What to expect in 2018

Funding, areas of focus, impact and more By Priya Thachadi 2017 was a year that demonstrated that the human spirit is stronger than ever in the face of adversity. Nowhere did I see this more strongly than in social entrepreneurs working across geographies and sectors in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, I met entrepreneurs who had great products and exciting clients, but did not have the capital to buy machinery to generate volumes to match demand. In Cambodia, there were entrepreneurs who were looking to expand their market for organic produce but faced difficulties in pricing. In the Philippines, I [...]

By |8th January 2018|Categories: Analysis, blog|

What are the poor spending on?

World Consumption data reveals the incredible market opportunity at the BoP By Priya Thachadi There are around 4.5 billion poor living in 92 countries around the developing world who collectively spend more than USD 5 trillion a year, according to the World Consumption Data. The data reveals that the lower consumption segments spend more than the middle and higher consumption segments combined. They spend about USD 2.3 trillion a year on food and beverages alone, with USD 646 billion spent in South Asia and USD 926 billion in East Asia. The household spending data released by the World Bank [...]

By |9th November 2017|Categories: Analysis, blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Getting started with CSR fundraising

Engagement with corporates is moving beyond conventional funding initiatives By Chaarvi Badani Fundraising is the most important work of a start-up, apart from their actual mission itself. It probably feels like every employee’s full-time job despite their designations! In their quest for funding, most entrepreneurs look at traditional options such as seed funders, incubators, impact investors and venture capital firms. But today, let’s focus on the new kid in the block – corporates and their pool of funding from corporate social responsibility. The new Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility) Rules 2014 mandates that 2% of companies’ net profits should be [...]

By |17th August 2017|Categories: blog, How to|Tags: , , , , |

Pitch perfect

* Getting ready to pitch your business to an investor? * Want to make the best possible impression while conveying all the relevant facts? * Keen to have an expert opinion on your pitch deck?  At Unlock Impact, we have experience investing in and supporting startup entrepreneurs, as well as reviewing business models and pitches at business plan contests, and have spent years understanding and honing these requirements. In addition, we have also brought on expert advisors with experience in social entrepreneurship, investment and fundraising to help give you a 360-degree view on how to make the best pitch [...]

By |4th August 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |

5 must-watch videos for entrepreneurs

Have an idea? Looking to become an entrepreneur? Here are the top 5 great videos you must watch as you set out to test your idea and build your business model. 1) Alexander Ostewalder takes you through the business model canvas, an essential tool to map out all aspects of your business: 2) Steve Blank summarises the Customer Discovery process, identifying your customers and then doing the important task of validating your product-market fit:  3) Chris Yeh gives an energetic talk on go-to-market strategy and great tips on pricing: 4) Guy Kawasaki shares his tips for a great pitch [...]

By |9th May 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |
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