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Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong
Pauline Tan, Swee-Sum Lam
The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) 

The study reviews the current state of impact investments in Singapore and Hong Kong, particularly those that have engaged with foundations. It further looks at the trends and challenges of the impact investment sector before presenting a list of recommendations.

Impact investment assets globally represent a mere 0.2 percent of global wealth as reported by the Global Impact Investing Network. By increasing this share to just two percent, the potential of impact investments can reach over US$2 trillion (UNDP, 2016). Impact investments can play a significant role in sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region, potentially providing socio- economic progress for the billions of people living in the region. Foundations in the region can potentially play a significant role given the billions of assets they can deploy. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  Asia  impact investing  impact investment  investors  SGBs 

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Acceleration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Initial data from the Entrepreneurship Database Program

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Acceleration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Initial Data from the Entrepreneurship Database Program
GALI

This data summary provides a snapshot of more than 2,500 early-stage ventures that applied to over 50 acceleration programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, and includes regional insights for East and West Africa and country-specific information for Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria.

Data at a Glance:

  • More than 25% of the ventures in the sample are in the agriculture sector.
  • Upon application to an accelerator, most ventures had earned revenue and hired employees, but fewer had raised funding.
  • Ventures with IP were significantly more likely to report revenue, employees, and investment.
  • Over half of the ventures include women on the founding team.
  • Teams that include women were more likely to report revenue and employees but less likely to report equity.
  • Fewer West African ventures had raised investment capital, compared to East African ventures.
  • Compared to the global sample, African entrepreneurs are more interested in gaining direct funding and business skills.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  Africa  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Acceleration in Mexico: Early Impacts on Mexican Ventures

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Acceleration in Mexico: Early Impacts on Mexican Ventures
GALI

With the support of Citibanamex Compromiso Social, GALI is working to increase understanding of acceleration and early-stage ventures in Mexico. This report includes application and follow-up information from 318 ventures operating in Mexico, contributed by 15 accelerator programs.

Data at a Glance:

  • Ventures that participated in accelerator programs experienced greater growth in revenues, full-time employees, equity, and debt on average compared to rejected ventures.
  • The majority of ventures reported no equity or debt growth at all, suggesting that a small number of strong performers are drawing up the average changes in equity and debt.
  • The impact of participation is meaningful for ventures with no prior-year investment; participating ventures increased equity three times more than rejected ventures, and debt five times more.
  • First-time accelerated ventures reported higher average revenue growth, while ventures that had been previously accelerated reported greater equity growth.
  • Invention-based ventures reported greater average equity growth, while non-invention-based reported higher revenue growth.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI  mexico 

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Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field
Return on Investment for Accelerators
GALI

As the number and type of accelerator programs expand, funders are becoming more interested in calibrating the return on investment for investments in these programs. While there are a number of ways to think about the value for money that accelerators provide, most aspire to accelerate the funds available to grow early-stage ventures through increases in revenue and investment.

This brief provides an initial look at venture outcomes during the year of acceleration in comparison to the cost of programs, expanding the ROTI methodology developed by the Argidius Foundation.1 The analysis suggests that the incremental flow of new funds into cohort ventures exceeds the amount that programs spend on operations and direct investments into cohort ventures. However, it also reveals considerable variability, suggesting that funders need to pay attention to where their accelerator funding dollars are going. 

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Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  entrepreneurs  GALI  investment 

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Small and Growing Businesses in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 4, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Small and Growing Businesses in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges
ADA – Appui au Développement Autonome

In Sub-Saharan Africa as elsewhere, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in economic development and job creation. However, because of a general lack of knowledge about this particular segment, the sector hardly achieves its full potential. In order to better meet MSMEs’ needs, a first step consists in identifying the profiles, growth paths, success factors and challenges faced by those who managed to turn their microenterprises into small or medium entities, referred to as Small and Growing Business (SGB) owners.

As microenterprises are likely to resort to microfinance institutions to get access to financial services, ADA has coordinated a series of three studies relying on five MFIs in Ethiopia, Kenya and Madagascar in order to identify a sample of SGB owners and interview them individually to get details about their paths.

This study is the synthesis of these three surveys and specifically aims at providing detailed information about entrepreneurs’ profiles, about the main challenges and obstacles they faced through their growing process and about their current financial and non-financial needs. Based on such information, general recommendations are made to financial services providers and all kinds of organizations supporting MSMEs.

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Tags:  Africa  SGB  SME  Social entrepreneurship 

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Understanding How to Unleash the Untapped Potential of Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This report was written by Value for Women (VFW) in collaboration with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (“The Foundation”) as part of its Road to Women’s Business Growth initiative in Mexico, supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation

It summarizes a more comprehensive assessment undertaken in 2017 which examined the characteristics of women-led, small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Mexico. Aimed at understanding Mexico’s current entrepreneurial ecosystem and the financial and non-financial barriers facing female entrepreneurs, the assessment offered recommendations for how different actors can support women entrepreneurs. It informed the design of the Road to Women’s Business Growth project in Mexico, which uses a blended learning approach (a combination of face-to-face and online training and business development support) to support women SGB owners to become successful entrepreneurs. 

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Tags:  2018  gender  mexico  sector publication  SGBs  women 

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GUIDE FOR MAPPING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Monday, March 26, 2018
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH presents a guide to mapping entrepreneurial ecosystems globally. The guide covers the elements of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and shares mapping best practices in data collection, analysis, and validation.

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WHAT SMALL AND GROWING BUSINESSES NEED TO SCALE UP

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Monday, March 26, 2018
The Argidius Foundation, Spring Impact, and Numbers for Good partnered to investigate how technical assistance (TA) allows small and growing businesses to scale. The report finds that most TA “lacks a structured, systematic, and strategic approach to maximizing the SGB’s potential for scale.” Several recommendations are offered to improve the scale TA ecosystem, including a move towards earlier and more holistic scale TA for small and growing businesses.

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Agripreneurship Alliance Annual Report

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Updated: Monday, March 5, 2018

 

The Agripreneurship Alliance Annual Report, February 2018

The Agripreneurship Alliance

 

 

The Agripreneurship Alliance was founded after two years of research following the Planting Seeds for the Future of Food conference (Switzerland, 2015) at which Dr. Nteranya Sanginga (IITA) introduced their Youth Agripreneur Programme (YAP). The YAP has inspired the development of the concept of ‘Agripreneurship’ which has led to the strategic interest of the African Union and the African Development Bank. The research identified the need to improve business curricula in the context of African agri-food within tertiary level training and university programmes. To meet this need, the Agripreneurship Alliance was launched in August 2017 as a Swiss based non-profit Association. The Alliance is working with a range of partners in the business, academic and non-profit sectors across Europe and Africa to develop culturally appropriate and contextually accurate courses and resources, using cloud-based blended learning approaches, to support the growth of new agri-food businesses led by creative and dynamic young Africans.

 
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The Investor's Perspective

Posted By Sebastian de Beurs, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The Impact Management Project is a global effort of over 700 organizations to share fundamentals for how to talk about, measure and manage impact. This involves a thorough understanding of the investor’s perspective, and how asset managers view impact on people and planet. The report describes the “five dimensions of impact” and what fundamentals investors and businesses should agree on to achieve their impact goals. 


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