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  • Aavishkaar Wins World Business Award

    Aavishkaar, the Indian micro venture capital fund that we?ve profiled on NextBillion and in GreenBiz, has been awarded the World Business Award as one of the top ten business models of the world contributing to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals. Other winners of the award...

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  • This Week: Your Dream Vacation….. and your great-grandchildrens’

    Efforts to preserve the?Amazonian rainforest?have always been rife with plenty of controversy.? This is?either?attributed to the fact that environmental protectionism is often seen as a blow to economic growth or because well-intentioned businesses end up exploiting local residents to green...

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  • This Week: Getting a Breath of Fresh Air in One of the World’s Most Polluted Cities

    It’s no secret that air quality in the bustling metropolis of Mexico City leaves much to be desired, but three local entrepreneurs are looking to change that image. The founders of Vehizero are taking on one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges one car at a time with sleek...

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  • The New Asian Tiger… Indian SMEs? I’d bet $500 billion on it.

    For years, we at New Ventures have been encouraging investors and aid organizations to pay attention to the growing numbers of SMEs being created by waves of adventurous entrepreneurs throughout the developing world. I would point to businesses like Aires as shining examples of small, innovative...

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  • This Week: Renewable Energy Fights Poverty, Makes Great Coffee

    The New Ventures Entrepreneur of the Week series continues with a feature on the Solar Trade Corporation (STC), a rapidly growing business that sells solar-powered coffee dryers to farmers in Mexico and Central America. For this piece I interviewed VP Richard Trubey, who somehow made a huge...

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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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  • Reporting back from the Kenyan Development Network Consortium

    The Kenyan Development Network Consortium held a ?co-creation? workshop on Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, in Washington DC. (KDNC was founded by Macharia Waruingi, a long-time member of NextBillion.) Participants were mostly members of the Kenyan diaspora, working professionals with a...

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