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Founders’ Leadership Series: Key values for a successful entrepreneur

NESsT is headquartered in San Francisco, where entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology meet to solve problems in our daily routines and in global issues that will impact generations to come. Our colleague, Nathalie Figueroa, visited the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center to hear leading investor and Stanford Business School professor, Andy Rachleff, share the key values he’s observed in entrepreneurs of successful businesses he’s worked with.   Watch the full one-hour interview or read the key takeaways below!  Ask yourself: What do you uniquely [...] More ›

Growing Social Enterprises in the Balkans – Irina Asaftei from NESsT Romania chats with Goodbiz

After years in the finance sector, Irina Asaftei realized that she wanted to go beyond her focus on generating profit.  She joined NESsT after working in Romania, Uganda, Singapore, the Philippines and the UK, specializing in project design and management, organization development, capacity building, and communications for NGOs tackling a wide array of social issues. Goodbiz hosted Irina from NESsT Romania at their introductory event “Community for Better Investment” in March 2017. Check out her interview on what makes [...] More ›

Supporting youth from orphanages and foster families to become developers

After forming part of NESsT’s publication Closing the Talent Gap of the BPO/IT Industry in Poland, Coders Lab decided to launch their own social enterprise to make their programming lessons available to youth from underprivileged backgrounds.   Many young people in Poland undertake work where development opportunities are limited or remain unemployed entirely because they are unable to meet the desired qualifications of the labor market. In particularly difficult situations are the young people leaving foster care and [...] More ›

Decent Work— Adding Dignity to the Numbers

By Nicole Etchart and Loïc Comolli,  NESsT Co-CEOs, July 11, 2017 An estimated 800 million people will need access to decent work in the next five years.[1],[2]  Social enterprises throughout the world present an opportunity to meet this need. They use innovative business models that connect vulnerable groups to formal labor market jobs; these models range from workforce development and job placement to direct employment. Despite the importance of this work, the majority [...] More ›

Reflecting on 20 Years of Impact

By Nicole Etchart, Co- Founder and Co-CEO, May 11, 2017 NESsT enterprises invest in communities where poverty is endemic and have become a daily reality.  Communities that live in vulnerable environments — often secluded — that face discrimination and who simply have not been given an opportunity in life. Until a few years ago, Mari, an indigenous woman and mother from the Curimarca community, subsisted on the sale of potatoes. This seasonal business keeps her community living below [...] More ›

A leap for the Social Investment Sector in Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe

By Nicole Etchart, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, April 10, 2017 Last week I spent an incredible four days in Warsaw.  It’s not often when I feel that every day of the week represented one leap forward in developing a thriving social enterprise sector in the region. These four days reflected once again what we all should ultimately come to accept.  Through informed and collaborative efforts, we can accelerate the development of high impact enterprises that are best [...] More ›

Your impact with Inka Moss: a year after the Kiva loan

About a year ago, Kiva lenders propelled Inka Moss to new heights when they clicked “Lend.” Since that time, their loan and the great efforts of the Inka Moss team in partnership with NESsT has enabled Inka Moss to increase their environmental and social impact. The Kiva lenders’ confidence in Inka Moss in 2015 made it possible for the enterprise to attain the funds necessary to strengthen its business. The Kiva loan increased the potential [...] More ›

Traits of a Successful Social Entrepreneur

1: A key driver of the success of a social enterprise is the extent to which the entrepreneur’s ability to leverage networks and ecosystem actors to help them grow their business. The start of a New Year always feels like an opportunity for fresh beginnings. If you’re on the path of your own social entrepreneurship journey, we want to motivate you. So get out there and find your allies (hi!), engage them and build healthy relationships.  Check [...] More ›

Building a self-financing venture into your organization’s fundraising strategy

Generating new sources of revenues is the primary concern of nonprofit executives and boards, with 24% to 36% of nonprofits operating deficits. (Nonprofit Finance Fund) If a self-financing venture is carefully developed with the right process and tools, it can allow a nonprofit not only to diversify its funding sources and reach financial revenue goals, but also to dramatically improve organizational capacity and strengthen its mission and impact outcomes.   NESsT is partnering with TechSoup to [...] More ›

Using technology to solve the root problems of poverty

On Thursday, January 18, 2017 Nicole Etchart was featured on the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)’s sector call to speak about Beyond the Laboratory: Changing Lives through Hardware Technology Enterprises.  During the sector call, Nicole shared NESsT’s approach to launching and scaling invention-based enterprises in order to maximize each enterprise’s social impact. Our methodology revolves around the four pillars of hardware technology enterprises, namely scientific knowledge; entrepreneurship; focus on solving problems; and social engagement. Most Latin American [...] More ›

Kiva lenders fund $50,000 in loans to Suritex

Group of weavers in Huancayo, Peru Suritex entered the alpaca fiber industry to employ women who are excluded from the labor market. Their success has the potential to disrupt the alpaca fiber industry simply through fair compensation of everyone involved in the process.   Through the NESsT-Kiva partnership, Suritex has obtained a total of $50,000 of financing as credit that will allow the company to expand its operations and include more smallholders who can sell their alpaca [...] More ›

A Gift that Gives More

What if every purchase we made always had a higher positive return? NESsT enterprises provide opportunities for conscientious shoppers to drive positive change and transparency across all industries. As consumers, we have the power to demand ethical treatment of employees and suppliers as well as the sustainable care of our environment. The holiday season is a perfect time to make a gift that will provide a pathway out of poverty for low-income and marginalized individuals. Join [...] More ›

Let’s build a global collaborative culture where poverty is obsolete.

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we invite you to donate to NESsT. Join us in building a global collaborative culture where poverty is obsolete. For NESsT enterprises, building relationships based on respect and trust is at the core of expanding livelihood opportunities for diverse communities. Café Compadre empowers coffee farmers in the Peruvian jungle by providing them with solar-powered technology to roast and improve the quality of their coffee beans. This leads to an [...] More ›

¡Únete a la celebración!

  En celebración de #UnDiaParaDar te invitamos a donar a NESsT para crear una cultura de colaboración global donde la pobreza no existe. Para las empresas de NESsT, las relaciones basadas en el respeto y la confianza están en el centro de nuestro trabajo dedicado a crear oportunidades de trabajo para las comunidades marginadas. Café Compadre ayuda a los productores de café en la selva peruana, proporcionándoles la tecnología de energía solar para tostar y mejorar la calidad de [...] More ›

NESsT & Kiva Partner for Water Access in Peru!

How do you get an entire nation excited about reaching 100% access to potable water? A NESsT Enterprise figured it out, and it’s expanding. YAQUA’s impact starts with the sale of a bottle of water. When someone purchases a bottle of YAQUA, it is because 100% of earnings are directed to projects that solve water and sanitation problems in impoverished areas of Peru. NESsT and Kiva are excited to support YAQUA in raising $50,000 in small loans [...] More ›

The Ingredients for Maximizing Social Impact: Ensuring Marginalized Communities are the Protagonists

Photo by Barbara Rosner   What are the ingredients of an innovative approach to increase the impact of a business that is solving critical social problems? Being an entrepreneur is like cooking. At first glance, we all could try. All we need is access to a great recipe, the ingredients and tools (such as financing, an entrepreneurial spirit, or an online community of mentors) to guarantee a delicious dish in the end. At first sight, yes, it’s easy! But, [...] More ›

Meet the New NESsT

By Nicole Etchart and Loic Comolli, Co-CEOs of NESsT After nearly 20 years of developing social enterprises, our work and our strategy have evolved to encompass so much more than what we ever had envisioned when NESsT started. At the time, there was philanthropy and there was business, but very few people had the guts to try to combine both. NESsT was founded to champion social enterprises and prove that the model works. [...] More ›

Engaged Philanthropy Offers Innovative Solution for Investing in Social Change

 By Paul Shoemaker, Founding President, Social Venture Partners International Wherever I travel, it’s clear that communities are confronting big problems. Traditional philanthropy of the cheque-writing variety is not strong enough to solve them. Instead, I’d like us to think about what might be possible if we contributed our intellectual and social capital as well as our money; if we pooled the charitable contributions of multiple people and made more substantial grants to organizations that are leading [...] More ›

NESsT Connects Entrepreneurs with Investors at SOCAP15

One of the greatest challenges cited by early-stage social entrepreneurs is the ability to find investors and secure financing to support their ventures. NESsT’s own research has highlighted how this gap in funding is limiting the potential of many social enterprises to grow and scale in emerging market countries. NESsT directly invests in and collaborates closely with the enterprises in its portfolio to prepare them to gain funding with co-investors, including coaching [...] More ›

Join NESsT at Social Enterprise World Forum, July 1-3 in Milan

NESsT is excited to be a speaker at the 8th Annual Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF2015), which will be returning to Europe in the city of Milan from July 1-3, 2015. The central theme of the SEWF2015 is “Growing a New Economy.” The SEWF2015 will take place alongside the World Expo, and will bring together the most highly regarded voices in the field of social entrepreneurship, social enterprise and sustainable development, including Professor Muhummad Yunus, [...] More ›

NESsT Partners With Kiva to Expand Financing for Social Impact

Since its founding in 1997, NESsT has invested financing and business expertise to develop social enterprises that bring innovative solutions to alleviate poverty in emerging market counties. Now, NESsT is teaming up with Kiva, a nonprofit social lending platform, to provide greater capital and a broader foundation of support to our most successful portfolio enterprises. Recycle, Rehabilitate, Respect: The Upasol Story   Upasol, a social enterprise in Chile, reinvests revenues from recycling services into the only [...] More ›

NESsT and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation celebrate the successful Brazilian University Social Entrepreneurship Program

As the first year of NESsT Brazil´s University Social Entrepreneurship Program draws to a close, NESsT and its partners celebrate the outcomes.

NESsT Romania Launches Social Enterprise Competition 2015

NESsT Romania Foundation today announced the launch of “Enhancing Social Entrepreneurship, Building Bridges,” a project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union. This project aims to consolidate social entrepreneurs’ capacity to plan, start and develop sustainable social enterprises, creating jobs and income opportunities for disadvantaged groups in Romania, while benefiting from the expertise and experience of one Swiss partner and two Romanian partners. The project is implemented [...] More ›

Sharing Hot Chocolate for Shared Value

In late November, Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) and NESsT Hungary jointly hosted the “Sharing Hot Chocolate for Shared Value” event in Budapest, which focused on opportunities companies can do together with social enterprises for a better world. A dozen representatives of major Hungarian companies attended the event. Nicole Etchart, CEO and founder of NESsT, presented the lessons of a recent research on the topic, highlighting three different models that corporations can engage with social enterprises, 1- as [...] More ›

VIII National Meeting of the Social Economy

On 23–24 October 2014, the 8th National Meeting of the Social Economy has been organized in the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. Government officials and representatives from NGOs, the private sector, and the media discussed the future of social entrepreneurship development in Poland at this conference, organized by the Foundation for Social and Economic Research and the Center for Human Resources Development in collaboration with the More ›

Legal Advice for Emerging Entrepreneurs in Poland.

NESsT recently established a partnership with law firm Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) Święcicki Krześniak to support its program in Poland. The law firm will provide pro-bono legal advice to the social enterprises in NESsT’s portfolio on a range of topics, from establishing a legal entity to relevant commercial activities. For example, NESsT social enterprise Parostatek from Cieszyn plans to launch a “living architecture” project, and its director wondered if there were [...] More ›

2014 International Venture Philanthropy Award Recipient: Istvan Szoke of CVC Capital Partners

London (October 23, 2014) The 2014 NESsT International Venture Philanthropy Award will today be presented to Istvan Szoke, Partner at CVC Capital Partners in London. The award recognizes Istvan’s and CVC Capital Partners’ contribution as an active advisor and donor to NESsT, and as a leader in promoting philanthropy and community giving in the private equity industry throughout Central and Eastern Europe. In 2013 and 2014, CVC Capital Partners and NESsT collaborated to impact the lives [...] More ›

Inspiration for all – The 4th Social Enterprise Day in Hungary

On the 3rd of October, NESsT and its partners organized the 4th Social Enterprise Day in Hungary – an event that is now considered to be the most influential event for the sector in the country. Almost 300 people gathered from all around the social enterprise universe: practitioners, supporters, government representatives, academics, and business professionals, all to inspire and to be inspired by the potential of social enterprises. Opening statements by Szabolcs Pákozdi, CEO of Országos Foglalkoztatási Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. (National Employment [...] More ›

NESsT Brasil faz parceria com a FEA-USP e a Blackstone Charitable Foundation para oferecer disciplina optativa sobre negócios sociais a estudantes de graduação de toda USP

Negócios sociais é tema de disciplina de graduação da USP Em Junho de 2014, a NESsT Brasil iniciou uma parceria com a Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade da USP (FEA-USP) para ministrar em conjunto uma disciplina específica sobre negócios sociais. O setor de negócios sociais avançou muito nos últimos 2 anos no Brasil, após a realização do Forum Mundial de Negócios Sociais, pela NESsT Global em outubro de 2012. Naquele momento o setor estava engatinhando [...] More ›

Poland. The second workshop is finished.

On the 17th and 18th of June, 2014, NESsT implemented the second planning stage workshop for Polish social enterprises. As before, the 2-day workshop took place in the Art Gallery “Apteka Sztuki” in Warsaw and was held by Grazyna Jaskiewicz, Polish NESsTER and Agnieszka Orzechowska from NESsT Poland. The training focused on operational and practical aspects of social entrepreneurship, in particular how to address the challenges of market research, testing and marketing of the social [...] More ›

La no tan simple historia de una capacitación en comunicaciones para empresas sociales

Tan solo un día después del Día de la Empresa Social Chile 2013, NESsT también organizó una capacitación sobre comunicación interna y externa para las empresas sociales que apoya en Chile. Esta capacitación buscaba entregar conceptos básicos de la comunicación y dar a conocer algunas herramientas prácticas de bajo costo que pueden mejorar significativamente la gestión comunicacional de las empresas sociales. Lo que no sospechábamos sería el reto y lecciones que aprendimos en el proceso de contratar estos servicios.

Charla de NESsT en Biblioteca CORFO expuso las oportunidades que existen para el desarrollo de empresas sociales en Chile

Con la participación de alrededor de 40 personas ligadas al emprendimiento social, al sector público de fomento y el mundo académico, NESsT Chile tuvo el agrado de realizar una charla titulada “Inversión de Impacto: Tendencias Globales y Oportunidades Para Chile”, la cual fue realizada gracias a una invitación de la Subdirección de Entorno para la Innovación de CORFO. Revisa aquí de que se trató y escúchala.

Recuento y reflexiones del Día de la Empresa Social en Chile

El auditorio de Fundación Telefónica fue el lugar donde confluyeron el pasado 17 de diciembre, cientos de empresas sociales, organizaciones y líderes del sector público y privado con un solo objetivo: promover el desarrollo de las empresas sociales en América Latina. Revisa aquí lo acontecido en esta gran conferencia del emprendimiento social en Chile.

NESsT trajo a Chile a líder del emprendimiento social británico

En el marco del Día de la Empresa Social – Chile 2013, evento organizado por NESsT y que se realizó el 17 de diciembre en el auditorio Telefónica, se desarrollaron una serie de actividades que tuvieron como invitado principal a Peter Holbrook, líder del emprendimiento social en Gran Bretaña y actual CEO de la asociación de empresas sociales más importante del Reino Unido: Social Enterprise UK.

It’s Time to Expand Latin America’s Impact Economy

Last week, hundreds of Latin American leaders from the public and private sectors descended upon Rio de Janeiro to join former President Bill Clinton for Clinton Global Initiative Latin America. Former President Clinton has long demonstrated his admiration for this corner of the world. But convening CGI here for the first time turns a new page for the former U.S. president’s philanthropic NGO. And for Latin American advocates of financial innovation, it amplifies an important conversation. A [...] More ›

Día de la Empresa Social Chile 2013 promueve el desarrollo de emprendimientos sociales en Chile

Expertos nacionales e internacionales participarán en la conferencia “Día de la Empresa Social - Chile 2013” que se realizará el martes 17 de diciembre en el auditorio de Fundación Telefónica y que está siendo organizada por NESsT Chile.

¡NESsT Argentina agradece tu valioso apoyo en el fomento de empresas sociales!

Fundación Reciduca en acción, con estudiantes secundarios. Hola, estimado Sin educación de calidad para todos, no es posible que una sociedad avance en su desarrollo económico y social. Por lo tanto, las posibilidades de las personas de crecer y participar de avances sociales y económicos también dependen del conocimiento que posean. En Argentina, afortunadamente la cobertura de la educación primaria no es un problema en sí mismo. Sin embargo, pese a que en el nivel secundario en los [...] More ›

These companies will revolutionize Peru: Invention and Innovation with Social Impact!

Seven enterprises were selected to be incubated by NESsT Peru Toilets that do not need water, coal that does not emit toxic fumes, a reactor that processes mining waste by-products and even a solution for coffee rust are some of the products from the social enterprises integrated into the NESsT Peru portfolio. After receiving close to 400 applications by the end of July (including prototypes, projects and other innovations presented for our More ›

Noticias del Foro Mundial de Emprendimiento Social.

A ya un año del Foro Mundial de Emprendimiento Social que NESsT tuvo el orgullo de organizar en Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, y a menos de un mes de una nueva edición del Foro en Calgary, Canadá, queremos revisitar las discusiones de ambos eventos.

De ideas y música: Apreciaciones del fiiS 2013 y participación de NESsT.

El Festival Internacional de Innovación Social fiiS 2013 surgió con motivo de celebrar y dar visibilidad a aquellos que están realizando cambios en el mundo a través de soluciones innovadoras con gran impacto en la sociedad. NESsT tuvo el placer de ser parte del panel titulado "Innovaciones disruptivas, el camino para el desarrollo en la región", donde participó Nicole Etchart de NESsT.

Desde FIIS para el mundo.

A minutos de salir con la información de la inscripción en los increíbles charlas que se realizarán en el FIIS S2013 en la página y con motivo de celebrar y dar “visibilidad” a aquellos que están realizando cambios en nuestra sociedad, les contamos que las organizaciones Socialab, Sistema B, Ashoka, Avonni, Start Up Chile, Gulliver, ONG Desarrollando América Latina (DAL), Asociación de Emprendedores de Chile (Asech), Docs4change, IF, BST Innovación y Santiago Maker Space en unión con productora La Oreja se han reunido para crear el primer Festival Internacional de Innovación Social “made in Chile”. NESsT será parte de este evento como colaborador y expositor.

Especialistas se reunirán en seminario que analizará esfuerzos de reconstrucción en Chile

Destacados representantes del mundo social y empresarial se congregarán el viernes 13 de septiembre en el seminario "Reconstrucción=Encuentro: Impacto, lecciones y buenas prácticas de apoyo post-terremoto", iniciativa organizada por NESsT, el Observatorio de la Reconstrucción y Nexo RSU de la Universidad de Chile. El objetivo del seminario será destacar iniciativas innovadoras y con un impacto demostrado de apoyo a la población afectada por el terremoto de 2010 para incorporar buenas prácticas y aprendizajes a las políticas públicas.

NESsT Chile participa en “Novena Conferencia Regional de América Latina y el Caribe-Participación y Representación: nuevos paradigmas para la sociedad civil latinoamericana”

En el marco de la “Novena Conferencia Regional de América Latina y el Caribe: Participación y Representación: nuevos paradigmas para la sociedad civil latinoamericana”, organizada por la Sociedad Internacional de investigación del Tercer Sector, Gonzalo San Martín de NESsT moderó un panel sobre la cooperación que el sector público, la universidad y la sociedad civil han propiciado para promover el desarrollo de empresas sociales en Chile. Aquí describe lo acontecido en este panel.

UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions şi Fundaţia UniCredit au desemnat cele trei întreprinderi sociale câştigătoare în competiţia „Your Choice, Your Project”

16 iulie 2013 – UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions şi Fundatia UniCredit, în parteneriat cu NESsT, au selectat trei proiecte câştigătoare în cadrul competiţiei întreprinderilor sociale „Your Choice, Your Project” din acest an, susţinută de grupul UniCredit. “Your Choice, Your Project” se află la a doua ediţie consecutivă în România, după ce anul trecut proiectul a fost implementat de către UniCredit Ţiriac Bank, Fundaţia UniCredit şi NESsT, patru întreprinderi sociale câştigătoare beneficiind de finanţare şi consiliere. Anul acesta, [...] More ›

Three new social enterprises are added to the NESsT portfolio

The manufacturing and sale of local food products is the common element among these entrants. Gonzalo San Martín, from NESsT, with Patricio Juelas (on the right), from Sumak Life, during award ceremony for third competition for social enterprises in rural zones in Ecuador. Photo: Eduardo Terán / EL COMERCIO On June 20th, NESsT together with the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and Citibank, held an award ceremony for its [...] More ›

This is a call to all social entrepreneurs!

(UPDATE: Applications closed on July 5th) Apply today to be a SOCAP13 entrepreneur and take part in SOCAP13: Accelerating the Good Economy, this September, in San Francisco. SOCAP team will host approximately 100 high-potential social entrepreneurs from all around the world at SOCAP13: Accelerating the Good Economy event, to take place at Fort Mason in San Francisco, from Sept. 3rd to 6th. Hosting (*) will allow entrepreneurs to participate in pre-SOCAP13 entrepreneur accelerator weekend and to win [...] More ›

Tres nuevas empresas se suman al portafolio de NESsT

La elaboración de productos alimenticios es el factor común entre las ganadoras de nuestra última convocatoria en Ecuador. Gonzalo San Martín de NESsT junto a Patricio Juelas de Sumak Life, durante la premiación del III Concurso de Emprendimientos Sociales. Foto: Eduardo Terán / EL COMERCIO NESsT junto con el Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) y Citi realizó el 20 de junio de 2013 la premiación correspondiente [...] More ›

Sunny skies for social enterprise in Hungary

An aerial view of Social Enterprise Day 2013 in Budapest, Hungary. June 14, 2013, was a good day to celebrate the power of social enterprises to solve critical social problems in Hungary. It was Social Enterprise Day – the third edition of this annual event organized by NESsT. See the agenda of the event here. Over 260 people – practitioners from the social enterprise field, business professionals, policy makers and supporters of the growing Hungarian [...] More ›

NESsT and Citi Present Awards to Winners of the 2012-2013 Social Enterprise Competition in Slovakia

FOR SLOVAK PLEASE CLICK HERE NESsT and Citi today announced the winners of the 2012-2013 NESsT-Citi Social Enterprise Competition to promote excellence in social enterprise development among local nonprofits in Central Europe. The 2012-2013 NESsT-Citi Social Enterprise Competition is a part of NESsT’s mission to develop social enterprises in Central Europe. It is made possible thanks to the support of the Citi Foundation and the voluntary assistance of Citi employees in the Slovakia, the [...] More ›

NESsT a Citi odovzdávajú ceny víťazom Súťaže sociálnych podnikov pre roky 2012-2013 (Social Enterprise Competition) v Slovenskej republike

FOR ENGLISH PLEASE CLICK HERE NESsT a Citi dnes oznámili víťazov Súťaže sociálnych podnikov NESsT-Citi pre roky 2012-2013, ktorá bola vyhlásená za účelom podpory rozvoja sociálnych podnikov medzi miestnymi neziskovými organizáciami v strednej Európe. Súťaž sociálnych podnikov NESsT-Citi pre roky 2012-2013 je súčasťou poslania NESsT rozvíjať sociálne podniky v strednej Európe. Jej uskutočnenie je možné vďaka podpore Nadácie Citi a dobrovoľníckej pomoci zamestnancov Citi v Slovenskej republike, Českej republike a v Maďarsku. Ceny udelené [...] More ›

Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napja 2013, Magyarország

Hiszel abban, hogy egy társadalmi cél és egy üzleti tevékenység összeegyeztethető? Szeretnéd látni, hogy a társadalmi problémákat fenntartható módon kezelik? Mi igen. A NESsT ezért rendezi meg Magyarországon immár harmadik alkalommal a Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napját, idén az Országos Foglalkoztatási Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft.-vel együttműködve. A rendezvény 2013. június 14-én lesz a Magyar Telekom Tölösi Konferencia Központjában, Budapesten. Örömmel várunk minden tisztelt érdeklődőt: vállalkozókat és társadalmi vállalkozókat, civil szervezetek elhivatott munkatársait, támogatókat, felelős nagyvállalatokat és befektetőket, politikai döntéshozókat és a téma [...] More ›

¡De fiesta! Premiamos a jóvenes innovadores, presentamos nuevo libro y abrimos convocatoria en Perú

(De izq. a der.) Ronal, Benilda y Cristopher, ganadores de NESsT Innova. El reconocimiento a tres jóvenes innovadores de provincias y el interés por los avances del emprendimiento social en el Perú, anclado en la base tecnológica, concitaron a medio centenar de expertos del sector, inversionistas, funcionarios públicos y emprendedores, la noche del jueves 25 de abril. Repasa con nosotros las imágenes de la noche en esta galería fotográfica. Así, NESsT Perú presentó su más reciente [...] More ›

Why promote masters and post-graduate courses in science, innovation and technology?*

By Mónica Vásquez del Solar NESsT Peru Country Director (   Versión en español aquí   Peru is a country with the lowest levels of investment in science, technology and innovation (STI): not only is Peru behind the most advanced countries, but also from other Latin American countries. The country spends only 0.15% of its GDP for science and technology, which is well below the regional average, which is 0.54% of GDP[1]. The most serious analysis on [...] More ›

Participa en la ceremonia de premiación a los ganadores de NESsT Innova en Lima

Y conoce nuestra más reciente publicación “Rompiendo el cascarón: Incubación de Empresas Tecnológicas de Alto Impacto Social” Luego de anunciar el mes pasado a los ganadores de la primera edición del Programa de Tecnoemprendimiento NESsT Innova, este 25 de abril llevaremos a cabo la ceremonia de premiación de las propuestas que participaron. Asimismo, el evento servirá para presentar la nueva publicación de NESsT Perú, “Rompiendo el cascarón: Incubación de empresas tecnológicas de alto impacto [...] More ›

Congratulations, Kek Madar!

On April 3rd, one of NESsT Europe’s portfolio members, Kek Madar Foundation, held the inauguration event of their new office building in Szekszard. At the event, Miklos Soltesz, the State Secretary of Social, Family and Youth Affairs of the Human Resources Ministry, Istvan Horvath, the mayor of Szekszard, and Éva Varga, Director of Portfolio Perfomance at NESsT greeted the guests and the colleagues of the Foundation. Furthermore, Nicole Etchart, [...] More ›

Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napja 2013, Magyarország

Üzleti megoldással találtál választ egy társadalmi problémára? Mutasd meg magad! A NESsT idén is, immár harmadik alkalommal szervezi meg a Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napját 2013. június 14-én. A konferencia részletes programja hamarosan elérhető lesz a honlapunkon, de addig is várjuk társadalmi vállalkozások jelentkezését a 2013-as Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napjára a következő megmutatkozási lehetőségekre: 1. Kiállítás és vásár Immáron hagyományos módon a Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napján a szakmai konferencia mellett a résztvevőknek lehetőségük van [...] More ›

NESsT otorgará premio especial en el XII Concurso Nacional de Invenciones

Certamen organizado por Indecopi abrió inscripciones hasta el 18 de junio de 2013. Se busca a los mejores proyectos, con alta capacidad y potencial para generar beneficios y llegar al mercado A fines de marzo último, el Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (Indecopi) y el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica (Concytec) lanzaron el concurso, que busca motivar a ingeniosos e innovadores nacionales a [...] More ›

Antreprenoriat si management de succes in domeniul sanatatii

10 aprilie 2013, City Business Centre, Timisoara In data de 10 aprilie 2013, City Business Centre va gazdui la Timisoara lansarea primei editii Business Days Lite, un proiect pilot din seria de 4 editii organizate anul acesta la Craiova, Cluj-Napoca si Bucuresti. Ca structura si orientare, este primului eveniment din Romania focusat pe dezvoltarea abilitatilor de management si antreprenoriat in domeniul sanatatii. Business Days Lite Timisoara se adreseaza in principal medicilor care conduc o afacere, un cabinet [...] More ›

¡Anunciamos a los estudiantes ganadores de NESsT Innova!

¡NESsT se complace en anunciar a los ganadores del Programa de Tecnoemprendimiento NESsT Innova 2012, en su primera versión! Cristopher Luis Carranza Tejada (Universidad Alas Peruanas — Cajamarca): Turbina de flujo cruzado. Benilda Coari Condo (Universidad Nacional del Altiplano — Puno): Rodillo guía de diseño para máquinas de tejido artesanal Ronal Michael Llimpi Nina (Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cusco): Repelente electrónico para cultivos. Conoce AQUÍ la relación completa de participantes y sus proyectos. Agradecemos a [...] More ›

Participate with NESsT in Peruvian Investors Forum 2013

Organized by Latin Markets, the event will take place in Lima, Peru, from April 15th to 16th. Find here a discount code for your online registration   Visit the Peruvian Investors Forum website. Register online HERE and use your discount code. Read and download HERE the agenda, list of speakers and contact information.  

“Con impulso de NESsT, autoridades universitarias se comprometieron en ayudarnos”

Programa de tecnoemprendimiento NESsT Innova reunió proyectos de emprendedores univeristarios en Puno, Cusco y Cajamarca y motivó el apoyo de profesores y facultades Rodrigo Alencastro, participante del taller (da click en la foto y mira el video). Más de 670 alumnos participantes de cuatro universidades en Cajamarca, Cusco y Puno y 273 propuestas de innovación tecnológica son el resultado del programa de tecnoemprendimiento NESsT Innova, que avanzó a su segunda etapa este mes, en Lima. El Curso Intensivo de Tecnoemprendimiento (del 6 [...] More ›

Experto de Colorado State en taller para emprendedores tecnológicos de NESsT Perú

          Universitarios y profesores de Puno, Cusco y Cajamarca recibirán capacitación de especialista Carl Hammerdorfer, del 6 al 8 de Febrero El Perú solo invierte el 0.15% de su PBI en actividades de ciencia, tecnología e innovación, muy por debajo del promedio regional (0.54%). La Invención e innovación no son palabras comunes en el  contexto peruano, mucho menos la noción de su potencial contribución a elevar la calidad de vida del país. Aun los pocos estudiantes [...] More ›

Ziua Întreprinderilor Sociale 2012, România / Social Enterprise Day 2012, Romaniy

For English please scroll down RO: Pe 7 noiembrie 2012 a avut loc Ziua Întreprinderilor Sociale, eveniment organizat de Fundaţia NESsT România. Evenimentul, desfăşurat în Bucureşti, la Hotel Novotel, a reunit peste 150 de participanţi – reprezentanţi ai întreprinderilor sociale din România, Ungaria, Croaţia, Cehia şi Slovacia, precum şi oameni de afaceri, decidenţi din domeniul politicilor publice şi reprezentanţi a numeroase organizaţii non-guvernamentale din ţară. Parcurgeți aici agenda evenimentului. Consultați aici [...] More ›

Impact Investment: profit and social benefit in the same business

The Social Enterprise World Forum 2012 takes place between the 16th and 18th of October at the renewed Port Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 16th – 18th – The stage is set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the fifth annual Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF2012). The forum is the premiere global event to develop the social enterprise industry, one that applies enterprising solutions and business practices to solve social, economic and [...] More ›

September 12-13, 2012 (New York City): LAVCA Summit

The 2012 Summit & Investor Roundtable organized by the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) is the premier educational and GP/LP networking event for investors focused on private equity and venture capital in the region. As a new generation of local managers comes to market, and PE/VC firms, fund of funds, family offices, sovereign wealth funds and corporate investors seek to increase their presence in Latin America, competition for both deals and [...] More ›

August 27-28, 2012 (Santiago, Chile): Chilean Investors Forum

The Chilean Investors Forum, organized by Latin Markets, is an international meeting of hedge, real assets, and private equity fund managers and investors. The Forum brings together 200+ investors, funds and advisors to discuss investment strategies, due diligence, asset allocation and alternative investment opportunities in Chile and around the world. Chile is home to Latin America’s 2nd largest pension fund system and is the 3rd largest economy in South America. Unlike other South American countries [...] More ›

NESsT at the 2nd Annual International Conference on Policy Innovation in Impact Investing

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – NESsT is pleased to announce that it will participate in the 2nd Annual International Conference on Policy Innovation in Impact Investing, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the days leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (June 17-20). The conference, convened by InSight at Pacific Community Ventures and the More ›

2011-2012 NESsT Citibank Social Enterprise Competition Award Ceremony

NESsT and Citibank announced the winners of the 2011-12 NESsT-Citibank Social Enterprise Competition to promote excellence in social enterprise development among local nonprofits in Central and Eastern Europe. The awards were given at the Hungarian Venture Capital Association (HVCA) annual conference on June 7, 2012, during an event which gathered leaders of the private equity industry in Central Europe. Social enterprises are businesses aiming at solving critical social problems such as lack of [...] More ›

2011-2012 NESsT-Citibank Társadalmi Vállalkozásfejlesztő Verseny Díjátadó Ünnepség

A NESsT és a Citibank kihirdette a 2011–2012-es NESsT–Citibank Társadalmi Vállalkozásfejlesztő Verseny győzteseit. A verseny célja a Közép- és Kelet-Európában működő, kiemelkedően teljesítő nonprofit társadalmi vállalkozások munkájának elismerése. A díjakat a közép-európai kockázati- és magántőke iparág vezető szakemberei jelenlétében adták át a Magyar Kockázati- és Magántőke Egyesület (HVCA) éves konferenciáján, 2012. június 7-én. A társadalmi vállalkozások hosszú távú célja olyan kritikus társadalmi problémák megoldása, mint a munkahelyek hiánya, az alapvető egészségügyi ellátáshoz való [...] More ›

Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napja 2012, Magyarország / Social Enterprise Day 2012, Hungary

FOR ENGLISH PLEASE SCROLL DOWN HU / A NESsT 2012-ben is, immáron második alkalommal rendezi meg Magyarországon a Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napját! A szakmai konferencia és a Társadalmi Vállalkozások Kiállítása és Vására 2012. június 8-án kerül megrendezésre az Oxygen Rendezvényközpontban. A 2011-es első Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napjának sikeres fogadtatásán felbuzdulva elhatároztuk, hogy folytatjuk a hagyományt, és hívunk minden új és régi érdeklődőt a tavaly felmerült kérdések továbbgondolására. Mi a második Társadalmi Vállalkozások Napjának célja? Ismertség. A társadalmi [...] More ›

Dan društvenih poduzeća 2012, Hrvatska / Social Enterprise Day 2012, Croatia

FOR ENGLISH PLEASE SCROLL DOWN Agenda in English Agenda in Croatian HR / Jeste li strastveni prema društvenim poduzećima kao poduzetnik? Jeste li strastveni prema društvenoj misiji svoje udruge? Jeste li strastveni prema ljudima i mogućnosti jačanja njihovih potencijala da riješe društvene probleme, kao ključnog motora samih zajednica i to na duge staze? Mi jesmo. Iz tog razloga NESsT organizira PRVI Dan društvenih poduzeća u Hrvatskoj, otvoreni [...] More ›

April 20, 2012 (Lima, Peru): Peruvian Investors Forum

The Peruvian Investors Forum, organized by Latin Markets, is an international meeting of hedge, real estate, & private equity fund managers and investors. The Forum brings together 200+ investors, funds, and advisors for to discuss investment strategies, due diligence, asset allocation and alternative investment opportunities in Peru and throughout the world. The meeting also provides a due diligence forum for global and South American investors interested in direct research on alternative investment opportunities in Peru [...] More ›

May, 2012 (Prague, Czech Republic): Social Enterprise Day

As a follow-up to 2011’s successful Social Enterprise Day in Hungary, NESsT will host the second annual Social Enterprise day in the Czech Republic. The event will be open to the general public and will provide insight into social enterprise development trends in the Czech Republic, as well as a social enterprise marketplace.

May 3, 2012 (Zagreb, Croatia): Social Enterprise Day

As a follow-up to 2011’s successful Social Enterprise Day in Hungary, NESsT will host the first annual Social Enterprise day in Croatia. The event will be open to the general public and will provide insight into social enterprise development trends in Croatia, as well as a social enterprise marketplace.

May 8-10 (Stockholm, Sweden): SOCAP Designing the Future

Join the world’s leading social impact innovators for SOCAP: Designing the Future. Designing the Future gathers the world’s pioneering Impact Investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, government and civic leaders, and innovators to design a world that’s better for all. Together, we will create the intersections where you will meet not just the people you know, but valuable strangers with whom you will create new models, form partnerships, and drive capital to support the innovative enterprises [...] More ›

May 14-15, 2012 (New York): Private Equity Latin America Forum

The Private Equity Latin America Forum, organized by Latin Markets, is a meeting of the world’s largest international private equity managers and Investors. The forum brings together 300+ investors, funds, and advisors for a two day meeting discussing sectors, due diligence, and private equity investment opportunities in Brazil, throughout Latin America and around the world. The investor focused event provides a due diligence platform for international and Latin American pension funds, foundations, endowments, fund of [...] More ›

June 2012 (Budapest, Hungary): Social Enterprise Day

As a follow-up to 2011’s successful Social Enterprise Day, NESsT will host the second annual Social Enterprise day in Hungary. The event will be open to the general public and will provide insight into social enterprise development trends in Hungary, as well as a social enterprise marketplace.

June 4-5, 2012 (Santiago, Chile): LAVCA

The LAVCA Chile Forum will feature two programs, dedicated to Venture Capital and Private Equity. The first day will begin in the afternoon and feature an international VC keynote, followed by panels and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors. The Private Equity program will begin the next morning, featuring a keynote presentation by William E. Conway, Jr., Co-founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and Chairman of the firm’s investment committees. LAVCA hosted [...] More ›

June 14-15, 2012 (São Paulo, Brazil): Latin American Family Office Forum

The 2012 Latin American Family Office Forum, organized by Latin Markets, is South America’s most senior level wealth management conference. The forum brings together 300+ family offices, private banks, wealth managers and funds to discuss wealth management, due diligence, asset allocation and alternative and traditional investment opportunities in Latin America and around the world. The Investor focused event provides a due diligence forum for international and South American family offices, wealth managers and [...] More ›

August 27-28, 2012 (Santiago, Chile): Chilean Investors Forum

The Chilean Investors Forum, organized by Latin Markets, is an international meeting of hedge, real assets, and private equity fund managers and investors. The Forum brings together 200+ investors, funds and advisors to discuss investment strategies, due diligence, asset allocation and alternative investment opportunities in Chile and around the world. Chile is home to Latin America’s 2nd largest pension fund system and is the 3rd largest economy in South America. Unlike other South American countries [...] More ›

October 16-18, 2012 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Social Enterprise World Forum

NESsT has been selected as the host of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2012 in October 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

October, 2012 (Timisoara, Romania): Social Enterprise Day

December, 2012 (Bratislava, Slovakia): Social Enterprise Day

As a follow-up to 2011’s successful Social Enterprise Day in Hungary, NESsT will host the second annual Social Enterprise day in Slovakia. The event will be open to the general public and will provide insight into social enterprise development trends in Slovakia, as well as a social enterprise marketplace.

December 2, 2012 (Buenos Aires, Argentina): Argentine Investors Forum

The Argentine Investors Forum, organized by Latin Markets, is an international meeting of hedge, real asset, & private equity fund managers and investors. The Forum brings together 200+ investors, funds, and advisors to discuss investment strategies, due diligence, sectors and alternative investment opportunities in Argentina and throughout Latin America. Argentina is Latin Americas third largest economy, one of the world’s leading producers of food commodities, and maintains relatively low valuations in comparison to its [...] More ›

December 3-4, 2012 (São Paulo): Brazil Private Equity Forum

The 3rd Private Equity Brazil Forum, organized by Latin Markets Brazil, is South America’s largest international private equity investment conference. The forum brings together 500+ investors, funds, and advisors for a two day meeting discussing sectors, due diligence, and private equity investment opportunities in Brazil, throughout Latin America and around the world. The Investor focused event provides a due diligence forum for international and South American pension funds, foundations, endowments, fund of funds, [...] More ›