Innovative Dutch Entrepreneurs with an eye on emerging markets: Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen 2012

  BiD Network and NCDO, in collaboration with Ernst & Young and De Investeerders Club, are delighted to announce the 15 pre-selected finalists of Ondernemen zonder Grenzen 2012. In its third year, this business plan competition assists inspired Dutch entrepreneurs in either setting up or growing profitable, sustainable businesses in emerging markets. Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen means Business Without Borders – and that is exactly the competition’s ambition. A paradigm shift is taking place in the development sector is gradually gaining vailidity that encouraging enterprise in emerging markets provides an effective and meaningfully way to increase prosperity is gradually gaining validity. Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen believes that by encouraging innovative Dutch business proposals in emerging markets, jobs and prosperity will follow. Congratulations to all participants in this extremely challenging business plan competition. From the initial 142 applications, the following 15 have been pre-selected to undergo assessment by De Investeerders Club, who will have the difficult task of choosing just five winners to participate in the Growing SMEs Conference, Netherlands in November 2012. The 15 pre-selected finalists   Butterfly Housing Sector: Building Finance needed: $100,000 – $200,000 Country: South Africa Entrepreneur:  Robert Kats Cost effective, sustainable housing is Butterfly Housing’s mandate. They design and deliver low cost prefabricated housing in the South African market. Dapat-Labiom Sector: Recycling Finance needed: $200,000 – $500,000 Country: Costa Rica Entrepreneur:  Tonnie Pruis Vast amounts of wood are wasted in Costa Rica every day. With no professional wood recycling companies or government program in place to tackle the problem, Dapat-Labiom aims to export the essential knowledge and equipment to reduce wood wastage in Costa Rica. First Solar...

Success Story: 2 Years and 4,000 Pumps Later

Established in 2005, Ideas for Work (IaW) is a social enterprise producing and selling manual water pumps for the benefit of the people living in the poorest socio-economic group in Cambodia. Currently, IaW is transforming from an NGO (non profit) into a sustainable social enterprise in order to achieve their goal: to be economically self-sufficient after 2012. IaW is well on its way to achieving this as 2012 is so far showing the best sales results and the first real profits are in sight. As of 2011, Ideas for Work has reached a quarter of million people who now have daily access to clean water. Over 4000 pumps have been installed in all 24 provinces of Cambodia and up to US$ 4,40 daily extra income has been generated according to the Case Study done by Pari Project, an independent consultancy group. Ideas at Work designs and produces simple, easy to use, strong and affordable water and sanitation products for the Cambodian people. These products are made of local materials, which solves the spare part supply chain troubles many other products have. Beside water pumps, the products go from Rainwater harvesting tanks to Bio-sand filters and tulipfilters, a device used for treating contaminated water at the household level. The last design from the Cambodian Technical team is the Raised Rovai, a pump that lifts well water into a high container to allow running water in the house, garden and toilet. (To see all products please visit IaW page: http://www.ideas-at-work.org/OurIdeas.html) The distribution channel is the most challenging part of the operation and consists of Independent Sales agents who promote these products...