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The Lucky 13: Meet the Sankalp Africa Summit 2016 Finalists

Selected from 500 enterprises, the Sankalp Africa Awards brings forward 13 high potential, promising African enterprises. To listen to them pitch, engage in thought leading discussions and form collaborations, join us at the Sankalp Africa Summit. to be held in Kenya School of Govt. on February25 and 26th , 2016.

Here are their names and their stories:…


Added by Kanishka Dasgupta on February 1, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Key Challenges for the “Missing Middle” in Kenya

Kenya is the largest economy in East Africa with GDP growth rates constant between 6% and 7% for the last 5 years, a strong entrepreneurial culture and increasing number of innovative tech start-ups cementing its reputation of being Africa’s “Silicon Savannah.“ An increasing number of success stories have made Kenya the most attractive private equity market in the East African region. According to Intellecap’s research since 2012, venture capital funds have committed US$ 93m and…


Added by Sheena Raikundalia on January 30, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

Unlocking the Power of Inclusive Tourism

Roundtable on Multiplier Growth through Inclusive Tourism

Sankalp Forum Southeast Asia, November 19th, 2015 – Jakarta, Indonesia

Inclusive Tourism in Southeast Asia

Each year more than one billion people travel across international borders. Roughly the same number of people live on less than one USD per day. Inclusive business models bring these two groups together and create opportunities for both. The sector is an interface, where actors from…


Added by Maite Deuchert on January 29, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Introducing a New Database of Inclusive Business Publications

If you search Google for ‘inclusive business’ you get 46.5 million results in under a second. But it would take you years to get through them.   And if I search for inclusive business solar, or inclusive business models, or inclusive business Malawi, you find some good stuff and some not.

So what would you do if you wanted to find what’s been produced on inclusive business (IB) models that scale, on IB in Water in India,  or to find specific checklists that help you and your team?  …


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on January 27, 2016 at 9:08 — No Comments

Seeing the Bigger Picture: The Ripple Effect of Vision Care on the SDGs

by Jayanth Bhugaraghan, Chief Corporate Mission Officer, Essilor International

When the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) were formally adopted last year, many in the sustainability community saw this as a moment of triumph. The seventeen goals are not only ambitious but also universal, and the private sector worked hand in hand with government and academics in their development. Yet sceptics have wondered whether the…


Added by Laura Viscovich on January 27, 2016 at 8:18 — No Comments

2016 SEED Awards: Tailored support for social and environmental enterprises

Locally-run small, micro and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) can make a significant contribution towards sustainable development: they do not only provide two thirds of permanent, full-time jobs in developing countries (IFC), they also have in-depth knowledge of…


Added by Carolin Ehrensperger on January 26, 2016 at 13:23 — No Comments

Poultry: How Farmers and Entrepreneurs in India are Developing the Industry

Egg and poultry meat are inexpensive sources of protein, especially across different socio-economic groups in developing countries. In Africa as well as South Asia, nearly 85% of poultry farms are owned by small-scale producers who run them as family businesses in rural regions. The poultry sector is unorganized, with indigenous farming methods and ineffective animal health care services. Improved basic infrastructure, efficient advisory services coupled with advanced…


Added by Parvathi Menon on January 14, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Inclusify - A new online portal which inspires and guides investing in inclusive businesses

Berlin / Zurich, January 11th, 2016

We are happy to announce the soft launch of a new gateway to impact investing tailored for the inclusive business community:

It's an…


Added by Andreas Renner on January 11, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Which capital for which inclusive business? A huge step forward in answering the question

Which capital is suitable for which business model at what stage?  A perennial question[i]  faced by entrepreneur and investor alike.  If you have any interest in the evolving answers to that question, then this months Editor’s Choice, ‘Frontier Capital’ is a must read.

Its focus is risk capital that supports innovation to improve the lives of low and middle income people…


Added by Editor's Choice on January 11, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

Navigating the finance landscape for inclusive businesses

Common knowledge: the right business finance is key, but finding it is tough in this fragmented inclusive business market.  In 2012, as a part of the Business Innovation Facility and IAP programmes the Hub team pulled together a database of technical and financial support for enterprises.  With over 200 entries listing organisations that offer finance, technical support, or…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on January 11, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

Discussion of the financial instruments available to challenge funds: grants, loans and other forms of returnable capital

Commercial investors have a simple job compared to challenge funds.  Their choice of investment instrument balances financial risk and financial return.   Challenge funds, however, drawing on donor money, are investing in growing businesses, but wanting to leverage social impact.   To best achieve their goals, should funds be deployed as grants, as regular loans, as non-recourse loans?  This depends on weighing up a host of subtle issues and strategic factors.    Experience of the African…


Added by Hugh Scott on January 8, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

How Connect to Grow can help your enterprise successfully access growth finance

Mediocracy is not enough

You run a successful enterprise. You have had moderate success meeting the needs of your customers while simultaneously providing a range of additional benefits which may include economic growth, job creation and improving the livelihoods of the poor.

However, for you, moderately successful isn’t enough! You are convinced you could transform how you meet the needs of your existing customers, and be a pioneer in the market you…


Added by Daniel on January 8, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Global Sankalp Summit Invites Registrations!

Get ready to block your calendars, as The Global Sankalp Summit is back!! And it promises to be a lot bigger and better in its 8th edition. India, the current hotbed for…


Added by Kanika Kumar on January 8, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

Promoting financial inclusion in Rwanda: an interview with Esperance Uwimana

Through her work with a range of international NGOs serving the refugee community in Rwanda, mostly focusing on challenges facing women in general and women entrepreneurs in particular, Esperance Uwimana is now getting ready to launch her own financial inclusion-initiative WISE. I caught up with her to find out more. …


Added by Carolina Olson on January 7, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Financing for the ‘Missing Middle’ in South Africa

Authors: Jana Rudnik and Mirko Zuerker, SEED

Financing! 20k-200k USD is needed for the ‘missing middle’ is one of ten critical aspects that SEED emphasises as crucial for the growth of SMMEs. Especially for the South African economy, which is the second-largest in Africa, the value of small, micro and medium enterprises to combat unemployment and wealth inequalities as well as to foster economic growth and innovation is undeniable. SMMEs make up around 91 per cent of all…


Added by Mirko Zuerker on January 7, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

“It would be great to see successful exits in the impact space that really prove out our thesis at Unitus Impact”

Part of our work at the Inclusive Business Accelerator is building networks of inclusive business entrepreneurs, BDS professionals and impact investors. Shuyin Tang belongs to the last…


Added by Bertil van Vugt on January 7, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

Interview Will Coetsee: “Botanica is ready to engage impact investors”

We had a chance to catch up with Will Coetsee, Managing Director of Botanica Natural Products. Botanica from South Africa is one of the businesses that participated during the…


Added by Bertil van Vugt on January 7, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Fostering a culture of inclusive business in 2016, promoting entrepreneurship for the Base of the Pyramid

There is much talk about entrepreneurship as a driver for economic growth and social progress, and a growing number of entrepreneurs building inclusive businesses, but to what extent is there investor interest and a support structure in place to help them succeed?



Added by Ben White on January 7, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

Investing In Resilience – Launching The IIX Growth Fund

Southeast Asia (SEA) has shown tremendous progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and pulled hundreds of millions out of poverty over the last two decades. However, natural disasters, health epidemics, and financial shocks keep pushing millions back into poverty. In order for the region to sustain the…


Added by Impact Investment Shujog on January 7, 2016 at 4:00 — No Comments

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