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About the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, ANDE believes that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty. ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization. For more information please click here.

ANDE staff has been featured in the following media outlets



ANDE Executive Director Transition


Announcement on Executive Randall Kempner's Departure 

February 12, 2020


Democracy that Delivers: Randall Kempner on ANDE's Strategy for the Next Decade


Center for International Private Enterprise's "Democracy that Delivers" Podcast

Kim Eric Bettcher
November 14, 2019


Randall Kempner and CIPE’s Director of Knowledge Management, Kim Bettcher, discuss ANDE’s strategy over the past decade since its founding in 2009, and what its new strategy will be in the next decade.


Charting the Next Decade in the Global Small and Growing Business Sector: A Q&A with ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner


Next Billion

Scott Anderson
October 10, 2019 


As the organization celebrates its 10-year anniversary with about 300 members representing some 150 countries, Scott Anderson and Randall Kempner discuss where ANDE is going, how it plans to get there, and what that will ultimately mean for entrepreneurs around the world looking to lead more profitably empowered lives.


LAUNCH: ANDE Gender Equality Initiative and Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund


September 24, 2019


ANDE announces a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), under the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, and the Visa Foundation to launch the ANDE Gender Equality Initiative to support women entrepreneurs in emerging markets.


How to Help Social Enterprises Scale: New Research Suggests It's Not Just About Financial Capital 


Next Billion

Mark Horoszowski 
January 29, 2019 


Mark Horoszowski details ANDE's new report with the IGC on what works to support small and growing businesses, citing that the report provides some compelling data, suggesting that investments in people might be the best investments when it comes to creating jobs. 

The Latest in Impact Investing in Latin America: Recent Data Shows Dynamic Growth - And New Challenges 

Next Billion
Rebeca Rocha
January 10, 2019  

Latin America has been making global headlines, though often for negative reasons. But, there’s another development that’s been building up under the radar: the growth of impact investing in the region. ANDE recently launched the second edition of "The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America," in association with LAVCA, which explores trends and insights. . 

Six Ways to Support Small and Growing Businesses in Emerging Markets 

Stanford Social Innovation Review 
Matt Guttentag
January 3, 2019 

Entrepreneur support programs are popular among donors, but many fail to incorporate rigorous research on the most effective ways to help businesses grow. Insights from current academic literature can help improve program design. 

ANDE West Africa launches Ibadan and Port Harcourt Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot

November 15, 2018

ANDE recently launched the entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshots of Ibadan and Port Harcourt, Nigeria. These reports expand on the study of the entrepreneurial landscape of Nigeria, of which Abuja and Lagos snapshots have been previously launched.

Creating Jobs, Alleviating Poverty

Marci Krivonen
October 26, 2018 

Starting a business anywhere is difficult, but an emerging market faces unique and particularly challenging hurdles. Uganda is the most entrepreneurial country in the world, but common difficulties such as funding and finding talent keep businesses from becoming sustainable. Listen to this podcast to learn more about ANDE's Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative. 

Impact investors pour $1.4bn in unexplored corners 


October 18, 2018

Investors cast aside economic growth concerns and deployed $1.4 billion into Latin American impact investments in 2016 and 2017. Keep reading. 


Impact Alpha
Roodgally Senatus
October 16, 2018

Impact investors invested a total of $1.4 billion in Latin America in 2016 and 2017. Read more in Impact Alpha's coverage of our Impact Investing in Latin America report. 

Finding More Investment Support for Gender-Diverse Founding Teams

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Devyani Singh
August 29, 2018

Women co-run businesses are outperforming their male-only counterparts, but not enough investors are betting on them. Here’s what we can do to support representative entrepreneurial ecosystems and how an India-based investor is pointing the way, according to ANDE's Senior Program Coordinator in India, Devyani Singh

Investidor de 'impacto' encara falta de negócios ('Impact' investor faces lack of business)

Valor Económico
Sérgio Tauhata
July 31, 2018

ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, was quoted in one of Brazil's major finance and economics newspapers after the 2018 Impacto Conference. Read the article (in Portuguese) here

Emerging-markets impact investors turn away from small businesses, at their peril

Impact Alpha
Dennis Price
July 30, 2018

"More capital than ever is being raised by emerging-market private equity and venture capital funds. But less of it is going to small and growing businesses." Read Dennis Price's assessment of ANDE's most recent State of the Small and Growing Business Sector report. 

Supporting Homegrown Solutions to Global Development Challenges 

Randall Kempner
June 14, 2018

TechnoServe and peer organizations in the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) know that small and growing businesses are critical drivers of economic growth and social change. ANDE's executive director breaks down how local entrepreneurs in emerging markets are taking a lead role in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Show Me the Money: How much do accelerators really help entrepreneurs raise? 

Stephanie Buck
May 29, 2018

Do accelerators really help entrepreneurs raise more money for their businesses? The answer so far seems to be yes – both in emerging market country contexts, as well as in high-income countries. But how much and to what extent they are effective varies greatly from program to program. Keep reading. 

Key Insights from the Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in India by the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative 

Vallabh Rao  
February 28, 2018

Until recently, we have known little about their effectiveness or how differences across programs and models influence entrepreneur performance. Vallabh Rao writes about the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative's (GALI) recently released report on a sample of incubators and accelerators in India. 

The Rise of Accelerators: Data on Increased Entrepreneurship Support in India

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Insights
Endeavor Insight
February 26, 2018

Endeavor Insight discusses the latest report from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), which provides a landscape of acceleration and incubation in India. 

Seed Capital for Impact Businesses Only Exists when You Join Purpose with Results (In Portuguese)

Pequenas Empresas & Grandes Negocios
Amanda Oliveira
February 21, 2018

At an ANDE member event on seed investing for impact businesses, Rob Parkinson, consultant for ANDE Brazil, spoke about the importance of and market size for impact investing in Brazil. 

How young innovators can grow

The Nation
Daniel Essiet
December 27, 2017

The ANDE West Africa Chapter held a meeting on incubation and acceleration in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2017. This article provides a summary of the insights and happenings at the event. 

Brain Gain: Impact investing in Latin America's new wave of startups

Impact Alpha
Nathan Lustig
November 27, 2017

Nathan Lustig, managing partner at Magma Partners, explores how tech entrepreneurs are tackling the challenges of financial inclusion, health care, and agriculture, citing heavily from ANDE's Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America report. 

Game-changing Technology is Not Enough

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Stephanie Buck
November 13, 2017

Mobile technology-driven solutions that aim to create social impact need to invest in customer-centric development and user training. 

Startup Accelerators Have Become More Popular in Emerging Markets — and They’re Working

Harvard Business Review
Peter Roberts & Randall Kempner
October 2, 2017

Mismatched goals between investors and entrepreneurs as well as a potential cultural bias may both prove to limit the positive effect that accelerators have in emerging market contexts. Regardless, accelerators still have an important role to play that can help position entrepreneurs for success. ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner and Academic Director of Social Enterprise at Goizueta, Peter Roberts, discuss how

How big companies are turning to small businesses to expand their reach - and their impact

Randall Kempner & Stephanie Buck
September 5, 2017

The key to unlocking global prosperity may be right under our noses. Partnering with small and growing businesses can create social wins even for corporations not explicitly focused on social impact. This article explores how with real-world examples. 

The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of ANDE

Business of Giving
Denver Frederick
August 2017

Better Than Most is a regular feature of The Business of Giving examining the best places to work among social good businesses and nonprofit organizations. This episode features a visit to the ANDE offices, where host Denver Frederick interviewed Executive Director Randall Kempner, and three ANDE staff members about what it's like to work at ANDE.

Rede Temática discute como institutos e fundações têm se engajado com o campo de negócios de impacto social no mundo (Thematic Network discusses how institutes and foundations have been engaged with the social impact business field in the world)

July 31, 2017

This article (in Portuguese) discusses a presentation and discussion that ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner led in Brazil on philanthropic capital and private and social investment. ANDE member ICE also wrote up a summary of the event (also in Portuguese). 

Disruptivo No. 158 - GALI

Disruptivo.TV - Emprendimiento Social
July 4, 2017

In this podcast episode, Disruptivo speaks with ANDE’s partners at Emory University about the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), which is evaluating whether or not accelerators have a positive impact on businesses that go through these programs. This episode is in a mix of Spanish and English.

Listen to it on Soundcloud, YouTube, or iTunes

ANDE launches entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshot of Lagos

Nigerian Tribune
July 3, 2017

In developed and developing economies, the role of Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) cannot be overemphasized. The Nigerian Tribune covered the ANDE West Africa Chapter's Lagos entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshot launch, identifying trends, challenges, and opportunities. 

How to boost productivity with SMEs' growth 

The Nation Nigeria
June 28, 2017

The ANDE West Africa Chapter was featured in The Nation, a Nigerian newspaper, for releasing the Lagos Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot. This article discusses what is required for a start-up community to thrive. 

'One Size Fits All' Investing is Limiting Innovations in East Africa and India

Ross Baird and Dave Kim
June 25, 2017

Ross Baird of Village Capital and Dave Kim of the Gates Foundation address the the Silicon Valley model of investing,arguing that there is a "fundamental disconnect between entrepreneurs and (often foreign) investors in East Africa and India." They cite ANDE in reference to their discussion of human capital. 

Accelerators, What Are They Good For? 

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Insights
Lili Torok
May 22, 2017

Endeavor Insight explores the data and summarizes the key findings in the 2017 Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) report, which compares startup acceleration in emerging market and high-income countries. 

Q&A: Boosting Options for Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia

Lisa Cornish
May 11, 2017

A new partnership announced in April will see the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Rockefeller Foundation join forces to boost entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia. Devex spoke with Jenny Everett, managing director of ANDE, about the impact and and goals of the new partnership. 

Here's Proof Accelerators Work 

Disrupt Africa
May 5, 2017

Gabriella Mulligan writes about the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative's (GALI) findings in its second major report. Accelerator programs in emerging markets are growing revenues, employees, equity, and debt investment. GALI is a collaboration between ANDE and Emory University. 

Global Accelerator Learning Initiative Releases Second Major Report

May 4, 2017

The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), a partnership between ANDE and Emory University, has released its second major report. Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets: Insights from 43 Programs examines data from over 2,400 early- stage ventures that applied to 43 acceleration programs run by twelve different organizations in nine countries. The report, developed in partnership with Deloitte Canada, compares the performance of accelerators in emerging markets with those operating in high-income countries (categories as defined by the World Bank). 

Data and the Regional Economy

The Atlantic Live
March 30, 2017

Steve Clemons of The Atlantic interviews ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, on a session called Data and the Regional Economy during Crunching the Numbers: an Atlantic forum on data analytics and tomorrow's workforce. 

Latin America Impact Investors Set Sights on Social Returns 

Thomson Reuters Foundation
Sophie Hares
March 21, 2017

With traditional investment funds now hunting for impact opportunities alongside venture capitalists in Latin America, where Mexico, Brazil and Colombia grab most attention,Sophie Hares interviews experts on the subject, including ANDE's Central America and Mexico Chapter Manager, Katia Dumont, to find out where the most impact can happen and how. 

New Ideas Light Up Start-Up Prospects

Sunday Times
Zipho Sikhakhane
March 19, 2017 

Entrepreneurship is growing in South Africa. On the heels of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Zipho Sikhakhane writes about how levels of entrepreneurship has increased, while pointing out the challenges that remain, based on the latest entrepreneurial ecosystem map that ANDE's South Africa regional chapter just released. 

Letter from Tanzania: Fighting Unemployment  by Skilling Up for Problem-Solving Startups

Kate McElligott and Mary Mwangi
March 14, 2017

Youth unemployment remains a major challenge in East Africa, while startups often have trouble filling all their open positions that will help them scale up their business. Mary Mwangi and Kate McElligott share how ANDE members are helping solve these challenges. 

Impact Investment: 5 Points to Understand the Evolution of the Industry in Brazil (Investimento de Impacto: 5 pontos para entender a evolução dessa indústria no Brasil nos últimos anos) 

Inter-American Development Bank
Rebeca Rocha and Rob Parkinson
March 14, 2017

The impact investing landscape in Brazil has evolved significantly in the past several years. Two ANDE staff members based in Brazil, Rebeca Rocha and Rob Parkinson, write about the top five things you need to know to understand the evolution of the industry (in Portuguese). 

The Challenges and the Entrepreneurship Landscape for Women In Mexico (Los retos y el panorama del emprendimiento para las mujeres en Mexico) 

Noticieros Televisa
Interview with Rosario Uriarte
March 8, 2017

On International Women's Day, Rosario Uriarte, ANDE's Central America and Mexico Regional Chapter Program Coordinator, discusses the challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Mexico with with Noticieros Televisa in Mexico (in Spanish). 

New Landscape of Accelerators

Global Entrepreneurship Congress
Genevieve Edens
March 2, 2017

The Merriam-Webster dictionary declares that an “accelerator” could be a device for controlling speed, or an apparatus for imparting high velocities to charged particles, but makes no mention of startups.But Google search results towards accelerators of the entrepreneur variety. So what does the entrepreneurship landscape look like. ANDE's Director of Research and Impact, Genevieve Edens, writes to point to a new source to find out. 

Exploring the Accelerator Landscape

Business Fights Poverty
Genevieve Edens
March 1, 2017

Hundreds of accelerators—intensive, short term programs that speed up the development of early stage ventures to succeed, or fail—have emerged around the world. While the concept began in Silicon Valley, international development funders have seen the model as a way to drive growth in emerging markets as well. Genevieve Edens, ANDE's Director of Research and Impact, shares a sneak peek of new data that compares accelerator data in emerging markets and in developed countries. 

Letter from India: How Poop is Becoming Big Business for Small Companies

Devyani Singh 
January 10, 2017 

Access to clean water and sanitation has enormous health and development implications, especially in urban slums. ANDE's India Regional Chapter Program Coordinator, Devyani Singh, writes about increasingly viable business solutions to address the sanitation crisis in India, and how these solutions are essential to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Letter from Brazil: Collective Action to Help Small Businesses Achieve Development Goals

Rob Parkinson
December 22, 2016

As the host of two historic UN summits on sustainable development in the past 25 years, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is actively engaged in testing innovative approaches to reach the sustainable development goals.Rob Parkinson, a consultant for the ANDE in Brazil, writes about how local and global efforts to support small and growing businesses in Brazil are having an impact. 

Indian social enterprises have huge potential: British Council report

Live Mint
Moyna Manku
December 20, 2016

A British Council report says that a majority of social enterprises in India are focused on skill development, followed by education. Moyna Manku highlights the key findings of this report, conducted in partnership with the British Council, Ennovent Pvt Ltd, and ANDE.

From Aspen to Accra

Ideas: the Magazine of the Aspen Institute
Kate McElligott
November 17, 2016

260 member organizations, based in 35 countries, working in emerging-market economies around the world with a single shared mission: spur entrepreneurship to help the poor. Kate McElligott, ANDE’s Director of Strategic Development writes about how ANDE moved from idea to reality, and the impact members are having individually and collectively. 

The State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa: A Closer Look at Cities and Ecosystems 

Endeavor South Africa
Lisa Van Eck 
November 14, 2016

In this article for Global Entrepreneurship Week, Lisa van Eck, ANDE's South Africa Regional Chapter Coordinator writes about the importance of ecosystems, youth, gender, and skills deficits, and also examines access to finance and impact investing in the South African context. 

Business of Giving: Interview with Randall Kempner

Business of Giving
Randall Kempner and Denver Frederick
November 6, 2016

Denver Frederick interviews ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, on the Business of Giving radio show. Listen to the recording to learn more about ANDE's mission, vision, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.  

How Small Businesses are Having a Big Impact on the Global Goals

Randall Kempner
October 13, 2016

In the first of a series on the sustainable development goals, Randall Kempner advises global leaders not to discount small businesses in the march towards the global goals. 

Terms of Reference 121: Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Podcast from Stephen Ladek
October 10, 2016

On the 121st episode of Aidpreneur's Terms of Reference podcast, Stephen Ladek interviews Randall Kempner, ANDE's Executive Director about ANDE, impact investing, and the future of entrepreneurship. 

What Impact Investors Can Know Now About Latin America

Devex Impact
Naki B. Mendoza
September 9, 2016 

A new report is starting to fill the void in access to reliable data to inform investment decisions. The report is compiled by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association — abbreviated LAVCA in Spanish — and LGT Impact Ventures, an impact investor. Naki B. Mendoza reviews the report and interviews ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner about the report and its implications for impact investing in Latin America. 

Entrepreneurship Needs to be a Bigger Part of U.S. Foreign Aid

Harvard Business Review 
Steven R. Koltai
August 15, 2016

Steven Koltai argues why the U.S. foreign aid budget should include more funding for global entrepreneurship. Koltai also discusses ANDE's research on what percentage of global aid goes toward entrepreneurship, as well as how the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative is exploring important issues around what seems to be working in startup acceleration. 

Silicon Valley Chases Unicorns, but Should Global Entrepreneurship Efforts also Look for Them? 

Catherine Cheney 
August 11, 2016 

Unicorn is a Silicon Valley buzzword that describes companies that are valued at $1 billion or more. But many in the global development community are questioning whether this should be a benchmark for entrepreneurial success. ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, is featured in this article, arguing that what matters more is reaching a billion people. 

Getting Silicon Valley Behind Development: First, Change its Attitudes

Financial Times 
Randall Kempner
July 5, 2016 

ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, writes about what needs to change in Silicon Valley in order to truly support entrepreneurs in emerging market countries to no only create sustainable enterprises, but to also tackle the Sustainable Development Goals. 

This article has also been shared on ImpactAlpha

The Catholic Church's Vision for Impact Investing

Devex Impact
Naki B. Mendoza
June 24, 2016

The Catholic Church now wants to apply market-based solutions to solve the world's most intractable problems. In advance of the Vatican Conference on Impact Investing, Naki B. Mendoza interviews ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner and others in the ANDE network about the role the Catholic Church can play in moving the needle impact investing for global poverty reduction. 

Five Lessons in Investing for Impact

Markets For Good
Tara Murphy Forde
June 23, 2016

Tara Murphy Forde, Vice President of Impact and Strategic Initiatives at Global Partnerships, shares her view on the importance of industry engagement and highlights some of her high level take-aways from the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Metrics from the Ground Up conference.

Global Entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley: We Have Arrived

June 22, 2016
By David Bank and Dennis Price

For all of the disruptions wrought by the global digital revolution, “Silicon Valley” has sometimes turned its back on the rest of the world. David Bank and Dennis Price dive into what may be missing from the conversations in Silicon Valley, including at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and how ANDE and its members are an important for helping the small and growing businesses around the world that can actually tackle the development challenge. 

Spotlight: Meet Peter Roberts, Academic Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University

Business Fights Poverty
June 16, 2016 
By Yvette Torres-Rahman

In this podcast, Peter Roberts discusses to what extent accelerators actually accelerate growth of early-stage ventures and what types of programming offered by accelerators have the highest impact on entrepreneurial success.  Accelerators are affected by some of the challenges small and growing business face, like attracting managerial talent. This and other challenges are detailed further in ANDE's State of the Sector report, which is also discussed during this episode.

SMEs: Emerging Markets 'Promise Land' for Impact Investment

June 15, 2016
By Petra Cahill

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) believes that the small and growing business sector is the lynchpin holding the promise of emerging market impact investing together, Petra Cahill writes. In this article, she interviews ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner about ANDE, how ANDE connects the small & growing business sector in emerging markets to impact investing capital, and what ANDE finds that small business entrepreneurs most need. 

Trends for Small Businesses Reported

My Social Good News
June 15, 2016
By Api Podder

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) released its annual State of the Small & Growing Business Sector Report on June 15, 2016. The report explores the state of the global SGB sector and also dives into regional market insights. It discusses the hurdles for emerging market entrepreneurship—access to capital, talent and markets—and assesses how well the sector is addressing these.

The Market as a Social Change Agent (O mercado como agente de mudanças sociais)

Valor Econômico
June 8, 2016
By Sergio Goldman

Sergio Goldman, a consultant and former financial market executive who now writes for one of Brazil's major newspapers, explores the growth of the impact investing market in the country. He highlights the Impact Investing mapping exercise that ANDE conducted in 2014, along with the work various ANDE members have been doing locally.

Eye on the Social Enterprise

Campden FB
May 27, 2016
By Jessica Tasman-Jones

Setting out to do good with your career is no longer just the realm of the charitable sector. Jessica Tasman-Jones spoke with social entrepreneurs from business-owning families trying to tackle the world’s ills one by one, and references ANDE's research on impact fund managers on the African continent. 

NGOs Should Offer Business Support to Grow Impact Investment in Frontier Markets 

May 27, 2016
By Henning Ringholz, Agustin Belloso, and Mark Wallace

Non-governmental organizations have a unique role to play in supporting enterprises in frontier markets. Several ANDE members are actually part of an impact investing network that ANDE and InsideNGO support to help NGOs address the key skill gaps that social enterprises experience in emerging makets. 

A Hard Look at Accelerators

Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship blog, a joint publication of the Kauffman Foundation and the Public Forum Institute
April 11, 2016
By Jonathan Ortmans

While many startup success stories like Facebook did not involve accelerators, most entrepreneurs now consider them part of the start and scale journey. This has driven demand for the launch of hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, prompting us to question how differences across accelerator programs influence startup performance. 

Study finds accelerators have positive impact on investment

Disrupt Africa
March 30, 2016
By Tom Jackson

Disrupt Africa reported last year the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Emory University’s Social Enterprise @ Goizueta were to conduct a study on the impact of accelerator programs across the world. Tom Jackson reports on the first part of this research, which has now been released after the partners worked with seed-stage accelerator Village Capital to examine 15 programs and the influence they had on the startups that participated.

A new accelerator report suggests that independent work is most effective 

March 28, 2016
By Connie Loizos

In this article in TechCrunch, Connie Loizos writes about the $2.3 million private-public partnership called the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI)'s first major report release, in collaboration with Village Capital, a seed-stage accelerator that operates development programs for early-stage entrepreneurs from around the world. Loizos explores the initial findings of the report, along with the caveats. 

New insights on what makes emerging market entrepreneurship accelerators work

Devex Impact
March 28, 2016
By Adva Saldinger

Accelerators work, but the best ways to help entrepreneurs may surprise many startup veterans, according to a report released Monday that, for the first time, examines the effectiveness of accelerators and incubators working in development. Adva Saldinger reports

Lack of Human Capital Hinders Growth of Entrepreneurs 

News Ghana
March 22, 2016

ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, participated in an agribusiness-focused event and pitch competition Ghana, where he identified access to talent or human resources as a major challenge facing small businesses. The Mobile Business Clinic, which is part of the Lundin Foudation in Accra, hosted the event, selected three winners at the end of the competition. 

Narrowing the Gap Between Entrepreneurs and Investors

March 15, 2016
By Kate McElligott

ANDE's Director of Strategic Development reflects on a week spent in Amsterdam with entrepreneurs from around the globe for the launch of VilCap Communities. She realizes that attracting capital may actually be the easy part, compares do developing talent alongside financial growth, and that understanding the effectiveness of accelerators may play a key role. 

Is there room for NGOs in the impact investing ecosystem?

Devex Impact
February 12, 2016
Adva Saldinger

As traditional sources of capital show no signs of growth, as donors are making a push to work with more local organizations, and as impact investing and the role of entrepreneurship in development have gained more attention, INGOs are exploring their options. Adva Saldinger writes about how ANDE members are working to identify new ways to help out the missing middle. 

Impact Investing 101: Trainings I wish I had known about in Business School

Wall Street Oasis
February 9, 2016
London Business School Bloggers

Isaac Gross attended the ANDE Investment Manager Training (IMT) in Brazil in December 2015 and writes about his experience in Wall Street Oasis: "Impact investing is a growing industry and it is important to provide people with the resources they require. In order for the field to continue to advance, we need more programs like the MIINT and the ANDE Investment Manager Training to prepare the next generation of impact investors." 

Seek out partners, find success

The Sunday Times 
January 10, 2016
Zipho Sikhakhane

"In the same way that the aspiring runner starts by joining a running club, so should the aspiring entrepreneur tap into the existing ecosystem designed to support entrepreneurs," writes Zipho Sikhakhane in South Africa's Sunday Times (also available here). "South Africa's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Map," a detailed infographic our ANDE South Africa team created about the main finance, capacity development and ecosystem support gaps and opportunities, is featured in this article. 

Kristof on Selling Global Development

The Aspen Idea
Winter 2015/2016

The best three-letter weapon against poverty is not spelled A-I-D but J-O-B,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winner
Nicholas Kristof in his new book, A Path Appears. At this year's ANDE Annual Conference, Kristof and ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner discussed aid, development, jobs, and how corporations can play an important role in addressing critical global development challenges (page 15 of the magazine).  


Empreendedores ajudam a preencher lacuna entre educação e emprego (Entrepreneurs help fill the gap between education and employment)

December 18, 2015
By Fernanda Nogueira

This article, on a Brazilian site dedicated to innovation and education in Brazil, discusses a recent report that ANDE published with the support of SAP: "Education for the 22nd Century." It discusses the major findings and recommendations, and focuses on the Brazilian context. 

Why the world must invest in women now

Financial Times
December 8, 2015
By Randall Kempner 

"We live in a world characterized by gender inequality. Throughout the globe, women continue to struggle for equal wages, access to capital and financing, training, supply chain inclusion and more. This state of affairs is unfair, unethical and unwise. Reams of research show that investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it’s the economically smart thing to do—for women and men." Randall Kempner makes the case for why it's past time for the world to invest more in women. 

The Regional Ecosystem Approach: Unlocking Social Entrepreneurship at Scale

Global Entrepreneurship Week
November 18, 2015
By Randall Kempner and Kate McElligott

"A successful entrepreneurship ecosystem can help hundreds of social enterprises thrive," write Kate McElligott and Randall Kempner. This article lays out six things to keep in mind when implementing an entrepreneurial ecosystem initiative in order to improve the environment in which social entrepreneurs work.  

How Businesses Can Create Shared Value with Education-Focused Entrepreneurs

Shared Value Initiative
November 17, 2015
By Stephanie Buck and Nish Pangali

When employers support enterprises that improve education outcomes, they deliver success for both their own business and for young people. In this blog for the Shared Value Initiative, Stephanie Buck and Nish Pangali of SAP discuss how corporations can support education-focused entrepreneurs, and why it matters. 

Demystifying Accelerators

Social Capital Markets blog 
October 8, 2015
By Jenny Everett

In this TED-style talk by SOCAPtv, ANDE Deputy Director Jenny Everett discusses the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) and its goal to understand whether or not accelerator programs actually work. 

When are incubators and accelerators effective? Hint: We may not know yet

Devex Impact
September 14, 2015
By Adva Saldinger

Incubators and accelerators are meant to provide technical assistance to businesses on the cusp of growth. Many incubators have launched successful companies, but do developing world entrepreneurs may have a different set of needs. We need more data to find out what types of programs and which elements create the greatest impact. Adva Saldinger provides an overview of the GALI project in the context of global development and highlights insights from the GALI partners.

Filling In the Gap

Stanford Social Innovation Review
September 1, 2015
By Genevieve Edens

What good is a business plan if you can't get the financing to implement it? Genevieve Edens asks this question as she explores how creative collaborations are deploying the capital that promising social
enterprises need. 

Improving the Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Policy Through Rigorous, Relevant Research
Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship blog, a publication of the Kauffman Foundation
August 17, 2015
By Jonathan Ortmans
This blog discusses the importance of rigorous research and market assessments to understand how best to support entrepreneurial growth. Only with data, Ortmans writes, can we produce effective strategies to tackle poverty and unemployment. Discusses the new public-private partnership, the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI)

Global study into impact of accelerator programmes announced

Disrupt Africa
August 3, 2015
By Tom Jackson

Jackson writes about the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) launch at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi that took place at the end of July. He describes the goals of the new US$2.3 million partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, Omidyar Network, the Lemelson Foundation, and the Argidius Foundation, which include understanding the efficacy of accelerator programs.  

Impact Hub Kigali Opens Next Week

Disrupt Africa
July 31, 2015
By Tom Jackson

The first Rwandan Impact Hub opened in Kigali August 3rd. At a launch event, ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner gave the keynote address, during which he discussed the importance of collaboration in driving social change. 

As Business Accelerators Spread Globally, These Funders Want More Data 

Inside Philanthropy
July 29, 2015
By Sue-Lynn Moses

In this article, Sue-Lynn Moses discusses the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), a new partnership that seeks to address whether accelerators really work, what kinds of programs are most successful, and learning more about the entrepreneurs who participate in these types of programs. 

$2.3M Partnership Will Study Startup Accelerators, Especially in Emerging Markets

July 28, 2015
By Anne Field

Startup accelerator programs are running rampant around the world, but it remains unclear how effective they are, especially in emerging markets. Anne Field writes about the new $2.3 million three-year partnership that ANDE and Emory University, supported by the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, Omidyar Network, The Lemelson Foundation, and the Argidius Foundation, that will explore the impact and effectiveness of accelerators. 

Goizueta part of alliance to examine global accelerators
July 27, 2015

"Hundreds of these support programs for entrepreneurs have emerged over the past few years, and little is known about what’s working and what isn’t,” adds Sean Peters, who leads the Impact of Entrepreneurship Database at the Goizueta Business School, to this launch announcement for the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI).

Spotlight: Meet Genevieve Edens, Impact Assessment Manager, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Business Fights Poverty
July 7, 2015
Interview by Yvette Torres-Rahman

In this interview, Yvette Torres-Rahman and Genevieve Edens discuss how SGBs are making a dent in global poverty. 

Supporting Small Businesses for Big Change

Stanford Social Innovation Review
June 30, 2015
By Randall Kempner and Kate McElligott

International donors are turning to the private sector to achieve development goals, but as discussed in the State of the Sector report, a disproportionately small amount of funding goes to support small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurship. Yet returns on small and growing businesses have some of the greatest potential to benefit whole communities. Randall Kempner and Kate McElligott discuss this further in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

Help wanted: solving the talent challenge for emerging market entrepreneurs

Financial Times
June 30, 2015
By Randall Kempner 

Having qualified management teams is essential to receiving capital that can grow a business. But assembling highly qualified leadership teams is not easy. In the State of the Sector report, we cite talent development as one of the major obstacles holding entrepreneurs in emerging markets back. ANDE Executive Director, Randall Kempner, explores this issue more in the Financial Times

Making sense of social impact metrics and measurements

Devex Impact
June 29, 2015
By Naki B. Mendoza

Social enterprises the world over are bursting at the seams with innovations to tackle poverty and promote social good, but precisely how to measure the impact of their initiatives remains a recurring question. Naki B. Mendoza explores this issue in the context of ANDE's annual conference on metrics and impact measurement in Washington, DC. 

Are Small Businesses Being Overlooked in the Fight Against Poverty? 

The Guardian
May 7, 2015
By Randall Kempner 

There's a lot of talk about making the Sustainable Development Goals local. But what does that look like in practice? In this article in the Guardian, ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner discusses how local entrepreneurs can hold the key to truly sustainable development, and how we cannot forget about them. 

Embrace Emerging Market Entrepreneurship to Fight Poverty

Skoll World Forum
April 15, 2015
By Randall Kempner

What are the three biggest challenges facing small and growing businesses in emerging markets over the next three years? ANDE Executive Director, Randall Kempner, posed this question to fifteen international development leaders in February of this year. These were the top issues that emerged

Aren't Accelerators Great? Maybe...

The Wall Street Journal
April 10, 2015
By Randall Kempner and Peter Roberts

Plenty of people have opinions about accelerator programs, but where's the data? Kempner and Roberts discuss why we're in the dark on whether or not accelerators work and in what context, and what ANDE and Emory University's Social Enterprise @ Goizueta are doing about it in this Wall Street Journal article

What's Next for Emerging Market Entrepreneurship? 

The Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2014
By Randall Kempner

The world needs jobs—and small, early-stage businesses in developing countries have the potential to create them. Yet, emerging market startups struggle with the same challenges as larger, more established firms. Randall Kempner writes about the obstacles for small and growing businesses - or SGBs as we like to refer to them - in the Wall Street Journal

Metrics 3.0: A New Vision for Shared Metrics

Stanford Social Innovation Review
June 4, 2014
By Mike McCreless, CJ Fonzi, Genevieve Edens, & Saurabh Lall 

After tremendous progress in standardizing language and platforms for shared measurement over the past five years, have we reached a plateau? As a group of organizations with the shared mission of supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) in low- and middle-income countries, we have agreed on common terms for measurement, aggregated our data, and started to demonstrate our collective scale and reach. So where do we take metrics from here?

Filling Out the Middle

Stanford Social Innovation Review
November 21, 2013
By Brandon Keim 

Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article about ANDE, lauding its "impressive trajectory." 

Can Business Solve Poverty? 

Fast Company
October 3, 2013
By Alice Korngold

ANDE is featured in an article by Alice Korngold about the potential for business to solve poverty. The article recaps some of the great points made during the expert panel at ANDE's Annual Conference. The panel featured Jacqueline Novgratz, Paul Polak, and Paul Basil. 

Lenders Target Developing Nations' Top Entrepreneurs

Wall Street Journal
June 17, 2013
By Andrew Aylward 

Andrew Aylward writes about ANDE in the Wall Street Journal, quoting ANDE's Executive Director Randall Kempner.

Impact Investing: Lots of Interest, but Where's the Big Money?

Bloomberg Business Week
June 13, 2013
By John Tozzi 

In an article in Business Week, John Tozzi discusses Impact Investing, and quotes ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner. 

Learning from Microfinance's Woes

Harvard Business Review
February 27, 2012
By Randall Kempner 

Randall Kempner writes about lessons from microfinance in the Harvard Business Review blog

Helping Businesses Thrive in Developing Countries

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
March 31, 2011
By Nicole Wallace

Nicole Wallace writes about the challenges that small and growing businesses face in developing countries, and the organizations that are working to help these businesses as a way of improving the standard of living for local residents, including ANDE. 

How ANDE is Lifting Up Growing Businesses in the Developing World

Fast Company
March 25, 2011
By Ariel Schwartz

Tiny startups in developing countries have a savior in microfinancing organizations like Kiva, but what about the small- to medium-sized businesses that don't qualify for microloans? These businesses, commonly called "the missing middle," have between 10 and 300 employees and usually seek between $20,000 and $2 million. They are the backbone of economic growth in developing nations, but are tragically undersupported. Ariel Schwartz writes about how ANDE and its members are trying to fill this gap.