‘Copycat, copycat': Imitation vs. Innovation in business model design

With the proliferation of highly innovative, highly successful but replicable online business models and the march of globalization, copycat businesses are on the rise. Yet there is much debate on whether this is a good thing for innovation or an effective strategy for entrepreneurs. As part of this year’s Entrepreneurial Smart Camp, I presented a […]

Building socially and economically sustainable business models in Africa: Energy for Development

It was September 2012, and the Energy for Development (E4D) team was returning from their first visit to Kitonyoni, an off-grid, rural market district in Makueni County, Kenya. An hour into the flight, they were discussing why so many rural electrification projects in developing countries tend to fail and fall into disrepair. Determined not to […]