Civic Accelerator

When I planned my trip to New Orleans in December 2015, I came across an event at Propeller the same day I had scheduled an interview with Rob Lalka at Propeller. “Innovate New Orleans” was a day two-day workshop for professionals to learn all about design thinking, the Lean Startup Method and business model design,… Keep Reading

Compass Fellowship

In December 2015, I had the opportunity to speak to Rebecca Ballard, Executive Director at the Compass Fellowship. As both of us are travelling nomads, we connected via Skype to talk about the program and Rebecca’s experience in the social enterprise sector. Compass Partners was founded by Neil Shah and Arthur Woods who both worked… Keep Reading

Aspen Urban Innovation Lab

Located within the famous Aspen Institute at D.C. Dupont Circle is the Aspen Urban Innovation Lab, an accelerator for so-called second stage social enterprises, originating from the network of Aspen entrepreneurs. The program being less than one year old I got a chance to catch up with Eric Lavin, Founding Manager of the Lab, and… Keep Reading

Village Capital

Day two in D.C. started with a glorious run around the Mall. I had heard that the city had been built on a swamp but unless you have tried to run five miles at 6 a.m. at 97% humidity, you haven’t had the full summer-in-the-city experience. Between its founding in 2009 and 2013, Village Capital… Keep Reading

Mentor Capital Network

On the late afternoon of my first day in D.C. I found myself walking through Shaw, leaving the business-like city centre behind. Lots of people were on the street, school kids were roaming the sidewalk in their yellow uniforms – I was in the middle of the end-of-day buzz with one more interview to go…. Keep Reading

Halcyon Incubator

I arrived in D.C. on the 9.35 a.m. Amtrak on a hot September morning. My first field visit of the day was Halcyon Incubator. I had only ever experienced D.C. in the rain and/or snow, yet that day I walked through Georgetown in sandals soaking up the sunshine. I spotted Halcyon House from a distance: a… Keep Reading

Impact Hub Stockholm

Welcome to Impact Hub Stockholm, a coworking space that is “part business incubator, part innovation lab, and part social enterprise community”. Now, that sounded promising when I first looked up Impact Hub Stockholm. I didn’t get a chance to visit these guys in person and if you have followed Social Venturers you know that I… Keep Reading

Social Entrepreneurship Forum Sweden

“Social Entrepreneurship Forum, SE Forum was founded in 2004 by four founders who got together to create a platform for social entrepreneurship in Sweden.” tells me Maew Osataphan, Interim program director at Social Entrepreneurship (SE) Forum Sweden. “They got together with like-minded people in bars around Stockholm to discuss how to solve societal issues in… Keep Reading

Copenhagen Business School

In June 2015, I was in Copenhagen for the Global Business Ethics Symposium. While in town, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to talk to Kai Hockerts at Copenhagen Business School. Denmark, and Scandinavian countries in general, have a strong reputation when it comes to corporate sustainability and, increasingly, social entrepreneurship. I had met… Keep Reading

Den Sociale Kapitalfond

As I was getting ready for my visit to Denmark, I reached out to Den Sociale Kapitalfond, recommended to me by Kai Hockerts, professor at Copenhagen Business School. Maria Fester Petersen, program manager at Den Sociale Kapitalfond, invited me to stop by their bootcamp and see their social entrepreneurs at work. In between, I had… Keep Reading