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Annual Conference 2018 Recap

2018 ANDE Annual Conference
October 2-4, 2018
Tarrytown, NY

 In 2018, 267 participants from 179 organizations and 37 countries gathered at the ANDE Annual Conference to discuss pressing issues of the small and growing business sector.

Below are some highlights from the conference as well as a file library of presentations and notes from the various panels and breakout sessions. Check out our Facebook page for the full photo album from the conference. 

 
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Keynote Speaker: Manuel Wiechers Banuet, CEO and founder of Iluméxico
Keynote speaker Manuel Wiechers Banuet shared his entrepreneurial journey from being a recent college graduate interested in renewable energy 9 years ago, to being the CEO of a company employing 60 people and bringing light to 16,000 homes in Mexico - and counting. Manuel also gave the ANDE community a lot to think about in terms of making and measuring sustainable impact and understanding how ecosystem actors can be most supportive to entrepreneurs like himself. Check out a post-interview video recap here.

Keynote Speaker, Manuel Wiechers Banuet

Plenary: Behind the Conference Room Doors:  How Funders Make Decisions in the SGB Sector 
Nicholas Colloff of Argidius Foundation, Carol Dahl from The Lemelson Foundation, Whitney Dubinski from USAID, and Liesel Pritzker Simmons of Blue Haven Initiative discussed the myriad of ways that their organizations make decisions to drive the SGB sector forward. They also gave ANDE members an inside look at how organizations like theirs evaluate their entrepreneurship-related grants and how those experiences have influenced their funding strategies at large. 

                                                                                                               ANDE Annual Conference 2018 Breakout Session

 

ANDE members also shared new ideas and challenges to the SGB sector through ten-minute Micro-Talks:

  • Dean Hand, from Ashburton Investments, spoke about ways that philanthropic capital can unlock traditional capital to accomplish more for the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 
  • Max Cuvellier, representing GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation, shared how mobile operator partners can be one of the keys for them to unlock scale and impact. 
  • Ernesto Herrera, of Reforestamos Mexico, discussed how the SGB sector could harness the power of SGBs to make landscape restoration profitable. 
  • Jonathan Leape, with IGC, spoke about how the SGB sector can learn from the creative process of success and failure to develop new, more effective approaches for targeting, training or finance that are far more effective.
  • Shashank Mani, representing Jagriti, introduced the "Middle of the Diamond" metaphor and asked how it could shine through enterprise. 

 

                                       Micro-talk speaker, Max Cuvellier 

Report Launch Rundown
ANDE members seized the opportunity to share major announcements and report launches with the network. Below are direct links to some of our member's latest developments:

ANDE Member of the Year - Organization Award

Mercy Corps received this year’s Member Organization of the Year Award for their leadership within the SGB sector and for their engagement in various ANDE chapters. 

 
                                                                                                                      ANDE Member of the Year, Mercy Corps

ANDE Member of the Year - Individual Award

Shawn Theunissen, from Property Point, was recognized as ANDE's Member of the Year. He provides support to our South Africa chapter, mobilizing his whole team to support ANDE, from our communications to local events. Not only does he engage the current membership, but also connects ANDE to potential members and governments to push forward our network’s goals. He is invested in our growth and serves as a steering committee member for our South Africa chapter.

 

                                                                                                                     ANDE Member of the Year, Shawn Theunissen

Annual Conference 2018 Session Notes

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This is a collection of notes taken by ANDE staff members during the 2018 Annual Conference, October 2-4. This file library aims to provide ANDE members with unrestricted access to the ideas shared during the conference, for use and review as needed. Please contact Carly Giddings, carlson.giddings@aspeninstitute.org or Danielle Snowden, danielle.snowden@aspeninstitute.org with any questions or comments.
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