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Some thoughts on Venture Capital

I used to be fascinated by Venture Capital. I used to think that being a venture capitalist is in fact being a vital supporter of entrepreneurs in making their ideas happen. They are the spark, the enablers, the believers. I loved the classes of Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance I took during my MBA, four …

2016

Well …I have to say, I am not super proud of my productivity on this blog for the past couple of years. I could only write seven posts in 2015, although I did publish an article in an “official” peer-reviewed journal that took me quite some time (beside my full-time job that is). The co-author of …

Financial Inclusion in Tunisia

For those wondering about the status of access to finance in Tunisia, I am combining below few resources about the topic. Overall, the Microfinance market in Tunisia is under-developed compared to other markets in the region, namely Morocco, Egypt, Jordan. For now, lending that is close to micro-credit is done through BTS – Banque Tunisienne …

This blog in 2014…

…will keep going! It is hard to see the direct benefit, but other bloggers will tell you the same: it is not like Facebook, it is your platform, your territory, it is your space where you can take the time to reflect and write something a little more substantial and meaningful than a 10 word …

Is Green Microfinance back?

Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), thanks to their large distribution networks, their long-term engagement with the poor, and their efficiency have been seen as a significant part of the solution to stimulate behavioral changes and help finance models and devices that are more environmental friendly, on a large scale, at the bottom of the pyramid. In fact, low …

Does guarantying SME loans work?

How to make banks lend to SMEs? This is a reiterating question for anyone working on private sector development in emerging markets. From the Harvard’s Entrepreneurship Finance Lab to the World Bank, it seems to be a consensus that supporting SMEs  helps create more jobs and stimulate innovation, in economies starving for growth and social …