WHO IS RANDALL KEMPNER?
“The biggest challenge that most of small and mediums businesses in emerging markets face is access to mid and senior level talent, the ability to maintain these employees given all the other options that they have.”
As any Aidpreneur will readily tell you, putting together even the most simple service or product to help those in need becomes an all consuming affair rather quickly. That is, if you want to actually get it on the street, refine, grow scale and have a sense of sustainability that can see beyond the next payroll cycle. Then if you add in the need to measure impact and managing or marketing real human behavior change while satisfying the needs of government or private donors… well you see where I’m going.
All of this is to say that it is the exceptionally rare bird who can do all of this alone. In fact, I honestly don’t know of anyone who has – no matter our level of genius, we all have a network of support we call upon to breath life into our projects and companies and help them grow from seed to oak tree. Randall Kemper, my guest on the 121st episode of the Terms of Reference Podcast, knows and preaches this everyday. He is the Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) – a global membership network of organizations that seek to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets by providing critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses.
Randall has twenty years of experience in the field of international economic development. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Regional Innovation at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and prior to that was a founder of OTF Group.
To learn about the ANDE accelerator program Randall and I discuss in the podcast – click here.
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IN TOR 121 YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
- The work of ANDE, a trade association slash ecosystem that wants to put entrepreneurship at the top of development initiatives.
- The financing or credit gap which SMEs with factual room to grow face, limiting their potential to create jobs and effect their local economies.
- How some of the development sector’s most impending issues can be either deceptively difficult or surprisingly simple to solve.
- The “discouraging” truth about support to entrepreneurship from the standard development players, including funds for research.
OUR CONVERSATION INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
- Prosperity Strategies, LLC
- Root Capital
- International Finance Corporation (IFC)
- Two Trillion and Counting Report on MSMEs’ financing gap
- Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
- Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN)
- Latin American Venture Capital Association (LAVCA)
- Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA)
- Stanford Social Innovation Review
- Entrepreneurship, impact in development
- Entrepreneurship support ecosystem
- Industry associations
- Small and Middle Growth Businesses (SMGBs)
- Talent, talent gaps, developing SMEs keeping it
- Startup Accelerators, usefulness
- Washington, DC
- Nairobi, Kenya
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