What is NextBillion?

NextBillion is an open platform for development through enterprise, which publishes original guest-written content from entrepreneurs, researchers and others working on the ground in emerging markets, along with regular interviews with the thought-leaders who are shaping the sector, and news, events and job postings relevant to social enterprise and global development.


What regions do you focus on?

Most of our coverage focuses on low and middle-income countries, though we also cover businesses and initiatives serving low-income communities in more developed markets like the U.S.


Who runs the site?

NextBillion is based at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, our parent organization. It is managed by a small team of editors, who source and edit guest-written content, conduct interviews, aggregate content for our news feed, jobs board and events calendar, and promote our content across our extensive social media networks.


Do you only publish content with a business focus?

Though for-profit business is our main focus, NextBillion also regularly publishes news items and original articles relevant to the non-profit and public sectors – though in most cases, we prefer that this content include a business angle.


How can I use the site to draw attention to my work?

NextBillion offers several opportunities for individuals and organizations to share their insights and viewpoints. These include:

  • Original articles, which comprise the core of our content – click here for more information on how to contribute an article.
  • A newsfeed, where our editors aggregate published articles and press releases relevant to the sector.
  • An events calendar, which features conferences, webinars, contests and other events, both in-person and virtual, related to development through enterprise.
  • A jobs board, where we publish free ads for professional, internship, fellowship and other paid positions relevant to the social enterprise and global development communities.

We also partner with events organizers and book publishers to arrange for promotion of conferences and book releases in exchange for free ticket/chapter giveaways conducted via our weekly e-newsletter.

Click here to contact our editors to discuss any of the above options.


How do you promote your content?

We promote original articles, news, jobs and some events heavily on our social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. We have roughly 120,000 followers across those three platforms, and also post original articles to multiple LinkedIn Groups with hundreds of thousands of members. Finally, we feature all our original content, and select jobs and events, in our weekly e-newsletter, which reaches approximately 10,000 subscribers.


Do I have to pay to use NextBillion?

Nope: The William Davidson Institute runs NextBillion as an open platform for the benefit of the development through enterprise community. So our services are free of charge for collaborating organizations, and free to access for readers (ie: we don’t have a paywall).

However, to maintain diversity of voices, we do have a limit of four free guest-written articles per year from any individual or organization. And we accept sponsorships from like-minded partner organizations, which are allowed to contribute more frequent articles and are given greater visibility on the site and our social media networks, along with a number of additional benefits – see below for details.


How can my organization partner with NextBillion?

We design partnership packages based on a sponsor’s specific needs and budget. Most of these packages are structured around a series of guest-written articles and interviews, featured events coverage, and an expanded plan for social media promotion of this content. Click here to learn more about our approach to partnerships, and contact our editors to explore options that might work for your organization.



Parent Organization

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan


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