Make or Buy: When Should Corporates Invest in Inclusive Business Solutions?

Join us for a live written discussion with a panel of experts to explore when corporates should be investing in inclusive business solutions.

Live Panel

Thursday 5th September 2019, 15:00-16:00pm BST (10:00-11:00am EDT). ADD TO CALENDAR


Over the past two decades, large companies have started to venture into markets at the base of the global economic pyramid (BoP). They typically pursue one, or several, of the following five objectives: generate access to new markets; drive innovation; strengthen supply chains; help to recruit and retain talent and realize a company’s purpose. However, large companies have often struggled to succeed with their own initiatives, due to three main barriers: lack of leadership support and conducive structures and processes; long gestation periods and low margins; and lack of talent and insight. Buying, that is investing into inclusive businesses externally, is an alternative way to achieve these objectives that also addresses some internal constraints to scaling these initiatives

This online written discussion aims to shed light on the why, the when and the how of Corporate Impact Venturing, based on Endeva’s research and recent report. We are bringing together experts to share their insights and experience to improve the chances of success for inclusive business ventures and increase both the return on investment and the progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

This event is part of the Inclusive Business Boost series funded by the UK Department for International Development.

Panel (TBC)

Christina Tewes-Gradl, Founder and Managing Director, Endeva

Jean-Christophe Laugee, Advisor, Danone Ecosystem Fund

Manuela Pastore, Global Manager for Making More Health,Boehringer Ingelheim

Christophe Poline, Sustainable Investment, Director, Schneider Electric

Jessica Souriau, Investment Manager, Rassembleurs d’Energie, Engie

Maarten van Herpen, Former Head of the Africa Innovation Hub, Philips

Michael Fuerst, Strategy and Innovation, Global Health and Corporate Responsibility, Novartis

Moderator: Tatiana Bessarabova, Business Fights Poverty

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