Category Archives: incubators

A Midwest Incubator Helps Social Entrepreneurs Generate Ideas—And Put Down Roots

When they created their idea-generating incubator, Maria Gibbs and Dustin Mix didn’t know what to expect. But with their first class completed, the South Bend, Indiana program—itself little more than an idea a year ago— has resulted in new social ventures and founders who plan to put down roots in the Midwest city. The incubator, […]

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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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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 Program for Budding Social Entrepreneurs in Need of a Mission

`There is no shortage of accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces geared towards social entrepreneurs. But what about the person who wants to use a for-profit business model to do something that matters—and doesn’t quite have the right idea yet? There’s not much available for those pre-idea individuals. A new pilot project aims to fill that […]

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Red Bull Academy for Social Entrepreneurs Comes to Baltimore

More and more successful companies are giving back by helping fledgling entrepreneurs get their ventures off the ground.  Boston Beer (aka Sam Adams) offers loans and mentoring through its Brewing the American Dream program. Yogurt superstar Chobani runs an incubator for food startups. Now Red Bull is the latest to join the party. The energy drink seller is […]

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From Doorman to Venture Capitalist by Age 24. Meet John Henry

When I first met John Henry—at a startup party, fittingly enough—he had recently sold his first business and was launching Cofound Harlem, a startup incubator in the historic upper Manhattan neighborhood. He possessed an infectious charm and energy, which might have been chalked up to youthful naiveté. But Henry, now a partner with Harlem Capital […]

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