Entrepreneurs

Social Innovation for the Freelance Economy

November 2, 2016
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Technology is driving enormous change in the way Americans work – but it doesn’t have to drive inequality. Social innovators are developing new ways to help American workers thrive. This post was produced in partnership with News Deeply. In the …

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Connecting Microentreprises in Rwanda

May 16, 2016
Women weave traditional baskets at Kigali based small business that employees both Hutu and Tutsi women for whom working together has brough reconciliation. (Photo credit: Shaul Schwarz/Getty Images)

Against the backdrop of the World Economic Forum meeting in Kigali last week, the Center announced a plan to commit up to $1 million over the next three years to advance economic growth and financial inclusion in Rwanda. Rwanda has …

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Incentives Light the Path Out of the Shadow Economy

May 10, 2016
A meat vendor counts banknotes at his stall in Jakarta on March 1, 2010. Indonesia said that consumer prices rose 3.81 percent year on year in February due to the rising cost of rice.  But month-on-month inflation slowed to 0.30 percent from 0.84 percent in January as gold and jewellery prices fell, the statistics agency said.  AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Three questions for Friedrich Schneider, economist and leading expert on shadow economies.  The economic crisis that has plagued Greece for more than five years is a story of tragedies micro and macro. It includes the accounts of individuals who have …

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Access to Markets: Unlocking the Potential of Women Suppliers

May 3, 2016
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by Elizabeth Vazquez The CEO and Founder of WeConnect International on connecting women-owned business to the global supply chain. Vasquez will be a featured speaker at the Power Shift Forum: Women in the World Economy at Georgetown University May 4-5.  …

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Design For Social Impact: 3 Best Practices for Lasting Innovation

February 2, 2016
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By Michael Mori and Trevor Zimmer Two design researchers share a few ‘lessons learned’ for building financial products and services that bring real value to the underserved and the excluded.  As design strategists, we’re loath to admit that our industry’s …

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Re-inventing Retail: 3 Innovative Ideas to Spur Inclusive Growth  

December 22, 2015
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As we wrap up the year, we look back at what inspired the 11 innovations presented at the Symposium for Inclusive Growth in October. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth co-sponsored the event in partnership with the Harvard Center for …

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Linking Women Microentrepreneurs to Global Markets

December 11, 2015
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When women-owned businesses have the resources they need to reach their fullest potential, inclusive economies can flourish. At the Power Shift Forum in November, the co-founders of Global Goods Partners spoke with the Inclusion Hub to discuss a decade of …

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Fintech: Targeting Services for the Bottom of the Pyramid

November 24, 2015
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An investor’s perspective on what makes financial inclusion startups successful. Widespread access to mobile communications, social media and big data have created new opportunities for financial technology firms – now popularly known as fintech – to deliver financial services to …

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Making Mexico’s Formalization Reforms Work For Youth

November 13, 2015
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Youth entrepreneurship training programs in Mexico showcase the potential expanding education access can unleash. Tempting as it might be to focus on Mexico’s slowing GDP growth in recent years to assess the country’s progress, there’s another set of figures with …

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Women and Markets: Power Shift Toward Inclusion

October 30, 2015
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Thought leaders on women’s economic empowerment to gather in Oxford.  by Linda Scott From the souk to the grocery store to the stock exchange – markets facilitate the movement of goods and services throughout the world, but also replicate the …

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Help Entrepreneurs Save the World

August 10, 2015
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Go to www.EntrepreneursUnite.com and sign By Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell Inc When you think of the word “entrepreneur” who pops into your mind?  Richard Branson?  Michael Dell? I’m guessing it’s not Sarah Collins from South Africa.  Sarah is building …

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There is Some Good News on Women Entrepreneurship

March 17, 2015
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Women are starting more and more businesses and, according to some research, those businesses outperform ones led by men. More girls are in college and earning business degrees than ever before. And for every woman who closes a business, more …

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