Looking for financial and technical support to help grow your business?

August 29, 2016 in Hub-Blog

Through numerous interactions with entrepreneurs on the Connect to Grow programme and other initiatives, we have found that a major challenge for enterprises working at the Base of the Pyramid is accessing the right kind of financial and technical support to grow their businesses. A large number of support ... (more...)

Supporting SME growth through innovation and partnership – a review of the landscape

August 2, 2016 in Hub-Blog

This week Connect to Grow launches its first public report ‘Supporting SME growth through innovation and partnership – a review of the landscape’. The report provides a baseline for what is currently known about the role of innovation and partnership in SME growth. But it is much more than a literature ... (more...)

Connect to Grow starts search for South Asian enterprises looking for innovative ways to grow

February 12, 2016 in Hub-Blog

On 9th March 2016, Connect to Grow, the enterprise matchmaking initiative supported by the UK government, will hold its South Asia launch in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Bangladesh event commences the search for enterprises in the region who are ready to partner with innovative companies, to grow their business- ... (more...)

How can gender focused enterprises overcome deep-rooted cultural challenges?

November 15, 2015 in Hub-Blog

If you are a woman attending a business conference or event, you will, more often than not, find yourself in the minority amidst a large number of men. I have found that this is a common occurrence regardless of the theme of the event or the city where it is taking place. So it was heartening to walk ... (more...)

How are entrepreneurs overcoming the barriers to public-private sector collaboration in India

May 12, 2015 in Hub-Blog

The importance of policy and working with the government in creating an enabling environment for inclusive business was a recurring theme at the Global Sankalp Summit 2015. In fact, the Summit was deliberately held in New Delhi for the first time this year (after six years in Mumbai) to ensure Indian ... (more...)

Overcoming the challenges of improving financial inclusion

November 12, 2014 in Hub-Blog

Increasing access to formal financial services for low-income people is seen as a key enabler for people to improve their lives and escape the poverty trap. So much so, that many are campaigning for financial inclusion to be one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals beyond 2015. With 2.5 billion people ... (more...)

Two types of inclusive businesses: It’s not just size that matters

October 14, 2014 in Hub-Blog

How does one break down and analyse an inclusive business portfolio as large and diverse as Business Call to Action’s? The 94 BCtA member companies that have set up inclusive business initiatives range from global corporate conglomerates set up many decades ago, to early-stage social enterprises operating ... (more...)

Women and the Business Call to Action

September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

The UNDP’s inclusive business programme Business Call to Action is a strong advocate of using the private sector to advance the empowerment of women at the base of the pyramid. This was demonstrated at the event they held in March 2014 with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation called ‘Turning inspiration ... (more...)

What businesses think donors can do better

March 11, 2014 in Hub-Blog

What are the views of inclusive business entrepreneurs on what donors could do better? That is a question asked of the companies supported by Innovations Against Poverty and the Business Innovation Facility pilot and we have been looking at what they said. The feedback on their IAP and BIF support was ... (more...)

Working with, and for, women at the base of the pyramid

March 7, 2014 in Hub-Blog

What better way to celebrate Women’s Day on the Practitioner Hub than by showcasing some inspiring people and inclusive businesses that are giving women agency at the base of the pyramid. This story about one man’s mission to ensure women in rural India have access to cheap, sanitary ... (more...)