An Idea Is Just That – Not Yet An Innovation

Innovation and new ideas I am frequently approached by people who want to share a new business idea with me. Usually the pitch is accompanied by a good amount of mystery and secrecy: "Andre, I'm telling you this because I trust you, but don't tell anyone; this could be big". Let me summarize what I tell... Continue Reading →

Overview of Financial Instruments for Startup Funding

In a previous post I discussed the different types of investors available to entrepreneurs. But choosing the right investor depends also on the types of financial commitment you are willing to take on. Therefore, in this post I will discuss the main financial instruments used to fund startups – equity, debt, grants, and convertibles –... Continue Reading →

8 Tips for Friends and Family Fundraising

Startup fundraising is never easy and the current pandemic crisis makes it even harder. Typical early-stage investors, such as angel investors and venture capital funds, today might be more reluctant to take risks and bet on early-stage startups. In such situations, entrepreneurs often turn to friends and family (2F's) to support their endeavors. Asking people... Continue Reading →

Startup Investors Explained

Startups are constantly looking for funding to support their growth. Here is a brief explanation of the different types of investors that typically support entrepreneurs in their journeys. Friends and Family These are people you (obviously) know personally and who decide to help you in your endeavor. Think “rich uncle”. These investors usually have little... Continue Reading →

5 Ways Entrepreneurship Ecosystems are Using Technology to Adapt to the Covid-19 Crisis

Guest post by Zaki Raheem During this unprecedented global economic downturn caused by COVID-19, accelerators, incubators, and other entrepreneurship support organizations have a valuable role to play in supporting entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging and frontier markets. For corporates, foundations, donors, and development banks that support these entrepreneurship ecosystems, we offer... Continue Reading →

Tips for Startups During Times of Crisis

As posted on LinkedIn... As an entrepreneur, in both Brazil and the US, I had to constantly battle with limited resources and deal with crises, both internal and external. The current COVID-19 pandemic is certainly unique in several ways, but many of the same lessons apply. I have prepared this list to hopefully help some... Continue Reading →

6 Ways Innovation and Entrepreneurship Promote Prosperity

It is not a coincidence that the most developed nations are also the ones with the highest levels of entrepreneurial activity and innovation. While starting from a minimal level of development helps support the latter two, for example through basic access to capital and institutional stability, the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship on the economy... Continue Reading →

Time for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs

Most people know that launching a business, especially online, has never been easier. However, few realize how true this is in the ecommerce space. Today there are fantastic resources available that allow for the relatively seamless development and maintenance of e-stores. In my experience, working only nights and weekends, I was able to launch an... Continue Reading →

Development Finance Institutions and Private Sector Innovation

Post originally published on IDB's Sustainable Business blog. Development finance institutions (DFIs) can play an important role promoting innovation for increased competitiveness and sustained development in their client countries. Properly executed programs and projects can leverage private investment placement, develop local capital markets, improve resource allocation, as well as avoid moral hazard. As laid out in the... Continue Reading →

Modern Times 2.0

Changemaking through the 21st century I’ve been writing about the role of entrepreneurship in the creation of value and prosperity for many years. This is a natural deduction for me, having spent about half my career working as an economist and the other half starting and running businesses. In fact, looking back in history, there... Continue Reading →

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