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  • ’$300 Home Is Not Just Viable But Also Profitable’

    Name: Christian Sarkar Current location: on the road Twitter name: @300House In 30 words or less tell us who you work for and what you do: I help individuals and institutions with disruptive ideas and solutions. The $300 House started out as a blog post with Vijay Govindarajan. Now we’re going from blog to reality. Do you have a website / blog?

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    Hindustan Times (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Entrepreneurship
  • The $300 House: A Hands-On Approach to a Wicked Problem

    When the New York Times printed " Hands Off Our Houses ," an op-ed about our idea for a $300 House for the poor, we were both delighted and dismayed - delighted because the $300 House was being discussed, and dismayed because authors Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava, co-founders of the Institute of Urbanology , didn’t seemed to have read the series of blog posts about our id...

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    Harvard Business Review (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Entrepreneurship
    Region
    South Asia
  • Hands Off Our Houses

    Mumbai, India: LAST summer, a business professor and a marketing consultant wrote on The Harvard Business Review’s Web site about their idea for a $300 house . According to the writers, and the many people who have enthusiastically responded since, such a house could improve the lives of millions of urban poor around the world. And with a $424 billion market for cheap...

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    The New York Times (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Entrepreneurship
    Region
    South Asia
  • Ashoka, Bamboo Finance, Canopus Fdn. Launch Solar Energy Fund

    Press Release: Three of the world’s leading organisations supporting social enterprise for development today announced that they are forming a partnership to launch the ’Oasis Energy - Solar for All Fund’, which will invest in companies bringing affordable solar power to markets that are without access to electricity. Ashoka , the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, and the Canopus Foundation , whi...

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    Press Release
    Categories
    Entrepreneurship
    Tags
    social enterprise
  • GE Remodels Businesses in India

    BANGALORE, India-As General Electric Co. assessed the lingering impact of the global financial crisis, it saw that some emerging markets-chief among them India-had come through the trauma better than the developed world. The Fairfield, Conn., company has been in India for more than a century, but it revamped its operations there only a few years ago to tap into the country’s large consumer m...

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    The Wall Street Journal (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Entrepreneurship
    Region
    South Asia
    Tags
    scale
  • MFIs Seen as Way Forward to Boost Housing Supply

    The World Bank is calling on microfinanciers to fund housing projects in Kenya to meet the high demand for affordable homes in the low-end market. The Bank said Kenya should take cue from India’s housing microfinancing concept that has already seen development of 20,000 homes for low income earners and is looking to deliver 500,000 units in a few years. Speaking during the launch of the Housing Finance report in Nairobi, Simon Walley of the World Bank said: "We need to w...

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    Business Daily Africa (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Entrepreneurship
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Local ?Bridge-Maker? Turns Up at Davos

    Shawn Ahmed is tweeting gleefully about the white all-access badge he’s been handed at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where politicians and CEOs are meeting this week to try to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. The 29-year-old Canadian landed a coveted seat representing the YouTube community after winning an international online competition called the Davos Debates. It’s a coup for a guy from Richmond Hill who ditched a graduat...

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    thestar.com (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Entrepreneurship
    Region
    Europe & Eurasia
    Tags
    impact investing
  • Creation Investments Closes Global MFI Fund at $32M

    Creation Investments Social Ventures Fund I, a global microfinance-focused private equity fund, has made a final close at $31.8 million. The fund is now eyeing investments in Asia, besides Latin America and Eastern Europe. The Fund’s investor base includes 74 US and European institutional investors along with family offices and high net worth individuals. Creation Investments Capital Management, LLC, is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The fund has till date deployed half of this...

    Source
    VCCIRCLE (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Entrepreneurship
    Tags
    microfinance, Microfranchising
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