INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION – SME FINANCE FORUM

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION – SME FINANCE FORUM

International Finance Corporation – SME Finance Forum

April 22, 2019

The SME market is too small to serve with people-intensive approaches, too complex to operate with fully automated approaches, and too expensive for most banks to provide loans. Therefore, it is not surprising that most bankers do not feel comfortable operating in the SME realm. However, the world is changing, and SMEs are changing alongside it. This reinforces the importance of the SME Finance Forum’s work in helping our members learn from each other, link to new business opportunities, and lead a constructive industry dialogue with policymakers.

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ROLE IN SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURS AND MSMES

ROLE IN SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURS AND MSMES

ROLE IN SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURS AND MSMES

April 15, 2019

The mission of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is focused on the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) and its connection to the state of Wisconsin, and we are the oldest university technology transfer organization in the US. WARF has more than 90 years of experience at UW-Madison as a partner advancing and commercializing research to benefit humankind both through licensing technologies to existing companies and, more and more over the past 20 years, through helping foster new company formation.

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GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SUPPORT TO MSMES

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SUPPORT TO MSMES

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SUPPORT TO MSMES

April 8, 2019

The notion that micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are relevant to the development and economic dynamics of cities, countries, and economic blocs has been enthusiastically embraced and rapidly expanded.

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SUPPORT TO MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES

SUPPORT TO MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES

SUPPORT TO MICRO, SMALL, AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES

April 1, 2019

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of the Canadian economy, accounting for 90 percent of the private sector workforce (10.7 million workers) and nearly 40 percent of the national GDP. Under the leadership of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, the Government is committed to supporting the success and growth of Canadian MSMEs.

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HALCYON INCUBATOR AND THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ECOSYSTEM – A GLOBAL BEST PRACTICE WITH HEART

HALCYON INCUBATOR AND THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ECOSYSTEM – A GLOBAL BEST PRACTICE WITH HEART

HALYCON INCUBATOR AND THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ECOSYSTEM – A GLOBAL BEST PRACTICE WITH HEART

March 25, 2019

The purpose of this paper is to help all stakeholders understand the activities surrounding social entrepreneurs and the current social enterprise ecosystem. To do this, the first part of this paper introduces our program, the Halcyon Incubator, as a case study. Followed by this, it glances at the status of social enterprise ecosystems in the United States and how these ecosystems fuel MSMEs.

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: A NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAWN

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: A NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAWN

Middle East and North Africa: A New Entrepreneurship Dawn

March 18, 2019

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is one of the most problematic regions in the world. Eight of the nineteen MENA states are among the fifty most unstable countries globally. Four of them–Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen–are “failed states”. Demographics signify a phenomenon where the working-age group is growing faster than jobs. The MENA region has the second- highest unemployment rate across the planet (after Sub-Saharan Africa), and between now and 2035 almost six million additional individuals will be entering the labor market annually. At the same time, more children are attending school and educational standards have improved, and an entrepreneurship curriculum is available.

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