Notes from the Field

GACC MBA Greenlight Practicum Launches for the Pilot Innovation Fund

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This October 2014, I-DEV led the launch of a new program designed to give graduate students practical experience in impact investing, by engaging them live impact investing deals around the world.

The MBA Greenlight Practicum was developed to strengthen the investment due diligence process for two challenge funds sponsored by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC). These funds- the Pilot Innovation Fund and Spark Fund- will invest an estimated $5 million in 15 early and growth stage clean cooking companies around the world, who demonstrate high potential for long-term success.

The MBA Greenlight Practicum was designed in […]

I-DEV and ANDE Release a New Report on “Measuring Value Created By Impact Incubators & Accelerators”

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In November 2014, I-DEV released its report analyzing the value created by impact incubator/accelerator programs. This report was funded by the ANDE Capacity Development Fund, and co-developed in partnership with Agora Partnerships, an impact accelerator focused on Latin Ame­rica.

This analysis included over 100 interviews and surveys with stakeholders from 8 impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs, 54 enterprises that had participated in the incubator/accelerator programs analyzed, and 18 active impact investors.

Key research objectives were to:

Evaluate the quantifiable value created by impact-focused incubator/accelerator programs
Design and pilot a framework that can be […]