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Gender Equality in the SGB Sector: ANDE India Issue Brief

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, March 13, 2020

Gender Equality in the SGB Sector: ANDE India Issue Brief

By ANDE

This issue brief is a part of the series formulated by Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs’ (ANDE) India chapter. It aims to contextualize the findings and strategy outlined in ANDE’s global gender issue brief, for India, and to create a knowledge base connecting our urgent issues and the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector at a regional level. This brief is a starting point for conversations on gender equality and is meant to help shape ANDE India’s strategy for the region.

Read the full issue brief here.

Tags:  ANDE publication  gender  India 

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Measuring Accelerator Performance: Potential Metrics and the “4Cs”

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, March 2, 2020

Measuring Accelerator Performance: Potential Metrics and the “4Cs”

By The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Understanding the performance of accelerators is important to a wide range of individuals and organizations: participating startups, accelerator managers and staff, investors, partners, donors, funders, and policymakers. Each of these stakeholders may have different priorities and objectives in their efforts to measure accelerators’ performance and impact. This brief identifies considerations and potential metrics for evaluating accelerator performance. In addition to metrics related to the accelerator itself, it includes measures that assess the performance of startups, and changes in the regions in which accelerators are located. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  accelerators  measurement  metrics and research  sector publication 

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Bending The Arc: How The Full Spectrum of Capital Can Enable Inclusive Growth in Agriculture

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Bending The Arc: How The Full Spectrum of Capital Can Enable Inclusive Growth in Agriculture

By FSG

In this report, FSG explores the role of different kinds of capital in bending the arc of agricultural market development towards inclusive growth. FSG pays particular attention to how impact-focused players deploying capital that is flexible in terms of risk-return expectations can best deploy it in order to catalyze large-scale transformations towards inclusion.

Read the executive summary here.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Agriculture  inclusive growth  sector publication 

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The Microretailers' Roadmap

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, February 21, 2020

The Microretailers' Roadmap

By TechnoServe

Drawing from TechnoServe's experience, the Microretailers’ Roadmap lays out four capabilities that shop owners need in order to transform their businesses and the developing world: recordkeeping and financial management, inventory management, merchandising as well as customer service and promotion. 

Read the full roadmap here.

Tags:  microretail  sector publication 

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Venture Capital and the Gender Financing Gap: The Role of Accelerators

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, February 21, 2020

Venture Capital and the Gender Financing Gap: The Role of Accelerators

By IFC, the World Bank Group Gender Innovation Lab, Village Capital and We-Fi

Women entrepreneurs in emerging markets face a daunting gender finance gap when it comes to growing their start-ups into mainstream businesses.  New research shows that despite women leading half the start-ups that participate in accelerators they continue to face greatly unequal access to capital. This report, developed by IFC and the World Bank Group Gender Innovation Lab in partnership with Village Capital and We-Fi, studies the steep differential between financing for male and female-led start-ups post-acceleration and finds perceived risk and investor bias are the most likely causes. The comprehensive research found that acceleration actually seems to increase the gap in equity fundraising.  

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  acceleration  gender  gender financing gap  sector publication  venture capital 

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Best Practice Guide for Impact Investing in Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Mexico

Posted By Natalie Alm, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Best Practice Guide for Impact Investing in Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Mexico

By Thompson Reuters Foundation, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Kaya Impacto, Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C., White & Case LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

This guide is a thorough summary of the options for setting up a business in Mexico including the governance clauses and the differences between legal structures. It covers third party investments to raise capitals, and explains the concepts of impact investment, capital instruments and key economic terms.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  CAM  impact investing  Mexico  SGBs 

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A Transformative Evaluation Toolkit for The Impact Investing Sector: How entrepreneurs and impact investors can deepen their data collection

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 10, 2020

A Transformative Evaluation Toolkit for The Impact Investing Sector: How entrepreneurs and impact investors can deepen their data collection

By Engineers without Borders

The purpose of this toolkit is to introduce a method that improves your ability to truly change people’s lives through social impact investing. More specifically, it is designed to help entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, evaluators or other practitioners deepen their social impact measurement and management process in the impact investing sector. This toolkit provides a definition of transformative evaluation as well as instructions and case examples to support the application of a TE lens to an organization’s work, among others.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  data collection  impact investing  impact measurement  sector publication 

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Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 10, 2020

Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)

By Open Capital and USAID

SGBs often face particularly acute challenges in raising capital. The USAID-supported “Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)” initiative aimed to test the combination of a new, streamlined due diligence approach with a talent-enabled model of post-investment support to reduce investor risk. In this report, Open Capital, as TRAIN implementer, shares lessons, observations and ideas from TRAIN to enable more investors and ecosystem stakeholders to engage more effectively with early-stage SGBs in East and Southern Africa.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  africa  sector publication  talent 

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Embracing Complexity: Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, January 24, 2020

Embracing complexity: Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change

By McKinsey & Company, Ashoka, Catalyst 2030, Co-Impact, Echoing Green, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll Foundation and SystemIQ

Solving our most pressing problems requires a systems change approach and collaborative action. However, the current dominant funding practices are ill-suited to support systemic answers.This report provides donors and investors, as well as charitable initiatives and organizations, with answers to the two following questions: How can systems change across the world be financed more effectively? How can change be better supported for the benefit of society? It identifies five principles and resulting practices that funders can adopt to better support systems change work: embracing a systems mindset, supporting evolving paths to systems change, working in true partnership, preparing for long-term engagement and collaborating with other stakeholders.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  funding practices  sector publication  systems 

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Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

By Klaas Molenaar (Timpoc Consultants) and Mathilde Bauwin (ADA)

This report provides an in-depth understanding on the financial health issues of micro-enterprises, the financial well-being of the micro-entrepreneurs and the ways in which such financial health and well-being might be enhanced. The major finding is that programs related to the financial health of micro-enterprises must not only focus on assessing a micro-entrepreneur’s understanding of the financial issues related to his/her business and be able to measure their capacity to deal with those issues, but more relevantly, programs must also draw up action plans to broaden and deepen the understanding and capacity of the micro-entrepreneurs.

Read the executive summary here. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  entrepreneurship  finance  financial health  microentrepreneurs  sector publication 

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