the mif blog

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

WeXchange pitch competition goes into the second round

By Georg Neumann

As it was last year, the pitch competition, organized with our partner NXTPLabs, will be the highlight of WeXchange, the premier forum for kickstarting women entrepreneurs who work in Latin America and the Caribbean. We’ve now reached the first milestone: From more than 70 applicants from 15 countries, we’ve selected a list of 12 semifinalists.

Here’s the list of these 12 dynamic women entrepreneurs and their startups.

WeXchange story competition: You inspired us!

By Georg Neumann

Earlier this year, the WeXchange team invited women entrepreneurs to share stories from their own experiences launching businesses. Now we’re pleased to announce our favorite ones! These three women’s stories especially inspired us.

La evolución de la inversión de impacto: 6 señales de progreso

By Guest


Por Elizabeth Nicoletti, Asociada Senior de Comunicaciones del BID Sector Privado. Este blog fue originalmente publicado en en inglés.

Read the english version on the Sustainable business blog.

Los expertos de América Latina y el Caribe se reunieron ayer en la Conferencia Anual FOROMIC en Guayaquil, Ecuador, para reflexionar sobre la evolución de la inversión de impacto. Según una encuesta por JP Morgan y el Global Impact Investing Network survey, la cartera actual de la inversión de impacto se estima en US$50 millones a nivel mundial y se espera que crezca en US$400 mil millones en los próximos cinco años.

Get Up, Start Up: Local and global partners help launch young entrepreneurs in Jamaica

By Winsome Leslie


Recently, I spent a few hours in a conference room with 60 young tech entrepreneurs in downtown Kingston.  Their excitement was palpable.  This was the final day of the Start-Up Jamaica boot camp, led by coaches from Oasis500, a Jordanian company that provides entrepreneurship training, business incubation, mentoring, and seed funding to help turn new tech ideas into startups.  Oasis500 is one of the key partners supporting Start-Up Jamaica, the first Jamaican accelerator focusing on technology.  This initiative is a unique public-private sector partnership, bringing together the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the Jamaica National Building Society, LIME Jamaica (formerly Cable and Wireless), Oasis500, the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica, and Caribbean Export Development Agency. Start-Up Jamaica is an important step in providing support to fledgling companies, but it is also viewed by the partners as much more: a key part of positioning the country to be an entrepreneurship and innovation hub in the Caribbean.

A country is hit by the entrepreneurial bug and start-up culture

By Susana Garcia-Robles


September 9th:  Arriving at my destination to speak at a Venture Capital conference sponsored by a local government agency.

September 10th and 12th: Attending the inauguration of the country’s Start-Up program and meeting the women behind that initiative and Startup Weekend. Listening to the manager of a prestigious private sector incubator.