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ANDE Annual Conference 2012

ANDE Annual Conference 2012
September 26th - 28th
Glen Cove, New York, NY

Each year, the ANDE Annual Conference is the largest gathering of members from around the globe. The event is targeted at high-level executives of ANDE member organizations, including leading investors, capacity development providers, foundations, corporates, and research institutions. The highly interactive agenda features workshops on solutions to common challenges, networking sessions, and plenaries with leading thinkers in the SGB space. The ANDE Annual Conference is designed to deliver the following value to ANDE members: - Build stronger relationships and promote collaboration among ANDE Members - Provide a forum for developing solutions to common challenges - Foster the development of ANDE regional organizations - Enable members to realize new funding and investment opportunities - Shape ANDE priorities for the following year

In 2012, ANDE returned to Glen Cove for the annual member meeting. As with previous conferences, this gathering was highly interactive and practically focused. The agenda featured roundtable workshops focused on solutions to common challenges, structured and unstructured networking sessions, and participatory plenary sessions with leading thinkers in the entrepreneurship space. 


Highlights include:

  • A recap on the state of the sector and ANDE's progress to date presented by ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner
  • The commitment of over $2 million in funding to the winners of the CDF, AAFC, and Research funding initiatives (more details available here)
  • The inaugural ANDE Member Appreciation award recognizing Jan Piercy of ShoreBank International for her dedication to helping build the ANDE network (see below for photos of her delight at receiving the award!)
  • Keynote speaker Phil Auerswald and moderator Spencer Ante sharing their views on global entrepreneurship (watch interview here: part 1, part 2)
  • 24 small group breakout sessions on topics ranging from "New Flavors: The Capital Aggregation Layer Cake" to "Leveraging Diaspora"
  • Panels on: Unlocking Bank Finance for SGBs- Challenges and Best Practices
  • Failure and Missed Opportunities- Lessons Learned from the Trenches Building an Industry
  • The Elusive Exit
  • The post conference survey indicates that 100% of attendees would recommend this conference to others!

Watch the videos from the 2012 Annual Conference

 o State of the SGB Sector - presented by ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner
 o ANDE Annual Conference Opening Reception Fireside Chat Part 1 & Part 2 - Phil Auerswald, George Mason University, author "The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy" interviewed by Spencer Ante, Wall Street Journal.
 o NexThought Monday: Moving Out of Orbit : Investment in emerging market small businesses is growing, like private space travel, it's still early days - Scott Anderson of NextBillion interviews ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner

Jan Piercy of Shorebank International receiving the 2012 ANDE Member Appreciation Award