Category Archive: Entrepreneurship

Balloon Launches Micro Venture Capital!

Today, I’m excited to announce that Balloon Ventures has been announced a winner of the OpenIDEO Youth Empowerment Challenge funded by DFID. Out of over 500 submissions our idea was 1 of 6… Continue reading

Meeting “Mr Breakfast” – Newton’s Story

Our Balloon ICS volunteers work with entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds. Many are first-time business owners with only a big idea. Some, however, like Newton in Ho, Ghana, have had businesses… Continue reading

“Shaking the snow globe” -Embracing the chaos of newness

“When life starts to stagnate, shake it like a snow globe.” Balloon ICS Team Leader Ali Whiting on the impact Balloon had on her life, and on the entrepreneurs with whom we work.… Continue reading

The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Inside the mind of a Balloon Programme Coordinator

Joshua Zwetsloot spoke to John Ndehi, one of Balloon’s Programme Coordinators, based in Njoro, to find out about his story and how he came to join the Balloon Team. “Be unstoppable”. These were… Continue reading

“Think big, start small and grow over time” – an interview with Balloon entrepreneur Desmond Mensah.

Through our various programmes, Balloon Ventures works with hundreds of entrepreneurs each year, helping them to innovate and grow their businesses through our groundbreaking enterprise curriculum. We’re always really proud of the results,… Continue reading

Let’s Get Fruity! An interview with a Balloon ICS entrepreneur.

Whilst on their own Balloon ICS placement in Kericho, Kenya, one of our Volunteers met up with Gideon Mutai, a former Balloon Entrepreneur, to talk to him about his experience of the programme… Continue reading

Teaching the world about hydroponics…well, maybe just the baguio first!

Lissa was one of our Balloon Fellow volunteers, working in the Philippines to help build businesses and change lives. Here, she writes about her experience working with Maria, who has some bright ideas… Continue reading

Estimating Impact is Hard! Innovating in Data Collection Could Be The Answer

As a social enterprise, at Balloon we spend a lot of time thinking about our impact. Those who take part in our programmes would happily testify to the impact created (check out other… Continue reading

Philippines Fellowship: 2 weeks in

It’s Monday morning of the 2nd week in the Philippines. We’ve had our (not awkward at all) introductory meetings with our entrepreneurs, but it’s this week that we are given the task of… Continue reading

Balloon Ventures: Don’t call us microfinance! (3/3): A lack of focus on growth

Microfinance has failed to live up to its early promise as a tool to fight poverty. In this three-part blog series, we discuss the three major issues with current microfinance and how the… Continue reading