Along with our partners, Citi Foundation and NextBillion, GlobaLens is proud to present the 2015 NextBillion Case Writing Competition Winners.
Now in its fifth year, the competition recognizes and publishes the best-written case studies about business strategies to alleviate poverty, particularly in the developing world.
The NextBillion writing competition is dedicated to identifying, publishing, and rewarding the writers behind the most instructive real-world business cases of social entrepreneurship and market-based methods across a multitude of sectors.
MPESO is a mobile money social enterprise based in Managua, Nicaragua, and was founded as a means to extend financial services to citizens with limited or no access to banking institutions. The case details concerns over whether MPESO should expand its array of financial services for Nicaraguans or to scale its bus fare card (which replaces Managua's cash-only system for most buses) to other countries.
This case follows the CEO of Grameen Intel as an example of an intrapreneur who launched a new social business joint venture between Intel Corporation and the Grameen Trust. The success of Grameen Intel's agricultural software in Bangladesh spurred expansion opportunities into other developing markets. The case details the inner workings of social business development and how to deliver new technology products and services to base of the pyramid markets.
After the hybrid organization Runa built the world’s first guayusa tea supply chain in Ecuador, company leaders proposed a new hybrid structure to scale operations to Peru which would give the Runa Foundation a stable source of income. The executive director of the foundation wonders whether to keep the foundation an independent watchdog for the business and scale its operations in Ecuador, or expand to Peru.
Maya Mountain Cacao is a social venture that connects local cacao growers in Belize with the international community of ultra-premium chocolatiers. MMC and its holding company, Uncommon Cocoa, are growing rapidly. The companies face critical decisions on what business ventures should be pursued next. Students will gain perspective on how to scale culturally sensitive and socially motivated business operations for long term sustainability.
Chenetha Colour Weaves' is a social enterprise that seeks to improve the local handloom weaver industry in Andhra Pradesh by providing access to training and markets. CEO Sudha Rani wants to scale the social enterprise's Karghaa brand to other Indian cities, but she faces a dilemma — to use a company-owned-and-operated model or a franchise model. Students are asked to analyze the challenges of structuring a socially relevant and commercially viable business model through reverse positioning and explore the role of Sudha as a social change agent.