Erik Simanis




Erik is an action researcher and authority on innovation and go-to-market strategies for creating and shaping new mass markets in emerging and frontier economies. His frameworks and tools are the product of getting on the ground and living in the very target communities and markets, he aims to reach—from the post-Soviet communities of the Baltic countries, the slums of Kenya and Nigeria, to the villages of India and Ghana.

A frequent speaker on innovation, social entrepreneurship, and bottom-of-the-pyramid, Erik’s work is published in leading journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. His chapter “Needs, Needs Everywhere, But Not a BOP Market to Tap” appears alongside Acumen founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz’s chapter ‘Innovation for the BoP: The Patient Capital Approach’ in the book “Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid: New Approaches for Building Mutual Value” edited by Ted London & Stuart Hart (2010).

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Oct 25th 2016

Social sector leaders must connect their impact work with the right business model to achieve sustainability. With finite resources and limited staffing, organizations that are more focused on immediate needs rather than long-term sustainability can find developing the right business plan challenging. This course teaches nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, corporate entrepreneurs and social change leaders how to use financial modeling and creative approaches to market-based funding to scale the impact of their work. This course will be valuable for organizations of all shapes and sizes, and particularly useful for those in the early stages of development.

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May 14th 2015

Acumen and our course partner, Dr. Erik Simanis, will teach you how to think about and build a basic financial model from the ground up with this introductory course on financial modeling for start-up social enterprises.

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