SME ProgramEntrepreneurship for Development
The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Program at Innovations for Poverty Action seeks to discover and promote effective solutions to the constraints affecting SME growth and entrepreneurship in developing countries. With an affiliate network of over 60 researchers, and in collaboration with its partner organizations, the Program develops and supports cutting-edge evaluations of SME promotion programs and disseminates the resulting evidence to improve the design of SME policies around the world.
Over the past four years, the SME Program has developed a large portfolio of projects aimed at identifying the most effective and cost-efficient means of promoting SME growth. Summaries of these projects can be found here.
The SME Program Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and SME Growth supports high-quality research that contributes to the body of knowledge on SME promotion practices.
SME Overview Brief
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare.
The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose, including exploring effective ways to empower the world’s poor to make progress towards prosperity.
SEVEN (Social Equity Venture Fund) is a virtual non-profit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to markedly increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty. It does this by targeted investment that fosters thought leadership through books, films and websites; supporting role models - whether they are entrepreneurs or innovative firms - in developing nations; and shaping a new discourse in government, the press and the academy around private-sector innovation, prosperity and progressive human values.
The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) supports economic growth and poverty reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean through encouraging increased private investment and advancing private sector development. It works with the private sector to develop, finance, and execute innovative business models that benefit entrepreneurs and poor and low-income households; partners with a wide variety of institutions from the private, public and nonprofit sectors; evaluates results; and shares lessons learned.