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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2017

Posted By Brianna Losoya, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018

State of the Small & Growing Business Sector:

2017 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 begins with an overview of SGB intermediaries in 2017. including data on capacity development services, direct investments into SGBs, and donor funding. Next, the report focuses on trends and activities at ANDE’s seven regional chapters that were active in 2017: Brazil, Central America/Mexico, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, South Africa, and West Africa.  

Here are some report insights. Check out the report to get the full picture.

Capacity Development Services

  • Over half of ANDE members say they prioritize gender inclusion. Of the capacity development providers that completed the survey, 77 percent said they prioritize gender inclusion, as opposed to 54 percent of investors.
  • GALI has identified over 500 accelerators working globally, at least 218 of which operate in emerging markets. 
  • Corporate foundations are important funders in the sector, and corporate social responsibility units often facilitate important capacity development services. However, data shows that the majority of ANDE member partnerships focus on the corporation’s core business unit.

SGB Investing

  • Over 400 investment vehicles have launched in the past 10 years that invest in emerging market SGBs, with an estimated US $11 billion in committed capital.
  • Forty-seven investment vehicles launched in 2017, and a third of these focus on the information, communications, and technology (ICT) sector.
  • According to the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA), US $217 million was invested in deals US $2 million and under in 2017, which represents 21 percent of total emerging market deals.

Donor Funding for the SGB Sector

  • In 2016, Funding for SMEs declined to US $3.7 billion from US $4.1 billion in 2015.
  • European donors and institutions continued to make up 80 percent of all donor disbursements to SMEs in 2016.
  • In 2016, Turkey received the most SME funding for the third consecutive year, receiving one third of all funding allocated to SMEs from 2012 to 2016.

Regional Insights

ANDE’s regional chapters promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among local ANDE members and support regional activities and advocacy efforts that support SGBs in the region. This section of the report highlights data on each entrepreneurial ecosystem, and regional leaders’ perspectives on key trends for each region. 

 

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Tags:  2017  ANDE publication  impact  sector publication  sgb  sme  Social Entrepreneurship  State 

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Acceleration in India

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Acceleration in India
Initial Data from Indian Startups
GALI

In partnership with the ANDE India Chapter, GALI is working to increase understanding of acceleration and early stage ventures in India. This data summary includes information from 1,214 ventures operating in Mexico, contributed by 26 accelerators.

Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  gali  india  startup 

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A Knowledge Brief of South Africa's Incubator and Accelerator Landscape

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Knowledge Brief of South Africa's Incubator and Accelerator Landscape
ANDE

The South African Business Development Services Provider (BDSP) space is active and growing. In an effort to deepen understanding of the incubator and accelerator landscape in South Africa, ANDE hosted a series of breakfast roundtables in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2017 and 2018. Discussions focused on gathering qualitative information regarding key activities and services, programme structure and funding sources, as well as challenges and opportunities faced by BDSPs. This document presents an overview of the key findings from the roundtables and provides recommendations for further research.

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Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  Incubation 

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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. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  entrepreneurs  GALI  investment 

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Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Funding)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field
Funding Accelerator Programs


December 2017

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

The GALI team consistently hears questions from accelerators and others in the field about financial sustainability. In this brief, we ask:

How do accelerators fund their programs, and how do different funding profiles relate to different accelerator offerings?

Tags:  2017  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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State of Measurement in the SGB Sector

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

State of Measurement in the SGB Sector

by Brianna Losoya-Evora and Genevieve Edens, ANDE
Measurement practices are rapidly evolving in the small and growing business (SGB) sector, and organizations operating in this space may feel overwhelmed while trying to keep up with trends and best practices.

To better understand measurement practices in the SGB sector and to help organizations benchmark themselves against their peers, ANDE surveyed 30 members about their measurement practices as a follow-up to our 2014 paper.

Key Findings:

  • All investors and half of capacity development providers use IRIS.

  •  Half of our sample collects household data. Capacity Development Providers and Investors were equally likely to report collecting household data, but relatively few Africa-based organizations collect household level data.

  • Capacity development providers tend to focus on business performance outcomes for the SGB while investors more focus on the SGB reach and quality.

  • Nearly all respondents spent less than 5% of annual budget on measurement. Capacity Development Providers tend to spend a greater percentage of their budget.

  • Organizations that collect household-level data spend about the same on measurement as those that do not.

  • Over half of ANDE organizations surveyed said they have no full-time staff person dedicated to measurement.

  • Of the six Africa-based organizations who responded, only one had a full-time staff person dedicated to measurement, and none of the organizations surveyed in Latin America had a full-time staff person dedicated to measurement.

  • Members have gravitated to Salesforce because of its high level of customizability and affordable pricing for non-profit organizations. We did not ask specifically about Salesforce in our sample, but it was mentioned 25 times.

  • Two-thirds of the ANDE organizations surveyed receive grant funding for measurement, and just under half build the cost into their annual operating budgets.

 

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Tags:  2017  ANDE publication  Data Collection  impact evaluation  impact measurement  indicator  metrics and research  Performance Measurement  SDGs 

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Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in India

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in India

by the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) 

This study, conducted by the ANDE India Chapter with the support of Autodesk Sustainability and Foundation, uses GALI’s Global Accelerator Survey to add clarity to the profile of accelerators and incubators in India – their structure, objectives, goals, funding, and the financial and non-financial support that they offer.

 Data Highlights:

Sample Characteristics

  • University accelerators and incubators made up the largest portion of the respondents, at nearly one-third.
  • Two-thirds ran their first acceleration or incubation program after 2013.

Sector Focus and Impact Objectives

  • Over half of the respondents indicated a focus on energy or environment.
  • Three-quarters work specifically with ventures that have a social or environmental impact objective.

Program Structure

  • With a median size of 9 and an 11 percent acceptance rate, cohorts were small, programs were selective, and early-stage ventures were mostly likely to receive support.
  • One-third of respondents provide direct funding, and equity is the most popular investment instrument.

Funding Sources

  • At 43 percent, philanthropic grants were the most common funding source for programs, followed by government support.
  • One-third of the government-supported respondents received funds from the Department of Science and Technology.

Questions or comments? Contact Devyani Singh at devyani.singh@aspeninst.org.

Tags:  2017  Acceleration  accelerators  ANDE publication  India 

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West Africa Ecosystem Maps

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 24, 2017

As part of a series of ecosystem maps, with the support of the Citi Foundation, our West Africa Regional Chapter recently released three snapshots, providing insight into the Abuja, Accra, and Lagos entrepreneurial ecosystems. These snapshots were produced through a review of existing literature, a series of surveys and interviews, as well as stakeholder meetings. Click on the images below to access the snapshots.       

Nigeria Ecosystem Maps 

 

Ghana Ecosystem Maps

     

Tags:  2017  ANDE publication  West Africa 

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