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Friday, September 29 • 12:45pm - 1:25pm
Overcoming Barriers to Scale: Lessons from Successful Businesses and Organizations

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Innovators across sectors and regions face common challenges in their efforts to grow and scale both their businesses/organizations and their impacts. Access to capital, challenges with talent acquisition, legal and regulatory issues, lack of experience entering new markets, product and service quality control, challenges with funders or other partnerships, and many others prevent promising innovators from growing more quickly and having the long-term development impacts that we all seek. The paths towards scale are different and yet the barriers are often very similar. How do you find the working capital needed to grow? How do you know if your business or organization is ready to expand? How do you decide where to go next? Is it possible to take the risks needed to accelerate growth while still prioritizing stability? With so many competing priorities and trade offs needed, how have successful businesses and organizations done it? This panel will address key issues areas facing innovators in their efforts to scale by looking at the experiences of several successful players in the development space, including different approaches and within different sectors. How have they overcome the barriers to scale that they faced in their paths towards scale?

Moderators
avatar for Cathy Clark

Cathy Clark

Professor, Director, Duke Fuqua School of Business, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship
Cathy Clark has been an active pioneer, researchers, educator, and consultant for over 25 years in the fields of impact investing and social entrepreneurship. She founded and directs the Fuqua Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship i3 Initiative on Impact Investing and co-leads the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke, an accelerator working to scale impact of global health ventures in India and East Africa. A former impact investment fund manager and private foundation program officer, who taught at Columbia Business School for 9 years before coming to Duke... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rukmini Banerji

Rukmini Banerji

CEO, Pratham Education Foundation
Trained as an economist in India, Dr. Rukmini Banerji completed her BA at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned her PhD at the University of Chicago. Dr. Banerji worked as a program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago for several years before returning to India in 1996 to join Pratham as part of the leadership team. There, she led the... Read More →
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Tony Kalm

President, One Acre Fund
Tony Kalm was the inaugural leader of One Acre Fund in the U.S. from late 2009, and now serves as its President. For his work with the organization, he was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation at the World Economic Forum. Previously, Tony was deputy head... Read More →
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Paul Needham

Cofounder and Chairman, Simpa Networks
Paul Needham co-founded Simpa Networks, Inc. in 2010 with the bold mission to make clean energy simple, affordable and accessible to everyone. He currently serves as its Chairman. Mr. Needham is a seasoned Infotech entrepreneur, having started and led several companies and managed successful... Read More →
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Claire Reid

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Reel Gardening
Claire Reid founded Reel Gardening, a patented biodegradable paper tape that encases organic fertilizer and seeds at the correct depth and distance apart, as a 16 year old to solve the problems she encountered when starting her own vegetable garden. As an inventor turned entrepreneur, Claire began research and development for her company in 2008 and opened Reel... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 12:45pm - 1:25pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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