Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Brazil Regional Chapter

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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Officially launched in 2009, we are a member-driven organization housed within the Aspen Institute, an international non-profit that promotes enlightened leadership. Our members are the vanguard of a movement that is focused on small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create economic, environmental, and social benefits for developing countries. Ultimately, we seek to build sustainable prosperity in the developing world.

Currently there are 200+ organizations in ANDE (of which, more than 20 are active in Brazil). These organizations are foundations, academic institutions, accelerators, incubators, investment funds, researchers, government agencies and corporations that support, empower, research or propel finance entrepreneurship in their country. All ANDE members share the common belief that entrepreneurs and their businesses are a critical means in which to socially and economically impact their local community.

If you would like more information on the chapter, please email the Regional Chapter Coordinator Rebeca da Rocha.

ANDE members - if you would like to join this chapter, please do so via the ANDE Member Portal. If you have any problems logging into the portal, please contact Alex Pan

What does the Brazil Chapter Do?

1) Map the sector and connect players from the entrepreneurship field:

ANDE Brazil chapter releases, in partnership with LGT VP, Quintessa Partners and University of St. Gallen, the most recent mapping about the Impact Investment sector in the country. 

A study conducted with various national and international investors that captures some data about capital and investments on the field as some trends and challenges for the sector evolvement in the country. 

Download a presentation with some preliminary data here – “Presentation from the Impact Investing Conference, August 14th” 

Download the full report – to be launched in August 29th 

Subscribe to receive our newsletter here 

 - In 2013 we will get started the 2nd edition of the mapping about social and inclusive business performed in 2011 (click here to access the 1st edition, and see the individual reports below*)

 - Manage B-Polo - B-Polo is the first online directory of SGBs working with the 'base of the pyramid', and the Brazilian organizations that support them with investment services and organizational development

2) Events

- Sector Events: an opportunity for members to discuss with experts about trends and challenges within a specific sector or region.
This year the chapter will hold 3 events:

a) Financial Services for the Base of the Pyramid (download the event report here)
b) Housing for base of the pyramid
c) Technologies that are impacting the base of the pyramid

- ANDE Happy Hours: informal gatherings where our members and partners get together for networking and update each other about their projects
- Chapter Breakfasts: members-only meetings to discuss challenges, share solutions and create new opportunities in the local entrepreneurship field

3) Publications

- Monthly Newsletter: a compilation of news and opportunities from our chapter member organizations and the ANDE global network (click here to read the most recent chapter newsletter)

- Publish articles and information in the media

Who makes up the Brazil Chapter?


Besides the Aspen Institute, the ANDE Brazil Chapter receives financial and in kind support from:

  • eBay Foundation
  • BCtA
  • ICE
  • Halloran Philanthropies
  • VOX Capital 

ANDE Brazil chapter members:

• Aliança Empreendedora
• Anglo American
• Artemisia Social Business
• Bid Network
• Care
• Christian AID
• Citi Foundation
• edge
• Endeavor

• EY
• Fundacion AVINA
• Halloran Philanthropies
• Impact HUB 
• Instituto Cidadania Empresarial (ICE)
• Instituto Inspirare
• International Finance Corporation
• JP Morgan
• LGT Venture Philanthropy
• Pipa
• Potencia Ventures
• Solidaridad Network
• ShoreBank International Ltd
• TechnoServe Inc
• Vox Capital
• Walmart


Click here to see a map of ANDE Members working in Brazil.


Steering Committee Chair: Rob Parkinson

Rob is Partnerships Coordinator at ARTEMISIA, and has spent almost 6 years working in Brazil to develop the field for businesses that serve the Base of the Pyramid. During this time Rob founded the Brazilian Chapter of ANDE, and has been a member of the Chapter's Executive Committee since 2013. A former Regional Director at AIESEC International, Rob has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand and the UK. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham, UK, and a postgraduate certificate in Group Dynamics from SBDG, Brazil.


Chapter Coordinator: Rebeca Da Rocha

Rebeca joined ANDE in 2012 after 5 years working in marketing and communications in Recife, Sao Paulo and Egypt. Prior to joining ANDE, she worked in a social business start-up focused on developing innovative trading solutions for the agricultural and food markets in Brazil. She also coordinated the External Relations area of AIESEC in Brazil, a global organization dedicated to developing youth leadership.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Catholic University of Pernambuco and is originally from Recife in northeastern Brazil.
If you would like more information on the chapter, please email Rebeca.



Steering Committee Members: 

  • Daniel Izzo, Vox Capital (Chair)
  • Dhaval Chadha (Pipa)
  • Fernanda Bombardi (ICE)
  • Jenny Everett, ANDE
  • Renata Truzzi (NESsT)
  • Rob Parkinson, Artemisia
  • Vivianne Naigeborin , Potencia Ventures