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Are You Reframing Your Future or is the Future Reframing You?

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, 12 hours ago

Are You Reframing Your Future or is the Future Reframing You?

By EY 

As society shifts in completely new ways, opportunities will emerge to reframe the future. To capitalize on this moment, organizations must challenge currently held assumptions about industry structures, where competition will come from, and where profit will be made. The third edition of EY Megatrends framework by EYQ, EY's think tank, exposes business leaders to trends and forces far outside their usual scope of analysis, reducing the risk of missing out on, or being sidelined by the 'next big thing'.

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Tags:  COVID-19  sector publication 

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Spurring Entrepreneurship in A Nascent Ecosystem: How Mella Inspires Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Spurring Entrepreneurship in A Nascent Ecosystem: How Mella Inspires Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

By Triple Jump commissioned by the Dutch Good Growth Fund

Mella is an entrepreneurship program in Ethiopia, launched by Novastar Ventures, an Africa-based venture capital firm focusing on investment in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria, with support from DGGF Financing Local SMEs. Mella’s virtual platform connects a young audience with successful entrepreneurs and inspires them in their ambitions of starting or growing their businesses. This document provides an overview of the program and its main success factors. It includes an overview of all the main stakeholders in the ecosystem. Furthermore, it provides lessons learned on how Mella can serve as an example to be replicated in other countries or regions, from conception and fundraising to growth, branding and provision of services. (Please note that the paper was completed before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

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Tags:  africa  sector publication 

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The State of Financial Health Startups in the Middle East & North Africa

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The State of Financial Health Startups in the Middle East & North Africa

By Village Capital

Fintech recently became the most-active sector for startup investment in MENA. While much of the media coverage has focused on digital payments and e-commerce, this report will highlight fintech innovation that is improving “financial health” for the region’s most marginalized communities: tech that helps people manage their income and expenses, weather financial shocks and plan for a healthy financial future.
 
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Tags:  fintech  MENA  sector publication 

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Charting the Future for Africa's Largest Economy: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria

Posted By Anna Santiago, Aspen Institute, Friday, May 1, 2020

Charting the Future for Africa's Largest Economy: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria

By Dalberg

In this report, Dalberg quantifies the potential impact of COVID-19 and the current global economic situation on Africa’s largest economy, identifies potential actions to mitigate the economic impacts, and calls for deeper collaboration between the public, private, and social sectors. Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are spotlighted, and the impacts of the structural inequality in Nigeria are brought to life, including findings that suggest COVID-19 will differentially affect the poor, and groups such as women and youth. The report covers sectors including agriculture, industry (focused on manufacturing and infrastructure), and services (focused on arts and entertainment, education, finance, healthcare, and trade).

 

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Tags:  Africa  COVID-19  sector publication 

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