轉寄︰ BiD Network Newsletter | January 2012: launch countdown, new dates for the Growing SMEs event…

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主題︰ BiD Network Newsletter | January 2012: launch countdown, new dates for the Growing SMEs event…

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BiD Newsletter: January 2012
Best wishes to all BiD Network members! We hope that 2012 will be a peaceful and prosperous year for you and your business.
We are wrapping up the new home of bidnetwork.org. Stay tuned in the coming weeks and please read the instructions for January 31 below. 

Another important date! Contrary to what we announced last month, the Growing SMEs event will be held on May 17-18, 2012 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Finally, did you know about our Ready4Finance training program? Read more about this expert service for Business Support Centers and entrepreneurs.
Click here to read this newsletter in Spanish and French.
Launch countdown for our new website
Just a few weeks before the launch of our new online platform! New design, new tools, and more services to start, grow and finance businesses in emerging countries in a more connected way. Should you plan to update your profile or your business plan in the coming weeks, please do NOT do so during the migration held on January 31. More information soon. 
Growing SMEs event, Kigali, Rwanda

Due to logistical reasons, the Growing SMEs event in Kigali, Rwanda has been postponed to May 17-18, 2012.‘Growing SMEs’ is a premium international conference geared towards SME growth. The conference brings together high growth entrepreneurs and experts in the topics of developing, growing and financing SMEs. Its aim is to facilitate knowledge exchange, networking and learning, hence further paving the way for advanced SME development and therefore economic growth. 
Challenges
Training of coaches for the Women in Business Challenge
* With over 220 participants and 85 registered coaches, the third edition of the Women in Business Challenge has already yielded promising results. For the latecomers, it is still time to participate in the competition! The deadline for the submission of complete business plans is April 15, 2012. Read more.

   * With 195 applications and 15 preselected business plans, the Shika competition final will be held on January 26, 2012 in Bujumbura, Burundi. The five finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their plans to the expert jury and an audience of 250 local SME stakeholders.

* Business Women Forum Palestine in collaboration with SPARK and BiD Network will host the award event Business Women Competition on January 25, 2012. The winner will be invited to the Growing SMEs event in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Terimbere Challenge Final,Rwanda 
Terimbere Business Plan Competition Award Ceremony
On December 10, 2011, 14 winners were awarded at the Terimbere Challenge Award Ceremony in Rwanda. The winners were selected from a total of 151 finalists and 700 business proposals presented on June 2011. BiD Network would like to thank and congratulate its local partner JCI Rwanda for the great work. 
Ready4Finance training program

R4F “Train the Trainer” session, Burundi 2011 
After a successful pilot project in Mexico, Tanzania, Colombia and Uganda, BiD Network is extending the use of the Ready4Finance training program. The goal for this advisory service is to provide the training in different languages and to transfer the material to authorized users in all our partner countries. 
Success stories

Princess Kofa, owner of Paynesville Waste Enterprise in Liberia

* Paynesville Waste Enterprise owned by Princess Kofa was created in 2010, when paying for garbage was not conceivable to many Liberians. Read more.

* Peter K. Kulaba owns two companies in Uganda and he is about to develop a third business. He shared with us great management lessons. Read more.

* Ambientalmente is one of the BiD Challenge 2006 winners. 5 years after, the team is committed more than ever to work towards environmentally-friendly and sustainable solutions. Learn more about this 100% Colombian Pectin project.

Press review * 2011 in review by World Bank.

* The defining role of business in ending poverty, Huffington Post.

*  Sub-Saharan Africa set for 2012 boom, The CS Monitor.

* Rich People, Nerds and the Kenyan context, a series by Invested Development

Ernst & Young have released their first “Africa Attractiveness” survey on foreign investor perceptions.

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 BiD Network prepares emerging market entrepreneurs for investors. BiD Network offers tools, contacts and coaching to the best entrepreneurs, paving the way for them to access finance and start their business. We focus on high growth businesses based in developing countries with a financing need of US$ 10,000 to $1,000,000. We provide professional services to entrepreneurs, coaches, investors, business angels and SME service providers. An international network of partners in 17 countries makes this possible.

 

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