From the foreword:
At GMC coLABS, we rely on the entrepreneurs in whom we invest to educate us on how to be better funders. We aren’t the experts in our portfolio companies’ different regions and sectors; they are. They have much greater knowledge and lived experiences, and they operate in the real world dealing with real challenges every day. As investors, we feel that we have a responsibility to share what we are learning from those we support. Our first report focuses on the customer.
Despite the diversity of our portfolio, we find that most entrepreneurs face some of the same challenges. Our hope is that by sharing what we are learning we can help someone else’s journey to becoming a better investor or a better entrepreneur. We encourage you to share this report with anyone in your network who may find it similarly helpful.
We hope our insights are interesting, and welcome any comments and insights of your own.
The coLABS Team
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This report contains information on Gray Ghost Venture's impact measurement and financial performance, special features on some of their portfolio companies, and continued tracking of their companies against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to further evaluate the social impact of their investees.Read more »
World Bank Group, Norad, Sida, Minstry of Foreign Affairs of Finlad, and UKaid | 2018
Employing a bottom-up meets top-down framework, this report highlights the value of linking small farmers and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to modern markets and agro-industries. Utilizing public-private partnerships in emerging markets allows for the opportunity to expand ago-processing and build effective business models by facilitating new market linkages. This report also sets out a number of policy messages and recommendations that have emerged from the preparatory work undertaken in 56 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
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SEEP, Itad, Mastercard Foundation, and UNCDF | 2018
Relations between Savings Groups (SGs) and Financial Service Providers (FSPs) have received both a great deal of attention and considerable funding. In recent years, governments, donors, civil society organizations, and businesses have recognized the critical role that access to financial services can play in the fight against poverty. Despite the high-level of attention financial inclusion has commanded, the barriers to progress are numerous. Most impoverished households have neither the assets nor the skills necessary to interact with formal institutions. This report focuses on addressing these challenges and presenting opportunities for FSPs in working with SGs.Read more »
Emory Goizuetta Business School; ANDE, The Aspen Institute, USAID, The Lemelson Foundation, Omidyat Network, Argidius, Kauffman Foundation, DOEN, and Citibanamex; Peter Roberts, Abigayle Davidson, Genevieve Edens, and Saurabh Lall | May 2018
Drawing on recent data from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), this report examines the impact and effectiveness of accelerator programs models in supporting the ventures of promising entrepreneurs in emerging markets. The report studied 52 accelerator programs to compare the overall flow of funds from program participants to drive incremental funds, and aims to determine the most impactful programmatic models in the sector.
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Kabeela.life is pleased to share their latest edition of #PitchShare Ecosystem Report - #FinTech in India.
In this edition, they cover:
To understand how their energy portfolio is transforming the lives of low-income people, Acumen spoke with more than 5,500 off-grid customers across 11 countries using Lean Data, Acumen's customer-centric, technology-based approach to impact measurement. The result is the Energy Impact Report, a comprehensive look at the impact of Acumen's 10 years of investing in off-grid energy.
Please find the report here on Acumen's website.Read more »
AVPN has identified the need for a comprehensive overview of the Asian philanthropy and social investment landscape to offer social investors a guide to the opportunities for social investment in Asia. The Social Investment Landscape in Asia will be an invaluable resource for funders and resource providers as they assess the opportunities and challenges for philanthropy and social investment in the region. It is designed to be a guide for both new social investors looking to enter the Asian market and existing social investors exploring cross-border or cross-sector opportunities within the region. The Landscape is another way to further AVPN’s mission to increase the flow of financial, human and intellectual capital to the Asian social sector.Read more »
In this new report, T100: – Insights from Impact Advisors and Consultants 2017 , 37 impact advisors and consultants from 12 countries, partnering with 38 of Toniic’s 100% Impact Network members, open the door to their impact practices to demystify, inspire and activate both investors and the financial services industry. While today there are more impact firms and product offerings to choose from than ever before, information on impact intermediaries, especially for private asset owners, remains sparse despite the growth of the industry.
This report highlights different approaches, perspectives, and business models of impact advisors and consultants, demonstrates the growing range of innovative impact products and services, and explores trends, challenges and successes faced by practitioners. It intends to inspire asset owners and managers as they embark on their own
journey into impact.