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The prospect of reaching vast numbers of new middle class consumers in emerging markets is a driving force in international private equity and venture capital. In China, India, Southeast Europe and Latin America, sizable populations of young consumers are eager to enjoy the goods and services available to those in the United States and other developed countries. Top targets for investment in these emerging markets include companies in the Internet, financial services and clean technology sectors.
When it comes to beachwear, Marisa Alaíde de Castro knows style -- after all, she has the Brazilian jungle for inspiration. As her Brazilian retail business grows, she is contemplating expansion -- from new product lines to export sales -- which will require an infusion of capital. It is decision time for Verde Limão Moda Praia.
In a recent report titled "World Economic Outlook: Tensions form the Two-speed Recovery," the International Monetary Fund warned that a group of Latin American nations -- Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay -- showed "signs of potential overheating." Experts analyze the situation and suggest what countries of the region can do to cool off their overheated economies.
Founded by Turkey's most successful entrepreneur, Ozyegin University is now extending its message about the value of enterprise to women through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
program. University officials Imge Kaya and Utku Tuncay discuss Turkey's entrepreneurial culture and the women scholars' newfound confidence in finance and accounting.
Negotiation is more than bartering with suppliers over price. Successful negotiation tactics require strategy, such as knowing how much you need to sell in order to make money and gathering information up front about your negotiation partner. For entrepreneur Martha Naveros, a participant in Peru's 10,000 Women
program, stronger negotiation skills helped improve her contract with the country's largest beverage producer and score a special promotional event, compliments of her supplier.
Peru has one of the newest 10,000 Women
certificate programs, graduating its first class of women entrepreneurs in late 2010. Building on an already robust microfinance industry, women scholars there are able to use their new management skills and access to capital to grow their small businesses and help their families and communities prosper. Knowledge@Wharton 10,000 Women
talked with Carmen Mosquera of the Multilateral Investment Fund at the Inter-American Development Bank in Lima about microfinance in Peru and the rise of women entrepreneurs.
A decade after pharmaceutical companies took heat for their reluctance to make HIV/AIDS drugs widely available to impoverished African nations, the industry has changed its approach on pricing and access to drugs. Now, advocates for social responsibility in global health are focusing on how companies decide which drugs they will develop and how they manage operations in the developing world. New approaches include sharing patented compounds with companies developing treatments for tropical diseases, and rewarding companies that develop treatments for neglected Third World diseases.
Ghadeer Ibrahim has big plans for Recycling City, her business to collect, sort and sell household waste in Amman, Jordan. Her success, however, depends on whether or not people will embrace the concept of recycling, an uncommon practice in the Middle East.
Technology is one realm where women could break gender barriers and flourish as entrepreneurs, says Vinita Gupta, a prominent Indian-American businesswoman in California's Silicon Valley. Gupta sat down with India Knowledge@Wharton to talk about social, cultural and psychological obstacles in both the United States and India that prevent women from becoming entrepreneurs. She shares her insights on what holds women back and what must change to unleash their potential.
In the United States, most experts are betting that the economy will grow stronger in 2011, but they warn that high unemployment, a depressed housing industry and other problems could dampen growth. Meanwhile, the fate of the euro is still in question, and the specter of inflation looms large in China. Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Wharton faculty and other experts to get their views on what's ahead in 2011.
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