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  • A Survival Guide for Raising Capital

    Social entrepreneurs and impact investors often speak different languages – and their divergent priorities can lead to misunderstandings and mutual frustration. This series will explore the kinds of support entrepreneurs most need from investors – and the things investors wish more entrepreneurs understood.

  • Course Correction in Social Enterprise

    Sometimes big dreams don’t translate to big profits. Other times, profits outstrip social impact – and new products or strategies lead to unexpected consequences for an enterprise or its customers. When does it make sense to compromise your social mission, change your business model or strategy, sell out to a bigger company – or shift from for-profit to nonprofit (or vice versa)? Whatever the reason, this series will feature candid stories of social enterprise transitions – and useful insights on how to execute them successfully.

  • High Tech Buzzwords: Hype or Real Impact?

    There’s been a lot of attention in the global development sector on a number of buzz-worthy innovations – from artificial intelligence and robotics, to drones, blockchain and the sharing economy. What will be the true impact of these innovations on low-income communities in emerging markets and beyond, and how are they currently being put to use on the ground? This series explores these questions in detail.

  • Offline Innovation

    We all love digital innovation, but we’ve noticed a tendency, on and off NextBillion, to make “innovation” synonymous with “the latest app” – and this leaves out an intriguing array of advances happening offline. This series will feature these developments – from water pumps and cold chain storage, to new applications for 3D printing and feats of ingenious engineering.

  • Startup Showcase

    Everyone admires a successful social business, but the media also needs to find space for fresh faces and new voices – including entrepreneurs who are just starting to make their mark. In fact, the unique challenges and opportunities facing startups can lead to valuable insights for enterprises of all stages. This series will highlight some of these enterprises, in markets around the world.

  • Financial Frontiers

    This series, sponsored by BFA, covers the frontiers of customer research, business strategy, technology and enabling environments that are bringing meaningful financial solutions to the underserved.

  • OPTIX: Optimizing Performance Through Improved Cross(X)-Sell

    BFA and MetLife Foundation created OPTIX (Optimizing Performance Through Improved Cross(X)-Sell) to support financial institutions in building better portfolios of products for their low-income customers. This series, sponsored by BFA, discusses key learnings from the project.

  • December Focus Topic: Digital Finance

    In the month of December, NextBillion is dedicating special attention to digital finance, with posts on the innovations, major players and significant trends that are shaping this fast-growing industry.

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