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Incubators, innovation and growth

Salmon aren't native to Chile. So how did this shoestring of a country best known for its immense copper reserves become the world's second-largest producer of the rosy-fleshed fish? Much of the credit goes to a Santiago business incubator called Fundación Chile. In the 1980s the nonprofit foundation concluded that Chile had natural competitive advantages that could make it a big success in commercial salmon farming.

GE ECOnomics contest

GE has teamed up with Dow Jones to issue a great sounding business plan challenge: ECOnomics. The contest is offering up to $50,000 for a winning business plan that demonstrates how "green" business is "good" business. It's open to all university and MBA students with a deadline of December 15th.

Via TriplePundit.

Blogs, wikis and development

Blogging can possibly emerge as a tool for individual or grassroots journalism. Whether it can make social or political changes would depend on the level of reach…I think with speed and connectivity available to the masses, blogs can play a role not only in socio-political change but also in development efforts.

Leveraging knowledge for investment

Reymond Voutier, Executive Chairman of eNotus, will be participating in a discussion on ‘Leveraging Knowledge for Investment in Africa: The eNotus Framework’ at the World Bank this coming Thursday, from 12:30-2:00 pm. Discussants from the World Bank side will be Axel Peuker, Manager in the investment climate unit, and Peter Mousley, lead PSD specialist in the Africa region – both great speakers. If you are in D.C.

Open source software and development

Was walking down the hall upstairs and came across “Open Source Software: Perspectives for Development” by Paul Dravis. Still leafing through it, but the ‘open’ vs. ‘proprietary’ software debate is sure to play an increasing role in future development discussions. This short note includes case-studies from Brazil, Tajikistan, India, and Laos.

Kiva.org - P2P microfinance

The blogosphere is a-buzz about Kiva – the world’s first peer-to-peer, distributed microloan website. The site allows you to lend a small amount of money, say $25, to needy microenterprises in developing countries (for now just Uganda). You receive repayment at the end of the loan period (normally 6-12 months) without interest. If they default on the loan, your loan becomes a donation – though none of the businesses have defaulted yet.

A market for virtue

This Wednesday Brookings will be having an event for David Vogel’s latest book, The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility. Vogel claims that while CSR has resulted in numerous achievements, it should be seen as a compliment to more effective public polices - not a substitute.

Performance of state owned enterprises

Last chance! We have received numerous requests to extend the deadline of our current online discussion on ‘how to improve the performance of state enterprises' – so the discussion will now be closing on Nov. 2nd. 70 people have already sounded in.

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