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Closing the Pioneer Gap in Impact Investing (SSIR)

Closing the Pioneer Gap in Impact Investing (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
More money than ever is flowing into impact investing, yet many social entrepreneurs creating companies that serve the poor still find it difficult to raise capital.

Although many impact investors care about social impact, their primary goal is to generate a significant return on their investments. And despite its social promise and the huge demand for its service, a social business like Husk faces a daunting set of challenges: poor infrastructure, customers with limited ability to pay, the challenges of attracting talented managers, and nonexistent supply chains. These barriers mean additional costs and additional risks, and early-stage investors will very rarely realize high financial returns on their investments to compensate them for taking on these risks.

As a result, most investors, even those who care about impact, choose either to avoid these companies altogether or to invest at a later stage when the execution risk is lower or when the risks are better understood. This means that early-stage companies like Husk find it difficult to raise capital to grow their business. This hampers the growth of the market, and, ultimately, keeps poor people from accessing high-quality goods and services that can improve their lives.
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The Impact Investing Landscape in India: An Overview - Acumen

The Impact Investing Landscape in India: An Overview - Acumen | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The impact investing landscape in India has grown quickly over the last decade. In 2000, $1.17 million of capital was injected into social enterprises in India; in 2011, this figure rose to $250 million per annum, according to Intellecap.
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The Future Of Social Enterprise In 2015

The Future Of Social Enterprise In 2015 | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Three simple things conscious capitalism must do to grow in the New Year.
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Marc Benioff's Philanthropic Mission: San Francisco - Businessweek

Marc Benioff's Philanthropic Mission: San Francisco - Businessweek | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The Salesforce.com CEO is pushing his fellow tech billionaires into giving back to the city
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JinkoSolar: A Promising Outlook (JKS) - Seeking Alpha

JinkoSolar: A Promising Outlook (JKS) - Seeking Alpha | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The solar industry has been growing at a relentless pace over the past few decades, almost doubling every two years.
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Socially Responsible Investing and the True Meaning of Growth - Institutional Investor

Socially Responsible Investing and the True Meaning of Growth - Institutional Investor | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Investors in emerging markets should incorporate ESG factors into their research to find companies with sustainable growth.
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Venture Philanthropy Partners Company Profile | Owler

Venture Philanthropy Partners Company Profile | Owler | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
See a full Venture Philanthropy Partners company profile with revenue and employee estimates, competitive analysis, funding & acquisition lists, and the latest company news and events.
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Make sustainable investing a New Year's resolution - InvestmentNews (blog)

Make sustainable investing a New Year's resolution - InvestmentNews (blog) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Advisers can attract new clients if they keep abreast of the socially responsible investing trend.
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First AIM article in a series: Scaling up Inclusive Business - Food & Business Knowledge Platform

First AIM article in a series: Scaling up Inclusive Business - Food & Business Knowledge Platform | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Introduction The Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM) brings different stakeholders together to improve food and nutrition security through a broad portfolio of projects.
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Inclusive Finance for Housing: Exploring Viable Business Models | CGAP - Microfinance Gateway

This paper provides an understanding of the challenges and solutions involved in introducing housing microfinance (HMF) and complementary services at scale.
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Inclusive Business Interview Series: Vineet Rai, Aavishkaar

Vineet Rai, the founder of Aavishkaar, discusses the positive changes he has seen in impact investing since he set up Aavishkaar in 2001 but says there is st...
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Are Impact Accelerators/Incubators Targeting Emerging Markets Any Good? - Forbes

Are Impact Accelerators/Incubators Targeting Emerging Markets Any Good? - Forbes | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
A new report surveys impact accelerators/incubators aimed at developing nations to determine how effective they are.
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The rise of Pakistan's startup ecosystem: Shifting traditions and inward ... - The Next Web

The rise of Pakistan's startup ecosystem: Shifting traditions and inward ... - The Next Web | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Most news about Pakistan is negative – detailing targeted killings and political instability. While this is part of the narrative, it's not the whole truth.
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Inclusive Business Interview Series: Kulsoom Ally, Juhudi Kilimo

Kulsoom, Director of Juhudi Kilimo, business that provides finance to smallholders in Kenya, talks about the evolution of inclusive business in Africa.
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China Competitiveness Report | Deloitte | Reports, insights, perspectives

China Competitiveness Report | Deloitte | Reports, insights, perspectives | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The latest report in Deloitte’s national competitiveness series looks at the rapid growth and expansion of China and explores how the country must evolve its strategies and economic policies to continue on a growth trajectory. ...
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How to bring mobile coverage to the remotest parts of the world

How to bring mobile coverage to the remotest parts of the world | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
A box that can fit anywhere—even on a tree.
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A Different Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty - The Atlantic

A Different Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty - The Atlantic | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Two-generation programs focus on improving education for children and job opportunities for parents at the same time.
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What might capitalism look like in 2015? - PBS NewsHour

What might capitalism look like in 2015? - PBS NewsHour | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
As baby boomers leave the workforce and millennials, and increasingly women, move in to take their places, former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck predicts capitalism will become more inclusive, and consequently, more prosperous -- for everyone.
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Monitor Inclusive Markets India merges with FSG as new report shows scale of impact investing in South Asia | Alliance magazine

Monitor Inclusive Markets India merges with FSG as new report shows scale of impact investing in South Asia | Alliance magazine | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Monitor Inclusive Markets India merges with FSG as report shows scale of impact investing in South Asia @FSGtweets http://t.co/zmmVM7iBZZ
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Agtech Upstart FarmLogs Raises Another $10 Million - Forbes

Agtech Upstart FarmLogs Raises Another $10 Million - Forbes | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Agricultural management software company FarmLogs just added $10 million in venture backing, bringing its total raised so far to $15 million.
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Yes Bank gets $200 millionn from ADB for onlending to SHGs, farmers

Yes Bank gets $200 millionn from ADB for onlending to SHGs, farmers | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Private sector lender Yes Bank on Tuesday said it has raised $200 million in an unsecured loan from Asian Development Bank for onlending to small farm households and rural womens’ self help groups (SHG).
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Investing in Social Outcomes: Development Impact Bonds

Investing in Social Outcomes: Development Impact Bonds | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
This report explains how Development Impact Bonds (DIBs) can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of development funding.
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The Kyrgyz Republic: Strategic Assessment of the Economy

The Kyrgyz Republic: Strategic Assessment of the Economy | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
This publication examines factors constraining investments and inclusive economic growth in the Kyrgyz Republic, identifies gaps between policies and their implementation, and discusses options to overcome them.
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China officially approves imports of Bayer GMO soybean | Ag Professional

China officially approves imports of Bayer GMO soybean | Ag Professional | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
China has officially approved imports of a genetically modified Bayer CropScience soybean variety after seven years of review, the company said on Friday, raising expectations that approval notices will come soon for other grains.
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Increasing Access to Agricultural Information Systems in India - The Daily Meal

Increasing Access to Agricultural Information Systems in India - The Daily Meal | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Imagine the innovations that could result from open source agricultural information being shared by India's estimated 800 million cell phone users.
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The limits of new social entrepreneurship - Aljazeera.com

The limits of new social entrepreneurship - Aljazeera.com | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneurship remains blind to the structural difficulties that the poorest of the poor face.
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