Advancing businesses that empower the base of the pyramid

How development practitioners can fund, support and propel inclusive businesses that serve low-income communities

Lab debate
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
17:00 to 18:15

Inclusive businesses embed people at the base of the pyramid as suppliers and customers, making development tangible within revenue earning enterprises. This is a key approach for the private sector to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will explore challenges for companies with inclusive business models. They will identify common goals between businesses, investors and development practitioners and debate how the development community can support inclusive businesses. Also discussed will be the entrepreneur's experience serving the base of the pyramid through business, an impact investor's perspective on creating a social and a financial return, and the development practitioner’s view on how public funds can support impactful business models.

Organised by


Andrew Kaiser-Tedesco
Director for Africa and Impact Investment
Inclusive Business Action Network
Zissimos Vergos
Head of Sector
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Robert Haynie
CEO / Team Lead
SPRING Accelerator
Temie Giwa-Tubosun
Veerle Berbers
Board Member
AlphaMundi Bastion Fund