Summit Will Examine What’s Working, What’s Not for Base of the Pyramid Ventures


It’s been nine years since the late Ross Professor C.K. Prahalad opened eyes with the idea that business can play a role in fighting poverty while making sustainable profits. His book The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits set many ventures in motion.

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 2.11.43 PMBut it’s time to take stock of what’s working and what isn’t, says U-M Ross Professor Ted London. That’s why the William Davidson Institute and Ross are hosting the BoP Summit 2013 on Oct. 21-23.  Leading base-of-the-pyramid practitioners and scholars will take stock of the lessons learned and address the challenges ahead.

“We have seen that successful enterprise development can play an important role in alleviating poverty,” says London, also an author and senior research fellow at WDI.  “These are clearly exciting times for the BoP domain.  But we also lack sufficient humility. Indeed, we still have a long way to go, and few are openly discussing the lessons learned and the challenges ahead.”

Speakers will include London and:

  • Sasha Dichter, chief innovation officer, Acumen Fund

  • Stuart L. Hart, author and president of Enterprise for a Sustainable World; founding director of the Emergent Institute

  • Radha Basu, CEO of iMerit and co-founder of Anudip

  • Simon Winter, vice president of development for TechnoServe

  • Chris Jochnick, director of private sector development for Oxfam America

  • Filippo Veglio, director, social capital focus area, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

  • Prashant Yadav, director, Health Care Initiative, William Davidson Institute

  • Denise Knight, director of sustainable agriculture, Coca-Cola Co.

In all, 200 leaders from the corporate, nonprofit, development, foundation, and entrepreneurial worlds will focus on building better base-of-the-pyramid enterprises and creating a road map for future development in the domain.

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