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BURN Manufacturing on Kenyan TV

BURN designs, manufactures and distributes super fuel-efficient cooking products that save lives and forests in the developing world.  BURN has revolutionized the global cookstove sector by proving the business case for selling high-quality, locally manufactured and unsubsidized cookstoves.  Since 2013, BURN has sold more than 425,000 cookstoves in sub-Saharan Africa, which have helped two...

The Nature Accelerator 2018

Eight new fledglings have started The Nature Accelerator, powered by Fledge at the University of Padova in Italy.   Central Park Bees Limited partners with smallholder farmers and beekeepers to strengthen their income through sustainable beekeeping by giving them access to free beekeeping training, equipment loans, extension services and guaranteed markets that offer competitive prices for...

Africa Business Radio is headed to Harvard

Africa Business Radio is headed to Harvard.
Founder Soji Akinlabi has been invited to be a
Neiman Journalism Fellow for the upcoming school year
If you are based in or around Boston,
and would like to help create “The Bloomberg of Africa”
please contact us and we’ll connect you to Soji.

707% growth and $400,000 for Diloo

Diloo delivers just about anything to anyone in Lima, Peru with a smartphone.  In that growing city of 10+ million, with a fast-growing middle-class, and traffic like you can’t imagine, deliveries are a popular service. Over the past year, Diloo’s usage has grown 707%, and to keep up with that growth, the company has just closed a $400,000 investment round. Co-founder/CEO Jose ignacio...

Ecobuild is rising without heat

So, a quality brick without fire? It’s possible! Ecobuild is on its way to producing a new brick for Malawi, a country that uses 1.7 billion brick every year, that doesn’t require firing or cement.  Additionally, this method is able to put waste from broken and misshapen bricks that was previously thrown away, back into the supply stream for new bricks. Construction materials are in high demand...

Happy 6th Birthday to Fledge

Today is Fledge’s sixth birthday! Company start dates are usually rather fuzzy, so specifically today is the sixth anniversary of the day Fledge LLC was incorporated in Delaware.  That is thus a date after the business plan was deemed viable and before the day we opened our first application and months before we started our first session with our very first fledglings. Six years later, the...

Academic Research on Accelerators

Brad Feld, co-founder of TechStars, author of many books for entrepreneurs and investors, and prolific blogger posted a list of academic research on accelerators. Academic Research on Accelerators The links include: Accelerators and Crowd-Funding: Complementarity, Competition, or Convergence in the Earliest Stages of Financing New Ventures?, Smith, Hannigan, and Gasiorowski, 6/13 Accelerating...

Visiting We-Convert in India

Normally its the fledglings that fly to visit Fledge.  This month Fledge’s founder, Luni, was passing through New Delhi, India and had a chance to stop by We-Convert, meet the team, get an update, and share a meal.

The unspoken joke was that back in the States, we call this “Indian food”.  In New Delhi, it’s of course just “food”.  Either way, it was delicious.

Chickens can make you a lot of money

Back in 2016, Bill Gates said that if he were a poor person living in a developing country, he’d grow chickens.  Chickens can feed your family and chickens can make you a lot of money. Perhaps that hypothetical Poor Bill would figure out how to pay for the chicks, the feed, and the vaccines to grow those chickens.  Poor Bill might even be savvy enough to find a buyer for his first 500...

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