Impact Curator

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Hi, I’m Anika.

Heart & brains behind Social Venturers

I’m on a mission to help systemic changemakers build purpose-driven careers, organizations and ecosystems without burning out by creating and curating insights, resources and a peer community of social impact professionals.

The result of which is Impact Curator.

Impact Curator

March 2021

Social Venturers Insights

In-house insights from our research in the field

  • Part 6 of our 7-part series Ecosystem Building 101 is live! #6 Tell your Community’s Authentic Story is chockfull of advice straight from the field. Ecosystem builders spill the beans about how they approach storytelling in their communities and share plenty of their favorite examples. I’ll be sharing highlights from my findings throughout the month of March over Social Venturers’ Instagram!
  • To see what else is happening at Social Venturers, read my latest logbook!

Opportunities for you and social entrepreneurs you know

  • Update Deutschland: I HAVE to give a shout-out to my home country for putting changemakers on the map! Following the to-date world’s largest hackathon to counteract the crisis caused by the pandemic in March 2020 (you may have read about #WirVsVirusHackthon), Germany is launching another hackathon to help address Germany’s greatest social issues: Update Deutschland.
  • The Refinery is a Queensland-based incubator for early-stage impact-driven businesses. Applications are now open.
  • Start 2 Imagine is an event series for Germany-based emerging social innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Are you a social INTRApreneur, or do you know one? Then don’t miss this opportunity to participate – or nominate a social intrapreneur – in Yunus Social Business’ current study on social intrapreneurship. Spread the word!

Resources

Events

Jobs

U.S.+-based

Europe-based

Africa-based

Drop me a line!

I’m accepting new clients through the rest of the year. Please drop me a line and we’ll get started with your next project!

February 2021

Social Venturers Insights

In-house insights from our research in the field

  • Part 5 of our 7-part series Ecosystem Building 101 is live! #5 Connect People sheds more light on how we might better connect players in our entrepreneurial ecosystems bottom-up, top-down, inside-out, etc. I’ll be sharing highlights from my findings throughout the month of February over Social Venturers’ Instagram!
  • Based on my conversations over the last few months, I gained some new insights into how we define value in our work at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and ecosystem building: I’m excited to share them with you in my new post Value: Redefined and can’t wait to hear what you think!
  • To see what else is happening at Social Venturers, read my latest logbook!

Opportunities for you and social entrepreneurs you know

  • Self-employed and impact-driven? This is your last chance to join our global alliance of freelance impact makers: Impact Solopreneurs. Registration closes Friday, February 5th!
  • SoGal Foundation has teamed up with Winky Lux, bluemercury, twelveNYC, and other sponsors to provide several $10K and $5K cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. Learn more about their startup grant.
  • ClimateTech Innovators is accepting applications for any climatetech ventures looking for support!
  • 1863‘s 3R’s Grant Program helps for-profit businesses navigate the short term uncertainty driven by COVID-19 in order to overcome the persistent structural barriers faced due to race and/or gender. Joining this online program you’ll reevaluate your business models, pivot where necessary, set a targeted growth strategy, and execute with a clear roadmap.  
  • The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany is seeking nominations for female founders in Germany for their Female Founders Award. Know an outstanding female German entrepreneur? Nominate her!
  • DFS Labs is hosting a COVID-19 Innovation Sprint that aims to unearth, develop, and refine FinTech solutions that directly address the pandemic in Egypt.
  • B Academics just opened their doors to their membership for educators, researchers and academics with an interested in the B Corp movement.
  • Bridges for Enterprise is a global community of students and professors at the University of Cambridge providing pro-bono advice to social entrepreneurs seeking to grow their ventures, creating a more inclusive and sustainable future. Social entrepreneurs can now apply to their free incubation program.

Resources

Events

Jobs

U.S.-based

Europe-based

January 2021

Social Venturers Insights

In-house insights from our research in the field

  • Part 4 of our 7-part series Ecosystem Building 101 is live! #4 Live the Values discusses how ecosystem builders around the world uncover the values in their communities, lead through them, and what happens when those values are misaligned.
  • To see what else is happening at Social Venturers, read my latest logbook!

Opportunities for you and social entrepreneurs you know

  • Self-employed and impact-driven? Join a global alliance of freelance impact makers to support your business growth and personal development in 2021: Impact Solopreneurs.
  • Our friends at tbd* are recruiting participants for their next cohort of the Purpose Fellowship.
  • Bethnal Green Ventures (UK) are accepting applications for their next cohort of tech for good startups. £30k of investment plus programming and a community of founders and investors. Applications close soon!
  • Pharrell Williams (yes THE Pharrell Williams) just announced the launch of a prize in support of New Majority entrepreneurs.
  • Social Starter (Germany) is accepting applications for their upcoming 6-month support program for fledgling social entrepreneurs.
  • Microsoft is supporting social entrepreneurs through funding, technology support and a network of supporters. check out Microsoft Global Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Every two weeks, Ashoka USA is hosting a series of Zoom conversations – Welcome Change – with social entrepreneurs from around the world to hear what’s working and what they’re seeing in the space:

Resources

  • Learn about social intrapreneurship with Yunus Social Business at their free webinar on January 21, 2021.
  • Calling all funders, philanthropists, impact investors, and visionaries in the public sector! If you are a champion of systems change, The School for Systems Change has a three-module program for you: Investors in Change.
  • I recently came across Breaking Down Barriers: A podcast for entrepreneurship community practitioners and I can’t recommend it enough. Hear from experts like Victor Hwang, Dell Gines and other what they’re seeing at the front line of entrepreneurial ecosystem building!

Events

  • Social Venturer Christina Marie Noel is hosting a free webinar on January 6, 2021, at 12.30 p.m. EST to help you build and grow your business in 2021.
  • Calling all solopreneurs in the social impact space! We are hosting a FREE global meetup for anyone who is self-employed and working to make a difference in the world! Join us January 26th, 11 a.m. EST / 4 p.m. GMT / 5 p.m. CET!
  • Social Venturers Masterclasses are intense sprints to master a new area of expertise: uncovering your purpose, planning for 2021, hosting engaging panel discussions and stepping up your storytelling game. I hope to see you inside one (or all!) of our masterclasses!
    • February 5: Rooted in Purpose. Uncover what drives you and lead with your values.
    • February 19: Term Sheet 2021. Define success on your terms and design a lifestyle that gets you there.

Jobs

U.S.-based

  • The Full Frame Initiative is looking for a Director of the Wellbeing Blueprint in Massachusetts, remote possible.
  • Movement Law Lab is hiring a Managing Director in New York, remote possible.
  • The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) is growing quickly and filling a number of roles for their HQ in Hartland, Vermont, remote possible.
  • Start Small Think Big is a non-profit on a mission to empower and catalyze under-resourced entrepreneurs. They are hiring a new Director of Research, Strategy and Impact for their New York location.
  • The Climate Justice Alliance is looking for three Co-Executive Directors in California, remote possible.
  • The Skoll Foundation is hiring a talent and engagement manager for their Palo Alto HQ, California.
  • Imaginable Futures is seeking a principal to join the US investment team in D.C. (remote possible), primarily focused on investments, research, and movement building, including advocacy and strategic communications. 
  • Commonwealth Fusion Systems is hiring a Head of Movement Building in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Europe-based

  • The Progressives Zentrum in Berlin is looking to fill four different roles [GERMANY]
  • IMPACT partners are recruiting a DACH Investment Manager for their offices in Paris and Frankfurt/Main. Experienced in private equity, German as mother tongue, English fluent, French knowledge. [FRANCE/GERMANY]

December 2020

Social Venturers Insights

In-house insights from our think tank

Opportunities for you and social entrepreneurs you know

  • The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University is recruiting for its next online accelerator focused on social enterprises that support women’s #economicempowerment.
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review is looking for experts in the field of data on purpose for their upcoming Data on Purpose conference, “Democracy, Civil Society, and Digital Technology.”
  • The John Hopkins University’s Turner MIINT team is currently sourcing mission-driven businesses for a potential $50K investment. The business must already have a lead investor identified and be raising a maximum of $1.5m with a round open in April 2021. Deadline 10 December 2020.*
  • The British Council is inviting applications for creative commissions which bring together art, science, and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural program in the build up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021. Deadline December 13, 2020.*
  • VV GROW is a global business accelerator and leadership development program for women owners of small- and medium-sized businesses. It offers customized business skills training, leadership development, technical assistance, and access to networks. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until December 15 or until all participants are selected.*
  • Innovations in Healthcare is now accepting referrals and nominations from digital and mental health with innovative models ready to scale their impact in global health. Deadline December 31, 2020.*
  • The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is searching for its next cohort of Skoll Scholars to study through the Oxford MBA in 2021-22. Deadline January 8, 2021.*
  • Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya and other allies created Ensamble Artesano with the aim of promoting the productive activity of artisans in Mexico who have been affected by the uncertainty caused by social distancing measures due to the pandemic through formal value chains. Ensamble Artesano guarantees fair income to families and communities that preserve the heritage and cultural identity of the country.*

*Thank you ANDE for gathering and sharing these opportunities!

Resources

Jobs

U.S.-based

Europe-based

Asia & Africa-based

Events

  • December 2, 2020: Race to Recovery, a dynamic interactive event convening diverse leaders from across the nation to articulate, discuss and emerge potential solutions to address systemic racism and inequities in the sectors of entrepreneurship and economic development – particularly as they have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • December 10, 2020: 1863 X AARP Innovation Labs Town Hall to learn how you can support black entrepreneurs

November 2020

Social Venturers Insights

Your exclusive opportunities to co-create with Social Venturers:

  • Join us every second Thursday of the month (until December 3rd, 2020) at one of our Fireside Chats: peer-to-peer learning sessions for experienced ecosystem builders for social change! Upcoming dates & topics:
    • November 5: Connect people bottom-up, top-down, outside-in etc.
    • November 19: Tell authentic stories.
    • December 3: Start. Be Patient.
  • We are running two more Masterclasses before the end of year to sharpen your skills as storytellers and strategic thinkers who are rooted in purpose:
    • Not your typical goal setting, November 12, 11.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. EST REGISTER
    • Storytelling for Community, December 1, 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. EST REGISTER
  • Want to see what else is cooking at Social Venturers? Head over to my monthly journal!

Professional development: Opportunities for you and social entrepreneurs you know

  • The CO.STARTERS Gift Guide is still accepting small businesses to be featured for the holiday season! Where are YOU buying your gifts this year? #supportsmallbusiness
  • Trying to figure out how to combine social good and a viable business? Check out Stanford University‘s Impact Business Model Canvas!
  • Feeling stuck as an entrepreneur? Find a new way forward for your small business in a two-hour interactive workshop by our friends at CO.STARTERS! Refocus, November 19, 2020.

Research Insights

Jobs

U.S.-based

  • Our friends at Forward Cities in Durham, N.C., are looking for a full-time research assistant with a strong understanding of systemic racism and inequities in the U.S.
  • CO.STARTERS are looking for their next community manager. Location-flexible, great team and an exciting opportunity for anyone passionate about helping entrepreneurs and their communities thrive!
  • The Center on Rural Innovation in the U.S. is looking to fill a number of exciting roles
  • The Skoll Foundation is looking for a Network Manager to join their team in Palo Alto, California!
  • Arabella Advisors are seeking a Managing Director for the U.S. Midwest.
  • The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment seeks a Director of Research and Education who has significant experience in the field of sustainable and impact investing (Washington, D.C.).
  • BlackRock is looking for their next VP Corporate Sustainability in New York City.
  • Peloton is looking for support in their social impact department!
  • Mastercard Foundation is seeking their next Director for their Center for Inclusive Growth!
  • IDEO U is looking for part-time Teaching Assistants to join their team.
  • The African Visionary Fund is seeking a Co-Leader to work in partnership with its Executive Director, Katie Bunten-Wamaru, to deliver on the Fund’s vision of African changemakers having access to the resources they need to accelerate their impact and being recognized by funders as critical drivers of #systemschange on the continent.

Europe-based

Global

  • Are you excited about the investment opportunities hidden in emerging markets and want to work in an impact driven organization? Seedstars is looking to full a number of exciting positions around the world!

A special thank you to Rehana Nathoo and Cari Keller who share a lot of these opportunities through their channels!

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