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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

Source: ShanghaiDaily.com

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

Source: TechCircle.in

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 09, 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.
Monday, June 09, 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
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 09, 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 — 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
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.
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 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Digital Journal

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

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

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

The impact investment market is extremely diverse and the DFID Impact Fund is distinctive
Tuesday, April 08, 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 08, 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 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investors warm up to start-ups with a cause

Source: Live Mint

To outsiders, Vindhya e-Infomedia Pvt. Ltd appears to be just another business process outsourcing (BPO) company. What sets the Bangalore-based company apart is the fact that 80% of its 500 employees comprise women below the poverty line and those with physical disabilities; some are blind, hearing-impaired or autistic.
Friday, April 04, 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 04, 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 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs: Don't Forget About Kickstarter

Source: FastCoExist

The fundraising platform wants to be a place where projects for good get off the ground.
Thursday, April 03, 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 02, 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

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.
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.
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

“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.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Maker of Toms shoes expands into coffee roasting

Source: ajc.com

Toms, the Los Angeles company known for its comfy, eco-friendly footwear and its shoes-donating ways, is tiptoeing into an unusual product line: coffee.
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

Source: Phys.org

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

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 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Donated Bicycles Are Helping Save Lives in Africa

Source: Care2

Think supporting development means giving hand outs? Think again. Done right, development means giving a hand up. Take for example Aid for Africa member World Bicycle Relief and its recently established Buffalo Bikes Ltd.
Thursday, March 06, 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 06, 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 06, 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 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

Microlender's contest to boost Philly-region small business

Source: Philly.com

Lend for Philly is a contest designed for college students. But the ultimate winner, say its organizers, will be small businesses.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — South Asia

Does India Need Its Own 'Impact' Investors?

Source: Forbes

Indian entrepreneurs complain that India’s venture capital scene, particularly for “impact” investments, is limited.
Tuesday, March 04, 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 06, 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 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Forbes

Jordan Kassalow is cofounder and chairman of VisionSpring, and has more than 20 years of experience providing eye care to the world’s poor.
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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 05, 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 05, 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 04, 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 02, 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 02, 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 07, 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 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Economic Times

Bonds tied to social or environmental targets are part of a new trend of social finance, as a growing class of investors seek to bridge the gap between philanthropy and pure financial returns.
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 04, 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

Source: dowser.org

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 09, 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 09, 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 09, 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 02, 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 08, 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 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Harvard Business Review

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

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

Source: The Guardian

After the collapse of his own social enterprise, Matthew Cain wanted to know what makes a social business a success.
Monday, July 01, 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 06, 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 04, 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 04, 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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Business Day

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

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.
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 09, 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 07, 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 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

Are you the next Mark Zuckerberg?

Source: Salon.com

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 08, 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 05, 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 05, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

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

Source: Wamda

In Dubai, a city that is sometimes referred to as ‘soul-less’, over 150 social changemakers from across the Gulf gathered at the Capital Club in DIFC a couple of weeks ago to discuss how our models of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy can evolve.
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 09, 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 08, 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 03, 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 01, 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 08, 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 07, 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 07, 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

Source: Inc.com

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 – StartMe.co.za.
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 09, 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 09, 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 06, 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 06, 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 03, 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 02, 2012 — South Asia

Asian Innovation: Frugal Ideas Are Spreading from East to West

Source: The Economist

Multinationals are beginning to take ideas developed in (and for) the emerging world and deploy them in the West.
Wednesday, March 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

Source: livemint.com

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

Source: livemint.com

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

Source: ITP.net

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 08, 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 07, 2012 — Latin America

Empowering the Haitian People

Source: UVU Review

Sustain Haiti is a non-denominational, independent group of Haitians, development specialists, students, social entrepreneurs, and concerned citizens based in Provo, UT. It was created and began sending volunteers and aid to the country of Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country in January of 2010.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Is the Social Enterprise Bubble About to Burst?

Source: GOOD

Over the past two months, GOOD has profiled organizations in Africa using market solutions to solve water and sanitation challenges, improve agriculture, and promote public health. Social enterprises like these are transforming development work, and social entrepreneurs are being hailed as rock stars. But social enterprise isn’t the first trend to hit the development sector. From women’s empowerment to “sustainability” to microfinance, the aid community has moved through its stash of silver bullets. What makes social enterprise any different?
Friday, October 08, 2010 — No Region Specified

Michigan's Ross Business School Launches Social Venture Fund

Source:

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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