Weekly Review 11-17

This week, we’re sharing new ways that investors, entrepreneurs, and students can get involved in the industry.

Frontier Market Scouts Program
Invested Development is excited to partner with the Frontier Market Scouts Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies along with Village Capital and The Shell Foundation. The program is now accepting applications for summer trainings and international field fellowships in social impact investing. Opportunities are available to serve as an Invested Development intern in either South Africa or Kenya.  Visit the Monterey Institute site and watch our blog next week for more details.

Village Capital Expanding to Kenya, China in partnership with ANDE, Potencia Ventures“ by Ross Baird on Next Billion
Village Capital’s unique and highly successful model of peer-selected investment is coming to Kenya and China. Ross and his team are working with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Potencia Ventures to support the expansion and new partnerships with GrowthAfrica in Kenya and ECSEL in China. The goal of Village Capital’s move to Nairobi is to help close the perceived gap in ICT funding in Kenya. We’re looking forward to having our friends at Village Capital join us in Nairobi. Applications will be opening in a few weeks, keep an eye on vilcap.com for the announcement.

2012 International Impact Investing Challenge: Kellogg School of Management and Haas School of Business Challenge Graduate Students to Design Investment Vehicles for Sustainable Impact” Media Contact: Betsy Berger at Kellogg School of Management Northwestern
Innovative and sound financing vehicles are necessary for impact investors to close the funding gap that exists in emerging markets. The Kellogg School at Northwestern is hosting the International Impact Investing Challenge, which challenges graduate students to create models and strategies for investment in emerging markets that will be high performing with significant impact.

How USAID is Putting Local Wealth to Work” by Ben Hubbard on USAID Blog
The landscape of capital inflows to emerging markets is changing. Previously dominated by foreign aid, much of that is being replaced by private investment. The Development Credit Authority in particular works to help private financial institutions reach credit-worthy but underserved borrowers abroad.  We are excited to see that investors have a number of opportunities to create impact. Another way is to participate in equity financing for startups in emerging markets – that’s where we can help, too. Visit our Investors page to learn more.

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