Jump Start

Since I started Social Venturers, I have had many discussions about when a good time is to introduce social entrepreneurship to young people. Ed Freeman at the University of Virginia explained to me that while he wants PhDs and MBAs to dive into social entrepreneurship as part of their higher education, “Students at that stage… Keep Reading

Impact Academy

My first field visit in Brisbane led me to Impact Academy which had only just moved into a new space on top of Roma Street Parklands – a little oasis that gives you a tiny hint of skyscrapers while you walk under palm trees. Peter Ball, founder of Impact Academy, rushed in from closing an… Keep Reading

Social Traders

I kicked off my second week in Australia with an event at the Melbourne Accelerator Program’s Compass where Mark Daniels from Social Traders spoke about Social Entrepreneurship in Australia. Leading up to my trip downunder I researched the sector online and the best (and only) resources I came across was published my Social Traders (check… Keep Reading

The Difference Incubator

Melbourne’s first social enterprise cafe Kinfolk is located in a beautiful old building from 1891 on the corner of Bourke St and Spencer St. Formerly the headquarters of Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company, today donkey wheel house is home to Hub Melbourne, Kinfolk and The Difference Incubator (TDi) – which was one of the interviews… Keep Reading

Spark* International

One sunny afternoon in Melbourne, I got off the train in Richmond, Melbourne. Living in Richmond, Virginia, I felt right at home walking down the street to my interview with Kaitlin Tait from Spark* International. I arrived at Feast of Merit – a social enterprise restaurant by Spark’s Partner YGAP – and after double-checking the… Keep Reading

Beespace

Kristen Engberg is CEO at Beespace New York – an incubator for nonprofits. While for-profits are eligible to apply; however Beespace places high value on ventures whose social mission is priority and to date, this has led to nonprofit participants such as the Malala Fund, The Adventure – a movement to fight extreme poverty –… Keep Reading

Echoing Green

Echoing Green is one of the most established support organizations for social entrepreneurs not least because they have been around for almost 30 years and come with a long track record of supporting social entrepreneurs. Established in 1987, Echoing Green has worked with nearly 700 emerging leaders, working in more than 70 countries, looking to… Keep Reading

Propeller

In December, I took a trip to New Orleans to learn more about Propeller – an accelerator I had heard much about in as far as Richmond. A friend in D.C. made the connection with Rob Lalka – head of Strategy at Propeller. That very morning, Propeller was hosting Innovate New Orleans – a two-day… Keep Reading

PresenTense

In 2005, Ariel Beery and Aharon Horwitz were fed up with people constantly telling them that their generation was the future. They thought that there had to be something to do in the present rather than the future. Together in an apartment in Jerusalem, they brainstormed ideas for how to make a difference. They wanted… Keep Reading

1776

In early December 2015, I had the opportunity to interview 1776 in D.C. to learn what makes their approach to social enterprise support unique. My first lesson: They don’t even support social entrepreneurs, technically speaking. “We work with entrepreneurs that are active in sectors that are highly regulated but haven’t undergone digital disruption yet. That’s… Keep Reading