Yes, Your Pitch Deck is That Important: Here’s How to Get Investors’ Attention and Raise Your First $100K
Entrepreneurs often have a lot of misconceptions around fundraising when they start their business. And according to Mehak Malik, Investment Associate at Beyond Capital Fund, these misunderstandings can undermine one key element of their success: the all-important pitch deck. She discusses the questions entrepreneurs need to ask themselves before drafting a pitch deck, based on a recent series of entrepreneur workshops from Beyond Capital and ANDE.
What Does ‘Selling Out’ Mean? Four Lessons on Navigating Trade-offs While Scaling Your Social Enterprise
“Selling out” is a common concern for social entrepreneurs, as they strive to balance their ideals with the needs of a growing business. But Amanda West at Mercy Corps Ventures raises an interesting question: Can one person’s “selling out” be another person’s logical business decision? She explores the inevitable compromises that occur when a social business scales up, and shares lessons learned by four prominent enterprises that have scaled their impact.
In developing countries, only 59% of women have a bank account – an issue VisionFund is addressing through its Women’s Empowerment Fund. But though the fund has supported thousands of female-led businesses, it has also faced persistent challenges – many of which are unique to women. Johanna Ryan, VisionFund's Global Director of Impact, discusses five obstacles the fund has encountered, and how they've responded.
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SOCAP19 is coming sooner than you think, and NextBillion is proud to once again serve as a media partner. The conference, convening Oct. 22-25 in San Francisco, is expecting over 3,000 impact investors, entrepreneurs and innovative cross-sector practitioners, and will feature over 150 breakout sessions and 500 speakers. Register by Aug. 30 to get their Summer Special pricing, and use NextBillion's discount code for an additional $250 off.
Every year hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical equipment is donated to hospitals in emerging markets, only to remain unused due to lack of knowledge, parts or maintenance. According to Vikas Meka, a blockchain-based donation platform could help – but it would be difficult to entice stakeholders to use it. He explores a solution: A token-driven marketplace that could unlock new social and economic value in the medical equipment donation ecosystem.