Startups

Which Sustainable Business Model is Right for Your Startup?

“Economics, as it has emerged, can be made more productive by paying greater and more explicit attention to the ethical considerations that shape human behaviour and judgment.” – Amartya Sen Traditional business models have succeeded in driving technical innovation and creating exponential change in our lives. However, capitalism as we know it today has also caused unprecedented inequality and environmental damage. …

The Future of Social Enterprise: Challenges and Opportunities for the Industry

Social Enterprise as a business model combines the social mission of a non-profit or government program with the market-driven approach of a for-profit business. Social entrepreneurs embrace the purpose and promise “to create a world where everyone has access to basic needs and opportunity”, explains Amy Ann Cadwell, cofounder of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA). Opportunities  Improved ROI, increased revenue, reduced …

Facilitating Reforestation and Creating Jobs in Madagascar

Little Difference was founded in 2016 in New Zealand, by Sophie Stevens – an artist and Geology graduate – and Pete Oswald – a professional skier. They create beautiful hand designed Greeting Cards, Art prints, Notebooks and Calendars all made from 100% recycled card and wrapped in 100% biodegradable cornstarch bags. For every single product sold, 1 Tree is planted in …

Why you are never "too young" to launch a startup

For many years, it was a common misapprehension that an individual’s ability to create impact and his or her age were mutually dependent. Fortunately, this is now changing as the younger generation is going against the norm and breaking countless barriers. Winning a Nobel prize was once reserved for the “mature” generation, but last year 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai stunned the …

The ideal age to start a business is when you’re young

Last week we interviewed Wachira Kariuki, Founder and CEO of Classic Foods Limited, a food processing company. It was established in 2007 for buying and selling milk in- bulk quantities from farmers to milk processors. The company was further transformed to a milk processor in 2009 with capital contributions of over $5 Million. We expanded the business to fruit juice processing, …

If you’re starting a startup: listen. learn. act. pivot.

Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed is the Director of the Social Innovation Lab, Pakistan’s sole incubator providing mentorship and sustainable business practices for startup ideas related to poverty alleviation and rural development. She currently lives in Lahore and holds a LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley. What was the dream when setting up The Social Innovation Lab?  The dream was to …

Your background plays a big part in your entrepreneurial journey

Abi Billinghurst created Abianda in 2011 as a social enterprise designed to tip the balance of power in society in favour of marginalised and disenfranchised people, helping them inform the decisions and policy that affect their lives. Abi has worked for more than 15 years with young people and disadvantaged groups within society, supporting them to have a voice.   …

Quality of experience counts more than the number of years spent acquiring it

Dziedzorm JayJay Segbefia is the Expedition Leader of BraveHearts Expeditions. JayJay is a Mandela Washington Fellow of the prestigious Young African Leaders Initiative of the US Government. His firm, BraveHearts Expeditions, is West to Central Africa’s sole outdoor leadership and experiential learning expeditions firm which takes teams of European and Ghanaian clients and pushes them beyond their regular limits of …