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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Intellectual Property, March 2017)

Posted By Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Intellectual Property, March 2017)

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University

In this brief, we respond to a question from VentureWell about intellectual property: “In our work, we see that science and technology-based startups face different challenges and need different resources than other ventures.  In your data, how do teams with intellectual property differ from those without? We are specifically interested in the roles of geography, education, team size and gender composition."

Tags:  2017  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Entrepreneur Mobility, November 2016)

Posted By Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 14, 2016

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Entrepreneur Mobility, November 2016) 

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University

In this brief, we respond to a question from Nesta about entrepreneur mobility: “Obviously, there is a well-known flow of startups towards the United States (driven in large part by the availability of venture capital and higher valuations at IPO), but does your data show any movement of entrepreneurs to and from developing countries?

Tags:  2016  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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The State of Impact Investing in Latin America

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016

The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America

By ANDE, LAVCA, & LGT Impact Ventures 

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), in partnership with the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), and LGT Impact Ventures has released a report on the growing landscape of impact investing in Latin America. Impact investing is a relatively nascent industry, and this report aims to fill the data gap in key Latin American markets.

The report covers trends in regional impact investing with a focus on impact measurement, talent, and gender. It explores fundraising, deals, and exits, and takes a deep dive into impact investing in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

Some Key Points: 

  • Seventy-eight firms reported that they have made impact investments in Latin America. the first impact investment was made in 1997
  • Twenty-eight impact investors headquartered in Latin America manage US $1.2 billion in assets under management (AUM)
  • The type of organizations making impact investments are diverse in size, organizational structure, the type of capital they have been able to raise, and their relative expectations for financial and impact return on investment
  • Respondents reported US$1.3 billion invested in 522 impact investing deals in 2014 and 2015
  • Respondents were optimistic about fundraising for 2016
  • Across Latin America, common challenges to entrepreneurial development include the lack of interested entrepreneurs with growth ambitions, a lack of early stage funding, and weak networks

The report is available for download in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Infographics on what's happening in BrazilColombiaMexico, and in Central America are also available. 

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Tags:  2016  ANDE publication  Brazil  Colombia  impact investing  Latin America  Mexico 

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Inventing Green

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Impact Inventing: Going Green

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs 

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. 

 Key Findings:

  • Invention-based businesses can have a significant impact on emerging market economies by driving prosperity and job creation. Those that focus on sustainability can further ensure they have a positive impact on the environment through their business operations in addition to their products or services.
  • Green inventors in emerging markets face unique challenges, but in an age of rapidly advancing technology, ANDE has identified opportunities for success.
  • In many of the markets where the roundtables took place the idea of taking a green approach to invention is still nascent.

ANDE’s recommendations include:

  • How to improve the finance landscape and market structure for green SGBs
  • Ways to enhance sustainable design, prototyping, and manufacturing processes that are green
  • Opportunities to influence the regulatory environment to better support green inventors
  • How to adapt current capacity development services to better meet the needs of environmentally-conscious inventors
  • How to improve technology transfer and ensure new ideas can be commercialized

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The report was made possible with the generous support and guidance of The Lemelson Foundation.

 

Tags:  2016  ANDE publication  impact investing 

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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector: 2015 Impact Report

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 20, 2016
State of the Small & Growing Business Sector:
2015 Impact Report 

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

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.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • ANDE members have collectively invested over $12 billion directly into SGBs and supported over 415,000 entrepreneurs with business development services.
  • In the past ten years, 485 investment vehicles have launched that invest in emerging market SGBs, with an estimated $26 billion in committed capital.
  • An estimated one-third of SGBs are owned by women, and more ANDE members have embraced gender-lens investing: at the end of 2015, 63 percent of ANDE members included a focus on women entrepreneurs, up from 50 percent in 2011.

Despite growth, there are still a few key hurdles that small businesses in emerging markets must overcome on their path to growth including:

  • Talented managers are needed to accelerate growth of small businesses.
  • Deals under $2 million are on the rise, but very early-stage investing lags.
  • Entrepreneurship is key to creating jobs, yet development dollars are declining.

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Tags:  2016  ANDE publication 

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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Impact Measurement, May 2016)

Posted By Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Institute, Friday, May 20, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Impact Measurement, May 2016) 

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University

In this brief, we respond to questions from Acumen about what social enterprises think of measurement approaches that impact investors have created, specifically: Are entrepreneurs who have received impact investment funds using tools such as IRIS and B Impact Assessment? If they are, what factors are driving this adoption?  If not, why not? And are they using other approaches instead?

Tags:  2016  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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What's Working in Startup Acceleration: Insights from Fifteen Village Capital Programs

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Despite the emergence of hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, we know little about their effectiveness or how differences across programs influence venture performance. To address this gap, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) launched the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) in collaboration with a consortium of public and private funders. GALI builds on the Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory University, which works with accelerator programs around the world to collect and analyze data describing the entrepreneurs that they attract and support. 

Village Capital – a seed-stage accelerator that runs programs for entrepreneurs in impact-oriented sectors – was the first to work with the Entrepreneurship Database Program, starting in 2013. Application and follow-up data have now been collected from fifteen different Village Capital programs. These data provide a unique opportunity to examine the performance of ventures accelerated by these different Village Capital programs compared to those that applied but were not selected.

This report is divided into two parts:

  • The first section reveals differences in venture performance among accelerated versus non-accelerated ventures based on one-year changes in revenue, employees, and investment. This information is then used to identify the highest and lowest performing Village Capital programs and presented to a panel of experts who suggest potential reasons for these differences. 
  • The second section tests these predictions using qualitative and quantitative research methods, revealing several key insights for Village Capital and other early-stage venture accelerator programs.   

This report is the first in a series of annual reports to be published on data emerging from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. For previous analysis on broader findings from the initiative click here.

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Tags:  2016  Acceleration  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Impact Report 2014: State of the Small and Growing Business Sector

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016

This report focuses on the state of the global SGB sector, and also dives into regional trends. First, we provide an overview on intermediaries in 2014, including data on capacity development services, direct investments into SGBs, and donor funding. Next, we highlight trends and activities at ANDE’s five most established regional chapters: Brazil, Central America/Mexico, East Africa, India, and South Africa. We also expose current challenges for the sector to address, such as how to recruit and retain talent, improve entrepreneurial acceleration, and increase donor support to fulfill global development goals.  

Since ANDE’s founding in 2009, we have seen much progress made by the SGB sector, composed of those organizations that support entrepreneurs in emerging markets. In 2014, more than 200 members were operating in more than 150 countries, and had collectively supported nearly 350,000 entrepreneurs.

Nonfinancial support has increased.
We have identified over 600 accelerator programs operating globally, including at least 200 based in emerging market countries. This model shows promise: preliminary research results show revenue and employee growth for accelerated enterprises was three times faster than growth for nonaccelerated enterprises.

The pace of investing has picked up.
We estimate that in the past five years, investment vehicles that do deals $2 million and below in emerging markets have raised $10 billion to invest in SGBs. The number of private equity deals below $2 million tripled in 2014 compared to 2010. And encouragingly, investors are increasingly willing to make earlier stage deals—lowering their median minimum target deal size in the past five years to $250,000.

But, there is still work to be done.
Despite the growing recognition that SGBs are a powerful mechanism to achieve economic and social change, investments from the international donor community have decreased to one percent of total development assistance.  We believe that if donors increase support directly to small and growing businesses, and more importantly invest in initiatives that strengthen the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem, they can have a catalytic effect on market-based approaches that will solve critical global challenges.

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Tags:  accelerators  ANDE publication  employment  entrepreneurship  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  SGB 

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Education for the 22nd Century: How entrepreneurs can help bridge the education to employment divide

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 9, 2015

 

What are the gaps that keep young people from moving smoothly from education to employment? And how can education-focused entrepreneurs ease the transition?

Youth unemployment is a global problem, especially in developing and emerging markets. One of the reasons for this is the mismatch between employable skills and current approaches to education. Solutions are emerging to address the gap, but this is a complex problem that requires innovation in and coordination between the public and private sectors.

A few months ago, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with the support of SAP SE, set out to uncover how education-focused entrepreneurs are making a difference and the challenges they face along the way. A series of global roundtables on this subject helped shine a light on the amazing opportunities that exist for these entrepreneurs. 

Entrepreneurs have an important role in helping bridge the gaps that keep young people from moving smoothly from education to employment. This report explores what this role is, and how to strengthen the opportunities for education-focused entrepreneurs. Whether you represent a corporation or foundation, or you're an education provider, investor, or part of an entrepreneurial support organization, there's something in this report for you. 

  

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Tags:  ANDE publication  education 

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Diagnostic Toolkit

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This toolkit has been developed by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It provides methodological guidance on assessing the current state of entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers a set of resources and tools that can be used by development practitioners. This toolkit does not aim to be exhaustive, but is intended to serve as a basis for other organizations to build upon. To develop this toolkit, ANDE conducted a comprehensive review of publicly available literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems and identified nine evaluative frameworks. We assessed these frameworks and synthesized key elements and indicators. ANDE encourages practitioners to use this toolkit as a resource guide that can be adapted and modified to fit the local and/sectoral context.

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Ecosystem building; accelerators; incubation  Entrepreneurship  Social Entrepreneurship 

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