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Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Women entrepreneurship: NEXSO judge explains how Womanity Foundation is empowering women

Por NEXSO

Yann Borgstedt is a young business entrepreneur and innovative philanthropist from Switzerland. He joined NEXSO as a judge on the competition “Solutions that Transform Latin America and the Caribbean”.  

In his words, “A few years ago, I wanted to find ways of bringing hope for a better future to children and adults in developing countries. After a careful research I decided to launch an organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged women and girls”.

Nuevos e innovadores modelos de inclusión financiera en NEXSO

Por NEXSO

¿Cuáles son las trabas al proceso de bancarización de millones de personas en América Latina y el Caribe?

La región presenta altas tasas de informalidad financiera. El aumento de los ingresos de personas comunes y pequeñas empresas está generando un desafío grande; ¿Cómo generar un proceso de bancarización masiva cuando las regulaciones y los incentivos no son los adecuados?

Can development work “run lean”?

Por Nobuyuki Otsuka

 

On June 25th in Santiago, Chile, I had the privilege of listening to Ash Maurya. Along with Erick Ries and Steve Blank, Ash is one of today’s most popular “rock stars” on the topic of entrepreneurship. He was a keynote speaker at this year’s National Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, organized by SOFOFA, the Chilean Federation of Industry - one of Latin America’s most influential private sector organizations.

Ash’s book, “Running Lean,” has become the most useful practical guide for millions of entrepreneurs in the world. Of course, in my own presentation right before his, I did not fail to say “Lean Startup” out loud in my last slide (he caught right on to that!).

Clean technologies: Inspiring solutions for poor households

Por Carrie McKellogg

Last week’s Ashden Awards in London provided some inspiration and great insights into opportunities for new clean energy solutions for poor and low-income populations. What was most inspiring in each of the winning solutions is that clean energy was the beginning of a chain reaction that allowed communities to come together to solve other challenges in health, education, agriculture, and protecting the most vulnerable. 

     

Two recurrent topics among the winners and conference participants were clean cookstoves and residential solar power solutions, two issues very closely related to households and priorities for the work clean energy work of the Multilateral Investment Fund.

Recetas para más y mejores emprendedor@s

Por Rebeca Granda


¿Cuándo fue la última vez que hicisteis algo por primera vez?

Así comenzó Laura Altschuler, Directora de DUO IDB, su ponencia en el 3er Seminario-Taller para Profesionales del Ecosistema Emprendedor de América Latina organizado por PRODEM con el apoyo y patrocinio de FOMIN. En él reflexionó sobre el rol de las universidades en la transferencia de tecnología y cómo la innovación surge a partir de la brecha entre la educación y el mundo empresarial.

La figura del emprendedor está adquiriendo importancia en la LAC como un motor de crecimiento económico y una herramienta para reducir la desigualdad social. Sin embargo, ¿hacemos todo lo que está en nuestras manos para que cada vez haya más y mejores emprendedores?

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