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Sara Standish
WRI

As a staff member with WRI’s New Ventures, I manage a mentoring program that connects New Ventures entrepreneurs with MBA student teams (http://www.new-ventures.org/eec.html). Before coming to WRI in 2002, I co-lead a group of young people to the World Summit for Sustainable Development and worked on youth employment issues. In my spare time, I volunteer with SustainUS, a national youth network for sustainability (http://www.sustainus.org).

Articles by Sara Standish

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    StartingBloc: Inside Edition

    Q. What do young social innovators do for fun? A. Hang out at StartingBloc?s fall seminar, of course. About two months ago, while I was waiting for a phenomenally delayed plane at the Dulles Airport, I picked up a copy of the summer edition of Fast Company. Beyond the excellent article...

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    New Meso-Finance Mechanisms in South Africa

    In my relentless search to find reasons to move to the fair city of Cape Town (as if biodiversity-friendly winelands, Lion’s Head & the 12 Apostles, and?the World Cup semi-finals in 2010?weren’t enough), I regularly read?South Africa’s Mail & Guardian.? ?I am rarely...

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    Kiva’s Secret Weapon: Lower Cost of Capital

    The second?part of NextBillion?s interview with Kiva focuses two issues that drive the organization?s success: Kiva?s value proposition within the greater microfinance community and strong partnerships that connect Kiva to its entrepreneurs. As many of you have read, microfinance has a...

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    June Cleaver with a PayPal Account – Kiva Hits the One Year Mark

    With my head spinning from the loftiness of an IDB infused week, I happily returned to reality in a conversation with Kiva, which--as many of you know--is leveraging micro-finance institutions (MFIs) to create virtual connections between investors and micro-entrepreneurs. This doesn’t sound...

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    Emerging Market Private Equity Conference PPTs Available

    Just a quick note for those of you who are interested in venture capital / private equity in emerging economies: IFC and EMPEA hosted the 8th Annual Global Private Equity Conference in Washington, DC last week. Three power points are available on EMPEA’s website that have...

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    Sustainable Business & Biodiversity

    Just a short posting for those of you interested on what is being done to scale up biodiversity friendly businesses.? This was sent me to me by Mareike Hussels my colleague?at WRI’s New Ventures program, a business accellerator for sustainable business.? She attended an event?in Brazil on...

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    New Ventures at Latin American Venture Capital Association Meeting

    Three members of the New Ventures team (Virginia Barreiro, Mareike Hussels, and Rodrigo Villar) attended the recent Latin American Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) meeting in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The conference featured more than 20 speakers from venture capital firms and development...

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    Mainstreaming Climate Change and ’Green’ Investment Trends

    In the last couple of weeks a number of issues near and dear to my hearthave gone mainstream...or at least they are getting a little more of thelimelight, which is fine by me. But, how did this happen? And whatdoes it have to do with emerging market investments in sustainable...

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