US Market Entry Strategy and Capacity Building

Client: Agora Partnerships
Faculty: Dennis Smith
Team: Christyne Angulo, David Kent, Kelli Payne, Juanjuan (Tina) Wang
Year: 2013

Agora Partnerships is a nonprofit organization that works to accelerate the success of early-stage entrepreneurs in Latin America who are committed to solving social and environmental challenges. Agora’s main programming is an Impact Accelerator designed to give entrepreneurs the resources and network to become “investment ready.” As the impact investing market grows in the United States, there is demand from these entrepreneurs to access social, human, and financial capital. Having success in several countries in Latin America and domestic resources, Agora is considering bringing their Impact Accelerator model to the US market. The Capstone team was tasked to conduct an environmental scan of the US landscape with specific focus on social entrepreneurs, venture philanthropy, entrepreneurial support entities, and funders. The research was then synthesized and analyzed to produce a report of findings and recommendations to inform Agora on growth strategy and internal capacity building necessary for entry into the US market.