This blogpost was authored by Bertil van Vugt from VC4A and originally posted on the VC4A website. The Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Lagos, Nigeria, and NaiLab in Nairobi, Kenya, have announced the startups that will take part in the Make-IT Accelerator programme in each country. Make-IT in Africa is a 2.5-year project (2017-2019) that focuses […]
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We are entering an age of massive technological disruption and social upheaval. Having celebrated Endeva’s 10 year anniversary in 2017, we are getting ready for our next decade of work in a fast changing world. Here are our 4 New Decade’s Resolutions: 1) Add technology. Technological innovations enable business solutions in markets that have so […]
Last month we carried out an experiment. We wanted to see if we brought together a small carefully selected group of people into a fun and interactive, co-creation process, could we come up with concrete ideas on how tech can help achieve the SDGs by 2030. The answer was a resounding yes! The drone track […]
On October 18 and 19, ninety people went on tours through Berlin’s buzzling innovation scene and collaborated in a design thinking process. In 5 tracks, they explored technology-enabled opportunities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (For more detail, see our blogs on precision agriculture, AI-enabled BoP market data, intelligent diagnosis, drones for the last […]
“Go Natalia!”, “Group 4 rules” and more cheers show up behind the speakers. The crowd cajoles after every pitch. After 1,5 days of intense collaboration, the energy is still high. No, this is not startup night. It is the finale of Inclusive Innovation 2030 a new initiative by Endeva and partners to curate systems change. […]
The first day started with a tour through Berlin – and through the future of agriculture. At the end of day two, we had planted the seed of this vision: an integrated platform that would unleash the productivity of smallholder farmers. This post describes the journey of the precision agriculture track at the ii2030 even […]
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are increasingly seeing the importance of incorporating business thinking to achieve their development goals. A few pioneers have already carved out their roles in the inclusive business space, either as partners of companies, as intermediaries, investors, or even as entrepreneurs. In our peer-to-peer workshop, NGOs exchanged experiences on the various roles they […]
At our ii2030 event taking place this week in Berlin, we will discuss how artificial intelligence can be used to create more reliable market information, which in turn aims to unleash invesments in low-income markets. To learn more, read our latest blogpost How many people live in Kibera?
For a long time, Kibera was considered the biggest slum not only in Nairobi, but in all of Africa, with allegedly over 1 million inhabitants. The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census counted 170.070 inhabitants. In 2010, UN Habitat estimated Kibera’s population at 500.000 to 700.000. Such is the quality of data for many, if […]
At the beginning of 2017, Endeva started to informally discuss inclusive business approaches with leading international NGOs in our partner network. The discussions made us realize that all had similar questions, but very complementary experiences. Together with BoP Inc. and IBAN, we thus brought them together in a peer-learning workshop in early September 2017 to […]
You are probably aware of aid projects run by NGOs to fight HIV Aids in Sub-Saharan Africa or combat yet another hunger crisis. But are you aware NGOs are also pursuing business approaches to achieve development objectives? Why should NGOs engage in (inclusive) business? Many still think that traditional NGO work and business approaches are […]
Luke, who lives in London, will celebrate his fifth birthday tomorrow; a celebration, but not his most life changing occasion. For the parents of Akachi from Mafubira (Uganda), however, his fifth birthday is momentous: Akachi had more than thirteen times higher chances of being amongst the under five year olds that die prematurely from preventable […]
How can we unlock the potential for drones for good in Africa? Join us this Thursday for our live Q&A discussion with our expert panel at iba.ventures! Panelists include Dharmesh Shah, Business Innovation Manager, Airbus Zoe Beattle, UAV Cross Programme Management, Airbus Hans-Peter Thamm, Founder, Geotechnic Frederick Mbuya, OpenData, ICT & Drone Specialist, Uhurulabs & […]
Leading up to Endeva’s ii2030 event, join the online discussion on precision agriculture on Oct 4, 11 am CEST with Christina Tewes-Gradl (Endeva), KC Mishra (eKutir), Martin Märkl (Bayer CropScience), Christian Merz (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Worlali Senyo (Farmerline), and Andrew Kaiser-Tedesco (WARC Group). To get into the subject, don’t miss our newest blospost […]
Reports about precision agriculture are usually accompanied with images of gigantic tractors on endless fields. Reports about smallholders, on the other hand, usually show a thin man on a small plot of land ploughing with an oxen or reaping his meagre harvest. The two images could not seem further apart. It is true: many smallholders […]
For entrepreneurs in many parts of Africa working to make a positive difference in heath, agriculture, education, and beyond, the road is often tough – and full of potholes. Especially when delivering goods and services to people in remote areas: it’s expensive and unreliable. But what if this transportation barrier could be overcome using drones? […]
Developing countries are the growth markets of tomorrow. In spite of their economic dynamics, many still face high poverty rates and challenging market conditions. If you happen to be in Austria on Sep 26, join Endeva’s Associate Expert Anna Peters to learn about how companies can pursue innovative approaches to both secure their commercial success […]
Technology can save the world – or not, depending on whether we manage to translate technology into human progress. Read Endeva Director’s Christina Tewes-Gradl latest blogpost on how we believe technology can become a magic bullet for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals, and why our ii2030 event is an important piece in the puzzle of […]
Technology can save the world – or not We live in an age of unprecedented technological advancement. Mobile connectivity makes communication and transactions even with far-away places a matter of seconds and cents. Artificial intelligence allows us to recognize patterns in large sets of data, and for machines to learn. Blockchain can create transparency and […]
We are delighted to announce that on August 31st, a new report will be launched by USAID, Endeva and the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business, on the landscape of advisory support for inclusive business. On the day of the launch, we will be contributing to a webinar with the authors, USAID, beneficiaries and providers of […]
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