Category «Investments»

Is financial inclusion facilitating tax evasion?

Although my discussions with small entrepreneurs in rural areas in India clearly showed to me that financing alternatives are really scarce, and that we do have impact by supporting financial intermediaries that focus on SMEs, a recent exchange with a Microfinance Fund Manager highlighted a relevant attention point to some adverse effects. “We might in fact …

Seedcamp: incubating start-ups on a bigger scale

I attended at London Business School, a lecture by Reshma Sohoni, founder of Seedcamp “the first European incubator”. The business model of this innovative incubator is quite simple: VCs usually spend a lot of time looking for opportunities, interacting for weeks with a couple of entrepreneurs, before making a final (and very risky) investment. Seedcamp …

Sustainable Investing in Africa

I have just joined the team of AfricaSIF project to start the first forum of Sustainable Investing in Africa. The goal is to build a platform that gathers various stakeholders and investors, interested in promoting sustainability considerations while investing in Africa: who are the main players of the sector in Africa? What are the right ESG metrics …

My stop in Egypt

Second stop: Egypt! Visiting Egypt, my first reaction was to assess the entrepreneurship situation, before looking into the social sector. I met business organizations and VC investors and asked them questions such as: do people like to take risks and start ventures in Egypt? How is the innovation process? How do you evaluate the deal-flow …

Village Capital

Impact investing is a strategy whereby investments proactively seek to create positive social or environmental impact beyond financial return. Increasingly, investors are investing in social for-profit companies in emerging markets to generate positive impact in sectors like education, health and access to finance. Over 100 dedicated funds have committed over $3 billion in assets to …