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WCS's Conservation Enterprise Development Fund now accepting expressions of interest

Posted By London Davies, Wildlife Conservation Society, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dear ANDE community, 

 The Wildlife Conservation Society announces its second annual award process for supporting early-stage conservation-friendly businesses in the landscapes and seascapes in which we operate through the Conservation Enterprise Development Fund (CEDF). CEDF offers technical assistance, small seed grants and support in obtaining patient capital loans to enterprises seeking to have a positive impact on biodiversity and local communities. For more information and for application instructions, please visit: http://globalinitiatives.wcs.org/cedf 

Expressions of interest are being accepted through January 31st, 2014.

Thanks,


London Davies
Director, Conservation Enterprise Development Fund (CEDF)
Wildlife Conservation Society

Tags:  Access to Finance  capacity development  early stage ecosystem 

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NYC Event TONIGHT (12/19): Support Social Entrepreneurship in LatAm

Posted By Dana Warren, Agora Partnerships, Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This holiday season, support entrepreneurs across Latin America who are forging a new path for business in their communities, their countries, and around the world. 

 

Philanthropically invest in one of the Agora Entrepreneur Crowdfunding campaigns and help leaders across Latin America accelerate their impact through innovate business models

 

 

If you happen to be in the NYC area TODAY (Dec 19) at 6pm join us for a special event with 118 Capital to celebrate entrepreneurs who are redefining the role of business in society. We'd love to see you there!

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USAID's Open Innovation Competition: Upcoming Deadline 12/16

Posted By Kristen Gendron, U.S. Agency for International Development, Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013

USAID's Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program seeks innovative development solutions in any sector and country, and from nearly any organization in the world. The next competition round closes December 16, 2013. Apply today! 

More about DIV 

DIV at USAID is an open competition supporting breakthrough solutions to the world's most intractable development challenges—interventions that could change millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost. DIV is interested in innovations that are expected to lead to transformative (as opposed to incremental) improvements that could ultimately scale across multiple developing countries and, ideally, multiple sectors in these countries. 

More about how to apply

Virtually any organization is eligible to apply with a solution for a development challenge in any sector or country in which USAID operates. Interested applicants must submit a five-page business plan, or Letter of Interest, to the DIV competition outlining their innovation and its potential to be more cost-effective, evidence-based, and scalable than traditional approaches. The DIV competition is open quarterly, with the next round closing December 16 at 11:59 EST.

 More information on how to apply can be found online: www.usaid.gov/div/apply.

Tags:  Africa  ANDE Members  Business  Entrepreneurship  entrepreneurship ecosystems  impact investing  innovation  Scale  Social entrepreneurship 

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Accelerate an Entrepreneur - Agora Crowdfunding is LIVE!

Posted By Dana Warren, Agora Partnerships, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Dear Agora Community,
 

We selected our class of 2014. They are amazing. And they need your help!

 

We are very excited to announce a partnership with Indiegogo to enable the Agora community to invest directly - via the Agora crowdfunding page - in the development of entrepreneurs across Latin America with big dreams of building businesses that can address our most pressing social and environmental problems.

 

 

The 30+ entrepreneurs selected to the Agora Class of 2014 (official announcement to come early 2014) are all committed to using business to create change. They have passion, vision, skills, and dedication, but many need support to participate in the Agora Accelerator so they can gain the knowledge, networks and capital they need to succeed.

 

A small donation to help an entrepreneur participate in the program will result in exponential impact. Entrepreneurs who have participated in the Accelerator have experienced an average annual revenue growth of 80% post-accelerator and an increase in net income by a factor of 5. These companies have also substantially increased their impact, creating more than 1000 new jobs and increasing full-time employee wages by 36%.

 

We are asking our community to help level the playing field for these amazing entrepreneurs.

 

All contributions are 100% tax deductible and no support is too small. Check out their campaign pages, and if you believe the world will be better if these businesses succeed, please make a contribution.

 

 

 

Campaigns will go live on a rolling basis so check back often. Help us spread the word by sharing this message with your own networks!


Thanks for supporting the Agora Class of 2014!

                                                                                

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Philanthropy; impact investing  social business  Social entrepreneurship 

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Creating the Environment for Entrepreneurial Success

Posted By Kim Bettcher, Center for International Private Enterprise, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
CIPE’s special report "Creating the Environment for Entrepreneurial Success” offers glimpses into scaleable, sustainable solutions to innovation and growth. Featuring experts such as Hernando de Soto, Robert Litan, Jonathan Ortmans, Mary Shirley, and more, this report suggests ways we can go beyond helping select entrepreneurs and actually nurture entrepreneurship as an entire system of innovation and opportunity.

Tags:  emerging markets  entrepreneurship ecosystems 

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Updates from Enclude!

Posted By Daina Ruback, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Triodos Facet and ShoreBank International become Enclude

Excerpt below; read entire press release at encludesolutions.com.

EXPANDED CAPABILITIES TO ACCELERATE INCLUSIVE, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH(London, UK)— Triodos Facet (Zeist, NL) and ShoreBank International Ltd. (Washington, DC) joined forces to form an expanded international advisory firm and today announced its new name and brand identity. The firm, now called Enclude (pronounced "n-ˈklūd”), leverages the partner companies’ combined 50-year track record of entrepreneurship development and professional services delivery to financial institutions, funders, public and private sector organisations to build a more "enclusive” and prosperous global economy.

Enclude has five registered offices and project locations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia. Enclude continues to be affiliated with Triodos Bank of the Netherlands.The uniquely memorable name and mark, with its interlocking curves, are designed to reflect the company’s purpose and what it stands for: entrepreneurs, enterprises, environment, energy, and economy, all to deliver empowerment, engagement and equity. The tagline is a unique and modern restatement of the "triple bottom line” in a way that fits Enclude’s purpose and business, and reflects its core values: People. Principles. Prosperity.

 

Enclude Capital Advisory and Michelmores successfully advise Triodos Investment Management and Bamboo Finance on exit from Xac Bank in Mongolia
Excerpt below; read entire post at encludesolutions.com.

London, November 11, 2013 – Enclude Capital Advisory announced today that it has successfully completed the divestiture of a significant minority stake in the Mongolia-based TenGer Financial Group (TFG), on behalf of its clients Triodos Investment Management and Bamboo Finance (the sellers). The stake has been sold to a consortium of investors led by ORIX Corporation of Japan, which also included the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and MAK, both existing shareholders in TFG.

TFG’s flagship subsidiary is Xac Bank – an established, fully regulated commercial bank focused on the SME and Microfinance segments, and the country’s fourth largest in terms of assets.

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Agora Partnerships' Accelerate Women Now!

Posted By Dana Warren, Agora Partnerships, Monday, November 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Help us build a 50/50 global economy by supporting Agora Partnerships' inspiring women entrepreneurs of the 2014 accelerator class! 

 
Accelerate Women Now (AWN) is a movement fueled by those who believe in the power and potential of women business leaders to be change-makers in their communities and across the globe. AWN aims to raise money for the Agora Women's Scholarship fund to ensure that no woman with real potential to improve her community through entrepreneurship is deterred from participating in the Agora Accelerator due to cost. 

 

It's time to Accelerate Women Now! Donate to the Agora Women's Scholarship Fund!

 

 

 

 

Learn More:

Take Action:

We appreciate the support of the ANDE Community! For any questions, please contact Jesse Grainger at jgrainger@agorapartnerships.org. 

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Philanthropy; impact investing  Social entrepreneurship  women 

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Call for Applications - The Innovation Prize for Africa

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 12, 2013



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he Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA)– an initiative of the African Innovation Foundation – provides $150,000 USD to winners who develop African solutions to African challenges.  The IPA is focused on identifying innovations in five key areas: 1) agriculture and agribusiness;  2) environment, energy and water; 3) health and wellbeing;  4) information & communication technology; and 5) manufacturing and service industry. We are looking for new approaches to tackle everyday challenges with market potential.

 The IPA Selection is based on the following Criteria

Marketability:  Potential for commercialization and bankability

Originality:  Innovativeness, demonstrated creativity and originality of idea

Scalability: Scale and scope and whether a reasonable strategy for moving ahead has been made

Social impact: The socio-economic impacts of the proposed innovation, and how it addresses existing development challenges faced by a community/country or the continent as whole.

Utility/technical aspects: The technological or scientific significance of the innovation in the particular field and beyond

4 Reasons You Should Apply For the IPA

1. The IPA awards a total of USD 150,000 in three categories: best innovation, the special prize for social impact and the runner-up with the best business potential innovation.

2. You would be recognized for your contribution to your country and the continent: Innovation is critical to sustaining and expanding Africa’s economic growth and your innovation could make a major contribution to sustainable development on the continent. The best way to predict the future is to create it!

3. IPA is beyond giving cash Prize: finalists and winners receive marketing insight, investor connections and other business development resources.

4. IPA winners and finalists receive a great amount of media coverage which positions them nationally and internationally and helps attract more investors and business partners.

 The IPA is more than a prize – it is a movement of African innovators/inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, venture investors and policymakers who believe that the best way to sustain Africa’s current economic growth is to scale up the good ideas that already exist on the continent.  Join us if you would like to be an important part of this movement.   Visit: www.innovationprizeforafrica.org and apply today! Deadline for IPA 2014 is on October 31st! Contact us if you have any questions: ipainfo@africaninnovation.org

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ANDE Blog on the Founding of the Legal Working Group

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, October 31, 2013

ANDE Blog on the Founding of  the Legal Working Group

 

T’was this time of year in 2011. The leaves were changing color, pumpkin flavors became available at every corner coffee shop, and the crisp New England air was making street strollers pensive and expectant. On October 28, two events happened in quick succession that would contribute to the eventual founding of the ANDE Legal Working Group. At 9:00 AM, Deborah Burand, who at the time was General Counsel at OPIC, had assembled the third in a series of Impact Investment Lawyering calls to gather lawyers and practitioners in the development entrepreneurship space to brainstorm ways to connect lawyers with the needs of change-makers in development and impact investing. Then at 10:00 AM, Randall Kempner visited the Root Capital office to give a presentation to the Root team on ANDE and its benefits to the practitioners it serves, building on Root’s role as one of the network’s founding members.  

 

Randall was surprised at the commitment the Root team showed to the spirit of Halloween. Spurred on by the playful spirit of their fearless leader, Willy Foote (who was dressed as a clown), the whole team had dressed up in some manner of Halloween costume—from Curious George to Dr. Gaga. At the end of his talk, Randall took questions, and Dr. Gaga (a.k.a. Lubna Elia, then Director of Legal Resources & Compliance at Root), who was dressed in a lab coat and had ominous black makeup covering part of her face, raised her hand and asked if ANDE had a legal working group. She had been on the 9 AM call with Deborah and was excited about the opportunity to foster collaboration and hungry for a community of legal experts that could advise Root regarding how to build its new legal function and team. After wondering if he could take her seriously, considering the both makeup and the 6-inch vinyl go-go boots that comprised the Lady Gaga portion of her outfit, Randall answered: "We do not. Would you like to start one?”

 

The Impact Investment Lawyering call and the Dr. Gaga request were just two legs of the stool, though, because about a year earlier at around the same time of year, Katrin Kuhlmann was attending a dinner party in DC where she met Deborah Burand and began talking about her desire to scale up her organization’s work around legal and regulatory reform in developing markets and build an entrepreneurial group of lawyers in the process.  Katrin had also been teaching trade and development at Georgetown Law School for five years, and Deborah, who was still on leave from a clinical professorship at the University of Michigan Law School, encouraged her to consider the potential her work held to provide clinical experience to law students.  The timing of this fated meeting was tricky though, as Katrin (not in costume) was soon to be the mother of twins.  Overhearing her conversation with Deborah, her husband tried to pry her away before she tried to start anything else in her state.  The ideas stuck, however, and thanks to encounters like this and membership in ANDE, what was then TransFarm Africa would became the New Markets Lab, with projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world and collaboration with lawyers and law schools.  It wasn’t long before Katrin followed up with Randall about her ideas for building a stronger legal community within the social enterprise sector, and the connection to Lubna and (back to) Deborah was quickly made.  In Spring 2012, the three worked together to create the Legal Working Group. 

 

Katrin took on an ANDE fellowship to manage the LWG and to get it off the ground, and she and Lubna roped in two other friends in the space, Lynn Roland, currently General Counsel at Acumen, and Alycia Kellman, currently Acting VP of Legal, Compliance & HR at Grassroots Business Fund, to participate in the initial information-gathering interviews with nearly one-quarter of the members of the ANDE community to evaluate the appetite and need for a Legal Working Group. Then at the 2012 ANDE Conference, the Legal Working Group was officially launched, attracting representatives from OPIC, USAID, Mercy Corps, Accion and others at its first meeting. Since then, the LWG has grown from its initial group of five founders to a group of more than 80 individuals. The LWG is a community of trust and collaboration that fosters international development by finding better ways to tackle legal challenges, discussing best practices, and creating a suite of tools that can be shared throughout the ANDE community.

 

The ANDE LWG has had three in-person meetings to date and will assemble again in early 2014. They have created and shared tools such as a legal guide for doing business in East Africa, an annotated model non-disclosure agreement, an arbitration guide with an annotated model arbitration clause, a glossary of social enterprise sector terms, and guidelines for developing a Code of Ethics. As one outcome of the East Africa project, the LWG is building a resource guide for ANDE members on finding qualified local counsel in the many markets in which they work, building the legal community wherever ANDE is present in the world. 

 

At the 2013 Annual Conference the LWG discussed a number of other projects to develop over the next year. For example, one subgroup will begin to collaborate on a legal guide for women entrepreneurs, thanks to the generosity of the Capacity Development Fund, and Deborah’s International Transactions Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School will work with ANDE members to develop annotated term sheets for debt and equity deals, and to develop a legal toolkit for social enterprises that are determining whether to participate in crowdfunding platforms.

 

Beyond being a source of useful tools, the LWG has become a community of not just lawyers, but also representatives of development organizations that perhaps are too small to have an in-house counsel function and yet can learn useful lessons from the lawyers in the room who are wrestling with the sticky problems of development and finding wiser and more efficient ways to get things done.

 

We invite you to join our network of lawyers and practitioners. Discover a community of peers, confidants, and experts to help you better serve your constituents and to enable them to overcome obstacles to opportunity worldwide. Visit the Legal Working Group portal on the ANDE website here

 

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Launch of the RegCharles Foundation

Posted By Fortune Odjugo, RegCharles Finance and Capital Ltd, Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

The official launch of the RegCharles foundation was held on 29 October 2013 at LCCI Conference and events center, Alausa Ikeja, Lagos.

RegCharles foundation, a non-profit arm of RegCharles Finance and Capital ltd. was set up in order to cater to the entrepreneurship needs of the unemployed, especially the marginalized women and youths in Nigeria. The foundation strives to achieve this through social impact investing; sustainable philanthropy; capacity development; as well as, women and youth entrepreneurship programs.

The The GMD, RegCharles Group, Mr Peter Damian Mbama, delivered his keynote address,  enlightening all about the idea and passion behind the RegCharles Foundation. He also explained in detail the services and activities the foundation would be involved in. He spoke about the Youth program deployment strategy which will cater to the youths on Entrepreneurship and personal finance management,RegCharles Foundation plans to take this program to secondary,  tertiary institutions and  recent or unemployed graduates.

The Women’s program deployment strategy will be targeted to rural based Female who do not have access to technology and business resources, RegCharles also plans to offer capacity building training for small and medium enterprise (SMEs) in various stages of their business. Mrs Izehi Anuge, CEO, Eleanor Thompson Support Service Group Ltd, also delivered her keynote speech titled: Doing business in Nigeria – A female entrepreneur’s perspective. A budding entrepreneur herself, she spoke about character development as a woman and emphasized the importance of honesty and integrity; putting customers first and humble beginnings.

RegCharles Foundation will indeed contribute it's quota to economic development in Nigeria, as well as focus on poverty alleviation and address unemployment issues in Nigeria. We are consistently seeking partners to work with, in delivering these objectives. 


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