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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global membership network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Learn more

Startup Accelerators Have Become More Popular in Emerging Markets — and They’re Working

Harvard Business Review
Peter Roberts & Randall Kempner
October 2, 2017

Mismatched goals between investors and entrepreneurs as well as a potential cultural bias may both prove to limit the positive effect that accelerators have in emerging market contexts. Regardless, accelerators still have an important role to play that can help position entrepreneurs for success. ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner and Academic Director of Social Enterprise at Goizueta, Peter Roberts, discuss how

SGBs & the Global Goals 

Small and growing businesses (SGBs) do more than just create jobs. They also improve the health, well-being, education, and economic opportunities for their communities, and beyond. Learn how SGBs are helping achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. 

Not sure where to start? Learn how mobile technology is saving lives in Nigeria, and helping enterprises in the Philippines grow from micro to small


Mapping Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Ghana and Nigeria

The ANDE West Africa regional chapter has just released entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshots of Lagos and Abuja (Nigeria), and Accra (Ghana). With the generous support of the Citi Foundation, ANDE developed these snapshots to provide a better understanding of the entrepreneurship landscape in these cities. 

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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector: 2016 Impact Report

Since 2009 ANDE has been tracking the state of the small and growing business (SGB) sector to assess its growth and impact on emerging market economies. This year’s report begins with an overview of SGB intermediaries in 2016, including data on capacity development services, direct investments into SGBs, and donor funding. Next, the report focuses on trends and activities at ANDE’s six most established regional chapters: Brazil, Central America/Mexico, East Africa, India, South Africa, and West Africa.

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Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets: Insights from 43 Programs

The second major report from GALI, written in collaboration with Deloitte, compares acceleration in emerging markets versus high-income countries. Examining data from more than 2,400 early stage ventures that applied to 43 programs, it finds more similarities between emerging market and high-income country entrepreneurs and accelerator programs than commonly believed. 

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Press Release - Announcing a New Partnership 

ANDE is excited to announce a $2.3 million investment in the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative! The program partners, including the US Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Omidyar Network, The Lemelson Foundation, and the Argidius Foundation, are eager to examine the effectiveness of accelerators over the course of the next three years. To learn more about the partnership, please read the press release