Investors cast aside economic growth concerns and deployed $1.4 billion into Latin American impact investments in 2016 and 2017. This is according to data compiled by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America.
Move over Mexico, Peru is now the top destination in Latin America for impact investment capital. Impact investors invested a total of $1.4 billion in Latin America in 2016 and 2017. The uptick from the previous two-year period was driven by a doubling (from a small base) of capital from homegrown investors.
Women co-run businesses are outperforming their male-only counterparts, but not enough investors are betting on them. Here’s what we can do to support representative entrepreneurial ecosystems and how an India-based investor is pointing the way, according to ANDE's Senior Program Coordinator in India, Devyani Singh.
ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, was quoted in one of Brazil's major finance and economics newspapers after the 2018 Impacto Conference.
"More capital than ever is being raised by emerging-market private equity and venture capital funds. But less of it is going to small and growing businesses." Read Dennis Price's assessment of ANDE's most recent State of the Small and Growing Business Sector report.
Do accelerators really help entrepreneurs raise more money for their businesses? The answer so far seems to be yes – both in emerging market country contexts, as well as in high-income countries. But how much and to what extent they are effective varies greatly from program to program.
At an ANDE member event on seed investing for impact businesses, Rob Parkinson, consultant for ANDE Brazil, spoke about the importance of and market size for impact investing in Brazil.
The ANDE West Africa Chapter held a meeting on incubation and acceleration in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2017. This article provides a summary of the insights and happenings at the event.
Nathan Lustig, managing partner at Magma Partners, explores how tech entrepreneurs are tackling the challenges of financial inclusion, health care, and agriculture, citing heavily from ANDE's Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America report.
Mobile technology-driven solutions that aim to create social impact need to invest in customer-centric development and user training.