Category Archives: social entrepreneurship

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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Impact Investors are not Funding the Patagonias of Tomorrow—and That’s a Problem

The impact investing community does not always agree on everything. But ask any impact investor who the figureheads of the environmental movement that they look to for guidance are, and they’re likely to answer “Patagonia,” without skipping a beat. Patagonia is a global apparel brand with roughly $1 billion in annual revenue and considerable environmental street […]

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Impact Investors are not Funding the Patagonias of Tomorrow—and That’s a Problem

The impact investing community does not always agree on everything. But ask any impact investor who the figureheads of the environmental movement that they look to for guidance are, and they’re likely to answer “Patagonia,” without skipping a beat. Patagonia is a global apparel brand with roughly $1 billion in annual revenue and considerable environmental street […]

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In Minneapolis, a New Building Mixes Impact and Beer

A new initiative in Minneapolis is bringing the idea of mixed use development to social entrepreneurship. FINNEGANS House, a newly opened building in downtown Minneapolis that is part of a bigger development project, combines a brewery with a space for the local impact community to connect and grow. Finnegan’s House is the brainchild of Jacquie […]

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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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Techstars Launches New Social Impact Accelerator

When it comes to social impact entrepreneurship, it’s everyone into the pool. The idea of business as a force for good has been entering the mainstream, with Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital creating impact investment funds. Now Techstars, the Silicon Valley accelerator, is the latest high profile name to jump in. […]

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New Tools for Social Entrepreneurs Debut at SOCAP17

Hundreds of impact investors will converge on San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center starting Oct. 10 for the 10th annual Social Capital Markets conference, or SOCAP as it is better known. Like bees to honey, the pricey event also attracts social entrepreneurs seeking capital, including 140 entrepreneurs from around the globe who are attending thanks to […]

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Can You Raise Capital and Stay Independent? Ask This Company.

What do you do if you’re a mission-driven company that would like to raise outside capital, but have no intention of selling the company?  That’s the dilemma faced by a growing number of indie-minded entrepreneurs that want to grow their companies while staying true to their values. Traditional Medicinals, a pioneering maker of organic herbal […]

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Can You Raise Capital and Stay Independent? Ask This Company.

What do you do if you’re a mission-driven company that would like to raise outside capital, but have no intention of selling the company?  That’s the dilemma faced by a growing number of indie-minded entrepreneurs that want to grow their companies while staying true to their values. Traditional Medicinals, a pioneering maker of organic herbal […]

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