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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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Inclusão Financeira na América Latina

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019

Inclusão Financeira na América Latina 

O capítulo andino e o capítulo brasileiro criaram um relatório em conjunto que fornece uma visão geral do setor de inclusão financeira na América Latina, com foco no México e no Brasil. O relatório inclui um infográfico do cenário da inclusão financeira nos dois países, usando fatos e números apresentados ao longo de nossas reuniões e mesas-redondas do Learning Lab de Métricas.

Além disso, o relatório apresenta 3 tópicos relevantes sobre inclusão financeira: produtos e serviços financeiros centrados no usuário, infraestrutura necessária para acesso aos serviços financeiros e educação financeira. Cada tópico oferece uma introdução por especialistas e estudos de caso de diversos projetos na América Latina.

Leia o relatório completo aqui.

Tags:  ANDE publication  Brazil  financial inclusion  Inclusão Financeira  Latin America  Mexico 

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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

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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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. 

Read the Full Report Here

Tags:  2018  gender  mexico  sector publication  SGBs  women 

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Acceleration in Mexico

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 4, 2017

Acceleration in Mexico:
Initial Data from Mexican Startups

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

With the support of Citibanamex, through Fomento Social Banamex, GALI is working to increase understanding of acceleration and early stage ventures in Mexico. This data summary includes information from 461 ventures operating in Mexico, contributed by 21 accelerator programs.

This data summary is available in Spanish and English. 

Tags:  2017  Acceleration  ANDE publication  GALI  Mexico 

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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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Los Invisibles: las niñas y los niños de 0 a 6 años

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Updated: Monday, October 5, 2015

Cada mexicano tiene derecho a aprender desde el día uno de su vida, y desde el nacimiento hasta los 6 años, toda niña y niño debe tener garantía de ese derecho, de ser visibles. Este trabajo de Mexicanos Primero es una primera exploración para enriquecer el diálogo social y la incidencia en políticas públicas más allá de la supervivencia infantil, en la dirección de la vida plena.

En el libro, se describe lo que se está haciendo y lo que falta por hacer para asegurar que los niños mexicanos puedan alcanzar su máximo potencial. Durante el periodo más crítico en el desarrollo de un ser humano -que coincide con el periodo en que se encuentra más vulnerable-, no podemos permitir que los niños y sus problemáticas nos sean invisibles.

Presentación de David Calderón, Director de Mexicanos Primero

Click here to read the Executive Summary in English and here to read it in Spanish.

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Tags:  education  Mexico  sector publication  youth 

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Creating Opportunities Strengthening the Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 This report analyzes the entrepreneurial journey of women in Mexico. It was undertaken in order to identify opportunities for creating an enabling environment for women through increased access to finance, skill development and public resources; unleashing their potential to contribute towards economic growth. The project stems from collaboration with a networked group of organizations under the umbrella of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), and it involved these members in the research process. Results aim to improve inclusive practices aimed at women in the sector. The Banorte Foundation, in Mexico and ANDE funded the study. The focus is on Women-led Small and Growing Businesses (WSGBs) requiring capital injections above the range of microfinance, but below commercial capital lower limits.

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Tags:  access to finance  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  financing mechanisms  Mexico  Sector publication  SGB  Women 

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Taking the Pulse of Social Enterprise Landscape in Developing and Emerging Economies - A new study by Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 28, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

For the first time, data that evaluates the ability of social enterprises to meet the basic needs of poor populations is available in a study by Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung. 

The study focuses on Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa. It examines the dynamics in the public, private, and third sectors, as well as to what extent these influence social enterprise activities. The study includes concrete recommendations on how to increase the contribution of social enterprises to poverty alleviation. 

The report is available for free here. 

Tags:  colombia  kenya  mexico  Research  sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship  south africa 

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