Over $1 billion funding for women entrepreneurs – Will it work?

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative,also known as We-Fi is a $1 billion dollar fund and potential game changer in accelerating the further expansion of women’s entrepreneurship in developing countries beyond the micro level. Launched at the G20’s leaders’ summit in July, the fund, administered by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation will be allocated to […]

by: | Oct 30, 2017 | Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How homophily hurts high-growth entrepreneurship

Homophily refers to the tendency for people to form connections with others like themselves. This tendency has been found to occur broadly across age, race and political inclination. Homophily has also been found to influence many types of relationships ranging from personal friendships and marriage to business-related work advice and support. No surprises then, that homophily also […]

by: | Jul 28, 2017 | Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Getting it Done: Barbara Kasoff – Champion for Women’s Business Advocacy

Even when public sector institutions commit to policies that include a gender perspective, the knowledge and capacity are often lacking to ensure that women will be able to benefit from the specific initiative or intervention. More involvement is needed to better understand how high level policies can be activated to benefit women. Women’s organizations can […]

by: | May 26, 2017 | Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Effective Business Environment Reform: A Gendered Perspective

In developing countries, projects or interventions tend to address the needs of women at the base of the pyramid or micro-business owners. In contrast, very few initiatives focus on the gendered effects of the regulatory, business or investment environment on business women with small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Though there is evidence that equal legal […]

by: | May 11, 2017 | blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Women and Gender Lens Investing – Measurement Matters!

There is growing interest among investors and wealth management funds in the US to identify gender oriented investment opportunities. Especially given a recent article in Fast Company which uncovers the nasty effects of gender bias on investment decisions. Aided by the growth of new investment platforms it is becoming clear that when data, not humans, guide funding, […]

by: | Apr 08, 2016 | Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Melting Middle: Unleashing the full potential of high impact entrepreneurs

Posted by Ruta Aidis 12/4/2014 In the US, 30% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are owned by women while in Canada, only 16% of SMEs are owned by women. Yet in countries such as Ghana, Thailand and Uganda there are more female startups than male startups. A headcount of startups or women-owned SMEs, however, does […]

by: | Dec 08, 2015 | Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Three reasons this summer looks good for women growing businesses

The 2015 Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard was launched as part of Dell’s Women Entrepreneur’s Network event in Berlin. The 31 country data driven study sponsored by Dell Inc and produced by ACG Inc identifies and benchmarks the gendered conditions that impede women from starting and growing their businesses. In addition, it provides actionable steps […]

by: | Aug 17, 2015 | Uncategorized|0 Comments|

From Awareness to Action

  It’s a globalized market out there…    Without women participating equally and innovating and creating and scaling businesses, countries are going to miss out.  It’s about being a leader, not a follower…   High-impact women entrepreneurs own and operate businesses that are innovative and growth oriented. Their entrepreneurial activities contribute to economic growth and […]

by: | Jul 02, 2015 | Uncategorized|2 Comments|

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day: Celebrating Leadership and MENtors

Ruta Aidis, CEO and Founder, ACG Inc Transformative and inspirational leadership embodies empowerment at the core of all its activities It is the type of leadership Nelson Mandela modeled when he unified a divided South Africa calling upon its citizens to unparalleled greatness: inspiring individuals to become even better than they ever thought they could […]

by: | Nov 19, 2014 | Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Is play the new economic driver?

  Most researchers and policymakers agree, that entrepreneurship is the economic driver in terms of innovation and new job creation. While watching the film ‘The Startup Kids’ which showcases some of the brightest and most successful really young entrepreneurs in the US and Europe, I couldn’t help but wonder if a new paradigm shift is […]

by: | Nov 17, 2014 | blog|0 Comments|