Follow Growing SMEs The Hague Live

On Thursday November 15, experts, investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world will gather in The Hague for Growing SMEs – the international conference exploring trends in developing, growing and financing small and medium sized enterprises in emerging markets. With a stellar guest list to look forward to – including Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, and Global Entrepreneurship Week President Jonathan Ortmans – the discussion will undoubtedly be as informative and innovative. Can’t make Growing SMEs? We’re sad you won’t be joining us in The Hague, but there are ways you can follow the event live. Follow us on Twitter at @bidnet, and join the conversation online using the #GrowingSMEs hashtag. We’ll be posting live coverage all day....

Happy Anniversary Fundación E!

Fundación E has been BiD Network’s partner since 2009. We are proud of this alliance, which has produced many results given the interests and values that we share. Together we are working to identify good investment opportunities, to support entrepreneurs in the start and growth of their businesses, and to improve the financial ecosystem for Mexican enterprises. Much of this work consists of providing access to networks, tools and information through the www.bidnetwork.org web platform, as well as through training sessions. Congratulations to Fundación E for a 13-year journey towards entrepreneurship education and support for the Mexican SME community! Here’s to many more BiD Challenges, training sessions, workshops, promotional events for entrepreneurs and job-creating...

Over 50 years of ODA: Lessons learnt and new approaches

BiD Network Founder and Director Thierry Sanders was recently involved in a Debate for the Society for International Development (SID) focused on advancing, “Beyond Official Development Assistance (ODA)”. . The debate also featured OECD Development Assistance Committee Chair, J Brian Atwood, and CEO of FMO, Nanno Kleiterp. The video belows highlights the key themes of debate and focuses on each of the speakers ideas of ODA and how to move beyond it....

Transcript of Thierry Sanders’ speech at the Society for International Development Debate, “Beyond ODA”

BiD Network Founder and Director Thierry Sanders will be at the Society for International Development Debate “Beyond ODA” on September 25, 2012. He will discuss the future of Official Development Assistance (ODA) with OECD Development Assistance Committee Chair, J Brian Atwood, and CEO of FMO, Nanno Kleiterp. Prior to the debate, Thierry Sanders will be explaining why he believes the current system is in need of reform, whilst also describing his prescriptions how best to democratize the aid process. The following is a transcript of his speech. <setting> We are at the 2015 G20 Summit, I am presenting the new Development Cooperation Policy Decisions to the Press. <setting> I am pleased to announce that this 2015 Summit of the G20 has brought about a unanimous vote on the future of Overseas Development Assistance. Our decision will be adopted immediately by all 20 member states, as well as by the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD. We have now finally agreed on how to get “Beyond ODA”. To understand our decision I would like to emphasize that democratization lies at the heart of these reforms. The leaders of the G20 have jointly decided to put the tax-payers, investors and ordinary citizens back in the driver’s seat of development. It is these private individuals and the private sector, who need to be engaged in the support of the poor. Not the civil servants, nor the politicians. Only in this way will we break the cycle of indifference and cynicism of the general public towards Aid. Change is needed, and this change has finally been approved here in 2015 at the G20 summit....

  A new Make a Difference (MaD) Venture Fellows Program is now inviting applications from innovative and high–‐impact entrepreneurs who are based in Asia or are interested in establishing links with Asia. The MaD Venture Fellows Program will be of interest to entrepreneurs who are looking for investors, partners, networks and market opportunities to take their businesses to the next level. We are inviting participation from innovative ventures that can bring about economic, social and/or environmental benefits alongside financial returns. The MaD ventures could be from early to growth stage, with at least one year of track record. The founder should be 35 or below at the time the venture was established. The MaD Venture Fellows will be invited to attend a 4-day programme in Hong Kong to meet potential investors and parnters, identify growth opportunities for their ventures and discover what Hong Kong can offer, learn how to scale from experts, network with other MaD Venture Fellows and the entrepreneur and business communities in Hong Kong. A highlight of the program is the MaD Ventures Salon on January 25, 2013, where the MaD Venture Fellows will meet and showcase their ventures to potential investors and partners. Six MaD Venture Fellows will be invited to pitch at the MaD Ventures Salon, with their travel expenses fully sponsored. Other eligible fellows can also get a 50% airfare subsidy. A distinguished panel of judges will select 3 MaD Venture Stars out of the 6 finalists, together with the participants of the Salon. They represent a strong network of capital, contacts and experience in Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and Asia. The...