Monday, June 30, 2014

june 2014 log starting with largest dc diapora

ethiopia is dc's largest diaspora

diaapora can check end to end value chain redesign in ways that elite development intsitutes in dc cant

see www.usadbc.org

update june 10 2015 sees first annual african diaspora exchange hosted at world bank- follows last years launch of young african society see http://africanidol.tv

here are some resources participants were recommended to know about

Business Planning and Development Tools

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They provide: mentors, counseling, online and live workshops and business templates. 

Business in Development Network (BiDNetwork): The BiDNetwork engages thousands of entrepreneurs, experts and investors from all over the world to stimulate entrepreneurship and economic growth in emerging markets. The BiDNetwork website includes valuable resources, including sources of financing, investment guides, sample business plans, etc.

SME Toolkit (International Financial Corporation): The SME Toolkit offers software, business forms, training, and more to help small businesses in emerging markets grow and succeed. The website includes many online tools covering basic business skills and activities as well as sample business plans. 

Business Model Generation - The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management tool, which aids in developing and sketching out new or existing business models. It is a visual template pre-formatted with the nine blocks of a business model.
Grant Resources

Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) - is an open competition supporting breakthrough solutions to the world's most intractable development challenges—interventions that could change millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost.

The AECF Africa provides grants and interest free loans to businesses who wish to implement innovative, commercially viable, high impact projects in Africa. Our aim is to encourage private sector companies to compete for investment support for their new and innovative business ideas. 
Graduate School Scholarship

Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program - Apply to obtain a fellowship to Stanford GSB Business School