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young entrepreneurship

How to unleash the potential of young entrepreneurs

1 April 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - The importance of small- and medium-sized enterprises for a nation’s economy cannot be stressed enough. They contribute to 33 percent of GDP in developing economies and nearly 64 percent in developed countries. They are also strong job multipliers and innovation generators. In recent years, we’ve seen multiple game-changing innovations by startups, and often led by entrepreneurs in their 20s or 30s. read more

Mobile banking changes lives in Bangladesh

31 March 2015
bKash is the fastest growing provider for mobile financial services in Bangladesh. Despite an already saturated market, bKash has managed to differentiate itself against its competitors by focusing more on mobile services and thus providing greater reach to those that lack access to finance. read more
Stuart Hart

‘There is a shortage of really persuasive deals’

27 March 2015
Professor Stuart Hart is one of the world’s top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy. He has published more than 70 papers and authored or edited seven books with over 15,000 Google Scholar citations. His article ‘Beyond greening: strategies for a sustainable world’ helped launch the movement of corporate sustainability. With Ted London, Hart is also the author of a newly released book entitled ‘Next generation business strategies for the base of the pyramid’. Gerbrich Salverda (FMO) and Irmgard Jansen (BoP Innovation Center) recently had the opportunity to interview him. read more
Harvest Coffee

A quest to end seasonal hunger in the coffeelands

24 March 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - When specialty coffee buyers visit coffee bean farmers, they usually want to taste the coffee for the flavour nuances, discuss price differentials, volumes, and delivery months. They don’t usually ask whether the kids are going hungry. Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) doesn’t want to leave that question unasked anymore. And the company is not alone. read more