History: Timeline from bidnetwork.org to bidx.net
- Thierry Sanders conceives the BiD Challenge at NCDO.
- John van Duursen and Derk Norde are contracted to develop the BiD Challenge.
- On November 1, 2004 the first BiD Challenge is launched with support from NCDO, FMO, Rabobank and TNT.
- 800 proposals submitted. 1,178 people register.
- The Netherlands and the Philippines are the most active.
- 112 professionals from Dutch companies help screen and coach the BiD Network entrepreneurs.
- 18 business start in the first BiD Challenge.
- The BiD Network online community is started so members can find each other.
- Members grow from 1,500 to 8,000 in one year.
- We receive 1,400 proposals.
- The Philippine organization PBSP joins as the 1st international partner.
- The BiD Network Foundation is created on December 28, 2006.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ICCO decide to fund BiD Network with NCDO.
- The BiD Challenge is launched in seven countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, India, Philippines.
- The number of proposals surges to 3,600.
- Over 500 screeners and coaches assist BiD Network.
- 142 SMEs manage to start.
- The Dutch National Postcode Lottery joins BiD Network as a main partner and funder
- BiD Network works with international partners in 10 countries.
- BiD Investor Matchmaking is launched in January 2008 as a service which matches entrepreneurs with investors.
- USD 3 million is invested in SMEs.
- The website now has a continuous intake of business plans.
- The world’s first Women Entrepreneurs Business Plan Competition is launched with ING Bank and ICCO.
- BiD Network is asked to advise the US Government on Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship programme for Muslim majority countries.
- Investor Matchmaking services matches 27 entrepreneurs with USD 4.7 million.
- Four Sector Challenges: Energy, Nature, Women, Farmers.
- 44 finalists qualify to attend the BiD Network week in 2010.
- The G20 recognizes BiD Network as a one of the world’s most innovative SME Finance solutions.
- Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands opens the event ‘Growing SMEs it’s time to invest’ in The Hague.
- 489 businesses have been started, grown and financed with BiD Network’s support.
- USD 2.9 million is invested in SMEs through BiD Network.
- BiD Network wins the SME Finance Challenge award at the G20 Summit in Seoul.
- International Partners in Argentina, Colombia and Peru successfully establish Business Angel Networks.
- BiD Network and SPARK start entrepreneurship programmes in Burundi, Liberia, Palestine, Kosovo and Rwanda.
- The National Postcode Lottery provides 2 million EUR for the development of BiD Network’s new web-platform.
- BiDx BV, a web services company, is established together with the Indonesian Sampoerna – Mekar.
- The customer services team is in place for the new web platform and defined procedures for customer support and marketing.
- In February the new www.bidnetwork.org is launched.
- Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands opens for the second time the event ‘Growing SMEs Connect, Exchange, Invest’ in The Hague. Another key speaker at the event is Liliane Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.
- G20 Grant contract has been signed with IFC.
- Website www.bidx.net is launched.
- More than 50,000 members on the www.bidnetwork.org website.
- A 4-year contract is signed with IFAD (bidnetwork.org/Somalia) for enhancing food security in the Horn of Africa through diaspora investment in agriculture.
- 10 regional and national portals are launched.
- 3 international portals are launched.
- 7 business plan competitions are launched.
A special thank you to the partners that have supported our efforts in the past!