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#StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit

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Hello, change makers! We are excited to formally announce the #StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit, a free webinar for social entrepreneurs and aspiring change makers.

In 2014, StartSomeGood held a virtual summit that brought together various experts and speakers to talk about tools and tactics for creating social change. From March 21-31, 2017 we’re doing it again, only bigger and better than before!

We are bringing together some of the world’s most inspiring and insightful entrepreneurs, academics and trainers to provide practical tips on how to get started, tools for social change, avoiding burn-out, and much more.

You will hear from social entrepreneurs further along in their journey, who will share their mistakes to help you avoid them, and what they’ve learned along the way. You will have access to some of the best online trainers in storytelling, fundraising, personal sustainability and marketing.

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Stay tuned for more great speakers, whom we will introduce in the lead up to the event.

Register your interest here or follow us on Twitter to stay posted. Can’t wait to have you with us!


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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Networking, Summits, Conventions, News and More!

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Meet with entrepreneurs – whether they are already seasoned or still aspiring – and learn as much as you can!

Hey change makers, hope you have all been having a good week! We are back with links to events, news items, and articles to put on your radar!

 

Opportunities and Events

Social Entrepreneur Networking Evening – March 2, Haymarket HQ, Sydney

Join StartSomeGood’s networking event to meet some social entrepreneurs across Sydney. Confirmed founding entrepreneurs attending include Tom Dawkins (StartSomeGood), David Gravina (Compost Revolution, Digital Eskimo), Rebecca Tapp (Supernova Tribe), Elena Antoniou (Mighty Good Undies), Jay Boolkin (Social Change Central), Ben Pecotich (Dynamic4), and Margaret O’Brien (Young Change Agents). If you’re interested in the social entrepreneurship space or are looking for a part-time gig, this will surely be worth attending! Tickets are now available. Get in quick!

#StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit

Next month, hear all about tools for social change, how to get started, and so much more from insightful entrepreneurs and trainers in a free-to-access virtual summit. Stay tuned and register your interest now!

Youth Food Movement Australia

Join a 9-month program for change makers in food and agriculture. Choose between registering for the full program or Session Two only. Register until 26 February!

The Entrepreneurs’ Unconvention

Register your interest for a bigger and better “unconvention” in Australia and New Zealand this 2017!

 

News, Reports, Insights

Start-up Air Trunk raises $400 million for data centres

The Singapore digital startup, Air Trunk, will be constructing flagship stores in Melbourne and Sydney after raising $400 million. Read their story here.

Alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship

In the Philippines, one of the government’s main priorities has been ridding the country of poverty. Look at how the government has been looking into focusing on entrepreneurship to solve this.

Entrepreneurship and Philantropy to Take Center Stage at Star-Studded Gala

Read about the City Gala in Los Angeles, which took place on February 11 and 12. The event focused on gathering to talk about creating a brighter future through charity.

 

Inspiration

Tackling the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship

Research has shown that female entrepreneurs have it even harder than females climbing the corporate ladder (and we know they do not have it easy at all). This interesting article talks about how workplace diversity is not the same thing as equality and how the gender gap is addressed in entrepreneurship.

Seven surprising mistakes Australian entrepreneurs make

We can learn a thing or two from other entrepreneurs who have had more experience in the entrepreneurship sphere. Whether it’s lack of forward planning, not talking to your customers, or more, we can learn from what seasoned entrepreneurs consider mistakes. As we know, we learn from our own mistakes; and we can learn from others’ too.

Should You Go to College If You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

You may be asking: If I already know that I want to be an entrepreneur, is it worth going to college? The answer will be different for various people. Read this article for a different spin on it.

 

Send us links to events, opportunities, resources, news, insights, and other articles that you would like us to publish at hello@startsomegood.com


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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Summits and Competitions, Startup News, and More!

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Get mentors and set yourself up for success this year!

Social entrepreneurs and startups are rising up this year. There are also multiple mentorship opportunities and summits you can be a part of if this is a space you would like to be in. Links are all below!

 

Opportunities and Events 

#StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit 

Learn how to start good this year in a free-to-access virtual summit this March 2017. We are bringing together some of the world’s most inspiring and insightful entrepreneurs, academics and trainers to give you tips on tools for social change, how to get started, and so much more. Stay tuned and register your interest now. Also, support the crowdfunding campaign here and choose among a plethora of exciting rewards including discounts on books, Social Change membership,  Social Enterprise Networking Event in Sydney, Crowdfunding masterclasses, and more!

Kickstarter Business Plan Mentoring 

If you are an early stage social venture, join Kickstarter’s business plan competition and small grants program sponsored by the Macquarie Group Foundation. Pitch days will be by the end of March in Sydney, Melbourne, and in virtual format as well. Applications close 24 February 2017.

K50 Application: 50 of the World’s Most Innovative Companies Founded by the Next Generation 

Present your venture at the Kairos Society Global Summit on April 20-22, 2017 on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Applications end 13 February 2017!

Storytelling Workshops

Join Digital Storytellers on March 18 – 19 in Sydney and March 4-5 in Melbourne to learn make the most out of the power of storytelling that is in your hands. Register now!

 

News, Reports, Insights

Artificial Intelligence Is Now Ready For Social Entrepreneurs 

There are current developments in making Artificial Intelligence an effective tool for social entrepreneurs who do not necessarily have a background in technology.

Are MBAs Still Hungry For Startups? 

Read all about startups and their relevance to the MBA world. Also in this article are some stats on startups like Deliveroo, Linio, DoorDash, NuBank, and Grofers.

SproutX opens first co-working space for agriculture start-ups 

SproutX just opened Australia’s first co-working space specifically for agriculture startups. The office is located in Melbourne and is a huge opportunity for those startups that are getting into the country’s $60 billion industry.

What Snapchat’s IPO means for Indian tech startups 

Snapchat has just recently announced that they are going public but will be the first US company to do this without granting voting rights on the company’s functioning to investors. This article explores what this announcement’s implications will be on tech startups particularly those located in India.

 

Inspiration

5 rising startups in Japan 

It is always inspiring to read about growing startups and businesses to know that you are not alone in your quest. Read about these 5 rising startups in Japan: 3Minute, Folio, Xtreme Design, Unibo, and Lendy. 

This Social Entrepreneur is Transforming Rural Lives 

The social enterprise Mrida is focusing on making lives better in rural India through small yet meaningful interventions. Read all about their story here.

Social entrepreneurship – need of the hour 

This is an interesting take on the vitality of social entrepreneurship on the wealth-accumulating society.

 

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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Upcoming Events, New Startups, and More!

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Let’s start good together and build a better world.

Hello, February! We have links to summits and conferences, news on new startups, and so much more. We are in exciting times in the world of social entrepreneurship!

 

Opportunities and Events

#StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit – March 2017 

Our crowdfunding campaign is still running (with amazing rewards up for grabs)! Learn how to start good this year in a free-to-access virtual summit. We at StartSomeGood are bringing you the #StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit for social entrepreneurs and aspiring changemakers.

National Achievers Congress – Sydney and Melbourne, February 28 & March 2 2017 

Hear from various speakers regarding Business & Entrepreneurship, Success Mindset, and Wealth Creation on 28 February in Sydney and 2 March in Melbourne. Book your tickets now!

2017 Washington Nonprofit Conference – Washington DC, February 22-24

Join different fundraising and marketing professionals gather in Washington DC from February 22-24 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel for the nonprofit conference entitled “Disrupt: Change Yourself. Change Your Organization. Change the World.”

 

News, Reports, Insights

New Startup Accelerator For Social Entrepreneurs Targeting Climate Change And Water Systems 

Read about GoodCompany Ventures’ Climate Ventures 2.0 that helps 10 startups targeted at addressing climate change and threats to water systems.

UK Tech Startup Takes Over Social Media With Global Launch Campaign To Tackle Diversity In The Workplace #GettingMoreWomenIntoTech 

This tech startup aims to get 1000 women into technology roles by 2020.

How Social Media Usage Could Affect Your Startup Funding Opportunities 

Read about the importance of watching what you post on social media – your investors may be watching!

 

Inspiration

3 Reasons Why Social Entrepreneurs Need a Mentor 

Whether it is learning from their mistakes, tapping into their established network, or improving effectivity, social entrepreneurs can gain much from mentors.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Really Care About Public Schools 

Whether we realise it or not, schools are the breeding ground for the industry’s talent pool. This article explains why it is then important that social entrepreneurs take heed.

11 Keys To Finding Success As A New Entrepreneur 

There will be many days when the entrepreneurship world will seem so daunting and full. Here are some keys to finding success in the field.

 

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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Let’s Start Good This Year!

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Don’t just bury those ideas. Start good with them this year!

Hey, everyone! On our part of the world, we celebrated Australia Day yesterday! It was filled with good fun. We hope you had a wonderful day, too.

This week, we are back with links to different events, articles, and resources we thought would help you in your social entrepreneurship schemes. Have a read through them.

 

Opportunities and Events 

#StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit

Learn how to start good this year! We at StartSomeGood are bringing you the #StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit for social entrepreneurs and aspiring changemakers. It is free to access and you will get the chance to hear from social entrepreneurs and thought leaders on their experiences and insights regarding how to get started, tools for social change, how to avoid burnout, and so much more. We are currently running a crowdfunding campaign for this project. Check it out and, together, let’s help people start good!

The MCIC Catalyst-in-Residence Program

The Michael Crouch Innovation Centre at UNSW is bringing together innovators who are helping build a connected community of startups. There is space for 16 teams in the first half of this year. Apply until 30 January here.

Third Phx Startup Week announces keynotes, events and pitch contest

On February 20-24, the third annual Phoenix Startup Week will bring entrepreneurs and startups the opportunity to gain insight from startup veterans and learn from the successes and failures of the startup community.

OrganiseUs Digital Incentive

Grab your tickets for February 27 to March 3 in Melbourne, Australia for a five-day intensive training program in digital organising skills. Learn with various digital strategists, campaigners, and organisers from across Australia, the US and UK. Get on it now!

Top 50 Events for Young Entrepreneurs

Check out this list from Under30CEO, a place where you can surround yourself with the most motivated young people on earth, for 50 events for young entrepreneurs. With all these events, there is bound to be at least one that piques your interest.

 

News, Reports, Insights

How this social entrepreneur is moving Haiti away from aid toward trade 

Read about Bridge Capital and how they provide businesses loans when they do not qualify for Haiti’s conservative banking sector.

The Problem With How We Define Social Entrepreneurship 

Social entrepreneurship is usually defined as “an entrepreneurial venture with a social mission – where all profits are funneled back into the business to further social mission”. Read this article to understand what is (or isn’t) wrong with that.

Silicon Valley Company Helps Immigrants Stay in US to Build Startups

Read this story about how a Silicon Valley company is sponsoring a tech startup idea from an immigrant in the US.

 

Inspiration 

Meet the 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs Changing Europe in 2017

Go through this list and be inspired as you read about 30 entrepreneurs who are still under 30 and already making waves in Europe.

6 Lessons For Social Entrepreneurs From 2016

While 2016 is now a thing of the past, let us not forget every single thing from it. Here are 6 lessons from the past year that we can take with us.

25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017

Here are some entrepreneurs to watch out for in 2017. Check them out!

 

If you have events, news, or inspirational notes you would like to share here, send it through at hello@startsomegood.com. Tag it with “TWISE” in the subject line. 

 


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10 Awesome Social Enterprise Business Ideas

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How would you define philanthropy? Is it about giving back and lending a helping hand to others? This concept actually has no common definition because everyone understands it in their own special way. If you are a philanthropist looking for more ways to solve social problems, you will like the idea of starting a company in the field of social entrepreneurship.

There are dozens of opportunities waiting for someone to take them on and turn into something that offers value. And today literally anyone can do it. Even if you were doing your school homework using assignment writing service or have been expelled from college, you are still able to help the world.

Have a look at the list of the most inspiring and innovative social enterprise ideas and start making a difference today:

  • Social goods marketplace
    You can sell charity-made products and let people on one side of the world help those on the other side. Buying the items produced by disadvantaged craftsmen, you offer the latter a unique opportunity to get a fair reward for their work; meanwhile, selling these products to the world, you allow end consumers to do good and at the same time get some useful nice items for their homes.

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  • Used textbooks for change
    You can promote an alliance between some students that come from wealthy families and students in need. The state of education, unfortunately, is poor in the developing countries, so getting young people donating their textbooks to those who don’t have the same access to educational resources is a worthy idea. Some textbooks can still be sold and the profits can be used to promote and support education programs in those countries.

 

  • Socially conscious products
    You can develop a new device made of conflict-free materials or which are fair trade. This will ensure a better working environment, such as increased safety and wages, for people who produce it. Besides, such projects involve avoiding dishonest practices and selling the products for a reasonable price. This business idea would also allow other people, the ones who purchase the device, to feel they are doing something great.

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  • Purified water
    You can establish water purification stations in the regions where water sample testing has shown poor results. The stations don’t have to be large – you can buy ready-made devices. This can seem a rather small contribution but you will still help many people get access to water. This social enterprise business plan is good because it requires neither high maintenance nor large staff to be involved. All the expenses can easily be covered by selling water to people in need even at a low cost.
  • Microlending
    You can create a safe and inspirational environment where beginner entrepreneurs can receive small loans for developing their enterprises. Many people around the world have brilliant minds but no possibility to implement their ideas. Why not give them a platform for sharing thoughts with potential investors, filling out project plan templates, arranging conference calls to discuss details, and finally getting funding for their startups?
  • Helping homeless
    You can reduce homelessness by organizing various social activities aimed at helping people living in the streets get access to food and medical aid, find real jobs, and get back on their feet. Swipe and Beyond the Cardboard are excellent examples of successful projects running for the benefit of the community. Think of the possible improvement programs you can engage the homeless in, and you will increase chances of getting them off the streets.
  • Cooking for unemployed
    You can open a diner, restaurant, or café and hire unemployed people, like former drug or alcohol addicts, for the purpose of developing their employment skills. This enterprise may cost you a lot to establish (which crowdfunding can help with), but it will give you an opportunity to positively influence people’s lives and offer brighter future. For example, imagine seeing one of your employees working at a prestigious restaurant after he or she have worked a few years for you.
  • Education books on a social topic
    You can create some educational content containing information that could be useful for the reader and have the potential to improve our world and society. Be it a recipe book promoting a healthy lifestyle or a periodical nature publication uncovering the world of extinct species, it should be easy and interesting to read anyway. The profits from sales can be used to promote awareness about the same topic.

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  • Small contributions
    You can choose a few enterprises, like shops or restaurants, and agree on small donations of either some products or some amounts of money from every transaction to charity programs. For instance, working with a toy store, you can have it donating a toy to a local orphanage for every 10 toys it sells.
  • Volunteering platforms
    You can start a company that would serve as a platform for exchanging services. The key point would be that you don’t pay the volunteers directly. Instead, they ask you to donate some amount of money to the charity project they choose.

To sum up, there are many interesting ideas for setting up a social enterprise. You just have to be organized, stay focused on your good intentions, and you will be able to change lives. However, if you feel you are not ready for your own business yet, you can always choose one of the great social enterprises out there and find a job in this growing sector.

Post by Jeremy Raynolds, a blogger and freelance writer whose favorite quote is Bill Drayton’s “Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionised the fishing industry.”


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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: More Things to Look Forward to in 2017!

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Be with like-minded individuals in the different festivals you can join this year!

We hope you are all settling well into 2017. We are back this week with events and opportunities to add to your calendar & articles and news clips on social entrepreneurship around the globe. Enjoy!

Opportunities and Events

The Global Good Fund Announces 5th Annual Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs

Now on its fifth year, learn more about The Global Good Fund’s annual fellowship for social entrepreneurs in partnership with Johnson & Johnson who will sponsor three fellows who have innovation ideas when it comes to healthcare challenges.

Startup Fest in Montreal – July 12-15, 2017

Join the Startup Festival in Montreal this July and be amongst global entrepenreneurs, founders, investors, and mentors. Startupfest is for everyone whether you are a startup or an investor. Register now as early bird tickets are up for grabs until 18 February!

SXSW in Austin, Texas – March 10-19, 2017

If you’re in Austin, Texas this March, drop by The South by Southwest Conference featuring professionals and big names in the creative industry. Visit their website for more details.

Radical Self Care Project 

Starting February 1, take part of a 28-day program that focuses on authentic and intentional self care, which tends to get buried under all the responsibilities we need to attend to. Check this out as it may be for you!

 

News, Reports, Insights

MSU launches speaker series January 19 featuring social entrepreneurs

Montana State University is kicking off a four-part social entrepreneurship speaker series. Speakers will impart knowledge on topics such as environmentally sustainable products, food security, autism and music education, and more. Visit their site for more details.

Millenials (and more) turn to business to make social change

Read this article from the University of Southern California News about how millenials are now more and more looking into businesses to make social change. In 2008, USC founded the first social enterprise program housed in an American business school known as Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. Learn more about it through the link above.

JDC’s Social Hackathon aims to help vulnerable Israelis

In Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Community hosted a social impact hackathon in partnership with large tech players like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Microsoft. With over 100 participants in 30 mentors, the event asked the programmers to develop programs and apps to address challenges in Israel with regards to people of old age or with disabilities. 21 ideas were chosen to be further developed and 3 of these received top awards.

 

Inspiration

Relevance is vital for social entrepreneurship

The Hindu Business Line talks about the importance of relevance in the realm of social entreprenership and how the first step is to “understand the people at whom the venture or product is aimed”.

The profit in social impact: Business models that balance social relevance and bottom lines

There is a current rise in investments in enterprises whose business models give equal emphasis to profitability and social relevance. This is an interesting read especially for social entrepreneurs who strive for social impact.

The 17 Rules These Entrepreneurs Say You Should Break in 2017

Meet 17 entrepreneurs who share tips and secrets on what to give up this 2017. Learn from their experiences to be more productive, present, and healthy in growing your businesses and ideas this year.

 

Let us know if you have links you would like to share. Email us at hello@startsomegood.com with “TWISE” in the subject line. Looking forward to hearing from you!