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Understanding entrepreneurial ecosystems through social network analysis (SNA)

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 25, 2019
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2019

Understanding entrepreneurial ecosystems through social network analysis (SNA)
A Joint Project By: Credit Suisse, Swisscontact, and Amarin Financial Group

Swisscontact, together with Credit Suisse and Amarin Financial Group, has piloted Social Network in Uganda, both in the buzzing capital of Kampala and semi-rural Jinja. Entrepreneurs tend to receive little support throughout their entrepreneurial path as ecosystem support organizations do not sufficiently provide the linkages needed to help entrepreneurs get faster and easier access to support services or funding. Lack of collaboration further means that there is little to no specialization within the ecosystem which not only leads to resources being under-utilized but also impacts the quality of services provided to entrepreneurs.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  community  dynamic  ecosystem  network  SNA  Swisscontact 

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#ClosingTheGap Mekong: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessments

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019
Updated: Friday, May 3, 2019

#ClosingTheGap - Cambodia
by David Totten and Michael Smiddy

This country report highlights that the Cambodian entrepreneur ecosystem has good foundations based on active participation of motivated ‘ecosystem builders’ and successful entrepreneurs. However, the Cambodian Government needs to sustain broad-based improvements to the overall business environment.

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#ClosingTheGap - Laos
by Matt van Roosmalen and Latdamone Phodsavang

This country report highlights that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lao PDR depends on broad-based improvements to the overall business environment. Fast growing and larger SMEs with more internal capacity are more likely to benefit from a wider and more flexible selection of financial offerings, which would make continued growth possible and therefore allow them to emerge from the missing middle successfully.

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#ClosingTheGap - Myanmar 
by David Totten
, Grace Pyone Mya Moe Lwin and Matt van Roosmalen

This country report highlights that SMEs in Myanmar face familiar challenges to other developing economies, compounded by a political and economic environment that is still in transition. This has also impacted the financial sector, and consequently SMEs’ access to credit. A flourishing tech ecosystem indicates high potential, yet at this time, there have been few opportunities for SMEs with traditional business models.

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#ClosingTheGap - Vietnam
by Matt van Roosmalen and David Totten

This country report highlights that the Vietnamese entrepreneur ecosystem is developing very quickly, with an increasing number of participants and diversity of services. Support for ecosystem development is equally diverse, with government, development partners, and domestic and international private sector accounting for significant investment.

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Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  SMEs  southeast asia 

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Nudging the Investment Ecosystem by Incentivizing Impact

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Nudging the Investment Ecosystem by Incentivizing Impact

This paper is a summary of fresh ideas on how to channel more capital into impact investing and incentivize impact creation. Building on insights generated by experts at the BMZ hosted conference Financing Global Development – Leveraging Impact Investing for the SDGs, the paper furthers the conversation on Impact Measurement and Management, IMM 2.0, through brainstorming practical ideas and viewpoints in the impact investing value chain: those who provide capital, those who manage it, and those who receive it. This included close to 50 stakeholders, including fund managers, DFIs, intermediaries, entrepreneurs, governments, CSOs and others.

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Tags:  2018  ecosystem  impact  impact investing 

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2017 Global Startup Ecosystem

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 13, 2017

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2017

by Startup Genome

Startup Genome's mission is to empower cities all over the world to capture their fair share of the new economy. It accelerates the economic growth of startup ecosystems worldwide through benchmarking, networking, and exposure.

Its latest Global Startup Ecosystem Report highlights the work of 50+ ecosystems to help startups and entrepreneurs grow. The results of the survey creates global insights and highlights local programs. The report is compiled from 10,000 surveys taken by startups worldwide and the knowledge and dedication of 300 partners, including the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

Tags:  2017  ecosystem  entrepreneurship ecosystems 

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South Africa Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Map

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2015


In October 2014 ANDE South Africa mapped 214 support organisations in the South African entrepreneurial ecosystem to identify the main finance, capacity development and ecosystem support as well as gaps and opportunities. See our interactive infographic here

*Please note: this is a living document and we welcome your feedback. Kindly email Bridget Furyor Lisa van Eck with suggested amendments or additions. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  South Africa 

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Enterprise Solutions to 2030

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 16, 2015

The Shell Foundation has launched a new report that offers the most complete analysis of their work, evaluating whether market forces can eradicate any of the immense development challenges many people around the world face. This report looks at the impact resulting from $207m investment into social enterprises and market-enablers, the common features of success and failure and the lessons from the emergence of promising “inclusive” markets that inform our strategy today.

Enterprise Solutions for 2030 aggregates the learning from more than 200 partnerships with public and private social investors over the last 15 years, exploring different ways in which resources can be deployed to eradicate obstacles to energy access, sustainable urban mobility and job creation.

Download the report from the Shell Foundation now

Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  entrepreneurship ecosystems 

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Mapping the Social/Inclusive Business Field in Brazil

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The objectives of this study are to:

  • Identify actors in the area of businesses that aim to reduce poverty, specifically.
  • Collect and analyze data relating to operations, performance and impact, as well as relationships with other actors and role in the ecosystem
  • Promote results to people/organizations interested understanding the field in Brazil 

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Tags:  ecosystem  Impact Evaluation  Latin America  Sector publication 

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Impact Investing: A Framework for Policy Design and Analysis

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This publication represents a framework for thinking about the role government policy can play in creating an enabling environment for impact investing. This framework is based on, and illustrated by, 16 individual policies in 13 countries. The following document represents a significant contribution to our thinking about impact investing policy, but it is only the departure point for a conversation that must necessarily become more concrete as it finds application in specific impact objectives, sectors and geographies. We look forward to working with IRI, InSight and other partners to refine the framework and use it as a basis for additional research and policy proposals to unlock impact investment. 

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Tags:  Development  ecosystem  impact investing  Sector publication 

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Creating Shared Value

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 "The capitalist system is under siege. In recent years business increasingly has been viewed as a major cause of social, environmental, and economic problems. Companies are widely perceived to be prospering at the expense of the broader community..."

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Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication 

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Early Stage Social Enterprise EcoSystem Workshop

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This is a summary of a workshop held in Nairobi December 4-6, 2012. Stakeholders from across the early-stage enterprise ecosystem convened to identify & design high-leverage initiatives that could strengthen support for enterprises through development stages to achieve scale and build sustainably in order to provide broad solutions for large, disadvantaged populations.

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  Base of the Pyramid  BoP  Development  Economic Growth  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  Philanthropy; impact investing  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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