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INCLUSIVE BUSINESS LEADERSHIP: An executive education program for corporate changemakers Johannesburg, South Africa, November 9-13


An executive education program for corporate changemakers

Johannesburg, South Africa, November 9-13

How to develop innovative business models that create shared value for society and for the business?

What are…


Added by Michael Vollmann on September 24, 2015 at 20:49 — No Comments

Applications Open for Global Social Benefit Institute's Online & Accelerator Programs for Social Entrepreneurs

Deadline: Oct 23, 2015

Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is seeking social entrepreneurs who are addressing poverty (in any region and sector) to benefit from pro bono executive mentorship and training through the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) programs.

The GSBI has worked with over 400 social enterprises in 63 countries through 3 distinct, stage-specific programs delivered in 7 countries 100% of GSBI social…


Added by Karen Runde on September 23, 2015 at 18:34 — No Comments

Green Innovation Highlighted at 2015 SEED Awards

27 trailblazing eco-enterprises from developing countries were recognized at the 2015 SEED Africa Symposium on September 9-10th in Nairobi, Kenya, for employing business models that bring social and environmental benefits to local communities. They will join a network of more than 200 enterprises that have received a SEED Award in the last decade.

Since 2005, the SEED Award recognizes…


Added by Marion Müller vom Berge on September 18, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

'South-south exchange can shorten innovation cycles and amplify impact': Q&A with IFC's Pallavi Shrivastava

In February 2015, the IFC and Intellecap released Corridors for Shared Prosperity to encourage and accelerate inclusive business transfer between India and Africa. The report builds a strong case for the promotion of south-south innovation exchange by analyzing successful examples. We put some questions to Report lead and head of…


Added by Practitioner Hub on September 17, 2015 at 6:30 — No Comments

From farm to fork – making value chains more inclusive and learning from best practices

When working with smallholder farmers in remote and rural regions, companies often face severe challenges. These are related amongst others to infrastructure, regulatory and policy environments, and insufficient knowledge and skills. Some of them might be predictable, such as bad road conditions due to heavy rainfall, but some might not be foreseen or identified easily as the following example shows.

In the rural area of Malawi, 30-40% post-harvest losses of maize occur due to…


Added by Mareike Grytz on September 15, 2015 at 22:30 — No Comments

Innovation in India: Getting more, from less, for more

I am just returning back from an exciting set of conversations with innovators and entrepreneurs from several African countries who participated at the SEED Symposium in Nairobi.

We were launching the CONNECT TO GROW platform, with the aim of facilitating enterprises in Africa and South Asia, who see large market needs in healthcare and…


Added by Parvathi Menon on September 15, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Collaborative innovation – why, how, and what does it look like?

Collaborative innovation between mature firms and young firms is the focus of this month’s Editor’s Choice.  The report looks at how collaboration unlocks opportunities for firms, different forms that partnerships can take and highlights key ingredients for success. 

Drawing on the experience of several partnerships between corporates and start-ups, it shares a framework for planning and operating four types of collaboration, taking potential pitfalls into account.



Added by Editor's Choice on September 15, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

What has 'FOMO' got to do with impact investing?

The growing nature of the impact investment market is well documented in an increasing number of reports and research publications. Investors are optimistic about the range of opportunities that investments in businesses seeking both social or environmental as well as financial returns can provide. But a number of challenges remain. The lack of investable businesses from the investor perspective and gaps in understanding and expectations between investors and entrepreneurs are often cited.…


Added by Carolin Schramm on September 15, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Lift off! Connect to Grow team launches exciting enterprise growth programme

The potential for economic and social transformation through supporting enterprise growth is huge if the energy and conversations at the Connect to Grow programme launch are anything to go by. On 10 September 2015, the Connect to Grow team launched an exciting new programme to support African and South Asian enterprises build mutually beneficial partnerships with Indian enterprises.…


Added by Daniel on September 15, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

The value of 'seasoned' mentors

The launch of the Connect to Grow programme reminds me of the great value of business-to-business mentoring.  A number of years ago I helped to manage a programme in which highly experienced business owners would volunteer to spend time with entrepreneurs running SMEs in developing countries.  When trying to capture the essence of what these volunteers had to share, we decided that the word ‘seasoned’ captured it best. 

The word ‘seasoned’ to me carries the connotation of having lived…


Added by Tom Harrison on September 14, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Mobile Movies helps to boost sales volumes in PROOFS

The social enterprise Mobile Movies applies a combination of entertainment and education in rural areas in Bangladesh. The enterprise organizes networks of agents that bring together…


Added by Irmgard Jansen on September 14, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

SEED Winner 2015: Vula Mobile, connecting rural health workers to diagnostic tools

It is estimated that 30 million people around the world have lost their sight unnecessarily.  In the developing world, where most cases of preventable blindness occur, primary healthcare workers often lack the access to appropriate information, skills, and basic diagnostic tools. The Vula Eye Health mobile allows healthcare workers to capture patient information and carry out eye tests using a smartphone. It connects rural healthcare workers with a library of…


Added by Practitioner Hub on September 14, 2015 at 16:05 — No Comments

SEED Winner 2015: Days for Girls, breaking the silence on menstrual hygiene

Days for Girls is improving education and attitudes towards menstrual hygiene and women’s health through programs that have reached over 30,000 women and girls across Uganda. Through their innovative Enterprise program they are promoting employment in rural areas, providing training that helps women launch their own Days for Girls Enterprises.

We spoke to Libby Daghlian from SEED 2015 award winner Days for Girls about how their business is changing girls lives in…


Added by Practitioner Hub on September 14, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Connect to Grow: because customers need innovation and innovators need partners

Eminent management guru Peter Drucker argued that a business needs to do two things well to be successful: it needs to innovate and it needs to find a market. Nothing has changed. Businesses need to be clear and precise about their customer group.

Indeed, having assessed hundreds of business in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, I have seen that the better a business can define its customers, then the easier it becomes to reach them. It is also important to remember that customers buy…


Added by David Irwin on September 13, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Business Call to Action's Sixth Annual Forum | September 24 | New York

The Business Call to Action's Sixth Annual Forum will take place in conjunction with the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and the adoption of the…


Added by Tatiana Bessarabova on September 11, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge: Where Capitalism and Peacebuilding Converge

For eons, the world has been fragmented by conflict over divided beliefs (religious violence), divided boarders (wars over territories), divided power (battles for resources). Governments, politicians and donor agencies have peacebuilding as their number one agenda, taking a top-down approach and repeatedly asking: ‘How can we resolve conflict? How can we accelerate recovery? How can we avoid the next World War?’

Maybe, we have been limiting the dialogue by asking the wrong…


Added by Natasha Garcha on September 11, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Join our online bootcamp: Market research in low-income environments

The second module of our upcoming online bootcamp is all about finding the right information for your business and understanding the needs and wants of your customers. Register now for the free bootcamp on ‘Market research for a successful marketing and distribution strategy to the BoP’. In this blog post I will explain a bit more on what you can expect in module 2.

Early in 2011, I met a German investor who wanted to set up…


Added by Claudia Knobloch on September 5, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Vietnamese business development providers trained on use of Inclusive Business Accelerator toolkit

The Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA) program successfully organized a training course on Inclusive Business (IB) Tools and Services in Hanoi, Vietnam. A total of eleven Business Development Service providers and five SNV staff received trainings on essential and recognised skills for IB consultancy.

The three day training event was carried out from the 11th to the 13th August and had the objective of strengthening the…


Added by Bertil van Vugt on September 4, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Join our online bootcamp: Generating your business model!

Power Joule Limited is a renewable energy company committed to creating access to clean and affordable energy products to the Kenyan market. They manufacture high quality briquettes and agri-waste pellets. The company has an operational briquette facility in Nairobi, Kenya, and is looking to launch another pellet manufacturing facility in Nakuru.

When companies like Power Joule Limited develop their…


Added by Nicolas Chevrollier on September 4, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Inclusive Business Accelerator and Siemens Stiftung join forces to support entrepreneurs via online bootcamp

Setting up a social business in developing countries is challenging for many reasons. The IBAccelerator and Siemens Stiftung’s ‘empowering people. Network’ are both supporting entrepreneurs who are working on innovative companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Recently the two…


Added by Bertil van Vugt on September 3, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

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