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Accelerators as Drivers of Gender Equality

Posted By Natalie Ngu, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 10, 2020

Accelerators as Drivers of Gender Equality

By Impact Hub

Accelerators providing business support to entrepreneurs play a crucial role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as they prepare entrepreneurs for growth and serve as a pipeline for investors. The gender gap in acceleration is very apparent:  only 13% of applicants are women-led teams compared to 52% male-led and 35% mixed teams . This means that women entrepreneurs are less likely than their male counterparts to access and benefit from the business, network, and investment support that accelerators provide. 

For accelerators, this guide aims to be a starting point in helping to apply a gender lens to accelerators’ processes and measurement , focusing on making business support and resources more accessible for women entrepreneurs, and increasing all entrepreneurs’ awareness of gender equality and gender equity.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Gender Lens Investing  impact investing  sector publication 

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The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context: Investor Support of Enterprises

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 7, 2020

The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context: Investor Support of Enterprises

By GIIN and R3 Coalition 

This report seeks to illustrate common challenges that entrepreneurs and intermediating financial service providers are facing because of the coronavirus crisis, as well as various strategies being implemented by impact investors to address these challenges. Specifically, the report explores ways investors work with investees to address immediate solvency constraints, adjust their activities to ensure the achievement of impact and financial objectives, and reimagine business models and processes with the future in mind. 

Read the full brief here

Tags:  COVID-19  Impact Investing  investors  sector publication 

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Evidence and Tools for the Effective Mentoring of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 7, 2020

Evidence and Tools for the Effective Mentoring of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

By Spring Impact and Argidius Publication  

This report contains recommendations on creating effective micro, small, and medium sized enterprise (MSME) mentoring programs for practitioners and supporters. A key driver for reducing global poverty and unemployment is increasing the growth and sustainability of MSMEs. While technical assistance, financing, and other initiatives can help MSMEs to achieve growth and sustainability, mentoring can also have high returns on investment. 

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Tags:  mentoring  mentors  sector publication 

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Gender Lens Investing Landscape: East & Southeast Asia

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Gender Lens Investing Landscape: East & Southeast Asia 

By Sasawaka Peace Foundation 

This report is focused on investors interested in gender lens investing (GLI) and asset managers who wish to create gender lens investment vehicles in East and Southeast Asia. The report is designed to provide a landscape of gender lens investment vehicles and is intended to be used as a baseline to track the size and state of the market over time. 

 

 Read the full report here

Tags:  Gender Lens Investing  sector publication  southeast asia 

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The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context

 By GIIN and R3 Coalition 

This brief intends to describe the current state of play for impact investors. Key topics covered through this piece include: the changing social and environmental needs facing the world as the pandemic spreads, how investors’ objectives and targets have evolved to reflect these new realities, impact investment capital currently available to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, and the challenges facing impact investors’ current portfolios and limiting additional capital deployment.

 Read the full brief here

Tags:  COVID-19  impact investing  investors  sector publication 

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Connecting the Kigali Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Connecting the Kigali Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 

By Swisscontact and Credit Suisse

The Kigali ecosystem has seen a tremendous increase in entrepreneurial activities and the emergence of new Entrepreneurial Support Organizations (ESOs) over the last few years. In fact, Kigali today has one of the highest ratios of ESOs per inhabitant globally. However, the existence of these ESOs is not the principal requirement for a well-functioning ecosystem. More important is the degree to which the different actors are interconnected, whether they work in a collaborative way, and how well these services are focused around the specific needs of entrepreneurs

 Read the full report here

 

Tags:  Africa  entrepreneurship ecosystems  sector publication 

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Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian MSMEs

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian MSMEs

 By The Fate Foundation 

This report summarizes the results of a survey that the Fate Foundation in partnership with Budgit Nigeria designed and disseminated to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) businesses in Nigeria with the goal of engaging relevant stakeholders within the entrepreneurship ecosystem around designing solutions and interventions to support Nigerian MSMEs during and post COVID-19. The survey was targeted at micro, small and medium businesses across the 36 states in Nigeria including the FCT. 

 Read the full report here. 

Tags:  COVID-19  entrepreneurship ecosystems  sector publication  West Africa 

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COVID-19 and Entrepreneurs in the Developing World: Supporting Business Survival and Recovery

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 10, 2020

COVID-19 and Entrepreneurs in the Developing World: Supporting Business Survival and Recovery

 By TechnoServe Inc. 

 This report focuses on strategies to help businesses continue operating during the immediate crisis, as well as adapt to a changing situation during the recovery phase. It also provides insights on cross-cutting themes important during both the survival and recovery phases: ensuring that our responses support women’s economic empowerment, providing effective remote support, and supporting the role of small businesses in preventing food crises.

 Read the full report here

 

Tags:  COVID-19  sector publication 

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An East Africa Guide: Angel Investing During a Time of Crisis

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Thursday, June 4, 2020

An East Africa Guide: Angel Investing During a Time of Crisis 

By Intellecap and Viktoria Ventures

There has been a lot of focus on how entrepreneurs can survive the Covid-19 pandemic but they will need financing to survive. However, most of the investors are currently focusing or supporting their existing portfolio of entrepreneurs. So where is this financing going to come from? This publication provides an insight from the angel investors' perspective and provides a guide for angel investing in East Africa during a time of crisis.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  COVID-19  East Africa  investors  sector publication 

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Food System

Posted By Anna Santiago, Aspen Institute, Thursday, June 4, 2020

Impacts of COVID-19 on Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Food System

By GAIN and partners

GAIN and partners, including the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network (co-convened by the World Food Programme (WFP)), undertook a survey of food system SMEs in 17 countries in May 2020, aiming to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated control measures on their businesses and their support needs.

Read the full survey results here.

Tags:  COVID-19  sector publication 

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