Growing SMEs: Award Season and an Entrepreneur of the Year

  With the Growing SMEs Conference imminent, the finalists of Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen, the Women in Business Challenge and the Fast5 Challenge are now entering the final stage of the challenges. The culmination of these competitions will be announced at award ceremonies at the Growing SMEs Conference in The Hague. We will also be awarding the BiD Network Entrepreneur of the Year in the BiD Challenge International. The BiD Challenge International requested our partner countries submit at least two outstanding entrepreneurs from the last year. From this, eight competitors have been pre-selected: MobiStine – Palestine AxIS Investments Ltd. – Rwanda Iyara – Argentina Penda Health – Kenya HABI Footwear – Philippines Compost Liberia – Liberia Divine masters – Uganda Hidroxiecuador – Ecuador As part of BiD Week, these entrepreneurs will be pitching their businesses to an expert jury. Choosing just three finalists will not be an easy task. The jury charged with this undertaking consists of: Kim Kiszelnik, Program Manager at Doen Foundation Saskia van der Mast, Investment Manager at dob Foundation Bob Assenberg, Goodwell Investments Karen Kammeraat, Informal Investor of De Investeerderclub Margot Kam, Project Coordinator at Mesics Foundation During BiD Week, the business week preceeding the Growing SMEs Conference, all entrepreneurs receive extensive training, attend financial consultancy and B2B meetings, and have the opportunity to network with possible investors. The three finalists of the BiD Challenge International, chosen on November 14, will then pitch their businesses at the Growing SMEs Conference in front of an audience of peers, experts and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, attending in her role as Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development’...

5 reasons to attend Growing SMEs The Hague on November 15

  Sheer excitement. There is only one week left before Growing SMEs The Hague. Growing SMEs is an international conference exploring the latest trends in developing, growing and financing small businesses in emerging markets. For anyone who hasn’t already registered, here are five reasons why we think you should do so. NOW! – 400 like-minded investors, entrepreneurs and experts will join and enjoy perspectives from top thought leaders on current trends in international SME development. Get inspired by the program and line-up. – 9 workshops and masterclasses offer a great way to gain interactive and hands-on experience during the conference. Designed and moderated by Growing SMEs experts, these discussions will tackle diverse topics from cross border investing to innovative government finance mechanisms, to rural incubation and online services for small businesses… – 50 pre-selected entrepreneurs with high growth businesses from emerging markets will present their companies to investors and peers. Whether you need business advice or are interested in investable businesses, the Growing SMEs Marketplace is the place to network on November 15. – On November 14, ‘Get in the Ring’, De Investeerders Club and BiD Network organize an exclusive dinner. This is the setting for financiers to network with international peers. – Princess Máxima will join the Growing SMEs conference. She will speak in her position as ‘Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development’ of the Secretary General of the United Nations. For the latest updates about the Growing SMEs conference, please follow us on twitter @bidnet. Growing SMEs The Hague is organized by BiD Network and MVO Nederland. This year, we are glad to be part of the...

Vote for BiD Network – E&Y partnership

  To celebrate two years of fruitful partnership, BiD Network & Ernst & Young participate in De Partnershipverkiezing 2012 with a ‘Best Partner’ reward thrown in. Ernst & Young encourages their people to donate their skills to smaller ventures that have the potential to contribute significantly to the economy of a household, a village or an entire nation. This is why Ernst & Young supports BiD Network entrepreneurs by coaching them in writing their business plan and by sharing their expertise. Ernst & Young has been a coaching partner of BiD Network since 2010. They have also been involved in the Women in Business Challenge, and the Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen competition. We are a perfect example of how profit and non-profit organizations can collaborate to build and promote sustainable entrepreneurship in emerging markets through an ambitious coaching program. We do think we are the best partners. We would love our collaboration to be rewarded in De Partnershipverkiezing 2012, a Dutch competition conceived by Behold. Winning would allow us to reach key stakeholders, a larger audience and get access to training to make our coaching program grow. To help BiD Network & Ernst & Young win and to show your support for our coaching services, vote now on nuzakelijk.nl. How to vote? Simple! – Go to nuzakelijk.nl, – spot the Stem nu! vote module in the right column, and select Ernst & Young, BiD Network – enter your email address – and confirm your vote by clicking in the email you receive just after. Want to do more? Feel free to spread the word on Facebook & Twitter. Thanks for your...