Investment Readiness Programme in Colombia with The Boston Consulting Group

Since 2016, our team in Colombia has been running an accelerator programme in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The goal of the programme is to build the ecosystem around social business in Colombia and help those with a high potential to become ‘investment ready’.  At YSB Colombia - we curate the entire programme and provide tailored advice on social impact for each entrepreneur. Leveraging the networks and tools of both YSB and BCG, the goal of the programme is to help the start-ups maximise their social impact while reaching financial sustainability. 

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Harnessing the Power of Networks: Part III – Creating Communities

In our previous blog posts, we have said, building a network requires processes, structure and lots of alignment. But in order for the network to truly work, it requires trust and deep-felt human connection around a common purpose. For over 10 years, YSB has built a strong network and every year we are learning more about the effects of communities and networks. This has allowed us to address social problems in bold new ways…

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Supporting Growth. How does YSB support one waste management social business in Brazil?

It’s difficult to measure exactly how non-financial support affects the bottom line of a business. However, since our partnership with Muda over the last 18 months they have been able to reach three times the amount of subscribed clients then they had in the previous nine years before our intervention. A tremendous amount of growth! Our support is not only about money - but it is really helping Institudo Muda to grow financially. 

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CURAFA™ integrated points of care: An integrated primary healthcare platform in Kenya 

People in rural and peri-urban Kenya are lacking access to high-quality healthcare and medication. Less than 5% of Kenya’s GDP is spent on healthcare and only 17% of Kenyans have health insurance coverage. With 46% of the country’s population living below the poverty line, Kenyans are particularly vulnerable to financial catastrophe when facing health issues. 

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The Social Business Revolution: Why is Venture Philanthropy the Most Effective Form of Giving?

In the world of giving, the question of how to give effectively is becoming increasingly important. How should we give? Along with the issue of how much, questioning the model into which we donate our money is becoming more and more pertinent in the modern age. As we seek to optimise the way we spend and invest our money, it’s not surprising that we are also looking to optimise the way we give. There is a scarcity in the philanthropic capital available - so it’s important that it is spent well.

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Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact : Part I

YSB Corporate Innovation is launching a series of blog posts about their organizational structure. Did you know they are network geeks? They believe in the power of networks so much they adapted it to their internal network. Through their work, they aim to connect more and more dots between different stakeholders and create communities to maximize their social impact.

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Delivering Health Services to the People who Need Them Most

Everyone’s familiar with the ‘last mile’ problem in distribution. It’s easy to get a large amount of goods or data very close to the consumer but the last step of getting it precisely to their front door is often the longest and most expensive stage. Applied to the healthcare system, this relates to the billion people around the world who lack access to care due to the distance they live from a clinic.

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Tickets are LIVE – MIA #2 Closing Ceremony

We invite all intrapreneurs, startup entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors, or journalists in Munich to celebrate the success and journey of our program at the MAN Impact Accelerator Closing Ceremony on June 25th at the MAN Truck Forum. This day will mark the end of an exciting journey of 8 social business startups from Europe, India and South Africa addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time in the fields of transport & logistics.


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Godson Commodities - The entrepreneurs who quit their jobs and sold their home to change the lives of Ugandan farmers.

We spoke to the founders of Godson Export Commodities, Godfrey and Anne Maina to understand why they started the business and what they have learnt along the way. Godson Export Commodities collects, processes and exports chia, quinoa, and sesame grown by smallholder farmers in Uganda. They are transforming the lives of rural farmers socially and economically by enabling them to fairly participate in organic food value chains. The partnership between Godson Commodities and Yunus Social Business has enabled them to grow immensely with access to finance and growth support.

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Forget the “Consulting” Approach - It’s High Time we Mentor by Listening

At the heart of our accelerator programs, there are experienced mentors who take our social businesses through intensive 1-to-1 mentoring sessions. These sessions ensure that we’re delivering the most tailored value-added mentoring in the shortest possible time. This style of mentoring challenges the entrepreneurs to face uncomfortable truths and inspires them to be the best they can be and reach their full potential.

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See the highlights from our 2019 East Africa Partner Trip

See the highlights from our annual partner trip. We took a group of philanthropists and partners to visit some of the social businesses in our portfolio in Uganda including Godson Commodities, Impact Water & Tugende. We also visited Kenya to see some of our pipeline companies. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet not only with the social entrepreneurs, but with the beneficiaries that the social businesses affect.

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A fruitful partnership – An Interview with Lisa-Katharina Guggenmos, from MAN Truck & Bus, about her experience of leading the MAN Impact Accelerator with Yunus Social Business

Yunus Social Business’s ‘Social Business Accelerators’ help corporates connect to exciting social entrepreneurs and engage their employees in unique mentoring experiences for social change. Today, we interview Lisa-Katharina Guggnemos, Senior Digital Strategy Expert & program Lead from MAN Truck & Bus who shares her success of creating successful projects along with uncommon allies like Yunus Social Business. Lisa’s dream is to make the MAN Impact Accelerator not only one of MAN’s most meaningful projects, but also an ecosystem of innovation culture and ideation for the company.

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How an Open-Source Web-App is Solving A Refugee Aid Crisis

Although the refugee crisis may no longer make daily headlines, the struggle continues for thousands of people who are trying to piece their lives back together in a new country where there is often little to no social or financial support. But why should refugees be in such short supply of warm clothing and food when organisations are often flooded with generous donations from members of the public? In order to delve into this paradox, this week we got the chance to tour a donation warehouse. It is in these warehouses where all the stock is sorted and distributed where the main challenge lies. The innovative work of Boxwise offers a solution to tackle this problem.  

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Mid-Point Reflections of the MAN Impact Accelerator

At the halfway point through the program we find ourselves sitting back and reflecting over the last five months. And what a fine journey of progress and development it’s been. We’ve seen our entrepreneurs learn and share all sorts from methodologies to frameworks to general advice about life and business. One thing is for sure: our participants have already made astounding progress in the first half of their journeys and they show no signs of slowing down.

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