Move Over Mickey: Central Florida Builds a Hub for Social Enterprise

Central Florida’s economy depends a lot on tourism—think Mickey Mouse and performing dolphins. But a growing number of movers and shakers in the region are trying to diversify by turning the area into a social entrepreneur-ship hub. The latest step in that direction: a new Orlando-based accelerator for social enterprises. The Central Florida Social Enterprise […]

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Employee-Owned Companies: Where are the Impact Investors?

For social entrepreneurs concerned about growing income inequality in the U.S. and around the world, one way to spread the wealth is through employee ownership. With that in mind, you’d think impact investors would be clamoring to invest in such companies. But, not so much. They may be missing out. “Companies with meaningful ownership and […]

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Should States Create Their Own ‘Regulatory Sandboxes’?

Before the JOBS Act became federal law in 2012, Kansas and Georgia already allowed investment crowdfunding within their borders.  Today, more than 30 states have adopted intrastate crowdfunding laws, underscoring their role as experimental laboratories of democracy. One forward-thinking state, Michigan, has passed a complementary local stock market law. Could regulatory sandboxes be next? In […]

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The Social Innovator’s Dilemma: Raising Capital

There’s a lot of talk these days about impact investing. But ask any social entrepreneur, and they’ll tell you that raising capital is their number one challenge. Impact investors tend to regard these early-stage social enterprises as too risky, even as they complain about a lack of high quality investment opportunities. Call it the social innovators’ […]

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How Kiva U.S. Ditched Mass Marketing and Got Back to its Roots

For marketers, Google Adwords, Facebook ads and other mass outreach methods are de rigueur. But what about businesses that are deeply rooted in community? Shouldn’t your marketing strategy reflect your company’s values and ethos? Jonny Price, senior director of Kiva U.S., a pioneering social enterprise that crowdfunds interest-free loans for small businesses, wondered the same […]

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Crowdfunding Platform GridShare Focuses on Climate-Friendly Investments

This spring, millions of people poured into the streets to show their dismay with the Trump administration’s backward-looking environmental agenda, including its pullout from a global accord to combat climate change that many Americans support. Now, citizens concerned about the fate of the planet can do more than protest; they can invest in climate-friendly solutions. […]

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Incubating Change: Startup Accelerators Help Social Enterprises Grow

On Bank Street in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, a stylish loft occupies the sixth floor of a nondescript building. The bright, open space teems with art, from splashy graffiti to elegant sculptures. A diverse crowd — including 20-something hipsters and business-casual boomers — gazes at laptops and clusters around tables, chatting and sipping from mugs. At first glance, this could […]

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A New Crowdfunding Site for Women Enters the Ring

Women entrepreneurs tend to have a harder time raising money, but the opposite may be true online, as early crowdfunding data suggests. And new crowdfunding sites are cropping up to support women’s endeavors. The latest: Women You Should Fund, a Kickstarter-style crowdfunding platform for women and women-led, gender diverse teams. It debuted in March for […]

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Innovators Face Challenges in Breaking Down Barriers to Capital for Underserved Entrepreneurs

In just a few short years, MORTAR, a small business incubator in Cincinnati, has made impressive strides in helping longtime residents in fast-gentrifying neighborhoods start businesses and grow in tandem with their neighborhoods’ fortunes. Since 2014, the incubator has expanded from its original location in Over-the-Rhine to include three other Cincinnati neighborhood programs as well […]

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Innovators Face Challenges in Breaking Down Barriers to Capital for Underserved Entrepreneurs

In just a few short years, MORTAR, a small business incubator in Cincinnati, has made impressive strides in helping longtime residents in fast-gentrifying neighborhoods start businesses and grow in tandem with their neighborhoods’ fortunes. Since 2014, the incubator has expanded from its original location in Over-the-Rhine to include three other Cincinnati neighborhood programs as well […]

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