Our Staff Writers and Editors offer insights on the latest news, events, interviews and other happenings from the development through enterprise and base of the pyramid universes
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — South Asia

Swiss investor Rianta Capital Zurich is scouting for impact investments in India

Source: Tech In Asia

Switzerland-based impact investor Rianta Capital Zurich has partnered with Villgro, India’s social enterprise incubator, to scout for funding opportunities in agriculture and allied sectors.
Friday, May 22, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Clinic where doctors access X-ray reports round-the-clock

Source: Daily Nation

Ms Nyokabi Kaguthi runs her dream shop in a field dominated by male medical practitioners. She is the founder and director of Africa Telerad, a startup that provides medical diagnostic reports.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Viewpoint: The Rise of the Social Entrepreneurs Is Egypt's Silent Revolution

Source: Huffington Post

Tuning in to news channels, browsing through social media sites, or engaging in a chit-chat with one of Egypt's ever-so talkative taxi drivers can leave even the biggest optimist heavy-hearted. High illiteracy rates in Egypt's primary and middle schools, blood-covered hospital beds shared by multiple patients, and increased suicide rates among men unable to provide for their families are tragically common and familiar headlines. While the core of our economic and social problems have long been recognized, very little has been done to address them.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — South Asia

Kerala to Build Largest Social Entrepreneur Network of Women

Source: Gulf News

After the success of its women empowerment initiatives such as Kudumbashree — a women oriented, community-based, poverty reduction project — and She-Taxi, South Indian state Kerala is gearing up to set another landmark seeking to create the country’s largest social entrepreneurship network of women.
Friday, December 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Are Impact Accelerators/Incubators Targeting Emerging Markets Any Good?

Source: Forbes

Seems every time you turn around, there’s a new impact incubator or accelerator aimed at social enterprises in developing countries. But that doesn’t mean they’re any good.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint from Justin Rattner: Five Ways Social Entrepreneurs Use Technology to Increase Their Impact

Source: Forbes

“Technology for the sake of technology is a waste of precious resources. Social entrepreneurs need to understand the deep value that ICT can bring to social change when it is offered in context, with appropriate training, and with the intent of empowering the user. We hope this report inspires many others to take up this challenge in ways we haven’t even begun to imagine.” Justin Rattner, President, Intel INTC -1.2% Foundation.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

MBA's Start-Up Ventures Make a Social Impact in Emerging Markets

Source: BusinessBecause

MBA students prove that entrepreneurs can create a great social impact and develop profitable business models at the same time.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

WEF Offers Impact Investing Road Map for Wealthy Families

Source: Bloomberg

The World Economic Forum has a message for wealthy families thinking about impact investing: don’t just buy on the buzz, do your homework.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — South Asia

US to partner India in ‘Swachch Bharat’ campaign

Source: Times of India

Taking the US-India joint statement forward, USAID chief Rajiv Shah announced three partnership projects with India on areas close to PM Narendra Modi's heart — "strengthen water and sanitation, expand access to clean energy and increase access to banking services for poor Indians".
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook And Alibaba Will Turn The World's Poor Into Entrepreneurs. Xiaomi Will Sell Them Smartphones

Source: Forbes

Facebook and Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA) Limited are on a new mission: solve world poverty by helping more than 4 billion people from low-income countries get access to the Internet — and engage in e-tailing entrepreneurship.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Business Schools Foster Social Impact And Entrepreneurship

Source: Business Because

Business schools are catering for social entrepreneurs and MBA students who want to make a social impact – through funding, education and start-up incubation.
Monday, October 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tips to young social entrepreneurs: How to finance a startup

Source: Rappler

A social enterprise expert from the Social Enterprise Development Inc gives practical advice on how to overcome challenges in business startups.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa

Source: The Washington Post

No credit, no cash, no bank account? There’s still a place to go shopping, but it comes at a price.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

RSF Social Finance Makes a Loan to Madécasse

Source: 3BL Media

RSF is pleased to announce a new loan to Madécasse, a social enterprise that makes chocolate and vanilla products in Africa. RSF provided a line of credit that will allow Madécasse to finance their inventory purchases and assist with cash flow gaps throughout the year.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Rise Of The African Social Entrepreneur

Source: Ventures Africa

Has social entrepreneurship taken off in Africa? Is it making the impact it is supposed to make? Has institutional support been of the kind that is required?
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — Latin America

Entrepreneur aims to eliminate blindness in Mexico

Source: CCTV America

Poor physical health and poverty can go hand-in-hand. When those without money suffer from a disability, they either cannot afford to get the medical attention to get better or go deeper into poverty trying to become healthy. In Mexico, two million people suffer from cataracts and even more from other eye-related health issues, making it the second leading cause of disability in the country. Most of them are poor or working class people.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — Latin America

Latin American Business Schools Rise With Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Business Because

Latin American business schools are drawing more international students and launching more MBA programs with a unique focus on entrepreneurship and social responsibility.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

What Needs To Happen For Impact Investing To Be The World-Changing Force It Could Be

Source: Fast CoExist

The idea of investing both for profit and social good has come a long way in the last few years, but the sector still has enormous potential to grow.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sorry, Kids, Changing the World Takes More Than a Killer App

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

On Wednesday, Bill Clinton will present the Hult Prize at the Clinton Global Initiative meetings in New York. The $1 million award will go to a team of young social entrepreneurs with a business idea to improve lives in developing countries.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

IESE Launches an MBA Elective in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Source: FindMBA

New course reflects a growing commitment by business schools to address the unique needs of social enterprises
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Bata Shoe Foundation Announces $25,000 in Award Funding for Young Entrepreneurs

Source: Press Release

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas J. Bata, the Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award will support responsible entrepreneurship in emerging markets
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Aindra Systems Gets Backing by Villgro, the Social Enterprise Incubator

Source: PR Newswire

Aindra Systems, an early-stage startup, has secured backing by Villgro, the Social Enterprise Incubator focused on funding startups having a social impact.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unitus crosses $1 bn mark in capital raised

Source: Business Standard

Unitus Capital, an investment banking firm focussed on meeting the financing needs of impact entrepreneurs serving the bottom of the economic pyramid, has announced that it has crossed the $1 billion mark in raising funds.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprises Raise Money Through Direct Public Offerings

Source: Forbes

Looks like there’s a growing interest among social enterprises in a capital-raising method called Direct Public Offering (DPO).
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business

Source: Huffington Post

In the past few years, the social enterprise space has evolved rapidly from a concept that required explanation to a trend everyone is eager to join.
Monday, August 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African entrepreneurs turning to crowdfunding

Source: DW

The banks wouldn't give him a loan, so Cameroonian Georges Badjangs approached a crowdfunding platform. Although relatively unknown in Africa, this alternative source of finance is helping his firm grow.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Travel The World And Save It At The Same Time: Serial Entrepreneur Hugh Whalan Explains How

Source: Forbes

Talk about making the world a better place, and you probably won’t find too many naysayers.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — South Asia

Arun Jaitley says India needs to create productive environment for investors

Source: Business Standard

Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, said here on Saturday thatIndia needs to create such a productive environment for investors, that makes them feel that doing business in India is profitable.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified and Grameen-Jameel launch initiative to stimulate individual lending for microfinance

Source: CPI Financial

Kiva and Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. have partnered to launch “Change is in Your Hands” campaign.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

McKnight Foundation adds director of impact investing

Source: Pensions&Investments

Elizabeth McGeveran was named impact investing program director at the $2 billion McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, spokesman Tim Hanrahan said.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 things you need to know about the New Development Bank

Source: The Straits Times

At the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on Tuesday, the New Development Bank was created.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

What Conditions Will Bring More Investors into the Sustainable Seafood Sector?

Source: National Geographic

As sustainable seafood markets grow, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs see opportunities for impact-minded investors to make profits while creating positive change in the oceans.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tech Entrepreneur Priya Haji, Founder And CEO Of SaveUp, Has Passed Away At 44

Source: TechCrunch

Priya Haji, a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur known for her focus on socially-minded ventures in both the for-profit and non-profit spaces, most recently as CEO and co-founderof personal financial savings app SaveUp, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 14th at the age of 44.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unrestricted Funding, Famous Alums Fuel Coveted Fellowship For Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

Echoing Green. If you’re apt in poetry or if you just Googled the name, you’d know it was the title of a poem by William Blake that begins with “The sun does arise, And make happy the skies.” That theme of embracing a better world translates to another Echoing Green — a nonprofit that empowers social entrepreneurs, in part by offering what have become prestigious fellowships.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank review shows flaws in social, environment safeguards process

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in development projects, according to an internal review obtained by Reuters.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

What social nonprofits can teach the corporate world

Source: Fortune

Going forward, for-profit enterprises will need to collaborate with other groups to do things like product design and manufacturing. Social enterprises have mastered this.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

Pakistani businesswoman Sadaffe Abid makes it her mission to empower women

Source: The National

Sadaffe Abid is one of Pakistan’s most successful businesswomen. She was the chief executive of the Kashf Foundation, one of the largest microfinance institutions in Pakistan, growing it from a pilot project in two rooms, to serve 300,000 female clients with micro-loans. Ms Abid also co-founded the Buksh Foundation, a Pakistani start-up that enhances financial access to micro entrepreneurs. After 13 years in micro-financing, Ms Abid now splits her time between Dubai and Pakistan, conducting leadership training focused on developing high-potential female professionals and entrepreneurs and emerging talent.
Monday, July 7, 2014 — Latin America

Social Enterprise In Haiti Transforms The Lives Of Peanut Farmers

Source: Forbes

The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership recently announced the launch of its latest social enterprise. Called Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corp., it’s aimed at the more than 12,000 small holder peanut farmers in Haiti.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — South Asia

Social entrepreneur incubator launched in Taiwan

Source: Taiwan Today

A social entrepreneur incubation platform based on the U.K.’s UnLtd model was launched July 1 in Taiwan, according to program operator Social Enterprise Insights.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Social Enterprise Through Accountability

Source: Forbes

The social enterprise sector is hot—it may be worth well over $500 billion in the US alone. But if social business is to solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, we have to make sure it has both internal and external accountability systems in place to do so.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

A New Pursuit For Social Entrepreneurship: Profits

Source: Forbes

John Schoch, CEO of Profile Products — a $70 million company that manufactures and distributes products for soil and water management in 90 countries — decided four years ago to direct his company’s expertise to a global crisis: clean water.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Cup Soccer & Social Enterprise: A Hybrid Financing Model

Source: Real Leaders

The potential of hybrid financing strategies to accelerate the growth of the social business sector was one of the topics at the fourth edition of the Impact Economy Symposium & Retreat in Switzerland on June 13-15, 2014.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Echoing Green Announces The Next Generation Of Social Entrepreneurs

Source: PR Newswire

Today Echoing Green announced its 2014 class of Fellows including Global, Black Male Achievement and Climate Fellows.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

MIT D-Lab to launch industry collaboration this fall

Source: MIT News

The "Practical Impact Alliance" will connect corporations, academic institutions, social ventures, and nongovernmental organizations to scale poverty solutions worldwide.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social entrepreneur uses innovation to push economic growth

Source: News Day

Social entrepreneur Irene Chikumbo is using technological innovation to accelerate economic growth and social development in Zimbabwe.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Who Wants to Be a Trillionaire?

Source: Huffington Post

Imagine what the world would look like if impact investing had the same mainstream acceptance as value investing?
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: What Can Social Entrepreneurs Do for the Future of Indonesia?

Source: The Jakarta Globe

With the upcoming election the question of who we prefer to lead the country has become one of the most discussed topics in Indonesia. But putting aside political debate that we are being exposed to these days, it will be a lot more enlightening to evaluate another type of leader that may profoundly change Indonesia in the future.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

D-Lab Scale-Ups awards $60,000 to three MIT social entrepreneurs

Source: MIT News

Sidhant Pai, Zehra Ali, and Matthew Orosz to receive funding and mentorship over 12-month fellowship.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs Create 3D Printed Wrench From Recycled Ocean Plastic

Source: Forbes

The Plastic Bank, a Vancouver-based social enterprise I wrote about last fall, just announced it’s created, in the words of co-founder Shaun Frankson, “the world’s first 3D printed item from entirely recycled ocean plastic.” Specifically, they made a wrench.
Monday, June 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Somaly Mam: The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking

Source: Newsweek

Nestled on the banks of the Mekong River, Thloc Chhroy looks like the typical rural Cambodian village. Mango trees thick with fruit are everywhere.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pizarro: Santa Clara University puts spotlight on social enterprise

Source: Mercury News

Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg and Graham MacMillan, senior program director for the Citi Foundation, were presented with the first Magis Global Changemaker awards at a benefit dinner Sunday for Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

What is holding back the social entrepreneur

Source: The Economic Times

Ramasubbu Shankar, given his ordnance factories background, likes to cite the works of Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov, who developed the versatile AK-47 series of assault rifles. Just like the late Russian officer, Shankar, with just an engineering diploma, revels in tinkering. He doesn't possess strong academic credentials but betrays an intuitive hold on engineering from his decades of hands-on work in defence-related technologies.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

What It Takes to Be a Social Entrepreneur - An Interview With Rags2Riches

Source: Huffington Post

When it comes to global social change, millennials are key to the puzzle. Each year, The Global Good Fund invests in a select group of promising young social entrepreneurs to enter into our fellowship program. We invest both human and financial capital in each Fellow's leadership development. Our hypothesis here at The Global Good Fund is that leadership development is a vehicle for enterprise growth, and, ultimately, social impact.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Source: Bloomberg News

Social enterprise in the U.S. is a fast-growing, but fragmented, movement.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Online Solar Marketplace Raises $1M In Equity Crowdfunding

Source: Forbes

Levine, a serial entrepreneur, raised $2 million in an angel round in 2011 and $14 million in a second round the next year.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship Applications Open from MIT

Source: MIT News

Applications due April 9 for a 12-month program that provides $20,000 to develop sustainable social ventures
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

In New Haven, Barbara Bush talks about public health innovation at Yale

Source: New Haven Register

Social entrepreneurs from Yale Univeristy are changing the nature of public health, from creating replacement arteries to training the global health leaders of tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Filipino coffee queen turns into social entrepreneur

Source: Manila Standard Today

Pacita “Chit” Juan, a champion of Philippine coffee brands, has diversified not only to other businesses, but also to other causes, like creating jobs for the poor.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Israeli hackers with a conscience

Source: Haaretz

Tel Aviv hackathon aims to show that technology can help the world's poorest people - and make a profit.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovation is key to affordable healthcare in India

Source: The Times of India

The Asian Heart Institute in Bandra played host to Prof Anil Gupta of IIM Ahmedabad, also executive vice chair National Innovation Council, a man who by his own admission has walked over 6,000 km across the country in search of innovative ideas.
Monday, December 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs Innovate Solutions To Big Problems

Source: Forbes

A recently released report from McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute asserts that a new breed of social entrepreneurs is innovating solutions to “entrenched social, economic and environmental problems.”
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

The five stages of grief for a failed social entrepreneur

Source: The Guardian

Dan Morrison talks about the five stages of grief following a failed social enterprise, and how to recover your motivation and start again.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Yes - the sandwich generation can and should work in social enterprises

Source: The Guardian

The generation sandwiched between looking after their children and parents can benefit financially from a new approach
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Impact investors now tap urban poor market

Source: Business Standard

Impact investment funds and social entrepreneurs are now targeting social ventures that cater to the urban poor segment. There is a visible departure from earlier practice where the focus of most impact funds was on funding micro finance institutions, catering largely to the rural poor, and similar base-of-pyramid ventures in a rural set up.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Rise of the 'Social Intrapreneur'

Source: INSEAD Knowledge

As corporations recognize the link between CSR and sustainability, opportunities arise for socially conscious leaders to change the world from the inside out.
Monday, November 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

7 Tips from the six winners of the World Summit Awards in healthcare and environmental solutions

Source: Social Story

Thanks to mobiles and social media, healthcare and environmental solutions are emerging in the consumer and citizen space, and not just in hospital enterprise IT and meteorological centres.
Monday, October 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Gate Global Impact Partners With U.N. To Capitalize Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

Gate Global Impact announced at the recent United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit a plan to feature select companies from the U.N.’s soon-to-be-launched Social Enterprise Action Hub on the Gate Global Impact GATEWAY Platform, a crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs to pitch impact investors.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

Social Entrepreneurs On A Mission To Solve Chronic Female Health-Care Problem

Source: SiliconIndia

India is headed on a well-laid path towards modernization in terms of technology and economy. Yet, for most women hailing from interior parts of Indian farmlands, modernization is only a matter of outside change and has failed to reflect their inner mind-sets. When it comes to personal hygiene, over 300 million Indian women prefer home-spun, cotton rag substitutes or even dry leaves or news papers over branded sanitary pads.
Friday, September 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Motorcycles are Critical to Health in Rural Africa

Source: Andrea Coleman, CEO, Riders For Health

The motorcycle. Even though from an early age I was fascinated by the engineering, it has always meant fun and freedom. That is until 25 years ago, when my husband Barry and I started Riders for Health. Barry had always had a similar interest in the incredibly perfect technology that is the motorcycle and its engine. And we founded Riders for Health to concentrate on the efficient running of this technology to deliver health care to millions of people living in communities in rural Africa.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Team McGill, Aspire Foods

Source: Huffington Post

As MBA students, we became acutely aware right at the start: the teaching is geared toward a career as an investment banker, a consultant, or a marketing expert.
Friday, August 23, 2013 — Latin America

Bringing Solar To Impoverished Towns, With A Model Straight From The Corporate World

Source: Fast Company's Co.Exist

Disillusioned by corporate life, Manuel Aguilar and Juan Rodriguez started Quetsol, an organization that uses business acumen to supply rural Guatemalans with solar power.
Friday, August 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs and Investors Explore Sustainable Oceans Sector

Source: National Geographic

Early next month, entrepreneurs, investors, and other thought leaders will gather at the annualSocial Capital Markets meeting in San Francisco.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

When Does Being Socially Responsible Hurt Your Business?

Source: Entrepreneur

Should entrepreneurs focus solely on growing their business or also be concerned about social causes such as sustainability, women's empowerment, equality or the local economy?
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneur Profile: Peter Harris, Fairbourne Consulting

Source: Forbes

The mere mention of “social entrepreneurship” used to be enough to put me on edge.
Monday, July 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Good Nurses of Busia County

Source: The Huffington Post

When Aditi and I arrived in Busia, dust-splayed and weather-beaten on the shared backseat of a boda boda, we did not look like your average tourists.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Enterprise Keeps On Making Mistakes--And Learning From Them

Source: Forbes

Like any regular old startup, social enterprises make plenty of mistakes. You may recall Zack Rosenberg and his, which I wrote about recently and which got its first break thanks to a mistake.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Calvert Foundation developing impact investing initiative for diaspora communities

Source: Calvert Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is supporting the first phase of the initiative, a feasibility study, with a $200,000 grant.
Monday, July 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Entrepreneur Transforms a Nonprofit Into a Profit-Making Enterprise

Source: The New York Times

Last week, we published a case study about a social entrepreneur, Saul Garlick, discussing what kind of legal structure would be best for his enterprise, ThinkImpact, which encourages entrepreneurship in third-world communities. He fundamentally had three options: continue as a nonprofit, go commercial, or find some sort of hybrid route.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

You have to teach empathy like literacy: Ashoka-Innovators founder

Source: The Times of India

Way back in 1980, Bill Drayton recognized the power of an idea to change the world. As the founder and CEO of Ashoka-Innovators for the Public, he has led the creation of a global network of 3,000 social entrepreneurs. Ashoka likes to call it the citizen sector - because it believes that when people come together to create positive social change, they become citizens in the fullest sense. On a visit to India, Drayton, who is regarded as the 'Father of social enterpreneurship', spoke with Madhavi Rajadhyaksha on the importance of change-making in today's ecosystem.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

PepsiCo will support 200,000 Arab social innovators

Source: Gulf News

PespsiCo will provide practical and educational support to social entrepreneurs across the Arab world.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Towards global food security

Source: The Times of India

Early this year, a team of five MBA students from ESADE Business School, Spain, beat 56 other competitors from top-ranking business schools to win the regional finals of the fourth annual Hult prize in Dubai. The Hult prize is a student competition and crowd-sourcing platform for social enterprise, recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Communicate and stay on target: a recipe for ensuring social impact

Source: The Guardian

As businesses turn social, how do they guarantee social impact?
Monday, July 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Five reasons social enterprises fail: from obsessive founders to 'perfect' plans

Source: The Guardian

After the collapse of his own social enterprise, Matthew Cain wanted to know what makes a social business a success.
Friday, June 14, 2013 — South Asia

Yourstory Buys Social Entrepreneurship Platform - ThinkChange India

Source: Deal Curry, the media platform covering startups and early stage deals, has acquired social enterprise platform ThinkChange India.
Friday, June 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Q&A: Impact Assessment Key in Rural Development Projects

Source: Inter Press Service

Marianela Jarroud interviews Eduardo Ramírez, Latin American Centre for Rural Development researcher
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Secret Social Entrepreneur | It's not just markets; you must meet needs

Source: The Guardian

Our secret social entrepreneur questions why people join the sector. What takes precedence: profitability or social impact?
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

15 Young Go-getters You'll Want to Meet

Source: PBS

Over the last six months, the PBS NewsHour's Agents for Change series has profiled the work of highly motivated social entrepreneurs, under the age of 40, who are starting to make their mark on the world.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social media: five lessons for social entrepreneurs

Source: The Guardian

Twitter and Facebook are valuable tools for social enterprises – but there are a number of pitfalls you should avoid
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

NYU Teams Win $200K In Stern's 2012-2013 Entrepreneurs Challenge

Source: Forbes

NYU’s most promising innovators received a combined $200,000 in startup cash at the annual $200K Entrepreneurs Challenge held by NYU Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Friday, May 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

How To Be A Social Intrapreneur: Persistence, Resilience, and Patience

Source: Co.Exist

In working to turn her Brazilian bank into a financial resource for micro-entrepreneurs, Aparecida Teixeira de Morais has learned valuable lessons about changing a company from the inside.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Video Contest Winner Colorado State University Shows Business Education Can Change the World

Source: GBSN Online

Business students from around the globe entered the Global Business School Network’s 3rd annual MBA+ Challenge Video Contest to show how they are making a difference in the developing world.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘We believe strongly in the power of entrepreneurs to transform Africa’

Source: Business Day

As of March 2013, Omidyar Network has committed more than $611 million to for-profit and non-profit companies that foster economic advancement, including entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 — Latin America

Looking for a Latin American Seed Fund? Try the Colombian Government

Source: The Atlantic

Grooveshark creator Andres Barreto is placing a bet on Colombia.
Monday, April 8, 2013 — No Region Specified

In Mexico, A Dartmouth Grad Fights Poverty Through Capitalism

Source: Forbes

Fernando Orta had remarkable drive and ingenuity even when I first met him as a freshman at Dartmouth. It’s no surprise that five years after graduation, he is making things happen.
Monday, April 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mara Foundation, NFTE Partner For Global Entrepreneurship Education

Source: Ventures Africa

Mara Foundation and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) have launched a partnership aimed at educating emerging entrepreneurs across the globe.
Monday, March 25, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Bankers ride boom in social enterprises

Source: South China Morning Post

Putting private capital to public service is booming in Asia, and some investment bankers are quitting their high-profile jobs to support "clean and green" enterprises.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship in B-Schools in Three Charts

Source: Harvard Business Review

Twenty years ago, on two different business school campuses a continent away, the seeds of social entrepreneurship were planted.
Monday, February 25, 2013 — South Asia

164 social ventures take part in the first edition of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge

Source: India Education Diary

The Tata group in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C), hosted the grand finale event of the first Tata Social Enterprise Challenge today, followed by a Social Entrepreneurship Conference at the institute’s auditorium where the winners were felicitated.
Monday, February 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How social entrepreneurs are inspiring change across Africa

Source: The Guardian

Leadership programmes are facilitating social enterprise projects that could be a viable alternative to aid
Thursday, February 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Put the Social Before the Enterprise (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Would)

Source: Forbes

How do you identify the entrepreneurs who are going to create meaningful social impact? Look for the ones who, above all else, put their social missions first.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Why the Arab awakening depends on social entrepreneurs

Source: The Guardian

For two years, I have resisted use of the term Arab Spring to describe the events that have been unfolding in Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa. It is an unrealistic label to use, its application verging on naïve, even lazy, in this situation. Spring is a time where something with strong roots, carefully nurtured, flourishes and grows. We are not there yet; I hope that we may be soon.
Monday, February 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

Olivia Mukam on Founding Cameroon’s First Social Entrepreneurship Program

Source: The Next Women Business Magazine

As President and Founder of Harambe-Cameroon, Olivia Mukam established Cameroon’s first Social Entrepreneurship Program: an opportunity zone for Cameroonian university students to translate their ideas into actions, as they propose business enterprises to solve local problems. The initiative Harambe-Cameroon is led by an alliance of young Cameroonians in the Diaspora, from the US, UK, France and Asia. Founded in 2009, Harambe Cameroon is an independent branch of the global alliance Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, recognized and supported by the White House, the UK's Westminster, the Ghanaian Parliament, plus African and global leaders such as Mo Ibrahim and Aliko Dan Gote.
Friday, January 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

Maybe an accelerator at sea isn’t so ‘Unreasonable’ after all

Source: Digital Trends

11 entrepreneurs will set sail on Unreasonable at Sea's accelerator with the goal to break into the global market to solve the world's most pressing problems with the backing of some of the best tech minds that the industry has to offer.
Thursday, December 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

Skoll Foundation Announces 2013 Award Winners

Source: Skoll Foundation Blog

The Skoll Foundation today announced the winners of its 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship (SASEs).
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

The Latest Way to Solve Poverty in the Middle East

Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

In the last two years, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has increasingly focused on supporting social entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa region as a way of tackling the region’s socio-economic challenges that cause poverty.
Friday, December 7, 2012 — No Region Specified

Introducing... social enterprise speed matching

Source: The Guardian

The Nominet Trust has not always got collaboration right, but a recent speed dating-style event helped connect social entrepreneurs to potential funders
Thursday, November 29, 2012 — South Asia

‘Rising Star’ Leila Janah on Fighting Poverty

Source: Wall Street Journal

Leila Janah is trying to find a way to connect women and young people living in poverty to dignified work via the Internet. Her company Samasource, which she founded in 2008, provides free, specialized technology training via 16 centers in nine countries, including India, Pakistan, Kenya, Haiti and Uganda.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Three Things Governments Should Do For Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Forbes

Today, Europe’s leaders are discussing a $1,000 bn budget framework for the EU, and for the first time, there are budget lines for social entrepreneurship – although you may have to find them with a very large magnifying glass.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 — No Region Specified

Meet the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Source: National Geographic

Five young men and women who embody the spirit of enterprise, the ideas and will to make the world a better place, were named today the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.
Monday, November 19, 2012 — No Region Specified

Five Predictions For The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Forbes

What’s the future of social entrepreneurship? On November 29th, Ashoka’s founder, Bill Drayton, is giving his predictions in an interview with David Bornstein from the New York Times. But what do you think? Give your say on Twitter using the hashtag #FutureSocEnt and your thoughts will feed into the event and a post-event summary.
Friday, November 9, 2012 — No Region Specified

Duke Receives Award for Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Source: Duke Today

Durham, NC - Duke University will be able to draw on its expertise in social entrepreneurship and innovation to tackle global health challenges, thanks to a $10 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that was announced Thursday in Washington.
Friday, November 9, 2012 — No Region Specified

OneLeap aims to bring social entrepreneurs and serious investors together

Source: Gizmag

The world is brimming with good ideas, but presenting them to the people who are in a position to make them happen presents a formidable challenge. OneLeap, launched earlier this year, is a web-based networking platform designed to fix this situation by bridging the gap between entrepreneurs, investors, influencers and top-tier executives, while raising money for charity in the process.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — Latin America

QMágico’s co-founder talks social entrepreneurship and education in Brazil

Source: The Next Web

Thiago Feijão was one of the panelists speaking at Entrepreneur Week Brazil, which took place for the first time in Rio de Janeiro last week. As the co-founder of edtech startup QMágico, he talked about social entrepreneurship and education opportunities in Brazil.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — No Region Specified

Help Us Find 30 Awesome Social Entrepreneurs Under 30

Source: Forbes

Last year, we launched our 30 Under 30 project, where we named 30 up-and-comers in 12 industries, including technology, food and wine, music, and finance. This year, we’re including a new category I’m very excited about: social entrepreneurs.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘The potential is big,’ says green energy entrepreneur

Source: How We Made it in Africa

Socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneur Mshinwa Edith Banzi is the founder of Illumination East Africa (iEA), a Tanzanian-based company that offers affordable solar chargeable LED lamps to predominantly low income earners. These lights have a battery life of between 18-24 months and batteries can be replaced thereafter.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opportunity Africa: How One Social Venture Is Crowdsourcing the For-Profit Finance Model

Source: Forbes

The best social entrepreneurs are always tweaking the model. In microfinance, crowd-sourced ventures have aimed at connecting first world capital with developing world opportunity – and with some success. A few years ago, I met Mads Kjaer in Oxford and was fascinated by a model that added risk and reward to what had been more a form of philanthropy than investment.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 — Latin America

Jeff Skoll's Billion-Dollar Plan To Save The World

Source: Forbes

Four years ago Jeff Skoll arrived via small plane in the depths of the Brazilian Amazon region, just in time for the Waura people’s festival of the pique fruit, where he sipped from a bucket of its bitter, bright-yellow brew.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

Calling All Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in cooperation with the United Nations Foundation, Mashable, UNDP, 92Y and Ericsson are hosting the Social Good Summit in New York City this weekend. Even if you can’t go to New York, you can participate.
Monday, September 17, 2012 — South Asia

ISB competition for social entrepreneurship ideas

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Do you have an idea that has a potential to make a social impact? The Indian School of Business (ISB) has announced iDiya, a nationwide idea competition for working professionals who are interested in starting ventures with a potential to create a positive impact on society.
Monday, September 10, 2012 — No Region Specified

The 2012 Social Entrepreneur Awardees

Source: World Economic Forum Blog

When Klaus Schwab and I created the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship back in 2000, no one knew what social entrepreneurs were. They were uncommon and unsung heroes in their respective countries and communities, working in relative obscurity to test out new approaches to tackle profound market failures. When they came to Davos, few participants attended the session ‘Meet the Social Entrepreneurs’. Their voices – and the voices of the bottom billion of humanity, the poor people they serve – were often not heard.
Monday, September 10, 2012 — No Region Specified

Why Social Entrepreneurs Could Use a Little More Faith

Source: GOOD

As your average Fast Company subscribing, TED Talks-watching, New York Times reading, SXSW obsessed pop culture junkie, I know a few things about social innovation. Having followed the game-changing efforts of TOMs Shoes, Kiva, Kickstarter and Warby Parker, it's easy to think of social innovation and entrepreneurship as a secular thing. A recent Southern California Faith-Based Social Innovation Forum showed though that when it comes to collaboration with faith-based social entrepreneurs, there's plenty of room for growth.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How door-to-door business can empower rather than repress women

Source: The Guardian

It's easy to criticise business for expanding into developing countries. But if it helps poor and isolated women, is it all bad?
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social entrepreneur connects African women to global e-commerce

Source: How We Made It in Africa

Ella Peinovich is a MIT graduate and one of the three founders of Kenyan-based SasaAfrica, a women owned and operated social enterprise, which offers an innovative e-commerce platform for female artisans, vendors and entrepreneurs in Africa to create sustainable micro-enterprises using mobile phones.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Reverse innovation brings social solutions to developed countries

Source: The Guardian

Social entrepreneurship often focuses on finding solutions to problems in the developing world. But, as the European Union battles with the ongoing recession and the US experiences rising levels of poverty, social enterprise solutions are increasingly appropriate in advanced industrial countries as well.
Friday, August 24, 2012 — South Asia

TISS to fund, mentor entrepreneurship students

Source: The Indian Express

The social entrepreneurship students of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), keen on starting their venture at a time when the economy is volatile, now have a back-up. The institute has introduced a scheme this year to fund and mentor students pursuing masters in social entrepreneurship for three years.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Tigo Unveils New Package for Social Entrepreneurs

Source: All Africa

Tigo and "Reach for Change", an international NGO, have launched a new campaign with an aim of supporting social entrepreneurs to enhance the lives of Rwandan youth.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — No Region Specified

Ditch The Hero Complex, And 3 Other Tips For Female Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

Ten years ago, social entrepreneurship was a pretty lonely field. There weren’t degree programs or associations; impact investing and microfinance were barely even recognized terms. Even organizations like Ashoka – which has a 25-year history of investing in entrepreneurs with high potential for solving social problems – would have struggled to promote their “Everyone a Changemaker” vision.
Monday, August 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Is Your Social Venture Really Worth Scaling?

Source: Harvard Business Review

Although scaling is the holy grail for most social entrepreneurs, not everyone should attempt it. In a previous post, I outlined the key capabilities I've found to be present in the social ventures that are able to reach sizeable impact (which can be remembered with the acronym SCALERS—they are Staffing, Communicating, Alliance-Building, Lobbying, Earnings-Generation, Replicating, and Stimulating Market Forces). Before a social entrepreneur gets to work building those capabilities, however, it makes sense to ask the question: Is this venture really ready to scale?
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

Impact Engine Announces Inaugural Class of 2012

Source: The Impact Engine

CHICAGO, August 8, 2012 — Impact Engine, a new accelerator that supports for-profit businesses trying to make the world a better place, welcomes eight early stage companies into the program’s first-ever class. From empowering women in rural India to improving education in the United States to providing renewable energy to the people of Africa, the 2012 class includes a diverse group of entrepreneurs tackling both domestic and global challenges.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

4 Tips On Scaling From Open-Source Pioneers

Source: Forbes

How do you quickly scale an innovation? The industrial-age strategy is well-understood: A generation ago, when General Motors wanted to sell more cars, it scraped together a few billion dollars in capital; built factories; hired designers, engineers, assemblers and patent attorneys; and pumped new Buicks and Caddies through its captive dealer network.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 — No Region Specified

74 Million Served, and Counting: 10th Annual Class of Global Social Entrepreneurs Coming to Silicon Valley

Source: Market Watch

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Anuj Sharma's startup company, Sarvajal, has found a way to bring clean water to thousands of households in rural India, who would otherwise have to walk miles or drink disease-causing dirty water. Sarvajal dispenses water from solar-powered, ATM-like machines. Customers pay around $3 a month with their cell phones, and special mobile technology alerts the company if there are problems with any of its 157 franchised machines.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 — No Region Specified

University Impact Fund Receives $100,000 Grant from Sorenson Impact Foundation

Source: Market Watch

SALT LAKE CITY, Jul 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Sorenson Impact Foundation Founder James Lee Sorenson is a Champion of Social Entrepreneurship. The University Impact Fund (UIF) today announced the receipt of a $100,000 grant from the Sorenson Impact Foundation, which will go towards improving operations and strengthening the program.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 — No Region Specified

America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs: 2012 Winners

Source: Bloomberg Business Week

For our fourth annual roundup of promising social entrepreneurs, we asked readers to submit suggestions, narrowed them to 25 for-profit social enterprises, then asked readers to vote for their favorite. Over the past month, more than 7,500 readers cast their votes. Their top five picks follow:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 — No Region Specified

Is Wall Street a Good Training Ground for Social Entrepreneurs?

Source: Forbes

Luanne Zurlo is the founder of Worldfund, an organization dedicated to improving education in Latin American countries. We recently featured one of her collaborations with the Rassias Center for language. Here we return to Luanne to learn more about her, and about her involvement in this organization that facilitates the education of so many Latin Americans.
Friday, July 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopian shoemaker takes great strides

Source: BBC

Eight years ago Ethiopia's Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu decided to sell cool colourful shoes made of recycled materials, including car tyres.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 — South Asia

Grassroots entrepreneurship helps alleviate poverty

Source: The Financial Express

Bangladesh has positioned itself in global community as a forward-looking nation, with firm footprint on path of steady, accelerating growth and development towards rapid poverty elimination and eventual prosperity. Bangladesh has achieved fairly steep decline in poverty over the past two decades from 57.0 per cent in the 1990s to 31.5 per cent in 2011. According to the latest projections of the Planning Commission, poverty will come down further to 26.4 per cent in FY 2012-13.
Monday, July 16, 2012 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation: Not the Same Thing

Source: CSRWire

At the UN Social Innovation Summit held at the end of May in New York City, a plenary panelist stated that social enterprises and social innovation are “really the same thing.” This conclusion was not questioned and appeared to be a point of view the conference leaders and speakers were eager to adopt.
Monday, July 9, 2012 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneur Wins SVN Hall of Fame Award

Source: Justmeans

Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green, an organization promoting social entrepreneurship, has been recently named as one of the Social Venture Network's (SVN) Hall of Fame Impact Award Winners as a Visionary Social Entrepreneur. The award is a well-deserved recognition of her pioneering work in the field of social entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 — No Region Specified

From Hotel Uniforms To Life-Saving Water Filters: Evolving The Humanitarian Entrepreneurship Model

Source: Fast Company

In recent years, investments in global public health have created opportunities for private innovators, technology developers, and business investors to join the fight against infectious diseases affecting people in developing countries. Such private entities are focusing their innovative platforms on developing technological breakthroughs for the most vulnerable people, often in the most extreme situations. As a result, a new business model, "humanitarian entrepreneurship," is being shaped by innovators at all levels. Here, doing good is good for business.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 — No Region Specified

Village Capital seeks to help entrepreneurs with social purpose


Entrepreneurial accelerator programs, where early-stage companies can get advice and sometimes funding, are not uncommon. When 15 startup businesses got together in Atlanta this spring for a 10-week program put on by the nonprofit organization Village Capital, however, it was something different.
Monday, June 25, 2012 — No Region Specified

Making the market a force for good

Source: The Guardian

When women in Haiti added fruit flavouring to purified water and sold it to their peers, an impromptu community business was born. While the main aim was a health-related one – the women used purifying sachets distributed after the 2010 earthquake to clean the water – the unforeseen knock-on effect involved women educating their peers about not drinking contaminated water and running their own mini-enterprise.
Monday, June 25, 2012 — Asia Pacific

The new sexy: Social entrepreneurship

Source: Rappler

MANILA, Philippines - “We want to make social entrepreneurship sexy,” says Karl Satinitigan, the 24-year-old director of Gawad Kalinga’s Center for Social Innovation or CSI, a program that trains aspiring social entrepreneurs.
Thursday, June 21, 2012 — No Region Specified

Job landscape changes spark new hybrid between corporate and non-profit worlds

Source: Washington Post

The for- and non-profit landscapes are merging to create a new class of organization leader. Generally called social entrepreneurs, these individuals leverage for-profit models to solve some of the world’s most in­trac­table problems — endeavors usually undertaken by traditional non-profits.
Friday, June 15, 2012 — South Asia

Kalpna Saroj: One of the Few Women Social Entrepreneurs in India

Source: Just Means

Kalpna Saroj is an Indian social entrepreneur whose rag to riches story reads like a Bollywood script. Born into the caste of an Indian 'Dalit,' where she was formerly an "untouchable" and bullied at school; forced into marriage at the age of 12, and then fought social pressures to leave her husband; finally, overcoming poverty and physical abuse, she becomes CEO of a multi-million dollar company: a true heroine!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Dell awards $50,000 to top student social innovator, rocks the Moody Theater

Source: Cuture Map Austin

Entrepreneurship is the answer to almost every single problem we have in the world today. So says Daniel Epstein, founder of the Unreasonable Institute, as he spoke in front of the crowd of 200-plus gathered at the Moody Theater Tuesday night for the Dell Social Innovation Challenge awards.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Equity's Mwangi Tops the World Again

Source: All Africa

Nairobi, Kenya — Equity Bank's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director James Mwangi, has been voted the 2012 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year at a colorful ceremony held in Monte Carlo, Monaco over the weekend.
Friday, June 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

Financing social entrepreneurs

Source: The Guardian Blog

When social entrepreneur Luke Dowdney needed to raise funds two years ago to support Fight for Peace, the charity he founded that teaches boxing and martial arts to at-risk youth to reduce violence in gang-ridden communities, he didn't go the usual route of looking for donations. Instead he launched LUTA, a martial arts-based sportswear company featuring street wear created by young designers from the tough Brazilian neighbourhoods where Fight for Peace began.
Friday, June 1, 2012 — No Region Specified

Some entrepreneurs change the world, and make money doing it

Source: USA Today

Entrepreneurs change the world. Some develop new products or services that meet real needs or delight customers. Some create new jobs. Increasingly, entrepreneurs and small-business owners want a more direct, positive effect on our planet and its people. They want to use their entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to tackle some of the globe's most pressing issues.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

What Exactly Is Social Entrepreneurship?

Source: Forbes

We’re talking about success and social value. Today many people lump this in a special category: social entrepreneurship. We’re not sure exactly what that is, so we’re interested in learning more. As it turns out, so were two Tuck class of 2013 students, Christopher Halstedt and Brad Callow. This past spring they did an independent study Senior Associate Dean Bob Hansen and Gregg on exactly this topic. They set out to see if they could understand what exactly is social entrepreneurship and how it creates social value. Here are some excerpts from what they found:
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 — Asia Pacific

The ‘Grandfather’ of Social Enterprise, Steve Lawrence Dies

Source: Pro Bono Australia

The man described as the the grandfather of social enterprise in Australia, Steve Lawrence has died after a long battle with cancer aged 60.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Social Edge to Merge with Skoll World Forum

Source: Skoll Foundation/Press Release

The Skoll Foundation today announced the merging of Social Edge and Skoll World Forum into a new year-round platform, Skoll World Forum Online:
Monday, May 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social Innovators in Africa Awarded

Source: Justmeans

Five African social innovators have been included in the World Economic Forum's list of Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2012. The awards were announced at the Ethiopian summit of the WEF by Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of WEF.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 — Asia Pacific

5 Clever Hacks for Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

Source: Forbes

Social entrepreneurs create innovative solutions for tackling the world’s most vexing social problems. Whether they’re solving hunger, improving the environment, or fighting for political freedom, these entrepreneurs place social missions at the center of their business activities — aiming to maximize social value instead of profits, though both are important for maintaining a sustainable organization.
Thursday, May 3, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

This Man Can't Stop Innovating

Source: Inc.

Nothing beats the economics and ingenuity of a great dual-use product. On a scorching February day, Moses Kizza Musaazi stands behind the latrines at Mpigi UMEA Primary School, describing the features of his portable incinerator. The mud at his feet is red. So are the uniforms of the children who surge and subside in waves as he delivers his tutorial.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tony Elumelu Foundation, Co-Creation Hub in Partnership to Give Social Technology Entrepreneurs Boost

Source: WorldStage

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), an institution dedicated to the promotion and celebration of excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship across Africa, is partnering with Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHub), Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space dedicated to catalysing creative social technology ventures, in an effort to encourage innovative ideas that could help transform the social technology space in Nigeria.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing: How One Foundation Empowers Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Mashable

Name: Echoing Green | Big Idea: Echoing Green offers grants to social entrepreneurs and changemakers — it’s referred to as “impact investing.” | Why It’s Working: By investing in people rather than ideas or business plans, Echoing Green has empowered more than 500 innovative individuals to turn their visions into a reality, ameliorating social ills in the process.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 — South Asia

'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' India 2012 Awards is Open for Entries

Source: afaqs!

Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship are pleased to announce the 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' Award for 2012 for India. Applicants are invited to participate and share their innovation. The deadline for receiving first round applications is May 31, 2012. Finalists will then be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner will be announced at a ceremony coinciding with the India Economic Summit in November 2012 in New Delhi.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 — No Region Specified

Avoiding the “Hope Bubble”

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

We must invest in the financial literacy of social entrepreneurs and in the social literacy of investors.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 — No Region Specified

Ashoka, Bamboo Finance, Canopus Fdn. Launch Solar Energy Fund

Source: Press Release

Press Release: Three of the world's leading organisations supporting social enterprise for development today announced that they are forming a partnership to launch the 'Oasis Energy - Solar for All Fund', which will invest in companies bringing affordable solar power to markets that are without access to electricity. Ashoka , the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs, and the Canopus Foundation , whi...
Monday, January 1, 1900 — Asia Pacific

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