Tag 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

“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

Balloon Ventures: Reflections and Chill

And so the halfway point of the programme came around just as quickly as everyone had previously warned us, and before you know it we were all packed into matatus (public buses here)… Continue reading

Philippines Fellowship: Baguio meets Betty Crocker

People say that you shouldn’t take anything you have for granted, that there’s always someone somewhere who is struggling whilst you’re sailing. Growing up in the UK you often overlook the simple things.… 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

Balloon Ventures Research: Exploring sustainability in the informal sector

Balloon works with entrepreneurs in emerging economies, helping them to start or expand micro-businesses. Balloon provides training and support in many aspects including finance, marketing and promoting innovation. The programme also offers interest… Continue reading

I now partly understand the stuggles of woman in Kisii and it’s important to share these experiences – No sugar-coating!

“How’s Kisii Qiarna???”, “Kenya must be amazing!”,”OMG I bet your having the time of your life!!!!???” These are the questions I tend to see come through my WhatsApp from friends and hear via calls from… Continue reading