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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.

Beyond the land of the unicorns

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

When most people hear the word “unicorn,” images of a majestic white horse with a glistening, magical horn spring to mind. However, in business jargon, unicorns refer to privately held startups with market valuations of more than $1 billion—think Uber, Snapchat, and Airbnb—which operate across a range of sectors and are united in using technology as the basis of their business model.

The MIF in 2015

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

We find ourselves at the end of another busy and fulfilling year at the MIF. We asked our colleagues Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen, Tomas Miller, and David Bloomgarden, who oversee the development and execution of new projects, to each share a few words about what they saw as the highlights of 2015 for their teams. 

Social entrepreneurship enters the mainstream

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

Trends is on vacation this week. This post ran previously on our blog.  

Once a niche concept at the intersection of business and development, “social entrepreneurship” is now mainstream. A social entrepreneur, according to Ashoka founder Bill Draper, who coined the term in 1980, is a person with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. A social enterprise is one that deliberately expands access to goods, services, income, and employment opportunities for vulnerable populations as part of its core business while seeking return on investment. Social entrepreneurship is increasingly appealing to people, and the idea of using a MBA degree to do good while doing well has grown in popularity on campuses and in businesses around the globe.

El emprendimiento corporativo está produciendo impactos sociales tangibles

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

Las empresas están empezando a entender que se encuentran en una posición única para escalar soluciones comprobadas para  problemas sociales y ambientales, y que tienen un papel importante a la hora de abordar los problemas relacionados con la pobreza.