Our Staff Writers and Editors offer insights on the latest news, events, interviews and other happenings from the development through enterprise and base of the pyramid universes
Friday, October 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why Is Financial Inclusion So High on the Development Agenda?

Source: The Huffington Post

In the sustainable development priorities for the next 15 years adopted by heads of states in New York this week, the United Nations has highlighted financial inclusion as an important enabler for poorer households in the informal economies of the global south to increase resilience and better capture opportunities.
Thursday, October 1, 2015 — South Asia

Making Leeway for Generating Greater Impact in Eastern India

Source: Press Release

The Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I3N) has announced a partnership with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) to facilitate the creation of a powerful ecosystem for entrepreneurship development in Eastern India. This partnership with IIMCIP furthers I3N’s commitment and ability to generate impact in Eastern India.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

A Johns Hopkins team designed an Ebola suit so good, it’s going on the market

Source: Washington Post

Youseph Yazdi was surprised by the number of people who jumped in to help design better protective gear for people helping Ebola victims – everyone from freshmen to robotics experts to a wedding-dress maker. But he was even more surprised when the solutions the team came up with at the hackathon at Johns Hopkins University attracted the notice of leading producers of protective clothing. A version of the suit they designed will be manufactured by DuPont and available early next year, the university announced Monday.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sisu Global Heath wins $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case

Source: The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore startup that developed a surgical tool to recycle the blood of a patient suffering from internal bleeding landed a $100,000 investment Monday from AOL co-founder Steve Case, winning a "live pitch" competition among eight Baltimore companies.
Monday, September 28, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: Racing to Save Lives

Source: Forbes

Every day in India, people are going blind, not getting tumours detected, living with treatable chronic pain, not developing their brain cells, losing limbs, and dying while the solutions are stuck in the labs of some of India’s brightest inventors. These challenges are not unique to India, but the magnitude of potential lives to improve or save is. Innovation needs to accelerate, and the pathway from labs to patients needs to be shorter and easier.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Entrepreneurs Are the Current and Future Solution for Sustainable Global Economic Development

Source: Forbes

When drawing up plans to help stimulate the economic development of new and emerging economies, the United Nations previously looked to multinational operations that could open new plants and offices in specific countries. However, with the ongoing changes in the business environment, the realization is that these large corporations are no longer the source for job creation and have recently been focused on lean operations and downsizing staff.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Study Shows Encouraging Refugee Business Enterprise Could Help Stem Rise of Terror Gangs

Source: allAfrica

A new study has shown that Kenya could reap enormous benefits by helping refugees start small businesses thus curbing the emergence of terror gangs within refugee camps.
Monday, September 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit

Source: The New York Times

Many technology start-ups aim to become “unicorns,” the companies that get valued at $1 billion or more on their way to probable vast riches. Yancey Strickler and Perry Chen have no interest in that.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Indiegogo Is Getting Ready for Equity Crowdfunding

Source: Fast Company

When Facebook announced in March 2014 that it was acquiring virtual-reality pioneer Oculus VR for $2 billion, the news caused jaws to drop throughout the tech industry. It also left at least a few of the 9,522 people who had contributed to Oculus’s Kickstarter campaign less than two years earlier grumbling that they should be cut in on the windfall.
Monday, September 14, 2015 — South Asia

A baby box aims to save infant and maternal lives

Source: Harvard School of Public Health

Under a new student-led nonprofit aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality in South Asia, expectant mothers would receive a free box full of newborn essentials like baby clothes, diapers, and wipes, as well as health-related items such as a clean delivery kit and oral rehydration salts. The caveat: Women would only get the box—which doubles as a portable basket in which babies can sleep or play—if they agree to a prenatal checkup.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why Kickstarter and Indiegogo Won't Go Into Equity Crowdfunding

Source: Entrepreneur

Now that anyone can now buy shares in a private company through an equity-crowdfunding platform, interested investors are wondering who will operate the online share-buying sites. Some observers have suggested that rewards-based crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo will enter the market, taking advantage of their experience in other parts of the crowdfunding marketplace.
Friday, September 4, 2015 — South Asia

Funding for Indian Startups Won’t Dry Up: Omidyar’s Roopa Kudva

Source: DealStreetAsia

Roopa Kudva, 51, took charge of the India operations of New York-based impact investor Omidyar Network in early July.
Thursday, September 3, 2015 — South Asia

Muhammad Yunus’ Firm in Talks for Social Business JVs in India

Source: The Financial Express

Nobel laureate and founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, is all set to roll out his flagship social business, in a joint venture with corporates in India soon. Yunus’ social business marketing company — Yunus Social Business (YSB) India —is in talks with a slew of corporates in India who can be joint venture partners in the social business venture, a model where profits are ploughed back to the company. These profits can be then used for employment generation and affordable healthcare.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

How the Global Stock Market Selloff Will Affect Crowdfunding

Source: Entrepreneur

While this “of the people, for the people, by the people” approach to raising money may see itself as divorced from anything happening on Wall Street, that’s hardly the case.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

5 Smart, Sustainable Innovations Ready to Take Over the Developing World

Source: Take Part

The social enterprises will receive mentoring from venture capitalists and entrepreneurs on how to scale their ideas.
Friday, August 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Early Morning Call: How One Entrepreneur Is Taking on the Money Transfer Giants

Source: Forbes

Telephones have always been a fundamental part of the remittance process, Ahmed Ismail says with a wry laugh; when they ring early in the morning, it tends to be costly.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s Leading Women in Tech 2015

Source: IT News Africa

South Africa paid tribute to women across the country on National Woman’s Day, which was held on 9 August 2015.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How A Toilet Franchise Business Is Cleaning Up Kenya's Slums

Source: Fast Company

When the government isn't providing clean sanitation, Sanergy is showing that there's an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to step in.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — South Asia

Eco-friendly sanitary pads made of banana fibre – Saathi pads’s solution to menstrual waste

Source: Social Story

Saathi was founded by Kristin Kagetsu, Amrita Saigal, Grace Kane, Ashutosh Kumar and Zachary Rose. The aim was to develop a small scale manufacturing process that would produce affordable sanitary protection from waste banana tree fibre.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

In a Push for Financial Inclusion, the eBay Foundation and a Focus on Entrepreneurs

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Pierre Omidyar established the eBay Foundation in 1998 with an endowment of pre-IPO eBay stock. The foundation has always been modest in size, which is probably why we haven't written about it before. It had assets of $30 milllion in a recent year, and gives out between $3 million and $5 million annually to a limited set of grantees.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Baltimore health-tech startup is developing a way to recycle blood

Source: Baltimore Business Journal

Sisu Global Health is developing a medical device that doctors could use to recycle a patient’s blood lost through traumatic internal bleeding. The company later this year will launch a clinical study of the device, called Hemafuse, in partnership with the University of Zimbabwe.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

BNY Mellon and The Forbes Funds Name Winners of $1 Million Social Innovation Challenge

Source: Press Release

UpPrize has named Conversant Labs, Marinus Analytics and PHRQL as the winners of BNY Mellon's $1 million Social Innovation Challenge. The winning ideas will expand digital access for visually-impaired people, help government agencies fight human trafficking, and ensure poor families have access to healthier foods. UpPrize, a unique collaboration between BNY Mellon, the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania and The Forbes Funds, combines impact investing with a research-based social innovation challenge.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: National Skill Development Corporation, Ennovent to help skilling firms in India get funding

Source: Media Infoline

The initiative aims to create opportunities and aspirations for skilling as an entrepreneurial opportunity in different sectors to fill the demand of trained skilled workforce in the country.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — South Asia

Breaking the Myths of Microfinance

Source: The Hindu Business Line

A poor woman approaches a microfinance lender along with a couple of her neighbours and friends.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding Is Impacting the Global Economy

Source: Crowdfund Insider

Innovation means creating something that makes a process or product more efficient. The result can be a price reduction passed on to consumers in the short run, or an increase in the speed at which a business operates. Ultimately, innovation serves as the backbone to overall economic and societal growth and can elevate standards of living. Today, equity crowdfunding is a one of these innovations.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Microsoft’s CEO Celebrated the Worldwide Launch of Windows 10 in… Nairobi

Source: Quartz

Of all the 190 countries where Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system launched yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella chose to spend the day in Kenya. His visit came just days after the conclusion of the US-sponsored Global Entrepreneurship Summit and a state visit by president Barack Obama, where he hailed technology for “changing the way Africa is doing business.”
Monday, July 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

AMPION, Merck Launch Africa’s First e-Health Accelerator

Source: Disrupt Africa

African entrepreneurship initiative AMPION and healthcare firm Merck have partnered to launch Africa’s first healthcare accelerator, aimed at fostering the growth of high potential, early-stage e-health startups.
Monday, July 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Startups Grow in Africa, But Ecosystems Need More to Flourish

Source: TechCrunch

Obamania has gripped Kenya as the 44th U.S. president lands in Nairobi, the country’s capital, for a visit. From t-shirts, mugs, and caps with Barack Obama’s name and image to “Obama themed ringtones,” (“Yes we can!”) it will not be hard for the U.S. president to find entrepreneurs in Kenya.
Friday, July 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Viewpoint: As Obama Heads to Africa, An Entrepreneurial Approach to Fighting Disease Takes Root

Source: The Hill

The White House has said that President Obama’s trip to Africa, where he will attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, will focus on accelerating economic growth, strengthening democratic institutions and improving security in African countries. When the president arrives in Kenya he will find that new and innovative approaches to fighting disease on the continent have the potential to invigorate progress in each of those priority areas.
Friday, July 17, 2015 — South Asia

Top Innovation Ecosystem Leaders Across India Converge at India Innovation Forum 2015

Source: The Financial Express

The inaugaral edition of India Innovation Forum (IIF 2015) in Bengaluru saw top Innovators, Entrepreneurs, VCs, Impact Investors, CEOs and Thought leaders come together on 11th and 12th of July, 2015 to interact, share ideas and raise important questions on Innovation ecosystem in India. They interacted with a diverse group 150+ select senior executives from top Indian and multinational companies.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Zidisha Helps Connect Lenders With Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

Source: Forbes

Zidisha is a non-profit startup that acts as an online microlending community connecting lenders with entrepreneurs no matter the distance or disparity. As of right now, Zidisha allows individuals worldwide to lend to tech-savvy entrepreneurs in the slums of Africa and Asia where even a few dollars can go a long way. Over 20,000 people are using Zidisha today. Recently, I spoke with Zidisha founder and CEO Julia Kurnia to learn more about the company.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

IBM Introduces Watson to Africa and the Middle East

Source: PC World

With the help from the city of Abu Dhabi, IBM will offer its Watson-based data analysis services to the Middle East and North Africa.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: My Mother, the Social Entrepreneur

Source: The Straits Times

The year is 1957. I am born in a Singapore that is very poor. Except for the British and those who work for them, almost all the rest of us live hand to mouth. My father works in a provision shop, and his $90 salary as a shop assistant can hardly feed his family of three kids, one wife and our grandmother.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Early Tesla Motors Investors Raise $400 Million Impact VC Fund

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Two early investors in Tesla Motors Inc.TSLA +0.96% teamed up and raised a $400 million venture capital fund to back startups that have a positive social or environmental impact, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.
Monday, June 22, 2015 — South Asia

Technoserve Launces Business Accelerator for Women-Led SGBs in Mumbai

Source: News Release

TechnoServe, with the support of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, announces the launch of Empowering Women Entrepreneurs, its Business Accelerator program for women-led small and growing businesses in Mumbai and invites applications for its inaugural batch of 2015-16 ventures.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Discovers the Power of Crowdfunding

Source: BBC

Budding South African film producer Meg Rickards was struggling to raise the money for her new feature film, Whiplash, when she came across the idea of crowdfunding.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — South Asia

Women in business: Can P2P lending bridge gender gap in access to capital in India?

Source: Economic Times

For a country like India where there is a distinct buzz around startups and entrepreneurship, the number of women entrepreneurs and women in business still continue to be far and few.
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.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Thundafund: The crowdfunding platform made for Africa

Source: CNN

One South African company has created an ethically-conscious platform for entrepreneurs from the continent -- and it's leaving its rivals by the wayside in the process.
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

JHU undergrads design tool to support family planning efforts in developing regions

Source: HUB

New kit may help train global health providers to insert and remove contraceptive implants.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s Miti Health hopes for Unreasonable access to mentors, markets

Source: Disrupt Africa

Kenyan startup Miti Health, which provides chemists with business management and supply chain software on the Android platform, hopes taking part in the Unreasonable East Africa accelerator programme in Kampala this summer will allow it to scope out Uganda as a possible expansion market while also gaining to access to investors and mentors.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Five Tips on Becoming a Successful Social Entrepreneur

Source: Yahoo!

We know that success doesn’t come overnight. All entrepreneurs know too well. For The Venture’s global report, Redefining Success in a Changing World, more than 550 social entrepreneurs were surveyed about how they reached success. Here are five tips from some of the most successful social businesses.
Friday, May 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Young Founders of STAWI Win $15,000 Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award for Responsible Entrepreneurship in East Africa

Source: PR Newswire

At a reception in Nairobi today the Bata Shoe Foundation announced that STAWI, a Kenyan business that processes perishable fruits, grains, and cereals into gluten free flour, is the winner of the $15,000Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award for young responsible entrepreneurship in East Africa. Two runners up - GreenChar and KARIBU Solar Power - received $5,000 each. The Award was established in 2014 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late CEO of the Bata Shoe Organization, known as "Shoemaker to the World." It provides funding and mentoring for young entrepreneurs inEast Africa who demonstrate a commitment to the values that guided Mr. Bata's leadership of the organization for four decades.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 — South Asia

Why India’s e-commerce startups are going mobile-only

Source: International Business Times

E-commerce companies in India are ignoring the PC and going straight to mobile in the country’s young, but rapidly growing online marketplace.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: Orange Launches the 2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize

Source: Orange

Orange ( is launching the call for applications for the 5th edition of the Orange African Social Venture Prize. This initiative aims to encourage innovative start-up projects which help to accelerate development on the African continent.
Friday, May 22, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Findex: Sub-Saharan Africa Continues to Be the Leading Frontier of Financial Inclusion

Source: The Huffington Post

Half of the world's population lives and works in the informal economy - not by choice, but by necessity. In the language of economists, poor families in developing countries are consumption-smoothing households and capital-consuming, self-employed entrepreneurs at the same time. As a result, they need a broader range of financial services to manage inevitably irregular income and expense spikes, accumulate working capital, build assets, and mitigate risks. Lacking better alternatives, they often resort to informal financial mechanisms, such as moneylenders, pawnbrokers, and rotating savings clubs, which can be very unreliable and expensive.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

What if Crowdfunding Becomes the Leading Source of Finance for Entrepreneurs or Growing Companies?

Source: Forbes

Can crowdfunding offer a viable source of funding to growth orientated businesses around the world? 2015 promises to be a big year for crowdfunding in terms of the role it may play in getting entrepreneurial ventures off the ground. What might that world look like if it became the leading source of finance for companies starting out? To that end, one has to better understand the phenomenon and its rapid expansion to date.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uber Battles Locals for Future of African Taxis

Source: The Wall Street Journal

In the traffic-clogged, potholed streets of Kenya’s capital city, there is a battle waging for the future of the African taxi ride that is pitting local startups eager to become the “Uber of Kenya” against, well, Uber.
Monday, May 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: Entrepreneur-Led Development - A New Model for Africa

Source: AFK Insider

Aid-based approaches have improved untold millions of lives across the continent, but it is the economic opportunity side of the development coin that will have more catalytic impact in driving development on the African continent, says Tony Elumelu.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

US to Coordinate Efforts, Mobilize Investment for Global Entrepreneurship

Source: Devex

Think entrepreneurship is critical for global development? This week the U.S. government indicated it does too with the announcement of a new initiative aimed at coordinating its global entrepreneurship efforts and spurring additional investment.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the World of Crowdfunding

Source: Forbes

Since Kickstarter and its chief rival Indiegogo launched, the tech and web industries and have seen a wealth of entrepreneurs make their case before the crowd. Looking to fund everything from tech gadgets to movies and charitable causes, entrepreneurs of all stripes have turned to the crowd to bring their ideas to a mass market.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Viewpoint: What If African Nations Operated As One Big Innovation Ecosystem?

Source: Quartz

With the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) around the corner, I am eagerly waiting to meet the creators of the latest innovations that were shortlisted for the Award. I find myself preoccupied with a subject that both excites me and exasperates me in equal measures: building African innovation ecosystems.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — South Asia

How Telecoms And The Indian Government Stop Net Neutrality in Its Tracks

Source: TechCrunch

Hidden under the guise of enabling the Indian population with faster and more reliable services, the major players in telecoms, such as Airtel and Reliance, have adopted new policies that could undermine the basic building blocks of Internet access in India.
Monday, May 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Overcoming the Psychology of the Social Entrepreneur

Source: Entrepreneur

The journey of entrepreneurship, though rewarding in some aspects, can be one of the most psychologically draining experiences one may ever face. According to today’s status quo of existence, the perception of corporate anxiety is well known, supported and actively spotlighted that ascension of the corporate ladder is a dream fully realized. Is the same ecosystem available to entrepreneurs? No. It is the complete opposite. Our culture idolizes successful entrepreneurs and expects that they use their psychological lows to fuel their innovations and breakthroughs. Furthermore, they are expected to display mockery of their struggles to prove perseverance and inspire the next wave of entrepreneurs and transform industry paradigms. Yet this societal expectation comes at a price- a price tag that only entrepreneurs pay with their mind.
Monday, May 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Eyes on the Prize: Ahmad Ashkar


If you’ve followed social entrepreneurship news even slightly in the past few years, you won’t have failed to witness the unstoppable rise of the Hult Prize.
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.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Latin America

Total of $125,000 USD Awarded to Two Local Companies for Financial Technology Business Solutions

Source: Accion

Village Capital and Accion Venture Lab announced the winners of their program, Village Capital-Accion Venture Lab: FinTech Mexico 2015. The program partnered with theMasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, Pomona Impact, and United IT Consultants, Inc. to support entrepreneurs making financial services more affordable and accessible for Mexicans who lack access to traditional financial services (“underbanked”).
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.
Monday, May 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia Offers 100% FDI Facility to India for Healthcare

Source: The Financial Express

Ethiopia offered 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) facility to India for setting up hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Ethiopia. The host country will acquire land for Indian entrepreneurs and offer other incentives and tax facilities as well.
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.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

A New Inning for Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

For years, a nascent movement led by passionate pioneers out to change the world has been slowly but surely taking shape. Quietly, these early fearless leaders have been championing the idea that businesses can be a tool for social good, beyond the jobs that they create. Specifically, they’ve been building the movement for a new class of investors and entrepreneurs to lock arms and build companies that provide products and services that address daunting social challenges, and generate a financial return for investors. These companies are found in many sectors, including large markets such as education, energy, transportation and healthcare that are ripe for disruption.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

'Do-good' Companies Can Do Well for Investors, Wharton Researchers Say

Source: Chicago Tribune

Impact investing is a nice idea — and for many critics that’s precisely the problem.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Once Idealistic, Crowdfunding Is Now an Unholy Hybrid of Retail, Investment, and Risk

Source: Quartz

Dave Bogaty is a coffee junkie. He exclusively buys his beans from a small-batch roaster in Brooklyn and scouts out local varieties in every new city he visits.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Women: The Next Wave of Angel Investors?

Source: Forbes

Females have historically made up less than 15% of the angel investors in the United States. Having more women on the funding side matters.
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.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — South Asia

How Foundations Like Ronnie Screwvala's Swades Are Helping Entrepreneurs Emerge From Rural India

Source: The Economic Times

For Ronnie Screwvala this was an unusual success story. At a community centre in Khamgaon, a village 166 km south of Mumbai, he engaged a group of 25 rural women, all dressed in pink, aged between 30 and 40, in a discussion on sanitary napkins with great enthusiasm.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — South Asia

What’s Tripping Healthcare in India and How Startups Are Tackling It

Source: Tech in Asia

Today, in India, banks send alerts on financial risks instantaneously, ecommerce companies use tech tools to coax users to buy, and social networking sites are creating personality profiles of its users. However, hospitals still do not have the technology to predict and alert us about critical health risks. Most of them don’t even have digital systems to capture medical data to create a health history.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

M-PESA Foundation Opens New Academy

Source: BiztechAfrica

The M-PESA Foundation has announced that it is constructing a state of the art, mixed boarding high school that will seek to provide a first class, unique education to gifted but economically disadvantaged children from all counties of Kenya.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Blue Diversion Toilet aims to improve sanitation with built-in filtration system

Source: Dezeen Magazine

Austrian design firm EOOS and water research institute Eawag hope to improve sanitation levels in areas of extreme poverty with a mobile toilet that contains its own water filtration system.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

MIT Scaling Development Ventures: Bridging Innovation and Impact

Source: MIT News

This marks the third year that international development, entrepreneurship, and public service programs at MIT have come together to organize the MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference. Each year, the conference brings together perspectives from the international development and business communities to examine the best ways to bring poverty-alleviating solutions to market at scale. This year’s conference takes place at MIT on Saturday, April 11. Registration is free for members of the MIT community.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 — South Asia

Prime Minister Modi Launches MUDRA Bank, Expected to Benefit 5.77 crore Microfinance Institutions in India

Source: IBNLive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched MUDRA Bank under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. This will provide credit of up to Rs 10 lakh to small entrepreneurs and act as a regulator for 'Micro-Finance Institutions' (MFIs).
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

MIT Alum Hopes to Spread Tech-Boom Excitement in Young, Increasingly Connected Middle East

Source: BetaBoston

Some of the Middle East’s most promising entrepreneurs and deep-pocketed investors gathered at the Habtoor Grand Hotel here last month for the sixth edition of the ArabNet Digital Summit, one of the largest forums for the Middle East’s burgeoning startup industry.
Friday, April 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

What Does Social Entrepreneurship Mean to Actor Adrian Grenier?

Source: Fortune

The Entourage actor talks entrepreneurship and his upcoming stint as a judge in a start-up pitch contest.
Friday, April 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why the Ivy League Needs the Hult Prize

Source: The Huffington Post

How do we get Ivy League students interested in changing the world? Fluorescent pink posters with one simple message: "Do you want to win $1,000,000?"
Thursday, April 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding Nearly Tripled Last Year, Becoming a $16 Billion Industry

Source: Entrepreneur

If crowdfunding’s been hot for awhile, last year, it was damn near on fire.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 — South Asia

Wheel of Fortune

Source: Bangalore Mirror

The entrepreneur hopes to empower the differently-abled by manufacturing vehicles that offer mobility, quality at a reduced cost and even aid in employment.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Here Come the Philanthropreneurs

Source: Fast Company

Entrepreneurs using wealth and power to transform society are not a new phenomenon. A century ago, Andrew Carnegie’s love of libraries helped bring education to the masses, and he spent millions promoting world peace. Today’s "philanthropreneurs" are equally ambitious—and they’re succeeding, while redefining what it means to give and give back.
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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Doctor-Turned-Entrepreneur Bullish About Ethiopia’s Healthcare Sector

Source: How We Made It In Africa

As Africa’s second most populous country, Ethiopia’s healthcare industry holds significant potential. According to Dr Mohammed Nuri (42), founder and CEO of local pharmaceutical company Medtech Ethiopia, the industry commands more than 18bn Ethiopian birr (about US$881m) in annual sales. In recent years imports from abroad have risen, while foreign investors have entered partnerships with local players.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigerian Tycoon Shortlists 167 Kenyan Start-Ups for Funding

Source: Business Daily

Nigerian billionaire businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has selected 167 Kenyan entrepreneurs to benefit from his Sh9.2 billion start-up fund targeting 10,000 enterprises across Africa.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: MasterCard Foundation and Technoserve Announce New Phase of African Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Source: Globe Newswire

The MasterCard Foundation and TechnoServe are announcing today a five-year, $25.9 million partnership to generate increased income and economic opportunities for 48,000 young people in rural East Africa.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Mysterious Disappearance of Poverty

Source: Maclean's

How do you help the poor? It is a very old question. The Roman emperor Nero found the answer in the advice of Stoic philosophers like Seneca, and built an awe-inspiring palace covered in gold leaf. This would fill the lower classes with gratitude for being blessed with such a glorious leader. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Roman senate ended Nero’s reign by ordering him to commit suicide four years later.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — South Asia

Interview: Stuart Hart on How Indian Microfinance Institutions Can Improve Their Negative Image

Source: Business Insider

In the second part of his interview to the Chairman of Indian Council of Competitiveness, Amit Kapoor, global thinker and Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping businesses make the transition to sustainability, Stuart Hart talks about how Indian micro finance institutions can work towards cleaning their negative image.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — South Asia

PPP is an Avenue That Needs to Be Aggressively Tapped

Source: The Financial Express

Alisha Moopen, Director, Aster DM Healthcare, as a young entrepreneur working for improving women’s health, feels that in India there is an immense need for continued innovation in this sphere. She talks about the need for the government, private sector and NGOs to integrate their efforts to strengthen the health system for women in India, in an interaction with Raelene Kambli
Thursday, March 12, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

How The UN Plans To Use Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

Source: Forbes

Several months ago, I wrote a post that was critical of ongoing efforts by the United Nations to renew theirMillennium Development Goals (MDG’s) – to be called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) moving forward. My concern with the plan stemmed from the fact that we have seen incredible progress in areas of international development as a result of innovation, social entrepreneurship and good policy. And yet, “Draft Zero” of the Sustainable Development Goals, did not showcase the learnings of the last 15 years, and instead, seemed like a laundry list of interest-group agenda items lumped together.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

3 Ways to Fight Financial Exclusion

Source: World Economic Forum

Inclusion is one of the hottest development topics of 2015. Being excluded, financially or socially, perpetuates unemployment, inequality and poverty. With 1.8 billion young people in the world, and this number growing most rapidly in the countries with the highest rates of exclusion, we can’t afford to hesitate in addressing this problem.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Unjani Clinics – ‘Empowered Quality Healthcare’

Source: SA Good News

Unjani Clinics is a new alternative to the South African state healthcare system which is unable to adequately serve patients with quality service. By creating a social franchise easily deployable in rural communities, Unjani Clinics is a way to empower people and create jobs. In the next three years, 90 clinics will be launched across South Africa. Lynda Toussaint, CEO of Unjani Clinics, explains this promising model to us.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ekocenters to Empower Rwanda’s Women Entrepreneurs

Source: BiztechAfrica

Ericsson and The Coca-Cola Company have announced a pilot project to bring mobile connectivity to EKOCENTER, a social enterprise initiative designed to empower community well-being by bringing safe water, solar power and mobile communications, as well as basic goods and services to underserved communities. The pilot project will be conducted in collaboration with Tigo Rwanda and German start-up company, Solarkiosk.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

$9.59 T Global Healthcare Market Attracts New Entrepreneurs

Source: Enterprise Innovation

Business opportunities are attracting entrepreneurs to the $9.59-trillion global healthcare market in both developed and developing countries, according to a new report issued recently by PwC.
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.
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.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

This Firm Keeps Capital Flowing to Micro-Entrepreneurs

Source: Entrepreneur

The global financial crisis didn’t dent the demand for loans from small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs around the world. But it sure whacked the supply of capital available to lend to them.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Free Loan-Repayment Processing Helps Grameen America Increase Macro Impact on Women

Source: Market Wired

Through PayNearMe, Grameen America Borrowers Gain Convenient Option to Repay Loans at 7,800 7-Eleven Stores Nationwide, as Grameen Expands Solution to California and New York.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Start-Up Hubs Multiply in East Africa

Source: Huffington Post

The African continent has become home to a new wave of creativity and talent, with Nairobi as the hotbed of innovation.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — South Asia

Funding the unfunded: India helps small business borrow to grow

Source: Reuters

A new bank announced in the annual budget last week could boost loans and cut borrowing costs for the country's cash-starved small businesses - tailors, mechanics and phone booth operators who account for around a fifth of the economy.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — South Asia

Bengaluru-based Molbio develops India's first swine flu diagnostic kit

Source: The Economic Times

The swine flu flare-up has pushed an indigenous innovation faster into the market, a rare silver lining in an otherwise gloomy story, as India battles the worst outbreak of the virus in the past five years.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

MasterCard, Grooming Centre Boost Financial Inclusion for MSMEs in Nigeria

Source: Disrupt Africa

Over 500,000 female entrepreneurs in Nigeria are to be introduced to electronic payments under a new partnership agreed between MasterCard and local microfinance institution Grooming Centre.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — South Asia

Why Bill Gates Is Backing Impact Entrepreneurs in India

Source: Entrepreneur

Will Poole, a top Microsoft executive-turned seed-stage investor, is tapping American and Indian tech entrepreneurs to back some startups in India that are decidedly not tech-related.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Financial Solutions Lab Announces $3 Million Competition to Tackle Consumer Financial Security

Source: Center for Financial Services Innovation

The Financial Solutions Lab at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) with founding partner JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a $3 million competition for technology innovators working to address consumer financial challenges. This cross-sector initiative will identify technology-enabled financial solutions and provide winners with direct and indirect support to test and expand the availability of their products and services to consumers.
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 — Asia Pacific

Of Social Business Ventures and Islamic Principles

Source: The Star Online

Interest in the area of social entrepreneurship has gained momentum in recent years. Many studies have been commissioned in this area, including comparative studies to clarify the concepts of conventional entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, and also social entrepreneurship with not-for-profit activities such as corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, charity and voluntary work.
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 — No Region Specified

Will These 5 Models of Crowdfunding Replace Angel and VC Investors?

Source: Entrepreneur

Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today. According to articles on Entrepreneur last year, there are now almost 1,000 crowdfunding platforms in existence, currently estimated to add more than $65 billion and 270,000 jobs to the economy.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Unable to Get Credit, African Entrepreneurs Turn to Crowdfunding

Source: Voice of America

Crowdfunding is a way to raise money from a large number of people via the Internet to fund a project. The concept is well established in the West, but is still new in Africa. A World Bank project in Kenya has launched a mentorship program to help business owners take advantage of crowdfunding, which some say could help replace the kind of aid they currently receive from NGOs.
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.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — Latin America

Viewpoint: Profit Is Not a Dirty Word

Source: PSI Impact

Sustainability is an all too overused word that is rarely linked to the word profit. Yet sustainability and profit go hand in hand. When it comes to building a network of health facilities in a developing country using a social franchising model similar to how business franchises operate; the link between profit and sustainability is imperative. Without one we cannot hope to have the other.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Will JOBS Act Equity Crowdfunding Ever Happen?

Source: Forbes

On April 5, 2012, a revolutionary avenue of capital formation for small businesses was created when President Obama signed The JOBS Act into law and equity crowdfunding in the United States was born. Entrepreneurs with small businesses were excited by the prospect of using online crowdfunding to raise up to $1 million by selling equity in their company, something not allowed on rewards-based crowdfunding sites Kickstarter or Indiegogo. When the JOBS Act was passed, the new law gave the Securities and Exchange Commission until January 1, 2013 to publish regulations and rules that would allow this game-changing law to go into effect.
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.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: Entrepreneurial Dream mEntrepreneurial Dream Made Easy in Pakistan

Source: Pakistan Herald

When 40-year-old Salma Bai wanted to set up her own tea shop in Faisalabad, her main worry was obtaining the capital that was required to start an entrepreneurial venture.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — Latin America

Brazilian Development Bank Loans $100m to Banco do Nordeste do Brasil to Expand Microcredit

Source: MicroCapital

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES), the Brazilian government’s development bank, reportedly has announced that it will loan USD 100 million to Banco do Nordeste do Brasil (BNB), a public bank operating in Brazil’s Northeastern Region. The investment will be made from the microcredit program of BNDES, and BNB will commit an additional BRL 42.8 million (USD 16.6 million) to the effort. The proceeds will be used to fund individual entrepreneurs as well as micro- and small enterprises (MSEs). The interest rate of the wholesale loan will be set according to the country’s Long-term Interest Rate (known as TJLP in portuguese), which currently stands at 5.5 percent, plus 1.1 percent [1].
Monday, January 26, 2015 — South Asia

Eco-Entrepreneurs Promise Women A Safe Period: Suchismita Pai

Source: The Rising Nepal

Period. While the English dictionary gives several meanings for this rather ordinary word, millions of women around the world associate it with discomfort, pain and embarrassing memories. For hundreds of thousands of girls across India, menstruation means five days of solitary confinement; it’s the one reason behind many being forced to drop out of school and also being subjected to discriminatory social practices. Caught between superstition, ignorance and poverty they end up using anything from straw, ash and tree bark to even cow dung and dirty rags to absorb the flow. Consequently, stories about disease and death are legion.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Microcredit Does Not Live Up to Promise of Transforming Lives of the Poor, Six Studies Show

Source: Innovations for Poverty Action

Microcredit—providing small loans to underserved entrepreneurs—has been both celebrated and vilified as a development tool. Six new studies from four continents bring rigorous evidence to this debate, finding that while microcredit has some benefits, it is not a viable poverty alleviation tool.
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.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — South Asia

Kerala to Build Largest Social Entrepreneur Network of Women

Source: Gulf News

After the success of its women empowerment initiatives such as Kudumbashree — a women oriented, community-based, poverty reduction project — and She-Taxi, South Indian state Kerala is gearing up to set another landmark seeking to create the country’s largest social entrepreneurship network of women.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

An Entrepreneurial 2015: How This Businessman Launched A $100m Programme

Source: Ventures Africa

Tony Elumelu CON, is a Nigerian Entrepreneur, with over twenty years experience in the Banking and Investment sector in Africa. In the course of his career, Elumelu says he has met hundreds of entrepreneurs who carry in them the hope of Africa’s future. “Many of them young people with incredible dreams and business ideas but without the experience or the access to mentoring and support required in order to build a bankable business plan,” he said. With no access to the right resources and lack of know-how, the ideas remain dreams in the hearts of the young African population, while the continent’s growth is stifled by high rates of unemployment and poverty. But not for much longer.
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Guy Who Delivers HIV Medicine On His Bicycle

Source: NPR

Sizwe Nzima was sitting in a clinic waiting for his grandparents' HIV medicine four years ago when he had an idea: Why not start an HIV medicine delivery service?
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.
Monday, November 3, 2014 — South Asia

USAID encourages private sector participation in new healthcare program

Source: Tuoi Tre News

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday launched its Healthy Markets program, an initiative to encourage the investment of local private sector and foster growth of a commercial market, in Ho Chi Minh City.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: For-profit health care: Eliminate, tolerate or stimulate?

Source: Devex

Search online for the role of for-profit organizations in health care and you’ll find millions of results, including an abundance of studies, conferences and discussions among providers, advocates and various other actors. It’s an important debate about a complex issue — one that remains largely unresolved in countries around the globe.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana’s Fidelity Bank In $3.9m Private Health Partnership With USAID

Source: Ventures

In a bid to provide funding for private health facilities, top tier Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited and the United States Agency for International Development have signed a $3.9 million deal that will see laon facilities availed for private hospitals and clinics accredited by the country’s National Health Insurance Authority or those seeking NHIA accreditation.
Friday, October 24, 2014 — Latin America

Thompson Funded to Study Household Air Pollution Among Low-Income Communities in Guatemala

Source: UCSF

A new project aims to train women entrepreneurs to sell liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and provide education about reducing exposures to household air pollution.
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

Meet The Swiss Tycoon Who Is Funding African Innovation

Source: Forbes

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, a Swiss-Angolan, is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), a Swiss-based organization that promotes innovation and sustainable development for Africa. The African Innovation Foundation mobilizes innovators across the continent to release untapped potential in Africa, enhancing the way Africans live, work, and learn.
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.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwandans Balk at Price of Improved Cooking Stoves

Source: Voice of America

A campaign to persuade people in Rwanda to buy a new improved type of cooking stove - which uses less fuel and is less smoky - hasn't succeeded, according to the stoves' manufacturers.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Notts company Eminate aims to improve global health with new ingredients

Source: Nottingham Post

After achieving global success with a salt-reduction product, a Nottingham company is working on new ingredients which could improve health.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

Nepal's entrepreneurs healing blindness among poor


Many villagers are not aware of how easily cataract can be treated or cured," said Suraj Shrestha, CEO at Anthropose, a Nepal-based enterprise. "The thing that appalls me the most is how people superstitiously believe that cataract is a curse from God. This needs to change," the entrepreneur told Xinhua on Sunday.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Nigerian startups will revolutionalise healthcare delivery’

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Q: I understand that Integrated Medics helps improve health care delivery. Specifically, how do you achieve this? A; We achieve this through automation of all the process in the hospital: from record office to front desk, from consulting to admission; from store to pharmacy and from NHIS desk to payment desk. Basically, by fast-tracking the healthcare delivery system.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — South Asia

Male Rickshaw Drivers Playing Key Role In Maternal Health Campaign In India

Source: Huffington Post

As the autorickshaws begin lining up inside the compound at 7 a.m., Vijaylakmi Sahu knows she has just 30 minutes to finish her work. Over the next half hour, Sahu works with clockwork precision. She ensures that the temperatures of the vaccines for pregnant women and children are checked before they are packed under her supervision in cold boxes. After that, three to five autorickshaws, known as the Immunization Express, head off to the villages where mothers, children and pregnant women await them.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — South Asia

Tata Group donates $15.5M to IIT Bombay to develop low-cost solutions for BoP consumers


Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Group has donated $15.5 million (Rs 95 crore) to IIT Bombay (IIT-B) to setup a virtual centre, which would focus on developing low-cost technologies for the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) consumers, says a report in The Economic Times, quoting IIT-B director Devang V Khakhar.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Want To 'Scale' Social Impact? Then Give Away Your Trade Secrets

Source: Forbes

If the ecosystem of social change were an orchestra, social enterprise would be an amped-up brass section drowning out all the other instruments and any semblance of nuance.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Michael Dell And The UN Foundation Join Forces To Promote Entrepreneurship Around The World

Source: Fast CoExist

As the global advocate for entrepreneurship, the tech CEO will spread the gospel of the benefits of startup thinking into developing economies.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

I.D.B. to finance solar energy plant in Chile

Source: EcoSeed

The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a total of $66.4 million to finance a photovoltaic solar energy plant in the Chilean region of Antofagasta.
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.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Changing the world, one social venture at a time

Source: Press Release

Winners of the inaugural DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia take home prizes, trophies and 8 months’ worth of business experience
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: 4 Ways to Invest With a Conscience

Source: Wall St. Cheat Sheet

For many people, investing has become more than just a way to make money or plan for long-term financial security.
Friday, May 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Merck’s Expansion Plans in Africa And its Continental Outlook

Source: Africa Science News

Dr Karl-Ludwig Kley, Merck CEO and Chairman of Executive board is a man who believes in Africa and says Merck is in the continent to stay. Read on as he talks to Africa Science News
Friday, May 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

GrowthAfrica invests in five Kenyan agribusiness start-ups

Source: Press Release

Five Kenyan entrepreneurs receive 5,000 USD each to solve problems in the agriculture value chain. Nairobi- Kenya- 22nd May 2014: The Growth Hub; a Nairobi based high impact business accelerator is pleased to announce the five start-ups that have received 5,000USD in funding after a successful 16 week incubation program to develop a prototype, pilot and launch their innovation in the market.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Companies becoming more sensitive to sustainable investment concerns – survey

Source: Blue&GreenTomorrow

US companies are becoming more receptive to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns of shareholders, according to a new survey of socially responsible investing (SRI) experts.
Monday, May 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

EDI announces social innovation challenge

Source: The Times of India

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad (EDI) is collaborating with Saath Livelihoods Services to establish and manage 'Ashray', an incubation and research centre.
Friday, May 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

7 Things We've Learned About Impact Investing in 7 Years

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Today, our new e-book, The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good, hit the digital shelves. This e-book has been in the making since 2007, when the term "impact investing" was first coined at a convening hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation at our Bellagio Conference Center. Seven years later, we are proud that impact investments are punching bigger than the weight of those two words, providing a vibrant and viable option for investors looking to generate both financial return and make social or environmental impact.
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.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

7 Incredible Health Tech Innovations Changing the Way South Africans Live

Source: Venture Burn

Nowhere is the need for more efficient, more accessible and generally more powerful tools as great as it is in Africa.
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.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why investors are pouring millions into crowdfunding

Source: Forbes

There is no shortage of evidence testifying to the value of crowdfunding for those seeking to finance a new product idea, company, or even personal need. Just this month, Kickstarter-born Oculus VR was snatched up by Facebook for $2 billion. Smartwatch-maker Pebble sold more than 400,000 of its crowdfunded smartwatches last year. And in March, Kickstarter surpassed $1 billion in pledges made.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Developing World Healthcare Market, Low-tech is the New Cutting Edge

Source: Rapid Growth Media

The r(Evolve) Centrifuge, developed by CentriCycle, is a manual hand-crank blood centrifuge that can operate without electricity in rural areas, separating blood for quick and accurate diagnostic testing.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

OPINION: How to Close the Health Gap Between Rich and Poor

Source: The Daily Star Lebanon

With aggressively scaled-up health investments, 10 million lives could be saved annually, beginning in 2035.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Health-Technology Deals on the Rise

Source: Destiny Man

Africa's rising middle class may see a rise in Private Equity and Venture Capital investments in the continent's healthcare industry
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

Santa Fe company delivers vaccines to ‘last mile’

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

A couple of years ago, the head of a management company specializing in high-performance processes and materials met the founder of a nonprofit organization that supports spiritual and medical programs among the Mayan communities of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Ohki S. Forest of Canadian Mohawk descent, who visits Santa Fe periodically, was giving a talk at a conference hosted by the Bioneers, a Santa Fe nonprofit that often serves as a catalyst among social, technological and visionary entrepreneurs.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 — South Asia

Investing in Private Health Care for All in India

Source: The Huffington Post Business

India is in the midst of the world's largest experiment in democratic elections, with more than 800 million people eligible to vote in its current parliamentary elections.
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 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Digital Journal

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

Opinion: Richard Branson on World Health Day

Source: Virgin

This year’s World Health Day is focused on vector-borne diseases.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: The Aspen Institute Announces Second Class of New Voices Fellows

Source: CSR Wire

Leaders from three continents join fellowship to bring local perspectives on international development to global dialogue
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.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Ankur Capital is following a different path to impact investment

Source: VCCircle

In 2010, J.P. Morgan estimated the potential capital need for impact investments (targeting the part of the global population earning less than $3,000 a year), which drive not just social impact but also financial returns, to be $400 billion to $1,000 billion over the next 10 years. Fortunately, over the last 20 years, the number of specialised commercial funds in the impact investing space has risen 10 times. Capital committed to impact investing via private equity style active managers alone has risen from $4 billion to $12 billion over the same period.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Using Ethiopia’s Healthcare Gaps to Do Good and Make a Profit

Source: IPS News

For a while now, Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scanners have typically been a luxury that both government and private hospitals in Ethiopia have struggled to afford to purchase for in-house use.
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.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Calvert Foundation and Bank of America Partner to Invest in Women

Source: PR Web

Bank of America's $10 million investment will support the economic and social advancement of women in developing countries.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

New climate innovation centre launched in Ethiopia

Source: Energy Live News

A new climate innovation centre which aims to help jumpstart clean technology and climate-smart ventures has been launched in Ethiopia. Called the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), it is expected to help more than 3.1 million people increase resilience to climate change and create more than 12,000 jobs in the next 10 years.
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

Startup wants West Michigan devices to improve medical care in developing world

Source: MiBiz

Three young entrepreneurs want to leverage the strength of West Michigan’s medical device capabilities to commercialize new products that could help improve care in the developing world.
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.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

African Crowdfunding platforms looking to emulate Kickstarter Success

Source: Smile & Mobile

Crowdfunding is hot right now, everybody knows that. You have all heard about Indiegogo and Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platforms that have played an integral part in the launching of a number of different ventures in America. Just yesterday, Facebook acquired Oculus Rift for $2B. Two years ago that same Oculus rift raised money to quickly develop their virtual reality gaming headset on Kickstarter, and now their owners are $2B richer. Hooray for crowdfunding!. A formal definition of crowdfunding would be, the process of raising money for an initiative through a large pool of backers. These backers are usually sourced through the internet.
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.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Maker of Toms shoes expands into coffee roasting


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

“Early-stage investments harder to make” says Omidyar Network’s Bannick

Source: Times of India

Omidyar Network, the Redwood City, California-based impact investment firm, will allocate $30 million this year across sectors as it looks to pick ventures that cater both to the bottom-of-the-pyramid population as well as the swelling aspirational class in India.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Equity Crowdfunding: 3 Facts Entrepreneurs Should Know

Source: Business News Daily

Equity crowdfunding has become a hot topic on the startup scene in recent years. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which was signed into law in 2012, brought significant changes to certain Securities and ExchangeCommission regulations and made it easier than ever for an emerging business to raise private capital.
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.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is Equity Crowdfunding The Key To More International Startup Hubs?

Source: Forbes

Is crowdfunding the secret to creating more Silicon Valley-like tech hubs around the world? Crowdfunder CEO Chance Barnett argues yes.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — South Asia

Women entrepreneurs struggle for funding in India

Source: Live Mint

A majority of women entrepreneurs in India cannot access institutional finance for many reasons, including the fact that fewer of them have title rights on property that can be used as collateral.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — South Asia

India Has Millions of Female Entrepreneurs and They Need Easier Access to Money

Source: The Wall Street Journal India

While there may not be many women occupying the executive offices of India, the country is home to literally millions of female entrepreneurs, in charge of their own tiny businesses, according to estimates by the International Finance Corp.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Coca-Cola invests in 'Engine' initiative to help young women in Nigeria

Source: FoodBev

The Coca-Cola Company and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have joined forces to bolster the educational and economic opportunities of more than 10,000 marginalised girls and young women in Nigeria.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

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


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

The Wello Smartphone Case Puts Health Data in the Palm of Your Hand

Source: Computerworld

You may already know Wello as a personal training web service we reviewed last year, but now a health-tracking gadget called Wello wants to pull a Facebook Paper and make you forget all about that other Wello. Oh, well. (Sorry.)
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.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

This Social Enterprise Runs A Global Crowd-funding Platform; Eyes $3-5 Million In Series B Funding

Source: Business Insider

Welcome to Milaap Social Ventures, a social enterprise operating from Bangalore and Singapore, which has developed an online crowd-funding platform to help the unbanked and the underprivileged masses in India. Simply put, Milaap (it means 'connecting together' in Hindi) offers an RBI-approved micro-lending platform that allows the organisation to receive 'loans' from all over the world.
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.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opinion: Can 'Impact Investors' Save the Day for Cleantech Entrepreneurs?

Source: The Energy Collective

The impact investing concept is differentiated from other related concepts like ESG (environment-social-governance) in that it involves proactive investments designed to make a positive difference.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — South Asia

Biocon Launches e-healthcare Programme in Odisha, India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Biotech major Biocon in partnership with Canara Bank and Odisha government has initiated an e-healthcare programme for the underprivileged and rural communities in the state.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Goldman Floats World Bank $50 million for Fund to Help Women Entrepreneurs

Source: The Washington Post

The new venture, called the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility, aims to help close the estimated $300 billion credit gap that the IFC says exists for women-owned businesses.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Microlender's contest to boost Philly-region small business


Lend for Philly is a contest designed for college students. But the ultimate winner, say its organizers, will be small businesses.
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.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mara Group’s Ashish Thakkar On What Investors Get Wrong About Africa

Source: International Business Times

Thakkar spoke to IBTimes about his new venture, his business style, and what’s ahead for Africa -- a region set to grow at record rates in the next few years.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Rockefeller Foundation And Tony Elumelu Foundation Announce Africa Winners Of The Impact Economy Innovations Fund

Source: Tony Elumelu Foundation

The fund provides grant capital for entrepreneurs with projects that create jobs in underserved sectors, and supports proposals geared toward enabling capital solutions, fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems and promoting impact investing industry infrastructure.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

The rise of Africans Investing in Africa (AIA)

Source: Venture Capital for Africa

Foreign firms are not the only ones heavily investing in Africa’s numerous opportunities, shows the “Africa attractiveness survey 2013, getting down to business” published by Ernst & Young (E&Y). Increasingly, Africans, who were previously Missing In Action (MIA), are becoming Africans investing in Africa (AIA). Investments range from individuals in Africa, the diaspora, the private sector, governments, multilaterals and even social enterprises.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Community Foundations: What It Takes to Become Dynamic Hubs of Local Capital

Source: 3BL Media

What is preventing these anchor institutions from realizing their potential? What exactly is that potential, and how can community foundations shift to an impact investment strategy that really makes a difference to community success and resilience?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

One-Stop Site Paints A Clearer Picture For Impact Investors

Source: Forbes

Sure, the impact investing and social enterprise world is thriving. But it’s also disjointed and often confusing, with a variety of groups, startups, investors, schools, conferences, and even basic terminology.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Operation HOPE and the New York Stock Exchange Partner to Empower Youth Entrepreneurs

Source: The Sacramento Bee

HOPE Business In A Box Crowdsourcing Website To Spur Funding for Youth Businesses, Advertising leader BBDO, NYC will help drive "Taking Every Kid Public," a media campaign to encourage public and private investment in youth business ideas; Gallup onboard.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Healthcare on the go

Source: Mumbai Mirror

Most of us have been embarrassingly blind to the fact that so many Indians can't see. Or that so many Indians do not even have access to basic healthcare.
Friday, February 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bata targets low-income markets

Source: The Daily Star

Czech footwear maker works with village vendors to sell low-cost shoes in rural areas of Bangladesh, Colombia and Bolivia.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation Hires Second Biotech VC to Connect With Startups

Source: Xconomy

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is trying to get more biotech entrepreneurs to work on global health, and it just hired another venture capitalist to give the initiative a boost.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health concerns and rising prosperity drive packaged water market in Africa

Source: FoodBev

Health concerns towards the lack of safe drinking water across many African countries, combined with rising consumer incomes, has driven the packaged water market in the region to grow faster than that of Europe and the US.
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.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

7 Businesses Win African Impact Innovation Fund

Source: Ventures Africa

7 businesses have been announced as the winners of the Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF), an endowment supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tony Elumelu Foundation to provide grant capital for entrepreneurs with projects that create jobs.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

Source: Reuters

IBM says system will improve farming, e-commerce, health.
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.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

Online microfinance platform RangDe invites equity investments for social benefit

Source: The Economic Times

A not-for-profit company, infused with the commitment and passion of 'jholawala' NGOs and adorned by the rigour and trappings of a true-blue business entity, is inviting equity investments from donors-investors with the promise of returning their principal anytime they want after two years.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan rural eye hospital finds profit in service

Source: Standard Digital Business

Few people would think of establishing a private healthcare facility in Kenya’s rural areas as many patients in these regions cannot afford private care.
Friday, January 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Using Open Innovation to Deliver High-End Healthcare Disruption

Source: MedCity News

The lifeblood of any successful company stems from a sustained stream of commercially viable innovations, both incremental and breakthrough. As any seasoned executive will tell you, maintaining that steady stream is one of the most difficult management challenges he or she faces.
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Nation's economic situation influences health of people'

Source: Times of India

Academique, an inter-disciplinary group in the DST Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) held a discussion on 'Social determinants of health' in the 275th session on Sunday.
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.
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sevamob Announces Seva360, an Innovative Health Exchange for Patients and Healthcare Providers

Source: Press Release

Sevamob is an Atlanta based company working to fundamentally transform the delivery of primary healthcare in the developing countries. Sevamob is delighted to announce Seva360, an innovative health exchange that enables patients to find, connect with and use tele-health or in-clinic services from participating health providers and is rapidly signing new consumers and healthcare providers on the exchange.
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

Portable telemedicine device for medics

Source: Phys Org

A robust portable device for monitoring vital signs and providing communications for medics developed with the support of ESA offers a lifeline even in the remotest areas on Earth via satcoms.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Light-Bulb Moments for a Nonprofit

Source: New York Times

No baby should die or be disabled because a light bulb can’t be replaced. Yet during visits to hospitals in India and other countries, Krista Donaldson often saw lifesaving phototherapy systems, used to treat infant jaundice, languishing in dusty corners because of burned-out bulbs and other seemingly simple problems.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Successful maternal health partnership seeking scale

Source: Devex

A year after former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched “Saving Mothers, Giving Life,” U.S. and African health leaders believe the inter-agency public-private partnership has proven that surgical and other interventions once thought to be too difficult and expensive can dramatically reduce maternal and infant death in high-mortality settings.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 — Latin America

Latin America catches entrepreneurship fever

Source: BBC News

Latin Americans just don't invent much. The region is home to 8% of the global population and yet, in 2010, just 2.6% of the world's applications for patent registration were filed from here.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Canada supports Peru's efforts in healthcare innovation

Source: Peru This Week

Peru’s National Council for Science, Technology, & Technological Innovation (Concytec) and Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, have announced a collaborative agreement that will support ‘Stars in Global Health’ innovators based in Peru.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Department of State to Host Google+ Hangout on How Young People Are Transforming the Health World

Source: US Department of State

Secretary Kerry’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush will participate in a Google+ Hangout on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” at 9:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, January 8.
Friday, December 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Enterprise Resource Planning: Use Small Business Loans for Enterprise Software

Source: Triple Pundit

Discover how enterprise resource planning, or ERP, can help you grow your small business. ERP software helps you integrate your company’s small business software for a quicker, more flexible business process. Use small business loans or lines of credit to cover ERP expenses.
Friday, December 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why won't corporations invest in socially conscious startups?

Source: The Guardian

Though social impact investing is a growing asset class, corporations aren't buying into the promise of sustainability – yet.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Startup Spotlight : Specialty Telehealth Services

Source: Miami Herald

Specialty Telehealth Services (STS) integrates complex telehealth systems to produce positive health impacts. STS owns and operates a 24-hour Response Center providing teletrauma services and is also implementing a Latin American Telestroke Network.
Friday, December 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

How SME financial access in Africa compares to other developing economies

Source: How We Made It In Africa

Africa is the world’s second fastest growing region after Asia, and has seen increasing interest from foreign and African investors. However, access to finance is – in general – still a major limitation for many African small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can microenterprises grow through finance?

Source: World Bank Blogs

For some time, microfinance has been a hot topic within the development community. Many researchers and practitioners see it as a way for people to smooth their consumption over time and thus avoid the effects of bad periods.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Has The SEC Made Equity Crowdfunding Economically Unfeasible?

Source: Crowd Fund Insider

It seems that The SEC has created a quagmire of complicated rules and economic roadblocks.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovation is key to affordable healthcare in India

Source: The Times of India

The Asian Heart Institute in Bandra played host to Prof Anil Gupta of IIM Ahmedabad, also executive vice chair National Innovation Council, a man who by his own admission has walked over 6,000 km across the country in search of innovative ideas.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

Microfinance empowering women in un-banked villages

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Sa-Dhan, an umbrella of microfinance groups, hopes pending Bill will bring down interest rates.
Monday, December 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding: Business beacon or epic fail?

Source: Business Insider

Unless you have been exercising your right to be a hermit over the last few years, you’ll have heard of crowdfunding or stories of people and companies raising chunks of cash online. Last week, Arran Brewery joined the gang, announcing their plans to use crowdfunding to raise £4 million to aid expansion.
Monday, December 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why is it so hard for female entrepreneurs to get VC funding - and could crowdfunding be the answer?

Source: Forbes

Unless you spend your days gladhanding at Silicon Valley networking events, getting angel seed funding or VC investment can be tough, especially if you happen to be a female entrepreneur, according to the stats.
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.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates Can’t Build a Toilet

Source: New York Times

IN addition to eradicating polio in India and starting the personal computer revolution, the Seattle Superman of our age has managed to make going to the bathroom a cause célèbre. Five years ago, if I’d told people I worked on toilets, they would have surely assumed I was a plumber. Now, they exclaim: “Oh! Isn’t Bill Gates into that?”
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Technology Meets Health and Spurs Invention

Source: All Africa

Young African entrepreneurs are taking giant steps forward in addressing some of the continent's most pressing health issues.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

Expert Slams Crowdfunding As A ‘Fad’

Source: Gulf Business

Crowdfunding’s dismal record in securing substantial investment for entrepreneurs has made it an unsustainable platform for businesses in the long run, according to a London Business School enterprise expert.
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.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Micro-finance: the fuel or fall of entrepreneurship in emerging markets?

Source: Ventureburn

The advent of micro-finance has ignited hopes that micro-entrepreneurs would now have one less obstacle in their way.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria's Bank of Industry Seeks to Empower Women with Financial Inclusion Strategy

Source: The Guardian (Nigeria)

For Nigeria to realise its economic goals, a paradigm shift in the nation’s financial inclusion strategy may have become imperative. This was the view of the Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Ms. Evelyn Oputu during at the microfinance conference organized by LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited in Lagos, yesterday.
Friday, October 4, 2013 — South Asia

The Next Grand Challenge in India: Reinvent the Toilet

Source: Hispanic Business

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with India'sBiotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) launched a call for proposals as part of Grand Challenges India to reinvent the toilet. The Department of Biotechnology and the Gates Foundation will each invest US$1 million to support Indian investigators to drive research, development, and production of the "next generation toilet."
Monday, September 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

New Report Released on Investment in Women-led Business

Source: Press Release

UK-based Social enterprise Value for Women released a new research report this week detailing the problems of under-investment in women-led small and growing businesses. The report is the culmination of five months of research conducted in collaboration with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), BiD Network, ING Bank Sustainability, and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 — South Asia

NextDrop Uses Big Data, Texting To Improve Water Distribution


The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity amongst lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection. This “tech” model of social entrepreneurship has become the norm not only in India, but also in other emerging markets throughout Asia, Africa and South America. Case in point: NextDrop, a social enterprise launched in 2011, is simplifying urban water collection in India. With its “Smart Grid ‘Lite’” solution, the enterprise collects and shares water delivery information with city residents and water utilities. In this way, efficiency and transparency are improved upon.
Monday, September 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

The funds cashing in on the global healthcare crisis

Source: FE Trustnet

Healthcare and biotechnology companies have had a storming few years on a global scale, with the UK pharmaceutical sector getting in on the action this year too. The FTSE World Healthcare Index has made 71.49 per cent over the past three years, according to data from FE Analytics, with the FTSE World index, which includes stocks from all sectors, up 38.59 per cent.
Monday, September 9, 2013 — South Asia

The Best Of Both Worlds

Source: Business Outlook India

A frail looking Mini Shaji sits on a bed in the corner of the general ward of AyurVaid’s hospital in Bengaluru. Wearing a brick red nightgown, Shaji’s painfully thin frame looks devoid of all energy, but there is a glimmer of hope in her eyes. Six months back, the 36-year-old Shaji, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, could not move without the help of a walking stick. A friend directed her to the AyurVaid centre at Ramamurthy Nagar. After 10 days of in-patient treatment, Shaji can now walk slowly without a stick. Though still weak, she’s now hopeful that the weight she lost because of her ailment will be regained too.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Seacom Opens Up Internet to Kenyan Techies

Source: All Africa

Fibre optic cable provider SEACOM has given 100 MegaBytes per Second (mbps) of internet connectivity to four innovation centers in Kenya to enhance their capacity to generate local content for a global audience.
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.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Targeting product design for the developing world

Source: MIT News

The key, MIT study finds, is designing products that make money for the microentrepreneur.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 — South Asia

Working on Tibet’s Future, From India

Source: The New York Times

In a spacious classroom in this northern Indian hill town, 20 young Tibetan men and women sit in front of computers as the summer monsoon rains fall outside.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Stove That Cooks With Molten Salt

Source: Co.Exist

Using the sun instead of fuel to cook is an important innovation for the developing world, where fuel is scarce and fumes from burning can be deadly. This stove doesn’t just use the sun--it uses the sun to heat up salt until it melts.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

When Does Being Socially Responsible Hurt Your Business?

Source: Entrepreneur

Should entrepreneurs focus solely on growing their business or also be concerned about social causes such as sustainability, women's empowerment, equality or the local economy?
Friday, August 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

'Impact' Trumps SRI Among Wealthy Investors

Source: Private Wealth

Impact investing seems to be edging out traditional “socially responsible investing” in attracting the investment dollars of ultra-high-net-worth investors, according to new research and industry observers.
Friday, August 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Banker Saves 20,000 From Nepal to Uganda With Her Profits

Source: Bloomberg

Amid the cloying dust, blaring car horns and beggars’ wails that echo through the ancient streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, a familiar sound emerges: the strains of pop star Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
Monday, July 22, 2013 — Latin America

Entrepreneurship a way out of poverty in Guatemala

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

Javier Villatoro grew up without a mom and dad in Guatemala City. He dropped out of school in his late teens to learn to cut Guatemalan jade and other precious stones and to work silver with Argentinean jewelers. He used his earnings to buy drugs, alcohol and snuff. He struggled with thoughts of suicide.
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 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania: Luca Neghesti, a Serial Entrepreneur in Media, ICT and Logistics Industries

Source: All Africa

LUCA Neghesti is a serial entrepreneur with vast experience in the Media, ICT and Logistics industries in Tanzania. In 2006, he founded Bongo5 Media Group, the first digital media outfit in Tanzania targeting youth development through entertainment and social media engagement. In this interview, he spoke to ORTON KIISHWEKO on entrepreneurship, the youth and mothers.
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.
Monday, July 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Women Entrepreneurs Becoming Force in the Developing World

Source: Entrepreneur

You may not have heard of the "third billion," but you may one day feel their impact. The third billion is a term used to describe the billion women, mostly from emerging markets, who will join the global economy as employees, employers and entrepreneurs over the next decade.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cathy Pharoah: Hail to the Social Stock Exchange

Source: Third Sector

It's a rallying cry to the business world, but will sharpen the challenges that charities face, writes our columnist
Monday, June 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Toms sets out to sell a lifestyle, not just shoes

Source: Fast Company

Founder Blake Mycoskie has set out to save the world with his "one-for-one" tagline. His critics say that giving alone doesn't solve a thing.
Friday, June 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing: Lots of Interest, but Where's the Big Money?

Source: Bloomberg

Categories too risky for many investors include women entrepreneurs and agricultural businesses
Thursday, June 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

6 Business Models That Are Transforming Health Systems Around The World

Source: Forbes

The new vision for health care isn’t just about access, quality and affordability.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social investment needs investees, not just investors

Source: The Guardian

Cabinet office backs new network to improve the reach and quality of support for early-stage social entrepreneurs
Thursday, June 6, 2013 — South Asia

What are the biggest problems for Indian healthcare system?

Source: The Times of India

The Indian healthcare system is a dilapidated state. The costs seem to raise everyday which makes it unaffordable for a large chuck of the population. Recently Indian Health Progress (IHP) organisation with support from PhRMa discussed what the Indian healthcare system desperately needs and the steps to improve it. Aman Gupta, Principal Advisory of IHP shares the key areas that need to be developed urgently.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

Changing lives, a hen at a time

Source: Standard Digital

Helping hand: Three years ago, four campus students started a revolutionary project that has begun to alleviate poverty in rural areas nyan communities of giving visitors a hen.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 — South Asia

Q&A With Arun Gore Of Gray Ghost Ventures: 'Social Impact Needs Scale'

Source: Forbes

Esha Chhabra (@esh2440) chats with Arun Gore, the president and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, about the global impact investing movement.
Friday, May 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Crowdscience: 10 Must Do's to Generate Innovative, Catalytic, and Disruptive Ideas... Everytime

Source: Huffington Post

Last fall, President Bill Clinton and TIME magazine named the Hult Prize one of the top five ideas changing the world, recognizing its innovative platform that engages millennials worldwide to create viable social enterprises.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Energy access for all in Africa: does enterprise hold the key?

Source: The Guardian

Local companies, international groups and charities are all using business approaches to improve access to clean, safe energy
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

15 Young Go-getters You'll Want to Meet

Source: PBS

Over the last six months, the PBS NewsHour's Agents for Change series has profiled the work of highly motivated social entrepreneurs, under the age of 40, who are starting to make their mark on the world.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Change From the Very, Very Bottom Up

Source: Huffington Post

You may have heard of multinational corporations, such as Unilever, seeking to target the so-called ‘bottom of the pyramid’, providing goods and services to the $5 trillion marketcomprising the poorest 4 billion people in the world. But there are also small business owners from that segment of society targeting that market.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social media: five lessons for social entrepreneurs

Source: The Guardian

Twitter and Facebook are valuable tools for social enterprises – but there are a number of pitfalls you should avoid
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

NYU Teams Win $200K In Stern's 2012-2013 Entrepreneurs Challenge

Source: Forbes

NYU’s most promising innovators received a combined $200,000 in startup cash at the annual $200K Entrepreneurs Challenge held by NYU Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Women floriculturists turn entrepreneurs

Source: The Hindu

Defying illiteracy, 420 women floriculturists from Kotha Reddypalem and Patha Reddypalem villages in Machilipatnam have proved that they can be successful entrepreneurs
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Video Contest Winner Colorado State University Shows Business Education Can Change the World

Source: GBSN Online

Business students from around the globe entered the Global Business School Network’s 3rd annual MBA+ Challenge Video Contest to show how they are making a difference in the developing world.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Business Day

As of March 2013, Omidyar Network has committed more than $611 million to for-profit and non-profit companies that foster economic advancement, including entrepreneurship.
Monday, April 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why Smart Entrepreneurs Aren't Eyeing the First World

Source: Good

Though you may not hear it talked about much in the debates this election or see it on the front page of The New York Times, we are living through the greatest transformation in the history of modern capitalism.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

5 Lessons Between Tech and Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Huffington Post

My company, Smallknot, is propelled by a dash of rage and a spoonful of optimism.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Entrepreneurship: One Answer to Poverty

Source: Huffington Post

In his State of the Union address President Barack Obama placed a spotlight on global poverty and the 1.2 billion people on the planet who stay alive on around $1 per day.
Monday, February 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How social entrepreneurs are inspiring change across Africa

Source: The Guardian

Leadership programmes are facilitating social enterprise projects that could be a viable alternative to aid
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Where social problems and business solutions meet

Source: Jerusalem Post

Israeli entrepreneurs seek to lure companies into the nascent field of development technology.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

The Latest Way to Solve Poverty in the Middle East

Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

In the last two years, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has increasingly focused on supporting social entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa region as a way of tackling the region’s socio-economic challenges that cause poverty.
Friday, December 7, 2012 — No Region Specified

How Law Schools And Entrepreneurs Collaborate to Serve Both Students and Innovators

Source: Forbes

In this post, Tiffany Morris, has taken a look at the new collaborations happening between universities and social innovators ensuring that the fine print doesn’t get overlooked while trying to change the world.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 — No Region Specified

Are you the next Mark Zuckerberg?


New tests are helping loan officers assess entrepreneurs -- and weed out the bad investment risks from the good
Monday, November 12, 2012 — South Asia

eBay founder's investment firm makes a grant to global health consortium

Source: Times of India

Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm of eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar, is making a $1.5 million grant to a global consortium supporting innovation in healthcare and medical technology. The grant has been made to Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Global Health to support the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech).
Thursday, November 8, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Enablis, ILO, unveil business competition

Source: Business Daily

The Enablis Entrepreneurial Network East Africa and International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Thursday launched the 2012 annual business plan competition aimed at identifying and growing emerging and existing entrepreneurs.
Monday, November 5, 2012 — South Asia

Can the 'American Dream' be reversed in India?

Source: BBC

America's Silicon Valley has always been a hub for some of the brightest and best Indian immigrants to start businesses. Now, in a reversal, more people from the US are moving to the sub-continent with their ideas.
Monday, November 5, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

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

Source: Wamda

In Dubai, a city that is sometimes referred to as ‘soul-less’, over 150 social changemakers from across the Gulf gathered at the Capital Club in DIFC a couple of weeks ago to discuss how our models of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy can evolve.
Monday, October 29, 2012 — South Asia

An entrepreneurial ecosystem is the future roadmap

Source: Times of India

An entrepreneurial ecosystem is the future roadmap. Tirna Ray reports on the fifth edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, which was held in Lyon, France, from October 24-27
Monday, October 29, 2012 — No Region Specified

Ron D. Cordes on a Mission to Activate New Change Agents

Source: Forbes

Ron D. Cordes is a man on a mission to change the landscape of impact investing. He is the co-chairman of Genworth Financial Wealth Management (NYSE:GNW), which is responsible for over $25 billion in assets under management. He is also on the board of Impact Assets, a non-for-profit financial service firm focused on impact investments.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Women Entrepreneurs Drive Growth in Africa

Source: New York Times

KAMPALA, UGANDA — Far too often, in the view of Africa’s budding female entrepreneurs, their continent is characterized as the recipient of aid that enables residents just to struggle by, and as a place that mistreats and marginalizes its women.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Somalia's ambitions online could bring Mogadishu to the world

Source: BBC

At The Village Restaurant, a popular open-air hangout for Mogadishu's returning diaspora community, a charcoal-powered Italian espresso machine brews Somalia's best cappuccino.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opportunity Africa: How One Social Venture Is Crowdsourcing the For-Profit Finance Model

Source: Forbes

The best social entrepreneurs are always tweaking the model. In microfinance, crowd-sourced ventures have aimed at connecting first world capital with developing world opportunity – and with some success. A few years ago, I met Mads Kjaer in Oxford and was fascinated by a model that added risk and reward to what had been more a form of philanthropy than investment.
Monday, October 8, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Entrepreneur brings color to the desert

Source: China Daily

A man-made oasis in China's seventh biggest desert, Kubuqi, on the southern bank of the Yellow River, has been the backdrop for several international environmental events this year.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet A Playboy Entrepreneur Who Went From Making Millions To Making an Impact

Source: Forbes

Kitwe, a dusty industrial city in North Western Zambia’s ‘Copper Belt’ region, isn’t much to look at. It does however have a hidden jewel. The city is home to the office of internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur, Peter Sinkamba.
Monday, October 1, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Accenture and VSO Give Entrepreneurship Award to Shoemaker from Sierra Leone

Source: Daily Finance

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2012-- Accenture and VSO today announced that Umaro Kargo, a shoemaker from Makeni, Sierra Leone, is the winner of the Making Markets Work for the Poor: Entrepreneurship Award.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 — No Region Specified

Scaling from Small to Large: Endeavor Insight's Research Reveals How Entrepreneurs are Integral to Solving the Job Crisis

Source: MarketWatch Press Release

NEW YORK, Sep 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Entrepreneurship is increasingly viewed as a key solution to chronic unemployment, but when it comes to job creation, not all entrepreneurs are equal. According to a new report and interactive online tool released by Endeavor Insight, high-growth small and medium size enterprises that scale into large businesses have significant potential to drive sustained job creation and employment, especially in emerging markets. Endeavor Insight partnered with Omidyar Network and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) to commission and release the report.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 — South Asia

U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council Launched

Source: RTT News

(RTTNews) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday announced the launch of the U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council on the margins of the UN General Assembly, in the presence of Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman. Recognizing the critical role economically empowered women play in strengthening stability, security, and prosperity, the Council's core mission is to promote the economic advancement of women in Pakistan.
Monday, September 17, 2012 — No Region Specified

How 'Afropreneurs' will shape Africa's future

Source: CNN

(CNN) -- His full name is Idris Ayodeji Bello, but you might just call him "Afropreneur." That's the buzzword adopted by the young Nigerian to describe the bright, independent and tech savvy entrepreneurs using creative thinking and the power of innovation to take over Africa's economic destiny.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Does Africa really benefit from foreign investment?

Source: BBC

African economies have grown robustly over the past decade, but that has not solved the continent's economic problems.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 — South Asia

Institute for sustainable enterprise takes off

Source: Business Standard

An innovative concept to promote green technology and support entrepreneurs to build a sustainable business on this much needed space has taken shape in Bangalore. Indian Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (IISE), promoted by some well known global and Indian personalities has kicked off its operations and is set to launch its post-graduate certificate programme in sustainable enterprise shortly.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — South Asia

It is important to make money in business, but not at the cost of ethics and values: Sam Pitroda

Source: The Economic Times

Sam Pitroda, who led the telecom revolution in India, says the second phase will see a slew of opportunities for startups in areas such as broadband, mobile applications and local content. Pitroda, an advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovation, is helping the government launch a $1-billion fund to invest in bottom-of-the-pyramid innovations. In conversation with ET he retraces a journey that has seen him survive cancer and bypass surgeries. Excerpts:
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Avon's 'Lipstick Evangelism' Shows Promise in Poverty Fight

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Lipstick may be the newest weapon in the fight against global poverty. A recent study (PDF) by University of Oxford researchers suggests that selling Avon (AVP) cosmetics have helped women in South Africa become financially independent. Other businesses are mimicking Avon’s model of direct sales as a way to alleviate poverty in developing countries.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria's low-cost tablet computer

Source: BBC

Nigeria's Saheed Adepoju is a young man with big dreams. He is the inventor of the Inye, a tablet computer designed for the African market. According to the 29-year-old entrepreneur, his machine's key selling point is its price - $350 (£225) opposed to around $700 for an iPad.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ugandan Billionaire Ashish Thakkar Launches Venture Capital Fund For Young Entrepreneurs

Source: Ventures Africa

VENTURES AFRICA – Ugandan billionaire businessman Ashish J. Thakkar, under the auspices of the Mara foundation, a non-profit enterprise of Mara Group, today announced the formation and launch of a venture capital firm – Mara Launch Uganda Fund to support the needs of today’s entrepreneurs.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 — Latin America

A Look Inside Pipa, Brazil’s First Start-Up Incubator

Source: Fast Company

Pipa (Portuguese for “kite”) is an incubator, or to be more specific an accelerator, focused on supporting entrepreneurs looking to create long-term sustainable value through business. We aim to support these entrepreneurs in their quest to create positive social, environmental and financial impact, something Brazil is engaging with more and more.
Monday, July 30, 2012 — No Region Specified

Columbia University Launches Entrepreneurship Lab


After graduation, Columbia MBA students who are starting their own businesses will now have a new place to call home.
Friday, July 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopian shoemaker takes great strides

Source: BBC

Eight years ago Ethiopia's Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu decided to sell cool colourful shoes made of recycled materials, including car tyres.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

StartMe gives SA entrepreneurs crowdfunding

Source: My Broadband

South African entrepreneurs, who have been hard pressed to find funding via traditional means such as bank loans, can now take advantage of a new funding mechanism in South Africa –
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania: Academics, Policy Makers Discuss Entrepreneurship

Source: AllAfrica

"ENTREPRENEURSHIP, Private Sector and Sustainable Development in Africa," was the main theme of the 13th International Conference on African Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ICAESB-2012) held from 20th-21st, last month, in Dar es Salaam.
Monday, July 9, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

Foreign aid can sometimes account for over 90% of a country’s GDP; yet developing nations are quickly learning that foreign aid is not a long-term solution. And over the past few years, we’ve seen just how interconnected the global economy is: a misstep in one economy, affects the global economy.
Monday, July 9, 2012 — South Asia

Are mobile phones better than aid?

Source: World and Media

Helping people to use technology can combat poverty more effectively than centralised aid programmes according to a leading development entrepreneur.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can Coffee Kick-Start an Economy?

Source: The New York Times

When he set out to wedge his coffee onto supermarket shelves in England and America, Andrew Rugasira didn’t start by making phone calls from his home in Kampala, Uganda. He didn’t begin by sending e-mails. The distance seemed too great for that. At one end of his business were farmers who, until he came along, thought their beans were purchased and carried off to make gunpowder. At the other were buyers at the corporate headquarters of chains like Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart. If he was going to succeed, he felt he would have to do it physically; it was as if he believed he could stretch himself to span the divide between the two worlds. So he got on a plane to London, without trying any advance contact.
Friday, April 6, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A New Silicon Valley? Tech Hubs Spring Up in Africa

Source: FastCo.Exist

Internet access is expanding rapidly across the continent, and with it new organizations are coming to help foster a budding tech startup scene.
Friday, April 6, 2012 — No Region Specified

Men Start Businesses for the Money: Women for the Social Value

Source: ScienceDaily

A study of the sexes reveals that when it comes to starting a business, women are more likely than men to consider individual responsibility and use business as a vehicle for social and environmental change.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 — South Asia

100 Women Who Matter: Entrepreneurs Roundtable

Source: Newsweek Pakistan

Newsweek Pakistan’s Benazir Shah and Bisma Ahmad got down to business with five leading women entrepreneurs in Lahore recently to talk about the hard slog.
Monday, April 2, 2012 — South Asia

Asian Innovation: Frugal Ideas Are Spreading from East to West

Source: The Economist

Multinationals are beginning to take ideas developed in (and for) the emerging world and deploy them in the West.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

GroFin Expands Pool of SME Funding to $323 million, Enters Three New Countries

Source: Press Release

GroFin, the multinational pioneer of growth finance working to create real impact through the support of small and medium businesses, has announced a growth in funds under management from $260 million to $323 million.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 — South Asia

A Changing Innovation Landscape


At a time when the global economy continues to be in a state of flux and the emerging economies are also beginning to feel the impact of this uncertainty, my mind races to the proverbial thought of viewing the glass as half empty or half full. I choose the latter.
Monday, March 19, 2012 — South Asia

Start-ups to be Taxed on Funds from Angel Investors


Start-ups raising money from angel investors will have to pay income tax from April on the funds they receive after the national budget on Friday proposed to treat the capital received as income from other sources, if the consideration received for issue of shares exceeds the face value of such shares.
Monday, March 19, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Facebook-style Microcredit Site Helps China Farmers

Source: NewStraitsTimes

BEIJING: Dairy farmer Deligeerma needs 642 to buy fodder for her cows during the harsh winter months in northern China. So far, she has received 149 in pledges from four people around the world.
Monday, March 12, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Kiva and Silatech Launch Online Entrepreneur Micro-loans


Online micro-lending platform Kiva has announced a partnership with Qatar's Silatech to develop an online funding programme for young Arab entrepreneurs.
Thursday, March 8, 2012 — Latin America

Tiny Loans, Tremendous Returns: Tales from the Microlending Frontier

Source: DailyFinance

Sometimes, small gestures can make huge differences in people's lives and livelihoods. That's the premise -- and the power -- of microlending.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 — South Asia

Anudip Foundation to Raise Up to Rs 3.21Cr from Omidyar Network

Source: VCCircle

This is Omidyar’s third funding deal in India in as many months after backing Teach For India and Aspiring Minds.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 — South Asia

Muhammad Yunus, IIM-A Set to Float Rs 50 Crore Fund to Seed Social Business

Source: The Economic Times

MUMBAI: Professor Muhammad Yunus, the father of microfinance and chairman of the Yunus Centre in Bangladesh, has finally found a taker for his brand of social businesses in India. He is joining hands with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) to float a Rs 50-crore fund to seed social ventures.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 — Latin America

Empowering the Haitian People

Source: UVU Review

Sustain Haiti is a non-denominational, independent group of Haitians, development specialists, students, social entrepreneurs, and concerned citizens based in Provo, UT. It was created and began sending volunteers and aid to the country of Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country in January of 2010.
Thursday, February 2, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Is the Social Enterprise Bubble About to Burst?

Source: GOOD

Over the past two months, GOOD has profiled organizations in Africa using market solutions to solve water and sanitation challenges, improve agriculture, and promote public health. Social enterprises like these are transforming development work, and social entrepreneurs are being hailed as rock stars. But social enterprise isn’t the first trend to hit the development sector. From women’s empowerment to “sustainability” to microfinance, the aid community has moved through its stash of silver bullets. What makes social enterprise any different?
Friday, October 8, 2010 — No Region Specified

Michigan's Ross Business School Launches Social Venture Fund


Action-based initiative aligns with new courses to place impact investing at the forefront of entrepreneurial education. Ann Arbor, Mich. — Marshalling an increasing student interest in the social-impact investment space, the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business recently launched the Social Venture Fund (...
Monday, January 18, 2010 — South Asia

One Man's Crusade to Bring Riches to Rural Areas: Aavishkaar Social Venture Capital Fund

Source: Rediff

Aavishkaar CEO Vineet Rai has been raising the 'social entrepreneurship' bar that will help create excellent, livelihood-generating rural enterprises, says Rajni Bakshi. Vineet Rai enjoys putting a twist in the buzz about social entrepreneurship. Since his work is one of the reasons for the excitement about such businesses, Rai is now a frequent speaker at public events. "I can't wait for the 'social' to be dropped" is usually his opening line. Rai's tightr...
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