Tag Archive: Innovation

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

“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

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

Balloon Ventures: Don’t call us microfinance! (2/3): Poverty is multi-dimensional, so should our approach be

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

Working with Citi Volunteers to deliver impact

At Balloon a key aspect to our impact is the idea of ‘grow businesses, change lives’. We achieve this by working with micro-entrepreneurs with the aim of growing them into SMEs. After an… Continue reading

Climbing out of the box

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow Efua Mercer I have always been a little put off by the idea of being a business owner. I have instead opted for the path of the office… Continue reading

Another Day in the Life of….

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow JJ Slater Trying, testing and validating The day starts (early) with Bennett.Bennett is a Biochemical Sciences student at the University of Cape Coast and is a passionate producer… Continue reading

The story of Innocents

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellow Perdie Alder When we have a business idea, how often do we test the idea before jumping in and investing all our time / effort / resources into… Continue reading

First Balloon progamme lifts off in Ghana

Written by Balloon Ghana Fellows Selam, Laura, Efua and Nathaniel  Ghanaian entrepreneur Winnifred bakes biscuits and sells them to the school children in her village © Lisa Freiburg Josh Bicknell and Doug Cochrane set up… Continue reading