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Tens of thousands of promising projects and ventures are being developed around the world, but too many fail for one reason — the services they need to get to that next step cannot be found or are out of reach.

Finding the right people to support your project is time-consuming. Identifying the right expertise, selecting quotes and arranging contracts can involve costly trial and error. What if you could access a global network of providers that made the process of buying the right services quicker, easier, more effective and, ultimately, of greater value?

Maximpact gives you exactly that.

Maximpact Resource Centre is a global marketplace for finding, buying and selling services, providing access to hundreds of select experts and resources that are ready to be put to work on your project.

Our unique network of like-minded people, all focused on creating a good impact and a more sustainable future, offers unlimited opportunities for those with common interests and goals to work with one another.

Whether you are a social entrepreneur, non-profit, incubator, accelerator corporation and government body, development agency or funder, Maximpact offers a range of solutions for projects of all sizes, including:

Maximpact has served the impact and sustainability sectors for over 4 years, building a growing community of 80,000 that covers more than 200 sectors and sub-sectors. Over 135 business and project services with consulting experience in over 700 businesses and projects around the world. Through our network, you can connect with the right people to help your project succeed.

You no longer have to work alone. Maximpact is your infrastructure, providing a network that brings many benefits. Join one of our global communities that best suits your needs, including entrepreneurs, consultants and many more. We believe that together and with the right environment, a network of positive, like-minded people can make a meaningful and positive impact for us all.

What is Circular Economy

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Citizens of the world have realized that people do not have infinite resources. Demand on raw materials has escalated, with no management of waste and the limited supply we have of those materials. Environmental repercussions of climate change and sustainability are now at the top of the global agenda and are mission-critical.

This article focuses on the circular economy and its benefits to help combat our global problems. European countries, particularly the Nordic ones, have embraced the circular theory years ago and are reaping the benefits of zero waste economies while setting good examples for their neighbors.

What Is Circular Economy?

The concept of circular economy calls for the reuse of materials for as long as this is feasible. These materials should be used to their greatest extent and, when a person is done using said materials, should be able to renew or restore the power of these materials for further use down the line. Besides materials, circular economy may also apply to components and products.

Circular economy is in direct opposition to what is known as a linear economy. With this concept, much less thought is put into the long-term ramifications of use of a material, component, or product. Instead, this material is made, a person uses it, and then they throw away what’s left. This creates a productivity dead-end. Over the years we have become a throwaway society.

What Is the History of Circular Economy?

If any one person created the concept of circular economy, they didn’t promote themselves, because research doesn’t attribute this to anybody specifically. Instead, the move towards a circular economy is estimated to have started in the 1970s and gained momentum as the years went by.

There are numerous models that have led to the development of circular economy as it’s understood today. These are as follows:

  • Regenerative design — Credited to John T. Lyle, the concept of regenerative design is similar to what we know as circular economy.
  • Blue economy — Gunter Pauli of Belgium, who worked as the CEO at Ecover, developed the blue economy, which tells us what is left over from a product could become the basis for a new product and revenue stream.
  • Industrial ecology — Focusing specifically on the industrial field, industrial ecology deals with energy flow and material usage in this area.
  • Biomimicry — Popularized by Janine Benyus, biomimicry involves borrowing successful concepts that have already been used and redesigning them for your own purposes.
  • Performance economy — An early pillar in circular economy, industrial analyst and architect Walter Stahel developed this concept back in 1976. He believed that a circular economy could prevent waste, produce more resources, create competition, and make more jobs.
  • Cradle to cradle — Bill McDonough (an architect from the US) and Michael Braungart (a chemist from Germany) developed the cradle to cradle concept. Simply put, this model seeks to cut back on product waste and embrace more production.

How Can Businesses Use This Concept?

As you’ve seen, while circular economy can indeed apply to the universe itself and preserving finite resources, it can also be used as a business model. Business owners big and small can benefit from the school of thought associated with circular economy. Research has found that tens of thousands of jobs can be made to positively stimulate the economy just by following the circular economy model.

Are You Looking for a Circular Expert / Consultant?

At Maximpact, we can help you find the right circular expert consultant. Maximpact consulting network is a select global network of certified consultants in over 200 sectors and sub-sectors, experience in over 680 projects. All consultants are verified through a certification screening process, so that Maximpact can assist clients in making the best decision in finding the exact skill set they need.

Maximpact offers access to a network of circular, impact and sustainability consultants and experts. No matter the scope of your project or the size of your company, you can receive assistance through all stages of the project development process. Maximpact Ecosystems offers advisory, marketing, consulting, and financial services for sectors like environment, water, clean technology, renewable energy, agriculture, and more. With offices in Hong Kong, California, Abu Dhabi, and Monaco, Maximpact can help you move towards a circular economy.

How to Hire the Right Expert

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The changing global economy has meant the way in which business is conducted must change also. Businesses are relying more on light company structures; opting to work with more freelance experts and small to medium sized consulting firms to get the job done. Outsourcing is a light weight and more flexible alternative that enables companies to operate more efficiently, as they are no longer weighed down by the cost of only relying on their permanent staff that limits their ability to scale quickly when needed.

Outsourcing expertise has many benefits which are not limited to only saving time and money and can improve a company’s long-term business performance. Your expert should be well-versed in that specific skill and better equipped for resolving problems and thus guaranteeing success. This means that specialized support can be brought in to fix a specific problem and enable the company to move forward with limited disruption.

While the marketplace for consultants and freelance experts is now world wide, the sheer volume of choices makes it confusing. Making errors in selecting experts can be time consuming, costing you time and energy. You need to find ways to vet your consultants and experts thoroughly to avoid trial and error and to ensure brand reputation is being maintained.

Step 1: Identifying Your Needs

Prior to seeking out the right expert, it’s important that you take time to identify the exact hiring needs. View this process in the same way you would approach hiring in-house office staff.

Describe the job specifications and make sure to include each area of responsibility you want that person to be accountable for which includes the deliverables and time lines that are equally important factors.

Working with a consultant in the hiring process can better crystallize your needs as consultants bring with them a wealth of experience to help you better understand the options, solutions and your essential needs for the position. During the process of contracting the expert will assist in providing a concrete framework for the requirements that are expected and he can deliver to finalize the scope of work.

Step 2: Where to Find the Right Expert

Defining the type of expert you need should be the easy part. You might find that a financial expert can help you better to navigate and grow your business, or you might need a marketing or technical consultant to assist you in the office. Whether you are seeking someone with specific skills or in a certain geographic location. Here are some options that might be useful:

Consulting Firms. Rather than hire an individual freelance expert, many people opt to outsource a small to medium sized consulting firm. Dealing with a consulting firm brings to you a mix of expertise and support as a group. On the other hand working with multiple staff members may require more co-ordination than working with one trusted individual but should be decided on a case by case basis.

Step 3: The Selection Process

It can be exceptionally difficult to find the right expert simply by how they present themselves. Whether you’re looking at resumes, CVs, profiles on a professional recruitment site, or expert websites, often what you’ll find is empty marketing rhetoric. You have to be able to weed through the sales pitch and find the qualifications. Here are some things to consider:

Actual experience. Disregard the “noise” and pinpoint the actual experience they have by projects and time.

Concrete achievements. All CVs and profiles tell you how talented the person is. Pinpoint actual achievements. If they’re in marketing, look for figures that show a marked ROI. If it’s not in their material, that might be a good sign to disregard and move on.

Experience in training or mentoring. If you’re hiring a consultant, it’s important that they show experience in training or mentoring because that’s the primary reason for hiring a consultant. The number of publications which have recognized their expertise and the geographic locations they have experience in will be important factors in their ability to deliver.

Consulting fees. Fees can vary widely depending on the level of experience and the amount of time in their field. Someone who has worked with the top in the field, will likely command a much higher pay scale. Geographic location and economic factors will also influence pay scales in their location as well as their specific skill set.

Are You Looking for an Expert or Consultant?

At Maximpact, we can help you identify what your project needs and find the perfect expert for your consulting assignment / vacancy. Our platform offers an easy to use solution to search, speak to, and hire experts.  Maximpact consulting network is a select global network of certified consultants in over 200 sectors and sub-sectors, with experience in over 680 projects. All consultants are verified through a certification screening process, so that Maximpact can assist clients in making the best decision in finding the exact skill set they need.

When Venture Capitalists Fly In, Success Follows

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By Sunny Lewis

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, February 18, 2016 (Maximpact.com News) – Startup firms connected to their venture capitalists by direct airplane flights are more likely to succeed than other startups, concludes a new study of nearly 23,000 startups and more than 3,000 venture capital firms.

Venture capitalists do help startup firms by closely monitoring their development in person, and the availability of direct airplane flights between the two parties improves that oversight, says co-author Xavier Giroud, an associate professor of finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management (MIT Sloan).

“The effect is that those companies become more innovative,” he said.

Giroud acknowledges that it has long been “an open question” whether venture capitalist involvement actually adds value to startup firms.

The study indicates that venture capitalist involvement is “an important determinant of innovation and success,” the authors conclude.

The study pinpoints cases where direct flights were introduced between areas in which venture capitalists and startups had already established their business relationships.

In total, the study examined 22,896 startup companies and 3,158 venture capital firms over a period of 30 years.

The researchers used data from three separate sources: the Thomson Reuters VentureXpert database on VC investments, the (NBER) National Bureau of Economic Research Patent Data Project, and U.S. Department of Transportation data on flights. The three data sets overlapped from 1977 through 2006.

The researchers also conducted a separate survey of 306 venture capital firms to see if the presence of direct flights increased the amount of contact venture capitalists had with the startups they had invested in.

About 86 percent of the respondents agreed that direct flights allow VCs to spend more time monitoring the firms in their portfolios.

The paper’s co-authors include Shai Bernstein, an assistant professor of finance at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business; and Richard Townsend, an assistant professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

In the model that Giroud, Bernstein and Townshend looked at, airports support performance by enabling ongoing VC engagement with more that can ease travel-time burdens for VCs who live more than a quick drive or train ride away from their startup firm.

The resulting engagement can, in turn, boost patent activity and long-term valuations.

Using a “difference-in-differences estimation framework,” the researchers found that the introduction of a new airline route leads to a 3.1 percent increase in the number of patents the portfolio company produces and a 5.8 percent increase in the number of citations per patent it receives.

Direct flights were shown to increase the probability of going public by one percent, and of having a successful exit via IPO or acquisition by 1.4 percent.

By tracking acquisitions and IPOs, along with the number and frequency of flights being offered at local airports, the study found that increased flight offerings might boost VC engagement within one to two years.

“I was very persuaded,” Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, told MIT News. “I think it’s a great paper. It’s very hard to get an [analytical] instrument that works like this.”

The findings also align with the opinion of Fred Wilson, a co-founder at partner at the VC firm Union Square Ventures. Wilson believes efficient travel options will even improve startups’ chances at getting funding in the first place.

“Investors value their time and focus it on markets that they can get in and out of easily,” Wilson wrote on his blog at AVC.com. “I think that has a big impact on where money flows.”

Among other things, the researchers found a wider dispersion of both startups and VCs than usually thought.

About 50 percent of startups and VCs in the study were located outside of Northern California, New England, and New York, the three areas most commonly associated with high-tech startups and investors.

“There are entrepreneurial firms all over the place,” Giroud observes.

Giroud suggests at least one way startups and communities can utilize the study’s findings – they can lobby for more connections between their nearest airport and the rest of the world.

“Suppose you want to promote entrepreneurship in a given area,” Giroud says. “One policy could be to promote the availability of [more] direct flights between the area and VC hubs.”

The paper detailing the study, “The Impact of Venture Capital Monitoring,” will be published in an upcoming issue of the “Journal of Finance.”


Award-winning journalist Sunny Lewis is founding editor in chief of the Environment News Service (ENS), the original daily wire service of the environment, publishing since 1990.

Featured Image: Face-to-face business meetings help both venture capitalists and startups accomplish their goals. (Photo by thetaxhaven) creative commons license via Flickr
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Why We Need Expert Consultants

Why We Need Expert Consultants

Seeking expert advice brings benefits of learning valuable insights from someone who knows exactly what you need to know but you get answers that are objective, precise and valuable. Experts qualified to offer advice in finance, marketing, green technology, non-profit and many other industries relevant in circular, impact and sustainability sectors will also help you avoid making mistakes that could prevent your project from achieving long-term goals.

Why You Need Advice from Expert Consultants

Advantages of Getting a Second Opinion

Whether unexpected or the result of ongoing issues, complex problems affecting the viability of your project may be resolved by a qualified second opinion from an expert. Qualified consultants combine years of experience with real-life lessons learned in situations similar to the challenges you may be facing. This enables consultants to determine solutions that are applicable and effective.

Expert Consultants Offer Analytical Power

Certain problems may require intrinsic resolutions that can only be gained by discussing these issues with hard-to find, subject matter experts specializing in agriculture, clean technology, education or environmental concerns regarding climate change. These sectors require expertise, analytic assessment of in-depth investigations that could possible include big data sets ( such as agriculture and climate change). By seeking advice from a specialized expert, you will have the ability to develop solutions based on solid, experience-based information culled from solid facts. Experts offer advice based on tried out past and current industries practices that provides projects with valuable insights on various challenges.

Fresh Perspectives Can Avoid Ineffective Observations

Sometimes all a project needs is a fresh yet qualified set of ears and eyes to provide them with useful insights that have been suppressed by the “daily routine factor”. Solving problems not only requires experience but also a definite degree of methodological creativity.

By providing fresh perspectives on a particular subject matter qualified consultants can save time, money and avoid possible setbacks. Expert advice and guidance allows projects to stay on track to achieve set objectives and time frames.

Consultants Allow Project Managers to Concentrate on Core Operations

Organizational, project and team leaders can effectively initiate, design, implement and carry out projects by engaging expert consultants assistance. Instead of spending time trying to streamline operations outside their area of expertise, leaders now have the time to do what they do best, whether it is developing marketing strategies, or procuring funding.

Are you looking for expert advice? Maximpact Consulting Network can help. We are a global consultants network that carefully pre-qualifies consulting experts covering 200+ sectors and sub-sectors, 135 business and project services with consulting experience in over 600 businesses and projects, Maximpact is a leader in the field of consulting and project assistance. Maximpact posts consulting vacancies for free and facilitates your ability to find, speak to and hire the expert consultant of your choice.

Contact Maximpact today to discover the many advantages of speaking and engaging an experienced expert consultant who can give you the kind of powerhouse insights and advice your project needs to excel in your particular sector.