Category: Entrepreneurial support

Ten innovative social entrepreneurs in Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) recently announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014. Like the years before, the 10 finalists have been chosen for their practical, innovative solutions to local problems that are unique to the African continent. From South…

A green revolution in Africa

Last month was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution. In 1944, Borlaug moved to Mexico to work on breeding high-yield, disease-resistant strains of wheat. Mexico adopted them — and in 1970, wheat…

Visiting smallholder farmers

With the support of the Gates Foundation, Acumen commissioned a study with Bain & Co. to understand key drivers of the adoption of agricultural innovation among smallholder farmers. Vikki Tam is the lead partner on the project. Below Vikki writes about her recent field visits in India and Kenya. This post was originally posted here. […]

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Social entrepreneurs flourish in Africa

  As perhaps the first-ever conference of social entrepreneurs in Africa, the Sankalp East Africa conference in Nairobi in February did not disappoint. The conference, organized by Intellecap, a leading Indian company in social enterprise, featured twelve entrepreneurs from Africa…

Closing the Pioneer Gap

In April 2012, Monitor Inclusive Markets published From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing, in collaboration with Acumen Fund and with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report examines which types of funding are the most catalytic for growing social enterprises, from the earliest blueprint phase when business[…..]

Converting Waste into Biofuel

Turning Poop into Profits: Waste Enterprisers Drive to Turn Waste Outputs into Fuel Inputs By Grant Tudor Waste Enterprisers CEO Ashley Murray (left), Teddy Nakato and Swaib Semiyaga, student researchers at a Kampala sewage treatment plant. (All images courtesy of Waste Enterprisers…