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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

Impact Inventing: Going Green

In 2015 and 2016, ANDE held roundtables on green inventing in Brazil,  India, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa with a diverse group of participants. The report compiles the findings from these discussions, from desk research, and from interviews with subject matter experts on the areas where invention-based entrepreneurs who promote environmental responsibility require ecosystem-level support in order to succeed. 



State of the Small & Growing Business Sector: 2015 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 reflects a sector that is on the move—and also dives into regional market insights. It discusses the hurdles for emerging market entrepreneurship—access to capital, talent and markets—and evaluates how well the sector is addressing these.


Entrepreneurship and Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Impact Measurement)

Do entrepreneurs who have received impact investment funds actually use industry-standard impact measurement tools? Why or why not?  Or are they using other approaches instead?

In this data brief, we dive into questions about what social enterprises think of measurement approaches that impact investors have created. 



Announcing the winners of the Argidius-ANDE Talent Challenge

The Argidius–ANDE Talent Challenge (AATC) has now identified five promising solutions to the human capital constraints for small and growing businesses (SGBs). Pending final review, the finalists will be awarded grants of up to 200,000 euros to conduct pilot programs that will last up to three years, during which time ANDE will provide ongoing guidance. Provided impact targets are met, a grand prize of up to one million euros will be awarded to the most successful program with the greatest potential to scale.

AATC winners are: Amani Institute, Creative Metier, Open Capital Advisors, Shortlist and Village Capital. 

You may view the full press release here. 

The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative 

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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