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Private equity returns: It's all about alpha -

Private equity returns: It's all about alpha - | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
By Hugh MacArthur, Graham Elton, Bill Halloran and Suvir Varma, leaders at Bain & Company’s Private Equity Group.
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Carlyle sees private-equity focus on emerging markets

Carlyle sees private-equity focus on emerging markets | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The global private equity industry will focus more on emerging markets in coming years as Brazil and China become the leading global recipients of capital from the sector, a (Carlyle sees private-equity focus on emerging...
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Regardless of what happened in the Emerging market the last year, opportunity still knocks...
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Venture capitalists face a more competitive, global market

Venture capitalists face a more competitive, global market | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
In 2013, hot startups were able to access capital from a wider variety of sources than ever before -- not just the prestigious venture capital firms of Sand Hill Road.
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This is an exciting trend... Not good for venture capital but if we can engage with global VC partners we will be able to effect systemic change...
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Business Prof Decodes Business Strategies - UMass Lowell (press release)

Business Prof Decodes Business Strategies - UMass Lowell (press release) | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
UMass Lowell (press release) Business Prof Decodes Business Strategies UMass Lowell (press release) Successful entrepreneurs share a number of common traits, says Latham, who teaches strategic management and strategy formation and implementation.
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AfDB Prioritizes Job Creation and Infrastructure Development in Kenya Country Strategy Paper - African Development Bank

The Board of the Africa Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 approved the Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for Kenya, which... (AfDB Prioritizes Job Creation & #Infrastructure in #Kenya.
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Private equity firms set sight on SME-focused banks - BusinessDay

Private equity firms set sight on SME-focused banks - BusinessDay | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
Private equity firms set sight on SME-focused banks BusinessDay As regulatory pressure is seen to be squeezing banks' liquidity, SMEs-focused banks now stand the chance of attracting funds from private equity (PE) investors aimed at growing...
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Venture Capital landscape undergoing fundamental shift

Venture Capital landscape undergoing fundamental shift | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
By Lauren Ottinger and Yu Zhai, Peninsula Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The nature of the Venture Capital industry is undergoing a fundamental shift, according to a panel of venture capitalists who ...
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In Venture Capital, Sustainability Is the New Buzzword - SustainableBusiness.com

In Venture Capital, Sustainability Is the New Buzzword - SustainableBusiness.com | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
In Venture Capital, Sustainability Is the New Buzzword SustainableBusiness.com While venture capital has pulled back from those sectors lately, there are plenty of opportunities in energy efficiency, pollution control, water, and waste management -...
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Enabling a Digital First Mindset with a Digital Operating Model -- Summary - Accenture

Enabling a Digital First Mindset with a Digital Operating Model -- Summary - Accenture | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
Financial services companies need the right digital operating model and execution capabilities to provide a compelling customer experience. (Well-defined Digital Operating Models give cos. agility & innovation to deliver rich digital exp.
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3 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement

3 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
How engaged are your employees with their job? Read more to learn 3 ways to improve employee engagement and how the outcomes can help your business.
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Employee engagement has become a major internal driver or enabler for growth. Imagine for a moment you can have real engagement of 90%+, what will happen to your company from a productivity and profitability perspective.
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PE firms swap BRICs for SE Asia, Africa

PE firms swap BRICs for SE Asia, Africa | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
With Brazil, Russia, India, and China slowing, private equity firms are increasingly investing in other less-developed markets.
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How To Innovate Your Business Model In 5 (Not So Easy) Steps

How To Innovate Your Business Model In 5 (Not So Easy) Steps | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
A business model is not a search for some timeless holy grail, but a constant pursuit for how you can best create, deliver and capture value.
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Senior Private Equity Women Lose Ground in Europe - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Senior Private Equity Women Lose Ground in Europe - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal (blog) Senior Private Equity Women Lose Ground in Europe Wall Street Journal (blog) Firms in Europe have the lowest proportion of women in senior roles globally, although there are some positive steps being taken to change this.
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Value Based Integrated Business Planning

Value Based Integrated Business Planning | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
Integrated business planning has actually been the sort of planning for the future you've been engaged in.
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Can The Fed Stop The Next Recession? Business Can't Bank On It - Forbes

Can The Fed Stop The Next Recession? Business Can't Bank On It - Forbes | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
Forbes Can The Fed Stop The Next Recession? Business Can't Bank On It Forbes Non-financial executives overestimated their ability to plan on the basis of common forecasts of the economy.
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So many lessons... Forecasting is a complex exercise taking many variables into account and then making calculated guesses... BUT in 2008 there were red flags all over the place... I think politics often overshadows governments' ability to do their jobs! I often wonder what will happen if we privatize government??
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Namibian government to give entrepreneurs access to venture capital

Namibian government to give entrepreneurs access to venture capital | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
The government of Namibia is injecting huge stimulus into the Namibian economy in order to accelerate the growth of local enterprises.
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Sneak Peek: 2014 CMO Impact Research Results

Sneak Peek: 2014 CMO Impact Research Results | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
Marketing strategy is good but worthless w/o implementation. http://t.co/Yn4cYssvqw #getitdone #marketingmatters #marketingsells
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Execution still seem to remain a challenge for many...
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The Role of Technology in Emerging Markets - Accenture

The Role of Technology in Emerging Markets - Accenture | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
Accenture, in collaboration with NetHope, explores how technology is changing the way in which we engage and interact with people, especially in emerging markets.
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The Role Finance Plays In Business Planning - - Andy Halford, Vodafone CFO | CFOChannel

The Role Finance Plays In Business Planning - - Andy Halford, Vodafone CFO | CFOChannel | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
The Role Finance Plays In Business Planning - - Andy Halford, Vodafone CFO (RT @CFOChannel: The Role Finance Plays In Business Planning - Andy Halford, Vodafone CFO http://t.co/KBoHcg3U5q #CFO)...
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Private equity in West Africa to grow in 2014

Private equity in West Africa to grow in 2014 | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
The private equity space in West Africa, particularly Nigeria is expected to grow even bigger in 2014.
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2013 Venture Capital Financing and Exit Annual Report - CB Insights

2013 Venture Capital Financing and Exit Annual Report - CB Insights | Strategic Growth of SME's | Scoop.it
The 99-page 2013 Venture Capital Financing and Exit Report covers venture-backed financings, IPOs and acquisitions across the United States in 2013.
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The US certainly has a well developed Venture Capital environment.   Still, most early stage entrepreneurs have difficulty securing capital.  Lessons learnt is that most VC actually only invest in later stage businesses when there is some business and financial history... the question is: "How do we enable entrepreneurs in the emerging market and how can we get VC and PE to invest earlier?" The answer lies in implementation and minimising risk on behalf of these investors...   

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