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 …

Entrepreneurs Night Out in London – Crowd Funding

“ Crowd funding describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organization” (Wikipedia) On my first week in London, I attended an “Entrepreneurs Night Out” event, with Slava Rubin, founder of indiegogo.com, …

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 …

Impact investing in Middle East/North Africa: Notes from the Field

I am entering here my blog post from www.vilcap.com Editor’s note: Hatem Mahbouli, a Georgetown MBA, is spending the summer in Middle East/North Africa exploring the feasibility of a Village Capital program in the region.  We’re sharing Hatem’s learnings as he works with entrepreneurs, investors, and incubators in this region that the impact investing world …

Economic Growth Program 2011

I am starting with the Arab Institute of Business Managers, an exciting and unique program to bring MBA and Master’s students from US to Tunisia, in order to screen micro-business opportunities in the remote and poor areas of Tunisia, from where the revolution actually started : Sidi Bouzid, Gassrine, etc. I just ended the interview …