Articles and Posts:

Approaches to Entrepreneurship Development

Three Social Business Lessons from Detroit’s ‘Grassroots Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is the Answer’: Student Projects Support Local Centers

Peace Through Entrepreneurship: WDI’s Interview with Steven Koltai

Power, Individualism and Indulgence: How to Leverage Cultural Factors in Entrepreneurship Training

Measuring Entrepreneurship, Impact in Bahrain

Developing Filipino Entrepreneurs: Case-By-Case

Educating Future-Ready Filipino Graduates

Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs

Tunisia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Why Youth and Tech are Vital Elements

Mentoring for Social Entrepreneurship Education: Building a Holistic Impact in the MENA Region 

Economic Empowerment: Women & Entrepreneurship

Creating Opportunity for Women in Papua New Guinea

Teaching and Learning with Rwandan Women Entrepreneurs

Teach a (Wo)Man to Fish … But What if it’s Against the Law?: The Women Thrive Conference explores how training women and improving their livelihoods can address gender inequality

Vital Voices GROW Series: (following 5 Women During Entrepreneurship Training)

Entrepreneurship Training Helps Women in Tanzania’s Ag Sector Flourish

Supporting Social Enterprises

Enterprises Play a Key Role in Alleviating Poverty

The Accidental Social Entrepreneur: A Hippie Ecologist’s Foray into a Costa Rican Business Start-up

Virtual Companies Come to Life: How New Methods in Student Training Can Build Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Kenya

With Few Resources, Cuba’s Resourceful Entrepreneurs Find a Way

Blended Learning Tools:

ExtendEd Learning Portal (learning management system)
The ExtendEd platform re-focuses the learning on application through a before-during-after process and extends the education of our participants over time. Through the platform, participants get to know their fellow participants and program faculty before the start of the program. They also set goals and access their pre-reading and all program materials. During the program, the platform provides the ideal environment for participants to interact with each other and share their learnings. After the program, the discussion continues as participants share with each other and program faculty how they are applying their learnings from the program back on the job.



wdilearninghub_w-borderDigital Learning Hub (online training modules)

WDI has created a customized elearning hub where participants take interactive elearning modules on various business topics, including competition and finance. The elearning modules are complemented by WDI’s face to face training for a truly effective blended learning experience.





Case Studies:

The Philippines Case Collection: Authored by Filipino Academics about Filipino Organizations
The free cases in this collection are the result of WDI’s role in the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) project, a five-year, multi-million dollar effort funded by USAID in partnership with RTI International. The project’s goal is to strengthen applied research activity at Philippine universities and in industry. The cases are the result of workshops led by WDI case writing professionals and are among the first to be written by Filipino academics about domestic organizations. Topics range across disciplines. Entrepreneurship-focused cases are linked below:


Additional Case Studies:

Women Entrepreneurs in Rwanda: Banana Wine by Coproviba – This case was written about Christine Murebwayire, an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative in Rwanda.  In the case, Murebwayire faces different options to grow her banana wine cooperative business, including increasing production, investing money in domestic marketing, increasing exports in Africa, and launching an entirely new product line, such as items made from banana fiber.

Women Entrepreneurs in Rwanda: Loans for the Lumberyard –  This case describes Anastasie Nyirabukeye’s timber and woodworking business and chronicles her journey from receiving a series of small loans, to deciding to apply for a large loan to expand her business. Nyirabukeye is an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative in Rwanda.

Unnati: Sustaining Value in the Agricultural Sector of Rural India – Akshamaala was designed to provide information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to improve sales, field force effectiveness, and customer interactions. Entrepreneurs Amit Sinha and Ashok Prasad started the firm for banking and insurance companies initially but shifted their focus to the agriculture sector. They had some success, but knew that revenues would eventually plateau, so they created the sub-service, Unnati to package agriculture services and products for farmers at a modest price. The business model is working well, nevertheless, the company is constrained by a lack of skilled manpower and farmers’ inability to adapt to new technologies

Healthy City: Fostering Entrepreneurship at the Base of the Pyramid. A Peruvian Experience. –  The Peruvian NGO Healthy City combats the country’s solid waste problem through three programs: developing comprehensive sanitation projects alongside municipalities, empowering and funding small recycling businesses, and training students in best environmental practices. The case finds the protagonist Albina Ruiz looking for a way to make the organization financially independent, while getting a feel for what her future role in the organization should be.


Other Entrepreneurial Tools:

The Entrepreneur’s Dictionary: A Straightforward Guide to Business Terms – This dictionary provides comprehensive definitions for over 450 business terms.

Note on the Venture Value Chain:  A Conceptual Framework for Building Successful New Businesses – This conceptual note introduces the Value Venture Chain (VVC) model, which applies the paradigm of the value chain, well-accepted in other industries, to the process of conceptualizing, funding and building new businesses. The VVC provides startup executives, corporate new-business-development professionals, service providers, venture investors and aspiring entrepreneurs with a conceptual framework and a shared language of commonly-understood terminology.

The Launch Lens: 12 Questions to Bring Any New Business Idea Into Clear Focus – This conceptual note provides a framework for evaluating new business concepts.

Note on Developing Financial Projections for Startups and Growth Businesses – Prospective investors in startups and growth businesses expect to review detailed financial information on the company. This note provides an in-depth discussion of both the art and the science of preparing financial projections for an early-stage business. The article also describes the most appropriate way to present historical financial information, as well as advice on the best approach to preparing financial narratives and financial summary tables.

Articles and Posts:

Entrepreneurship Requires Practice (Heidi Neck)

Accelerating Impact for Entrepreneurs (TechnoServe Report on SGBs in Central America)

Personal Initiative Training (World Bank Report)

Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets (GALI)

Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI)

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)

The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2016 (Innovation America)

Distilling the Universe of Entrepreneurship Research (Kauffman Foundation)

Resources for Entrepreneurs (University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center)

Tools & Blogs for Entrepreneurs (Steve Blank)

A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment (United Nations Foundation/ExxonMobil)

It’s Her Business: A Handbook for Preparing Young At-Risk Women to Become Entrepreneurs (EMpower)

Introducing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Four Defining Characteristics (Daniel Isenberg)

Youth Entrepreneurship Resources (Youth Business International)

State of the Small and Growing Business Sector Report (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs)

Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programs around the World: Dimensions for Success (The World Bank)

Investing in the Power of Women: Progress Report on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative (Babson College) (Note: WDI conducted the Rwanda trainings listed on p. 15.)

Refugees Need Jobs. Entrepreneurship Can Help. (Steven Koltai)

Entrepreneurship Needs to Be a Bigger Part of Foreign Aid (Steven Koltai)

Entrepreneurs Are the Same Person All Over the World. And That’s a Good Thing (Steven Koltai)



How I Built This’(NPR)

On Leading Change (+Acumen)

Open For Business (



There’s Never Been a Better Time to be an Entrepreneur (Michigan Ross)

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