Kick start your idea and change your life over the course of 54 hours at Techstar’s Startup Weekend for Impact Entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend in Great Barrington, MA is designed for you to bring your social impact business idea or business concept to life. We want you to come with your idea that can provide a measurable benefit to human and/or natural communities. We welcome ideas across all social and environmental disciplines and technologies including environmental, sustainability, housing, food and agriculture, wellness, mindfulness, women’s empowerment, education, technology, data, AI, healthcare, pollution, waste, climate and hunger.
We aim to attract talented innovators and disruptors from around the Northeast and to establish Great Barrington and the Berkshires as a regional center for social and environmental innovation.
Impact Entrepreneur and Techstars Startup Weekend have combined to bring your socially impactful ideas to life at Startup Weekend for Impact Entrepreneurs. If you have an idea that is great for individuals, the community or the environment this is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced and awesome social impact entrepreneurs and mentors, all in one weekend.
84% of the world’s population is located in emerging markets. Naturally, in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 defined by the UN, the focus, support and investments need to shift from developed regions to emerging markets. We decided to lead this initiative by leveraging entrepreneurship and technology.
Attending the Seedstars Summit is the best way to discover the most promising startups, the unicorns-to-be from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, North Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe; while at the same time learning about the tech trends in those regions and accessing a word-class network of global changemakers!
Impact investment opportunities are everywhere, you just need to know how to leverage them. Watch Alisee de Tonnac’s speech about Impact Investing at the Seedstars Summit 2018!
Join us in a conversation with Viola Llewellyn on Building A Sustainable and Impactful Business: Opportunities to Innovate Around Local Realities.
Viola Llewellyn is the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions,Inc. (www.Ovamba.com), an award winning African “TradeTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies to serve formal and informal African SMEs in the trade & commodities sectors.
In June of 2018, Ovamba was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a Global Technology Pioneer, securing a 2-year Ambassadorship and a place at the prestigious “Davos Summit” conference. Most recently, Ovamba was featured among top ten most innovative companies in 2019 by Fast Company.
A former TED Talk speaker, Ms. Llewellyn has been widely recognized in prestigious tech and innovation circles including being named on Innovate Finance’s “Women in FinTech PowerList” in 2016 and 2017 and 2018 and on “The Innov8tiv’s Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech To Watch in 2017” list.
She is also the first Female African Tech Founder to speak at both “Slush”, Helsinki and “Slush, Tokyo” – yearly events that are billed as the biggest gathering of innovators, funders, startups and entrepreneurs in Europe and Asia respectively. Ms. Llewellyn is also on a number of advisory boards.