Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Orientation Training 2016: Intro to SGB Investing

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty.

There are, of course, many worthy approaches to poverty eradication and economic development. But ANDE members share the view that targeted support for SGBs represents the most effective way to create the kinds of jobs that can lift families, and entire nations, out of poverty. ANDE members support "the missing middle”—the small and growing businesses that are the engines of growth in emerging markets, and have the potential to address critical social and environmental challenges.

Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises more than 240 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries. Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions, foundations and corporations from around the world. Based in Washington, D.C. with several offices in emerging markets, the ANDE team works hard to support members globally, and locally, while building strong ecosystems for entrepreneurial growth. ANDE develops unique initiatives to address systemic challenges and seize opportunities that can only be approached through collective action.

GALI Report Launch: What's Working in Startup Acceleration?

Join the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Emory University’s Social Enterprise @ Goizueta for an in-depth presentation on the recent findings from the first annual Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) report.

GALI is a multi-year global research initiative designed to explore - and answer - key questions about enterprise acceleration. Within a few short years, the program has collected detailed data from fifteen different Village Capital programs across several countries, including the United States and many emerging markets. Analyzing this data, we have produced the first GALI annual report, which provides a valuable opportunity to learn about how specific program choices are driving accelerator performance.

After a detailed presentation by the report authors, key GALI partners and stakeholders will share their reactions to the findings as well as their hopes for the research program moving forward.

ANDE: Investment Manager Training


This five day course covers the entire investment process, from deal sourcing to due diligence, and everything in between. It is based largely on actual deals made by ANDE members and is designed to be highly interactive and participatory. It will also focus on the social and environmental impact of investing at this level, and how that affects the investment process. This is the only course of its kind that focuses on both investing in emerging and developing markets and impact investing. If you are interested in gaining additional knowledge on investing in early stage deals in emerging markets from some of the leaders in the field, then this is the course for you.

We are happy to offer a $100 discount to members for the event. For more information and to get discount code, email Susannah Ware Eastham.

Metrics from the Ground Up

Join ANDE this June for conversations focused on emerging practices in measurement, practical strategies for adoption, and lessons from your peers who are supporting small and growing businesses in emerging markets.

Our focus this year is "Beyond Silos." We will discuss systemic approaches to measurement, that transcend one organization's work to encompass an entire ecosystem. We will learn about ways to integrate impact measurement with operational and financial measurement, and how that changes the conversation. We will highlight methods that prioritize multiple stakeholders and build in rapid feedback loops.

Why attend?

  • Intimate Conversations. With a max of 100 participants all grappling with questions of impact assessment, conversations are focused, intimate, and fun.
  • Practical. We move conversations beyond theory to demonstrate real examples of what works (and what doesn’t work).
  • Transparent and Open. We ask that all participants come prepared not just to learn, but to share their expertise.
  • What we expect from you. As a participant of Metrics from the Ground Up, we will ask you to send us some information about your organization’s approach to impact assessment before you arrive in DC. During the event, we expect all participants (not just those listed in the agenda) to have an active voice in creating useful conversations. And afterwards, we hope you will continue to connect and learn with the network you develop at the event.


  • Event Format: ANDE events are typically highly interactive, member-driven, and practically focused. We rely on participants to develop the agenda, lead discussions, and share their expertise. Sessions at Metrics from the Ground Up fall into four categories: Discussion Panels, Breakout Discussions, Networking Activities, and Workshops.

Please note - For the first time we are offering an early track on Tuesday, June 14th for those new to the sector or to ANDE. This afternoon session is limited to 50 participants, and will provide an introduction to the field. If you are interested in attending this track, you MUST select it in your registration form.

Funding Accelerator Programs

Read this brief from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), a collaboration between the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Emory University, which explores the following question: How do accelerators fund their programs, and how do different funding profiles relate to different accelerator offerings? Click on the below link to read the full brief: