Interview with Huseyin R Demirhisar from BiD Network: “Good Technology is Mutually Beneficial”

In this post, we highlight an interview of Siemens Stiftung’s newest report “How Digital Solutions May Enhance Social Financing” with Huseyin R Demirhisar, CEO, Co-founder and Managing Partner of the BiD Network.

Interview with ARED’s Henri Nyakarundi: “Fundraising is about networking”

In this post, we highlight an interview conducted with Henri Nyakarundi, Founder of African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED), which originally appeared in Siemens Stiftung’s newest report ‘How Digital Solutions May Enhance Social Financing’.

Discussions about how to Improve Social Financing are recurrent – and that’s the way it should be

There is no event, publication or discussion about social financing that doesn’t point to the mismatch between the provision of capital supposedly designated to create impact and the financing needs of social enterprises. Innovative forms of financing have been designed in the last years, including patient capital, crowdfunding or social impact bonds, and the amount […]

“No hablamos el mismo idioma” – Cómo se interconectan el lenguaje de las finanzas y el crecimiento de SocEnts

“Chévere” significa generalmente “fantástico, genial, impresionante” en español, pero no en todas partes. Por ejemplo, no es nada frecuente el uso del término “chévere” en España o puede encontrar gente en El Salvador que utilice “chivo”, o “chiva” en Costa Rica y “chido” en México para denominar lo mismo. Puede que incluso haya pedido un […]

“No hablamos el mismo idioma” – How the language of finance and growth of SocEnts are interconnected

“Chévere” generally means “terrific, cool, awesome” in Spanish, but not everywhere. You won’t usually hear someone in Spain using the term “chévere” and you may find people in El Salvador using “chivo,” or “chiva” in Costa Rica, and “chido” in Mexico. You may have even ordered a hot dog in Guatemala using the same term. […]

Accelerating Energy Access: The Role of Patient Capital

Acumen Fund’s vision is to change the way the world tackles poverty. Their approach to investing is focused on patient capital, early-stage investments, access to expertise, and post-investment support. With global offices in Ghana, Colombia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, India, Kenya, and the Unites States, Acumen works on building innovative ways to bring energy access […]

More Mobile Phones than Toilets Makes FinTech a Key Player in Social Entrepreneurship

The digital era is touching everything that it comes in contact with. While there are distruptions felt across the board, the rapid progress towards a global digital economy is an area that is of interest for our work.

Enhancing Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs – What Should Financial Institutions Do?

Entrepreneurs can be segmented along several dimensions such as education, experience, income and geographic location. While these characteristics are certainly important, one key, often-overlooked characteristic is gender. While enterprises play a crucial role in economic development, the financial (and other) needs of those enterprises are all too frequently ignored. And this is particularly true for […]

Toolification: My personal journey in shaping the way we do business support at SEED

My journey with SEED and providing one-on-one business support for eco-inclusive enterprises started in 2009. I worked with enterprises from Kenya and Ghana on their business plans, which at the time seemed to be already quite advanced. Given the maturity of their business plans, I assumed that the people behind those enterprises had a clear idea […]

Discovering the world of impact investors

Anyone who travels the world knows that preparation is key before entering a new country. Do you need a visa? What’s the best way to get from A to Z? Do you understand the local language? How much time should you plan to reach your destination?