Category Archives: Ecosystem

Are Accelerators Effective? A New Study Has Some Surprising Answers.

Accelerators have become a key tool in economic development and social entrepreneurship. Pioneered by Y Combinator a decade ago as a way to turbocharge startup ventures, they have become de rigueur in nearly every town, city and region around the world looking to spur new businesses and solutions to social and environmental challenges.  But just […]

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Four Recent Reports Shed Light on the State of Impact Investing

Having trouble keeping up with the latest developments in the world of impact investing? Allow us to help. We dove into the weeds of four of the field’s most notable recent studies, extracting the most interesting findings for you. Some of the key themes involve the mainstreaming of impact investing, the vital role that women […]

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Impact Entrepreneur Adds Incubators and Friendly Funding to Ecosystem

Since 2011, Laurie Lane-Zucker has been building social entrepreneurship ecosystems. He founded Impact Entrepreneur, a LinkedIn group, to combat the isolation and dislocation he felt as a social entrepreneur working in the hills of Sheffield, MA, in the Berkshires. Today that group counts 17,000 members around the globe. From there, he created a consulting arm […]

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Helping Dollars Circulate in African American Communities

August is Black Business Month. But we would be honored to run this interview with YaVette Holts any month of the year. Holts is founder of  the Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses (BAOBOB), a network for black-owned businesses and customers who want to keep dollars circulating within the African-American community. BAOBOB’s directory lists […]

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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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Kauffman Foundation: Six Strategies for Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

How do you create an entrepreneurial ecosystem? It’s the question that launched a thousand programs. We know that new business creation is a driver of economic growth and vitality. So, naturally, a lot of effort has been invested in trying to spur entrepreneurship. Over the past several years, the focus has shifted from narrowly-focused programs […]