A capital idea for green entrepreneurs

Green business

One critical challenge facing environmentally friendly businesses in Latin America is getting another kind of green into their operations—investment dollars. Though more than a few investors say they would like to bankroll such ventures, they often balk at green entrepreneurs’ inexperience in developing and executing high-quality business plans. That’s why the nonprofit World Resources Institute of Washington, D.C., recently staged a competition to assist and showcase sustainable businesses in the region. Organized by WRI’s New Ventures division, the Latin America-wide competition culminated Sept. 26-27 with a forum in Rio de Janeiro. There, venture capitalists mingled with selected green entrepreneurs, four of whom received $25,000 each from WRI in recognition of their business efforts. “We look for solutions to environmental problems from a... [Log in to read more]

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