Showing posts with label Business. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Business. Show all posts

Growing SMEs - Latin America

Growing SMEs is a premium annual get-together for SME practitioners in Latin America. High growth SMEs, funds, banks, angel investors, and members of the public and academic sector will gather in Bogotá on September 22nd and 23rd to do business and exchange ideas about how to further stimulate the growth of Latin American SMEs.

Parallel to this event there will be a "BiD Network Marketplace" where we will present our projects and where private "Matchmaking New Ventures Meetings" are organized for targeted investors and entrepreneurs.

Go to and register for this international event where you will Connect, Exchange and Invest.


IndieGoGo offers anyone with an idea - creative, cause-related, or entrepreneurial - the tools to effectively build a campaign and raise money.

Designed to meet your funding needs, anyone can start raising money immediately on IndieGoGo. Offer unique perks or tax deductions to your contributors in lieu of offering profit, but always keep 100% ownership. Each campaign has the opportunity to be featured on our homepage, placed in the press, or exposed via social media.

Who can use IndieGoGo?
IndieGoGo is open for anyone to use, with any type of campaign - creative, cause-related, or entrepreneurial.

Where is IndieGoGo located?
IndieGoGo is based in the United States, but we have members in 189 countries and counting. You can post and fund a campaign from any country as long as you have a valid bank account or credit card.

TIC Americas 2010/Peru 2010

TIC Americas 2010/Peru 2010, an international business competition offers new opportunities for young people in the Americas and Peru , where the Finals will be held, to create and allow their business idea to grow. Young entrepreneurs under the age of thirty-six can register their team and submit their concept paper until March 1 to participate in the 2010 Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas ), the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) has announced. Teams that wish to participate in TIC Americas 2010 can register and submit their concept papers until March 1, 2010 at

The Morality of Profit

The SEVEN Fund is sponsoring a global competition inviting discourse on the morality of profit. SEVEN welcomes the submission of essays that explore the morality of profit through the lens of diverse cultural, religious, philosophical, and academic traditions. We will award top honors to three essays, a grand prize of $20,000, second prize of $10,000, and third prize of $5,000. The best pieces will be collected into a manuscript, which is intended for publication, and the program will culminate with an international conference in 2010.

Shakira and World Bank

Shakira visits the World Bank headquarters in Washington today to promote early childhood education. The goal is to create early development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

International Development Design Summit

The 2010 International Development Design Summit (IDDS) will take place from 7-30 July at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, USA. IDDS 2010 will be somewhat different from previous years - whereas past summits focused on creating prototypes, this summit will focus on turning these prototypes into products and getting them into the hands of people who can use them. It is the goal of IDDS 2010 to guide project teams through the process of becoming viable ventures with business plans to disseminate their innovations at scale. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the many challenges of entrepreneurship and technology dissemination for developing markets with a diverse group of people from around the globe.

Mi Tienda

An innovative distribution chain allows small grocery stores in rural Mexico to grow their businesses and offer new and better consumer goods.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Students around the world are invited to submit an idea for an innovative, commercially-sustainable business that addresses a problem of poverty in the developing world to the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC).

GSEC engages creative minds across the globe to encourage bolder and less conventional business solutions to global poverty. Open to students worldwide—and across fields of study—GSEC plans are judged on the quality of life in the developing world, financial sustainability, and implementation feasibility.

Water Problems in Developing Countries

InnoCentive have posted a Challenge looking for proposals for an upcoming Challenge that will address a problem in the developing world, specifically related to water. The Seeker will pay out at least $8000 in awards. The problem must be one that warrants quick resolution and can be accomplished at a relatively low cost.

Clean Tech Open Ideas Competition

The Clean Tech Open Ideas Competition seeks out the best clean technology ideas from around the world from revolutionary ways to generate clean energy, to better ways to filter water, to ideas about how governmental policies around climate change can foster new businesses. To find out more visit their Web site.


* Air, Water & Waste - Ways to cut pollution
* Energy Efficiency - More efficient methods and devices
* Renewable Energy - Replacements for fossil fuels
* Green Building - New kinds of buildings or materials
* Smart Power, Green Grid, Energy Storage - Better ways of carrying/storing electricity
* Transportation - Greener cars, buses trucks or planes

The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value

The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value will be awarded every other year to an individual, a non-governmental organization (NGO), or a business for developing an outstanding innovation that:

1. has proven its worth on a small-scale;
2. is judged to be feasible and applicable on a broader scale or in other communities; and
3. has high promise of improving rural development, improving nutrition, improving access to clean water, or having a significant impact on water management.

To nominate an individual, an NGO, or a small enterprise for an outstanding innovation in water, nutrition or rural development, please read the Official Rules and use the Nomination Form.

Business plan competition for agricultural cooperatives and farmers associations

The Farmers in Business is a a business plan competition aimed at Agricultural Cooperatives and Farmers Associations in developing countries who seek finance to start or to grow their businesses. This competition is promoted by Agriterra with the tecnical support of BiD Network. For more information about this competition and how to submit your business plan see Farmers in Business. Competition deadline on 15 November 2009.

Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) announced that nominations have opened for the inaugural Kauffman Foundation Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes and celebrates a scientific researcher who has successfully commercialized his or her discoveries through entrepreneurship. Nomination forms are available at the National Postdoctoral Association's website.

ICT for Economic Growth

Information and communication technologies (ICT) can serve as fundamental enablers for the global economic recovery according to the World Economic Forum whitepaper ICT for Economic Growth: A Dynamic Ecosystem Driving the Global Recovery.
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