Track 1: Achieving dynamic and resilient entrepreneurial ecosystems


Introduction Track 1: Achieving Dynamic and Resilient Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Speakers: Argidius F. and Swisscontact

Five approaches to forge connections that drive entrepreneurial growth and resilience

Speakers: Wangechi Muriuki (Creative Metier), Peter Righi (CEED/SEAF),
Davis Albhom (SEED Standford), Ibrahima Ba (EVA), Claire Sterngold
(International Trade Centre).

Moderator: Thomas Caffrey Osvald (Small Foundation)

Networks cost-effectively support MSME growth. Five successful, diverse, initiatives will share their results, and discuss key success factors and challenges to effectively activate and sustain a network.
Examples include: how a platform increased membership five-fold while deepening member engagement and deal making; establishing and sustaining alumni networks; a partnership model that leverages both local and global expertise; digitalizing a thriving business network; and, activating youth entrepreneurs and wannapreneurs. Attendees will leave with ideas and connections to help you generate maximum value for entrepreneurs despite limited resources.

Strengthening ecosystems: top down, bottom up or side to side?

Speakers: Milos Lazovic (Swiss Entrepreneurship Program), Sebastian Diaz (DEEP), Shawn Theunissen (Property Point), Leah Barto (Endeavor) 

Moderator: Will Scott Kemmis (Frontiers Asia Lab)

Productive ecosystems generate increasing numbers of fast growing enterprises. But how can ecosystems be stimulated to do so? Four different approaches will share their results, and discuss key success factors and challenges. Examples include: how a national government created a blue print for public accelerators; how local organizations, leaders and entrepreneurs have been supported to enrich their ecosystems; the effect of high growth entrepreneurs ‘’paying it forward’’ through investment and mentorship; and, the effect of integrating entrepreneurs into the corporate landscape. Attendees will leave with an enhanced sense of their role in the ecosystem and how it can be further stimulated to support entrepreneurial growth.


Five ways proven to help enterprise support organizations (ESOs), and funders, boost business growth and job creation

Speakers: Alice Nkulikiyinka (BPN Rwanda), Petr Skvaril (Impact HUB), Stuart Thomson (Good Business Foundation) 

Moderator: Nicholas Collof (Argidius Foundation)

Why are some enterprise support programs highly effective and others less so? Growing evidence increasingly reinforces five distinguishing characteristics. This session will highlight simple, cost-effective changes in relation to these characteristics, that are proven to improve the impact and sustainability of entrepreneurship and enterprise support programs.

Sustainable ‘Enterprise Development Services Coupon Model’ embedded in microfinance

Speaker: Anura Attapattu (BMIC)

Moderator: Nicholas Collof (Argidius Foundation)

This session will showcase a ‘’credit plus’’ model that is sustainably delivering enterprise development services to microfinance clients, by embedding the costs into the credit operation. Initially developed in Sri Lanka, and replicated in Nepal, 40,000 microfinance clients are being trained a year through the model.

Funding and capacity building local Enterprise Support Organizations (ESOs) to increase the effectiveness and resilience of ecosystems

Speakers: Devin Chesney (ANDE), Lilian Mwai (African Management Institute), Peter Nawa (Bongo Hive), Barbara Mutabazi (Hive Colab), Andy Bryant (Segal Family foundation), Rachel Crawford (Village Capital). 

Moderator: Mary Mwangi (Argidius Foundation)

Local ESOs often lack consistent and appropriate funding, regularly receiving less than their Global North counterparts. This session will explore interventions working to change this, and include a funder who has developed their grant making around funding locally led organizations; a grant mechanism that has made design updates that has increased the proportion of funding going to locally led organizations; a model where peer ESOs support and evaluate one another to direct funding; and a capacity builder helping ESOs to establish a route to financial sustainability and increasing effectiveness. Two ESOs will share their verdicts on their experience in such schemes.