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From Innovation to Practice

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 1, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

From Innovation to Practice: Impact Investing Education and Training 

By the Beeck Center for Innovation + Social Impact

Produced with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Pathways to Innovation focuses onthe current state of impact investing education and training, and assesses opportunities to meet emergent demand and build capacity across the impact investing ecosystem. It also includes a listing of nearly 200 providers of courses, events, and other opportunities learn about impact investing.

Tags:  2016  education  impact investing 

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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

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

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Impact Investment and Health Innovations

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 15, 2016

Impact Investment Primer for Health Innovations

by the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation produced this primer to provide global health innovators with some introductory information on impact investment and the challenges and opportunities to access new forms of capital.

Get your copy of the primer through the "download" link below. 

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  2016  Health  impact investing 

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Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Growth Landscapes

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 8, 2016

Title: The Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Growth Landscapes in Kenya and Uganda 

By Argidius Foundation 

These reports seek to identify different organizations in Kenya and Uganda that could help build local capacity and catalyze and accelerate SME development and growth. The report covers specific activities, programs and services offered by the different organizations and, where possible, shows how they are conected. The organizations inventoried offer specific services to help entrepreneurial growth and enterprise development in the two countries.

Click here to read the report in Kenya > 

Click here to read the report on Uganda > 

Tags:  2016  entrepreneurship ecosystems 

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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

Read the report now

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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Amplify Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Amplify Impact Investing:
The International Value Proposition for Impact Investing

By InsideNGO and the INGO Impact Investing Network

InsideNGO and the International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Impact Investing Network announce the publication of Amplify Impact Investing: The INGO Value Proposition for Impact Investing, an in-depth study of the current impact investing landscape among INGOs in the international development sector. The report reveals that the development sector’s impact investing activity is growing, with INGO-managed or -founded impact investing funds encompassing more than $545 million in assets.

While the traditional development funding model has relied upon government grants and contracts, foundations, and philanthropic giving, the impact investing model seeks solutions to economic and social challenges that result in a financial return for the investors. The INGO Impact Investing Network was formed last year by InsideNGO, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Pact, Mercy Corps, and GOAL as a consortium of more than 40 INGOs that are working together to gather and share knowledge about how INGOs are using private investment capital to advance their work in solving pressing global development challenges.

Tags:  2016  impact investing 

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A Fellowship Approach to Accelerating Social Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 8, 2016

A Fellowship Approach to Accelerating Social Entrepreneurs

By Echoing Green

This white paper by Echoing Green shares lessons from its impact investing “inflection cohort” pilot program. The inflection cohort supported 10 social entrepreneur Fellow alumni leading for-profit and hybrid social enterprises. Echoing Green's goal was to support them through a common, critical inflection moment: transitioning from early-stage funding to raising more sophisticated institutional growth capital. By sharing Echoing Green's inflection cohort approach and noting a variety of accelerator models of support, the organization aims to identify strategies that other programs can build on to enable early-stage entrepreneurs to grow, attract investment, and deliver greater impact.

 

Tags:  2016  Acceleration  accelerators  Social Entrepreneurship 

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An Exploration of Agripreneurship

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 1, 2016

An exploration of Agripreneurship: Scope, Actors and Prospects

by Steven Carr, Independent Consultant & Anne Roulin, Nestle R&D

This research was commissioned as a result of growing interest in the topic of youth-centered Agripreneurship and seeks to identify the key actors to help young unemployed, or under-employed, graduates in Africa, or other developing economies, to enter into entrepreneurship in agriculture or agribusiness.

It is hoped that this report will encourage future dialogue between organisations that share an area of interest and thus play a meaningful role in catalyzing new partnerships to support the sustainable development of rural communities, building the resilience of food chains and creating wealth through the activities of dynamic young Agripreneurs.

Download the report below. 

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Tags:  2016  Agriculture 

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GEM Social Entrepreneurship Special Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Social Entrepreneurship Special Report 

by Bosma, Schott, Terjesen and Kew
at the American University Center for Innovation in the Capital at the Kogod School of Business

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s (GEM) social entrepreneurship activity research is based on interviews with 167 793 adults in 58 economies in 2015, and is thus the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world.

Download the full report as a PDF


Tags:  2016  Social entrepreneurship 

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Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 20, 2016

Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors 

by Toniic

As impact investing matures as a movement, more investment models are being deployed, especially in sectors and regions where various forms of capital are needed to support solutions to some of the world’s chronic social and environmental issues. In this report, we share a number of examples of how venture philanthropists and impact investors are working together to fund early-stage impact enterprises around the world.  How are different types of capital and other resources complementing each other to achieve impact? What lessons can be learned from some of the current efforts by foundations and individual investors to collaborate?

Tags:  2016  Impact Investing  philanthropy 

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