intransigent as they come. Some 768 million people – more than the population of Europe – still lack access to clean water. Likewise, this year’s Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sanitation will be missed by 8% – that’s half a billion people.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Can Social Enterprise Help 700 Million Who Lack Access to Clean Water?

Source: The Guardian

The problem of global water access is as intransigent as they come. Some 768 million people – more than the population of Europe – still lack access to clean water. Likewise, this year’s Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sanitation will be missed by 8% – that’s half a billion people.
Friday, March 20, 2015 — South Asia

Press Release: Impact Investment Exchange Asia Selects 4 Innovative Social Enterprises for Impact Accelerator

Source: Asia IIX

IIX (Impact Investment Exchange Asia) is pleased to announce that 4 Social Enterprises (SEs) have been selected for its Philippines-based Impact Accelerator™. Impact Accelerator is an intensive acceleration program that targets early-stage SEs with high potential for growth and scalability.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Korean Social Enterprises Go Global

Source: Devex

Social enterprises — businesses that prioritize human and environmental benefits equally to profits — are effective vehicles to achieve development goals as their market-based approaches bring sustainability and scalability that are essential to create long-term impact.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

What Gates Foundation's $52M Investment Says About Social Enterprise Funding

Source: Forbes

Social enterprises seeking financing face a great many hurdles that more-traditional ventures don’t have to tackle.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

Deutsche Bank Closes $50 Million Social Enterprise Fund

Source: Yahoo!

Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Finance Group today announced the closing of the Essential Capital Consortium (ECC), a five-year USD 50 million social enterprise fund, which is part of its family of social impact funds first launched in 2005.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Solar Expert Joins Microfinance Leader FINCA International's Board of Directors

Source: PR Newswire

FINCA International, a leading microfinance organization based inWashington, D.C., is pleased to welcome Dr. Fred Seymour, a solar energy expert, to its Board of Directors. A pioneer of microfinance, FINCA is actively exploring the development of additional social enterprises that can deliver nonfinancial products and services, starting with solar energy.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Refugees Volunteer to Keep African Restaurant Mu'ooz Open in Brisbane

Source: ABC News

A not-for-profit Brisbane restaurant that helps female African refugees hopes volunteers and diversification will help keep the business running.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — South Asia

Living India: Doctor Couple Who Built a Cheap Hospital

Source: BBC

At first sight, the cheerful-looking red and white painted building looks like a quiet public rest house in the din and bustle of Hajipur, a fast developing town in India's northern state of Bihar.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprises On the Rise

Source: Jamaica Observer

A prudent man holds on to the old as long as it is good, and grabs hold of the new as soon as it is better; so goes an old adage. It's time to let go of the old and discredited handout and hand-me-down charity approach, and take hold instead of the hand-up approach to community and nation-building practised by social entrepreneurs and social enterprises. There are two outstanding men among us who are at the forefront of grabbing hold of this new paradigm; one from the public sector and the other from the private sector.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Village Capital Announces Latest Impact Investments

Source: Forbes

Village Capital, a leading venture firm investing in social enterprises, recently announced its latest investments. Operating with a unique model that starts with a cohort of startups in a particular industry, most recently healthcare IT, that actually relies on the startups to choose the companies Village Capital invests in.
Monday, March 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Adopting the Lean Startup Approach

Source: Entrepreneur

Most startups fail to take off. The traditional method of starting a business has been to come up with a business plan, get investors to back it, assemble your dream team, get a product in play and push it hard. But this approach often exposes entrepreneurs to risks that blindside them later. The same could be said of the big ideas often touted to help the poor in emerging markets, either with access to cleaner water and sanitation or education.
Monday, March 9, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Viewpoint: Poor Man’s Rich Man

Source: Philippine Star

It looks like fish. It smells like fish. When unsold and unmarketable, it usually rots and goes to waste. But not so in the fisherfolk community in Iligan, where excess catch of fish in season are collected for livelihood. It’s like chicken dung gathered by another community in Naawan, Misamis Oriental, and coconut husks collected from copra farms by a cooperative of former rebels who laid down their arms for life with society. Rotten fish, chicken dung, coconut husks – all biowastes that can be converted to organic fertilizers that communities can sell and make a living out of. For them, it is a way to resist poverty through their own productive work. But this is just half of the story.
Friday, March 6, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mister Sister clinics roll on

Source: Informante

The Mister Sister initiative started almost three years ago is making a positive contribution at enhanced access to primary health care in rural and remote populations in the Otjozondjupa, Omaheke and Khomas Regions.
Friday, March 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Global impact assets expected to hit $12.7 billion for 2014

Source: Pensions & Investments

Global impact investments were expected to grow to $12.7 billion last year, up 20% from the previous year, according to a report released Thursday by Global Impact Investing Network.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Connectivity Kiosks 'EkoConnect' to Debut in Rwanda

Source: TechCabal

Ericsson, Coca-Cola, Tigo and SolarKiosk are partnering on a social enterprise initiative called ‘EkoConnect’ that is designed to provide safe water, solar power, mobile communications as well as basic goods and services to underserved communities in Rwanda.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Lumkani is going to Silicon Valley, wins $50k social entrepreneurship prize

Source: Ventureburn

Lumkani Fire Detection has won the South African leg of Chivas Regal’s Win the Right Way competition — a global initiative that sets out to find and support the world’s top social entrepreneurs. The Cape Town-based startup has developed an early-warning fire detection system for dense settlements. The small fire detection device consists of heat detectors that send an SMS with GPS locations to community leaders and the local fire department in times of danger.
Monday, March 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

F.B. Heron Foundation Is Going 'All In' on Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

Clara Miller, who has headed the F.B. Heron Foundation for the past three years, wants to take the ultimate impact investing step: moving the foundation’s $300 million endowment entirely into impact investments.
Friday, February 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

How and Why Your Business Should Support Social Impact

Source: Chicago Tribune

An astounding 94 percent of consumers are likely to switch brands to one that supports a cause. Social impact is becoming more relevant in today's business world, and we are quickly realizing that the business of impact is the business of the future. And like many other social entrepreneurs leading the way in this space, it is important that we encourage all businesses to build a higher purpose into their model so that the most effective organizations in the world can also positively impact humanity in a major way.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Slippery Slope of Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

Impact investing is hot right now. The meteoric rise of social enterprise is shaking the foundations of the nonprofit sector, and traditional investors are starting to pay attention. There are more than $46 billion worth of impact investments currently under management, and a total projected market potential of up to $45 trillion. Though we’re not yet mainstream, we are on way.
Friday, February 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Ontario to Invest $4M in Businesses With Social Conscience

Source: Toronto Star

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the Liberal government is putting up $4 million to finance 11 socially conscious enterprise projects across the province.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Do Female Social Entrepreneurs Pay Themselves Less?

Source: Co.Exist

Over the last 17 years, women-owned businesses have increased dramatically—a substantial 68% since 1977. In a world where women have long lived and worked in the shadows of men, entrepreneurship seems to be helping women narrow the gender gap in the workplace. Until you take a look at their paychecks.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: ‘The Day I Nearly Gave Up’ – Social Entrepreneurs Share Their Battle Stories

Source: YourStory

The journey of a social entrepreneur is full of ups and downs. Many give up on the struggle and many live to tell the tale. The only difference between the two is the never give up attitude. It doesnt mean that they are immune to the downs or not think of giving up, but they never actually do give up. I had the great opportunity to moderate a session on this very topic “The day i nearly gave up” with my fellow social entrepreneurs Neelam Chibber (Mother Earth/Industree Foundation), Madan Padaki (Head Held High/ GAP), Amit Jain (eHealth Point) and G Srinivasan (Rural Shores) at a panel put together by NASE during the Annual AFI forum at Infosys Campus, Bangalore.
Monday, February 16, 2015 — South Asia

Nandan Nilekani Plans Tech Project 'Ek Step' to Hone Children's Basic Skills

Source: The Economic Times

Infosys co-founder and billionaire Nandan Nilekani, who spearheaded the country's massive unique identification project, is gearing up for an equally ambitious project - to help elementary school children across the country improve their reading and arithmetic skills using low-end tablets and smartphones.
Monday, February 16, 2015 — South Asia

Neeti Kailas: Crafting Affordable Health Care Through Design

Source: Forbes India Magazine

Call it providence. Twelve years ago, Neeti Kailas happened to walk the corridors of Ahmedabad’s Vikram Sarabhai Hospital. She was a student of product design then, at the National Institute of Design (NID) and was trying to ascertain potential project ideas—design problems she could find solutions to. That walk turned out to be a game changer. All around her, she could see things that needed fixing. Kailas decided that she was the woman for the job.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Step One in Growing Impact Investing: Prove Social Enterprise Works

Source: The Huffington Post

Rigorous evidence of impact is not just about accountability in impact investing. It is an enabler of the field's growth in its own right.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bamboo Bike Business Changing Youth Employment in Ghana

Source: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

It’s bespoke, beautifully formed, and changing the face of transport in Ghana. The bamboo bicycle is gaining traction in the country and one organization is riding this popularity wave to increase youth employment in the process.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Dubai's Dumyé Named in World's Best Social Enterprises

Source: Arabian Business

A Dubai-based Arab-American designer turned social entrepreneur has won a chance to compete for a share of a $1 million fund and represent the region at a global finals for social entrepreneurs in San Francisco.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

How a Grassroots Fund Profits From Looking Beyond the Money

Source: Entrepreneur

It’s something many investors don’t want to hear: Businesses that provide economic opportunity for low-income people in challenging markets around the world require a lot of expensive hand-holding. Harold Rosen, founder of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), isn’t afraid to tell them. And, the hand-holding can be worth it.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Columbia Business School Receives Generous Donation to Establish the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise

Source: Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School today announced the creation of theTamer Center for Social Enterprise. The new center, made possible through a transformative endowment gift from Sandra and Tony Tamer will help develop a new generation of business leaders that understand how management can contribute to, enhance, and impact society and the environment. Additionally, it will serve as the educational, curricular, research, and strategic hub of all social entrepreneurship activities at Columbia.
Monday, January 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Will Unilever Become the World's Largest Publicly Traded B Corp?

Source: The Guardian

After Natura was certified as the first publicly listed B Corp in December, Unilever CEO Paul Polman says his company is considering pursuing the status.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

For Youth, By Youth: Creating Jobs, Sustainability and A Future Vision for Kenya

Source: Forbes

Simeon Ogonda’s vision for Kenyan youth is ambitious. He wants to transform young people from job seekers into job creators who build and support sustainable and transparent enterprises. “My vision is to bring up more young people who can develop their own businesses, work hard, and trust that so long as they keep their passion alive, they will not fail in what they’re doing,” he said.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 — South Asia

Bengaluru Start-Up Wins Tata Social Enterprise Challenge

Source: The Hindu

A low-cost medical device invented by a city-based start-up has emerged the winner of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2014-15, an initiative of the Tata group and Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Monday, January 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Vanderbilt Professor Named CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance

Source: The Tennessean

Social Enterprise Alliance, a national organization of purpose-driven businesses, named Vanderbilt University professor Jim Schorr as its new CEO.
Monday, January 19, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Social Investor, Social Activists and Social Ventures Talk Back: What's Happening in MENA?

Source: Entrepreneur

In analyzing the capital flow for social enterprises, the picture behind this reality around the world adjusts depending on what region you go to. In the western markets such as the U.S. or Europe, capital structures are becoming more inclusive for social enterprises. But what’s happening in regions such as MENA?
Friday, January 16, 2015 — South Asia

Interview: Why India Is At the Hawk Eyes of All Investors, Explains Eric Savage

Source: One India

Eric Savage is a Duke and Harvard-educated American investment banker who chose to leave a high-flying career with Citigroup in Hong Kong to come to Bengaluru in 2008. Here he launched Unitus Capital, a firm that specializes in helping social enterprises to raise funds. Social enterprises apply market approaches to address societal challenges.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — Asia Pacific

New One-Stop Resource Centre for Social Enterprises to Be Launched

Source: The Straits Times

Instead of seeking help at multiple locations, social enterprises will be able to go to a new one-stop resource centre to be launched in the second quarter of the year. Social enterprises are businesses with a social mission.
Monday, January 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: 100 Million Entrepreneurial Lifelines - Elumelu Foundation Expresses Shock At Women's Poor Response

Source: allAfrica

Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc. and Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu has expressed disappointment with what he described as Nigerian women entrepreneurs' poor response to the $100 million lifeline provided by the Foundation's Africa capitalism Institute for entrepreneurs to boost industrialization in Nigeria.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Capitalism Begins at Home

Source: The Economist

Joseph Schumpeter argued that the miracle of capitalism lies in democratising wealth. Elizabeth I owned silk stockings, he observed, but the “capitalist achievement” does not lie in “providing more silk stockings for queens but in bringing them within reach of factory girls.” In most areas of life this miracle has been working magnificently: in America the number of hours of work that it takes to buy a car, or a wardrobe full of clothes, has halved in the past generation. But in three big areas it has singularly failed to operate: health care, education and housing.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — South Asia

The Real Magic of Carpets: Transforming 28,000 Lives With $200

Source: TakePart

One man’s idea to double salaries and let artisans work from home has created a positive ripple effect across five states in India.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Social Stock Exchanges – Do We Need Them?

Source: The Conversation

Public interest in the development of global impact investing received a significant boost last year, due to an international campaign to divest in fossil fuels by superannuation, pension, and university endowment funds.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Microcapital Brief: Investview Acquires Gate Global Impact, Gateway 2.0 Will Continue to Link Social Enterprises, Funders

Source: MicroCapital

Gate Global Impact (GGI), a US-based, regulatory-compliant electronic marketplace that focuses on impact investing, has been acquired by Investview, another US-based financial services company [1]. As part of the deal, Investview has also acquired GGI’s Gateway 2.0, a website that enables small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) listed on the United Nation’s Global Compact Social Enterprise Hub to access financing for projects intended to produce a financial return while addressing challenges relating to “human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.” Investview intends to continue operating the platform through GGI. Mr Vincent Molinari, the chief executive officer of GGI, and Mr Joseph Latona, president of GGI, will join Investview. The financial details of the deal have not been made public.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

Community Foundations Embrace Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

A small, but growing, number of community foundations are starting to embrace impact investing in a big way.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Q&A On Impact Investing In Africa With Issam Chleuh

Source: AFKInsider

Africa Impact Group has been identified as a leader in impact investing across the continent, investing in funds, organizations and companies with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact along with financial return.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Never Mind Corporate Responsibility, Companies Can Solve Actual Social Problems

Source: Co.Exist

In the world of management research, Michael Porter is a rockstar. His "Five Forces" framework is a key tool in the field of strategy and his books have canonical status within MBA programs (even if most students haven't actually read all 592 pages of Competitive Advantage). In an industry known for fast-talking gurus, Porter—who teaches at Harvard Business School—is an intellectual.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — South Asia

Aavishkar Venture Capital to Raise $400 Million in 2015

Source: The Economic Times

Aavishkar, the country's biggest social entrepreneurship-focused venture capital fund, is set to raise $400 million (Rs 2,500 crore) in 2015. This would be the biggest amount raised by any fund focusing on the social sector or impact investing in the country.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Charity and Investment Should Work Together

Source: The New York Times

When it comes to our greatest social and environmental challenges, let’s first ask: What problem are we trying to solve? Once we know where we’re headed, we can better understand which methods and resources are most needed. Charity and social enterprise both have critical roles. Increasingly, we are seeing the ways charity and social enterprise and investment can work together effectively – along with smart government policy – to drive real and lasting change.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Q&A with Ashoka’s Maria Escorcia: Boosting Entrepreneurship for Social Change

Source: Miami Hearald

Changemakers can come from anywhere, including the corporate world. Just look at Maria Escorcia, director of the South Florida chapter of Ashoka, a nonprofit that supports a network of 3,000 social entrepreneurs around the world.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Corporate Commitment to Impact Investing Will Reach Record Heights in 2015

Source: PR Newswire

Madeira Global, a premier New York-based investment and advisory firm servicing qualified investors and institutions in the area of Impact Investing, today released its 2015 Impact Outlook for the marketplace. The firm asserts that corporate commitment to impact investing is set to reach record heights in 2015 due to the combination of heightened corporate social responsibility programs and a return to the laws of fundamental investing into companies with strong environmental, social and governance practices. The milestones seen in 2014, such as Prudential committing to build a $1 billion impact investment portfolio by 2020, will serve as precursors to the 2015 impact investment landscape.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath

Source: The Huffington Post

Impact investing reached and surpassed the tipping point in 2014, ceasing to be an insiders' game.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — South Asia

Cabs for Women, by Women: Could Ola Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

Source: Firstpost

G-cabs, one of the taxi companies operating in Gurgaon lists the following as a perk of availing their services: "A Panic button, at both the passenger's and chauffeur's end- assuring a safe journey." In the aftermath of the Uber rape case, this seems like an extremely helpful feature for a taxi service to have. However, what it also points out is that some of the solutions women are looking for in terms of safe travel are already available - at least on paper. There are at least four cab operators in the NCR region which offer women-only services - Vira, Priyadarshini, G-cabs, Sakha - however, people still tend to resort to services like Ola and Uber. A report on The Times of India today points out that Ola cabs now plan to make their services more women-friendly by launching a line of 'by women, for women' cabs. The move comes after threats of banning cab aggregating services like those of Uber and Ola.
Monday, December 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Phone Charging Made Simple

Source: allAfrica

Rwanda's Henri Nyakarundi founded African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED) to give renewable energy solutions to the public and private sectors in his home country Rwanda after failing to find a place to charge his phone from. However, he never imagined that his idea would ever cross the border.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 — South Asia

Invest Early in Social Enterprises and Dream Big: Jacqueline Novogratz

Source: PR Newswire

Acumen Founder, Jacqueline Novogratz, discusses the need for 'Patient Capital' and 'leaders who reject the status quo' at UnconventioniL Chennai, organised by Villgro and Tie Chennai.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

MBA's Start-Up Ventures Make a Social Impact in Emerging Markets

Source: BusinessBecause

MBA students prove that entrepreneurs can create a great social impact and develop profitable business models at the same time.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: TriLinc Global Impact Fund Makes Impact Investments in South Africa and Argentina

Source: Business Wire

TriLinc Global Impact Fund announced today that it has approved a total of $11.9 million in trade finance facilities to two companies in South Africa and one company in Argentina, bringing total financing commitments as of November 30, 2014 to $57.9 million for business expansion and socioeconomic development through its holdings in Africa and Latin America.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Beyond Profits: Millennials Embrace Investing for Social Good

Source: Los Angeles Times

Once she gets her MBA degree from UC Berkeley in May, Leigh Madeira's dream is to help find funding for young companies devoted to improving the lives of the world's poor.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing for Good, Not Just Return, Grows to $6.57 Trillion Since 2012

Source: Washington Business Journal

Sustainable and responsible investing assets have grown 76 percent in the last two years, from $3.74 trillion in 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the start of this year.
Friday, December 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Omidyar Network, Pershing Square Foundation Grant Social Finance, Inc. $4 Million for Pay-for-Success Financing

Source: SYS-CON Media

Social Finance announced today, at a White House Pay for Success Summit in Chicago, grant awards totaling $4.0 million from Omidyar Network and The Pershing Square Foundation to support its operations over the next three years. The flexible funds will be used to expand Social Finance's transaction and advisory teams, as well as accelerate the flow of Pay-for-Success (PFS) financing (or Social Impact Bond) transactions in the United States. The grants represent funding renewals from Omidyar Network and The Pershing Square Foundation, which were founding supporters of Social Finance.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

How One Investor Is Finding Profit in Social Change

Source: Entrepreneur

Ron Cordes used to get patronizing pats on the head from the traditional financial advisors he once worked with. Now, many of his former colleagues are asking him to help them get smarter about impact investing.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A New Milk Can for The Developing World, Funded by Bill Gates

Source: Co.Exist

When you buy milk in America, it generally comes from farmers with hundreds of cows. They do their own milking with mechanized equipment, and, generally, their own pasteurization and bottling. In Kenya, it's different. About 80% of the country's milk comes from small-scale farmers with a few cows, who milk by-hand. They don't do bottling and, instead of trucks to get to market, they go by bike or foot.
Monday, December 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Goes Mainstream

Source: Upstart Business Journal

The idea of doing good while making a healthy profit is rapidly gaining ground, particularly among wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneurs but also among foundations and pension funds. Social impact investing — for-profit investing for social good —­ has crossed into the mainstream and is driving investment decisions.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — Latin America

Tunnel Lab: A Social Enterprise that Equips Impoverished Brazilian Youths With Technological and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Source: Digital Journal

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth most populous in the world, but it provides only a minor fraction of the technological innovation that drives economic growth in other countries. A new social enterprise called Tunnel Lab is trying to change this dynamic by introducing a love for technology in many of the country’s poorest favelas.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust Sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Source: Market Watch

Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management (GWIM) division today announced that it has signed the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) on behalf of its discretionary asset management businesses. The unit (GWIM) is comprised primarily of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and U.S. Trust.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

Dubai-Based Social Enterprise Shines Bright For Africa

Source: The National

It started with a plea to help 60,000 orphans in the company’s care. The children, who were being looked after in Zimbabwean orphanages set up by the telecoms operator Econet Wireless, could not study at night because there was no power and lighting, and many were getting sick from breathing in the chemicals emitted from candles.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Rise of the Young Social Entrepreneur

Source: CNBC

Entrepreneurship is about solving a problem, not starting a company. While this isn't a new idea, today's young entrepreneurs have the advantage of the Internet, which has collapsed time and distance barriers. This means problems solved locally can have immediate impacts globally—and that's good for both people and business. A new generation of entrepreneurs is creating a new generation of technologies that are, quite literally, changing the world overnight.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Barbara Bush: How Corporate America Can Mold Global Health Leaders

Source: Fortune

The Global Health Corps co-founder argues that the nonprofit health care world needs workers with expertise in business, engineering, and communications.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investors Shifting Gears to Accommodate Specific Goals

Source: Pensions & Investments

The trend of impact investing — into companies, organizations and funds with the aim of investing for social and environmental good, as well as a financial gain — is becoming more specific.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE Bank of America Partners with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Source: Market Watch

Bank of America today announced a partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to raise $100 million to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households in the developing world.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Villgro Innovations invests in seven social enterprises

Source: Techcircle.in

Social enterprise incubator Villgro Innovations has picked seven new companies operating in the healthcare, energy, agriculture and education sectors for its second set of incubation and funding programme.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Why India, not China, is a better investment partner for Africa

Source: Quartz

Did you read the story on Chinese investment in Africa? They’re being published in droves, usually with a vaguely racist headline, like “Booming African lion economies gear up to emulate Asians.”
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared

Source: EE Times

UCSD researchers show latest efforts
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Start a Business - Not a Social Enterprise

Source: Huffington Post

If do-gooder entrepreneurs and innovators aim to have a lasting impact, they should consider skipping over the strict "social" in social enterprise.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Citi Convenes Developers from around the Globe to Unveil Innovative Digital Banking Solutions

Source: MarketWatch

More than 60 Teams – Chosen from More than 700 Submissions across 62 Countries – to Present Innovations at Events in Silicon Valley, New York and MiamiCiti Mobile Challenge Developer Survey: 88 Percent of Developers See Potential for Financial Innovation in Wearables, but Many Say Banks Are Not Doing Enough to Innovate and Keep Up with Other Industries
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

An IPO at the Base of the Pyramid?

Source: Impact Alpha

Some say D.light could be one of the first base-of-the-pyramid IPOs to offer shares on a major stock market.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: China enters the era of social impact investing

Source: PR Newswire

The 13th Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School was on October 31st. The results of a study on social impact investing in China were released for the first time in history. It is the first time that China has formally dispatched a group to attend a social enterprise conference at Columbia University
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook And Alibaba Will Turn The World's Poor Into Entrepreneurs. Xiaomi Will Sell Them Smartphones

Source: Forbes

Facebook and Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA) Limited are on a new mission: solve world poverty by helping more than 4 billion people from low-income countries get access to the Internet — and engage in e-tailing entrepreneurship.
Monday, November 3, 2014 — Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: Impact Accelerator launched in the Philippines

Source: Rappler.com

MANILA, Philippines — Impact Investment Exchange Asia has launched its first Impact Accelerator program in the Philippines, an intensive in-country program designed to accelerate early-stage social enterprises that have high potentials to create positive social and environmental impact at scale.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Venture Capital Firm Invests in Start-Ups With a Social Mission

Source: The New York Times

When the co-founders of SolarCity, Lyndon and Peter Rive, along with their cousin Elon Musk, were raising money for their solar energy start-up in 2007, they called on just one outside investor.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — South Asia

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Invests In Social Enterprise Kinara Capital

Source: DealCurry

@Michael_and has made an undisclosed amount of equity investment in Bangalore based social enterprise, Kinara Capital.
Monday, October 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tips to young social entrepreneurs: How to finance a startup

Source: Rappler

A social enterprise expert from the Social Enterprise Development Inc gives practical advice on how to overcome challenges in business startups.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — South Asia

After Winning Hult Prize, MBA Entrepreneurs Seek To Heal Indian Healthcare

Source: BusinessBecause

Manish Ranjan led his business school team to victory in the Hult Prize 2014. Now, the MBA entrepreneur has grand plans to help fix India's healthcare system.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Ebola and Irrational Exuberance for Social Impact Bonds and Social Enterprise

Source: Non-Profit Quarterly

The lack of preventative action against Ebola isn’t just market failure, and effective action against public health crises in West Africa are unlikely to be addressed by private investors putting money into social impact bonds.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — South Asia

Tata announces social enterprise challenge

Source: Times of India

The Tata Group has announced the commencement of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) 2014-15, a joint initiative with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), to find India's most promising early-stage social enterprises.
Monday, September 22, 2014 — South Asia

Jumpstarting Indian Startups Serving The Bottom Of The Pyramid

Source: Forbes

There’s a dearth of seed-stage funding for social enterprises in developing countries, a situation known as the “pioneer gap.” That’s why Will Poole and Dave Richards co-founded Unitus Seed Fund about two years ago and, recently, announced an agreement with the U.S. Global Development Lab, a new enterprise within USAID, to jumpstart the early-stage impact startup ecosystem in India.
Friday, September 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Don't Grow For Growth's Sake: Smart Growth For Social Enterprises

Source: Fast CoExist

“How small can I stay, while still driving big, transformative impact?” It’s an exciting question some social entrepreneurs are now asking themselves as they consider how to turn a good idea into a scalable solution.
Monday, September 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Governments must do more to grow impact investing - G8 taskforce chair Cohen

Source: Trust.org

Governments need to create policies that help to accelerate the growth of investing for profit and social good, the head of a task force set up by the world's richest nations to boost impact investing said.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bain Capital Buys into Toms Shoes’ Social Enterprise Model

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

Toms is a well known socially responsible business, a shoe manufacturer that donates a pair of shoes to a needy child for every pair it sells. This business model has attracted an unusual investor: Bain Capital.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

America's First Billion-Dollar Social Enterprise?

Source: Huffington Post

It's not just the fact that TOMS received an investment from Mitt Romney's Bain Capital that was so important - it's the fact that Bain's investment now values TOMS, a social enterprise, at $625 million dollars.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Toniic Announces Support from Omidyar Network

Source: Toniic

San Francisco, USA and Mumbai, India (August 18, 2014) – Toniic – a global network of over 120 action-oriented impact investors – is pleased to announce the financial support of philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

In Tehran, a Taxi's Metamorphosis Is Kafkaesque

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The husband-and-wife team of Mehdi Yazdany and Sarvenaz Heraner were cruising the streets of Iran's sprawling capital in search of targets.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — South Asia

Cambodia's Orphan Business

Source: Al Jazeera

People & Power goes undercover to reveal how 'voluntourism' could be fuelling the exploitation of Cambodian children.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Stopping Disease With A Simple Innovation: New Floors

Source: Fast CoExist

A Stanford University student re-invents an ancient earthen material--adobe--to work well in a country where dirt floors can cause death.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe: Telecoms Firms Embrace Innovation to Survive

Source: AllAfrica

AS technological convergence redefines business models across nearly every industry, mobile telecommunications companies have shown a growing appetite for innovation in order to survive and thrive in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprises Raise Money Through Direct Public Offerings

Source: Forbes

Looks like there’s a growing interest among social enterprises in a capital-raising method called Direct Public Offering (DPO).
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE Foundation Commits $20-Million to Maternal and Child Health in Africa

Source: Philanthropy

The GE Foundation will spend an additional $20-million over the next five years to advance maternal and child health in Africa, an expansion of its existing global health development program, officials say.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business

Source: Huffington Post

In the past few years, the social enterprise space has evolved rapidly from a concept that required explanation to a trend everyone is eager to join.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit Social Enterprise

Source: Harvard Business Review

Should a new social good organization choose a for-profit model or a nonprofit one? This is a question we face each year at my organization, Echoing Green, when we evaluate thousands of business plans from social entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital and support.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Harvard Business School Appoints Matt Segneri Director of Its Social Enterprise Initiative

Source: Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School (HBS) has named Matthew M. Segneri (MBA 2010) the new Director of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), succeeding Laura Moon, who has become Managing Director of the School’s wide array of Initiatives, which focus on research and course development in specific topics such as leadership, health care, and digital technology.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Essential Elements To Increase The Viability Of Your Social Venture

Source: Fast CoExist

Every social entrepreneur discovers the same pitfalls on their way to creating impact. But you can avoid them, if you know what to expect.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nine African countries win renewable energy development funding

Source: pv magazine

The low-income nations were awarded new funding and operational support at the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds governing body meeting.
Monday, July 7, 2014 — Latin America

Social Enterprise In Haiti Transforms The Lives Of Peanut Farmers

Source: Forbes

The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership recently announced the launch of its latest social enterprise. Called Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corp., it’s aimed at the more than 12,000 small holder peanut farmers in Haiti.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — South Asia

Social entrepreneur incubator launched in Taiwan

Source: Taiwan Today

A social entrepreneur incubation platform based on the U.K.’s UnLtd model was launched July 1 in Taiwan, according to program operator Social Enterprise Insights.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: What Impact Investors Can Learn From Winemaking

Source: Unreasonable

There is a winery near my hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, and if you were to ask me what I thought of it I would respond that, “the product is a work in progress, but the user experience is awesome.” Impact investing can learn a lot from this vineyard, Early Mountain Vineyard.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Social Enterprise Through Accountability

Source: Forbes

The social enterprise sector is hot—it may be worth well over $500 billion in the US alone. But if social business is to solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, we have to make sure it has both internal and external accountability systems in place to do so.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Cup Soccer & Social Enterprise: A Hybrid Financing Model

Source: Real Leaders

The potential of hybrid financing strategies to accelerate the growth of the social business sector was one of the topics at the fourth edition of the Impact Economy Symposium & Retreat in Switzerland on June 13-15, 2014.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Honoring mHealth's young talent

Source: mHealth News

Two young entrepreneurs are receiving international recognition for mHealth products that aim to improve healthcare delivery in Third World countries.
Friday, June 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Firms should create CSR strategies in sync with their corporate character'

Source: Economic Times India

When Harvard Business School's V Kasturi Rangan conducted a seminar on managing corporate social responsibility in Mumbai two years ago, all of the city's top industrialists were in attendance.
Friday, June 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank gives $1.4 mn in grants to 12 social enterprises in the Northeast

Source: Business Today

The World Bank's Development Marketplace, a competitive grants programme, has given grants worth $1.4 million (about Rs 8.4 crore) to 12 social enterprises in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram for development activities.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nurturing Startups Trying To Reduce Pollution From Plastic

Source: Forbes

The problem of plastic pollution is so vast, it deserves a business accelerator for startups focused only on reducing all that waste. Now there is one.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Stakeholders Raise Concern Over Slow Adoption of Mobile Money

Source: AllAfrica

Stakeholders at the ongoing Card, ATM and Mobile Expo, which opened in Lagos on Tuesday, have raised concern over the slow adoption of the mobile money payment system in the country.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank Group offers $1.4m to 12 social enterprises in North-East

Source: The Hindu Business Line

The World Bank Group will give $1.4 million to 12 social enterprises in the North-East, working on access to affordable healthcare services, education, water and sanitation services.
Friday, June 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vatican Conference examines how impact investing can serve the poor

Source: Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) A two-day symposium in the Vatican this week is examining “impact” investing and how it can serve the poor. Entitled “Investing for the Poor”, the conference (from June 16-17) is being jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Catholic Relief Services and the Mendoza College of Business from the University of Notre Dame.
Friday, June 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tide turns for Belu as ethical water goes global

Source: The Telegraph

Belu boss Karen Lynch has taken the social enterprise from losses of £1.9m to a fast-growing brand, which generates over £500,000 for WaterAid
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Inside the tech hub movement: In-depth lessons from a global mobile entrepreneurship initiative

Source: The World Bank

“The technology startup scene has grown from zero to hundred in the last three years”, aMobile Monday co-founder in Bangkok recently told us.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Did ‘Social Business’ Sink the Cardboard Bike?

Source: The Federalist

It’s time to retire the term “social business.” Better to run a business that honors agreements and respects the dignity of employees and customers.
Friday, June 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 myths socially conscious entrepreneurs need to ignore

Source: Fast Company

A series of powerful forces are changing business as we know it. From the speed of communication to information accessibility, all lead to increased transparency and a more global perspective.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Q&A: A Kenyan Startup That Has Bikers’ Back, Literally

Source: AFK Insider

What do you get when an electronics engineer, a certified accountant and an IT guru come together and decide to become social entrepreneurs? CladLight. At least that holds true for the CladLight’s trio founders that comprise brothers Charles and Joseph Muchene and friend Michael Gathogo.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Rwanda: Microsoft Chief Urges Youth, SMEs to Tap Into Online Resources to Drive Productivity

Source: AllAfrica

Increasing youth employment and enhancing small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) development through Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to boost the continent's productivity and alleviate poverty were some of the key issues at the just-concluded African Development Bank meetings.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

IAN launches new incubator for social start-ups

Source: LiveMint

The programme will be conducted in association with GIZ GmbH and the SIDBI
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — South Asia

Ending poverty and growing markets: brass tacks for business - live chat

Source: The Guardian

Selling to - and serving - the 'base of the pyramid', or the world's poorest people, is easier said than done. What will it take to get it right? Join our live chat at noon ET/5pm BST on 10 June
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tigo, Airtel, Zantel announce Africa’s first interoperable mobile money agreement

Source: HumanIPO

Three major telecoms companies operating in Tanzania – Tigo, Airtel and Zantel – are to adopt interoperable mobile money services by the end of the month, the first agreement of its kind of Africa.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

IAN partners SIDBI & Germany’s GIZ to launch incubation programme for social enterprises in India

Source: Techcircle.in

Indian Angel Network (IAN), a national network of angel investors that invests in startups and early-stage ventures, has launched an incubation programme to empower entrepreneurs in building sustainable and scalable businesses in the social impact space.
Monday, June 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing: Can We Pay Her Less?

Source: Huffington Post Impact

I was in New York City meeting with an advisor who offered to help raise investor capital for our social enterprise. She was reviewing the business plan and numbers, then looked up and asked, "Can you pay the women less?"
Thursday, May 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact investing firm Investors' Circle closes on $3.1M, looks for deals

Source: Triangle Business Journal

Durham-based “impact investing” firm Investors’ Circle just closed on $3.1 million – a sum that, according to executive director Bonny Moellenbrock, will go toward a very specific type of startup.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 Inspiring Books on Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Business Insider

As the founder of a social enterprise called LSTN Headphones, I often look to companies and entrepreneurs I admire for advice on navigating our growing business while continuing our mission to do well while doing good. Below are a few of the books I’ve found to help guide our startup through new challenges and inspire the team to work harder to make our company succeed.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Q&A: Social Enterprise Helps Vegetable Vendors In Nairobi Slum

Source: AFK Insider

After graduating from the prestigious London School of Economics, Kenyan Suraj Gudka, 21, didn’t go for a white-collar job in accounting. Instead he opted to work with slum communities, co-founding SokoText, a social enterprise that harnesses the power of short messaging services (text messages) to create demand for produce sold by micro entrepreneurs in urban Nairobi slums.
Friday, May 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Terminology Torture: What the Heck Qualifies as a Social Enterprise?

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

NPQ has written quite a bit lately about the notion of social enterprise, and much of it reflects a combination of excitement about alternate economic arrangements and concern about a sort of vagueness in definitions and accountability schemes and an overselling or fetishization of some boutique forms.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Best Business Schools For Social Entrepreneurship

Source: IntelligentHQ

Over the last decade an increasing number of entrepreneurs are interested in initiating entrepreneurial projects that aim to bring social change. This special type of entrepreneurs are called social entrepreneurs.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tool built to help pick Sustainable Development Goals

Source: SciDev.Net

A tool designed to help policymakers choose the best Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the UN’s Millennium Development Goals when they expire next year has been launched by an international organisation that promotes global sustainable development.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates, on why Jeffrey Sachs matters

Source: Economia

Bono calls economist Jeffrey Sachs “the squeaky wheel that roars.” To me, Sachs is the Bono of economics – a guy with impressive intelligence, passion, and powers of persuasion who is devoting his gifts to speaking up for the poorest people on the planet
Monday, May 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reform to boost not-for-profits

Source: Vietnam Net

Amendments to the 2005 Enterprise Law aim to enable social enterprises to operate more efficiently, Director of the Central Institute for Economic Management, Nguyen Dinh Cung, told the Viet Nam Investment Review.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

What is holding back the social entrepreneur

Source: The Economic Times

Ramasubbu Shankar, given his ordnance factories background, likes to cite the works of Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov, who developed the versatile AK-47 series of assault rifles. Just like the late Russian officer, Shankar, with just an engineering diploma, revels in tinkering. He doesn't possess strong academic credentials but betrays an intuitive hold on engineering from his decades of hands-on work in defence-related technologies.
Friday, May 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bumps and Slowdowns in UK Social Impact Bonds

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

At a recent program of Georgetown Law School and Independent Sector on the for-profit social enterprise dynamic in the U.S., the gap between the hype and the reality of social impact bonds was evident
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

What It Takes to Be a Social Entrepreneur - An Interview With Rags2Riches

Source: Huffington Post

When it comes to global social change, millennials are key to the puzzle. Each year, The Global Good Fund invests in a select group of promising young social entrepreneurs to enter into our fellowship program. We invest both human and financial capital in each Fellow's leadership development. Our hypothesis here at The Global Good Fund is that leadership development is a vehicle for enterprise growth, and, ultimately, social impact.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Source: Harvard Business Review

Social enterprise in the U.S. is a fast-growing, but fragmented, movement. Looking at a recent release of data from The Great Social Enterprise Census, only a fifth are larger than $2 million in budget, just 8% employ more than a 100 people, and 60% were founded in the past 8 years, when the movement really began to gain momentum.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bottom of the Pyramid Business Strategy in Nigeria

Source: New Telegraph Online

The BOP concept champions new thinking and new ways of doing business in the world’s poor markets.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

iKure - Paving the Way to Accessible and Affordable Healthcare through Software Development

Source: worldbank.org

iKure - a Kolkata-based social enterprise dedicated to bringing affordable health care to India’s poorest populations - has created these spot camps as an integral part of their inventive model for a network of health clinics in India’s rural areas. In addition to providing access to doctors and medicine prescriptions, they provide the necessary outreach to tell villagers about where and when the clinics are and how they can access medical consultations and medicine.
Monday, April 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

British student founds social enterprise for electronic waste management in Nigeria

Source: I Paid a Bribe Naija

A student from the University of Northampton has made it his mission to tackle the growing problem of electrical waste in Nigeria by launching his own social enterprise.
Friday, April 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Mobile Tech is Changing Africa’s Landscape to Create Opportunities for Women

Source: women 2.0

For years analysts have said that “Africa is Rising,” but now it’s really happening. With an expanding population and steady economic growth, social enterprise in Africa is today seeing real returns on investment. This “double-bottom line” success — financial plus humanitarian gains — is drawing new attention to Africa to not only advance, but also yield change.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Beyond the Pioneer: Getting Inclusive Industries to Scale

Source: HuffPost Impact

Beyond the Pioneer enumerates the barriers to scale that hinder, not just the firm, but the entire ecosystem, including the value chain, public goods, and the regulatory and policy environments.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is the Future Role of Social Enterprise to Foster Compassionate Capitalism?

Source: The Guardian

Our expert panel discuss the role of social enterprise in society, and the values of social business.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — South Asia

Social Business in India: Some investors wade in, but most testing waters

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Investors meet with frugal innovation, entrepreneurs leave the sector discouraged.
Friday, April 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Corporate Social Responsibility: Should It Be A Law?

Source: Forbes

India is the first country to have corporate social responsibility (CSR ) legislation, mandating that companies give 2 percent of their net profits to charitable causes.
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 8, 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
Tuesday, April 8, 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.
Friday, April 4, 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 3, 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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 7, 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 5, 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 5, 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 4, 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

How social enterprises are combatting modern slavery

Source: The Guardian

Rich McEachran explains how social enterprises are a sustainable solution to modern slavery worldwide
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."
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 7, 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 7, 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 6, 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 5, 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 5, 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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 5, 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

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.
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.
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 9, 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 9, 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 3, 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 3, 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 2, 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 2, 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 1, 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.