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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.

 

Send us links you would like to share at hello@startsomegood.com. We would love to add them on here!


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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.

 

Email us at hello@startsomegood.com if you have links you would like to share. We would love to hear from you!


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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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Pitch for Good Adelaide showcases local social enterprises

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We were recently in Adelaide co-hosting Pitch for Good Adelaide with Adelaide City Council, our live-pitching-meets-crowdfunding model which we’ve previously run in Melbourne and Parramatta.

Pitch for Good is a showcase of great local social enterprises, in this case three ventures graduating from Adelaide’s Social Venture Incubator, and serves as the launch for their crowdfunding campaigns on StartSomeGood. Attendees got to allocate their ticket fee towards the enterprise(s) of their choice and these funds were matched by Open State, for which we are very grateful. Thanks also to Adelaide City Council and to Lord Mayor Martin Haese for his address on the night, Moira Deslandes for her logistical and promotional support and to everyone who came along on the night.

Now it’s up to you! All three ventures have tipping points beyond what was raised on the night and are seeking the support they need to launch or expand. Their models serve refugees, under-employed women and later-career entrepreneurs using biking, food and co-working, so please chip in to the one that speaks to you most!

Harvest Fair

Harvest Fair is a social enterprise which uses the power of good food to advance gender equity in Australia.

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Adelaide Bike Kitchen

Spreading the benefit of cycling to those in need.

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Catalyst Collaborative

The Catalyst Collaborative Coworking Community – A place and space to make business happen!

 

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We are looking forward to more Pitch for Good events in more places next year so if you want to bring Pitch for Good to your town please get in touch!


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Interview Spotlight: Mighty Good Undies

An interview with Mighty Good Undies, a new underwear company making super soft toxic-free underwear from organically grown, Fairtrade cotton, sewn by adults who get paid a living wage, at a price you can afford. Change the world by changing your undies. 

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What does ultimate success look like for you and your project?

Obviously success is reaching our goal, but for us it is more than that. We want our supporters to be as excited as we are about Mighty Good Undies and our mission to bring certified organic and Fairtrade cotton undies to the market at an affordable price point.

Why did you choose StartSomeGood as your partner?

We loved the personal approach of StartSomeGood and the fact that we were not going to get ‘lost in the crowd’ of projects. Also, the focus of the StartSomeGood site on social enterprise, community and environmental projects was really attractive and fit in well with our brand ethos.

What kind of support do changemakers in your community need?

We see our community as the ‘ecofashion’ community who are actively trying to find new ways of producing our clothes by addressing the enormous social and environmental impacts of the textile industry.  These changemakers need support in getting the message out there about ecofashion and their brands and pathways to working with major retailers so that we can upscale our work.

What’s your number 1 piece of advice for people who want to make a positive impact?

Have a really clear vision of what you want to achieve. And keep on coming back to that through the good and hard times. It will keep you centered and focused.

To learn more about Might Good Undies or to pledge support, visit here.


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Interview Spotlight: Drizzle

An interview with Drizzle, a clothing company founded to provide sustainable funding for youth environmental initiatives.

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Where did you get the original inspiration for this project?

As many non-profits struggle to acquire funding to run their programs, we wanted to develop a sustainable source of income for our youth environmental initiatives by creating a social enterprise clothing company. We have always had a passion for apparel and sustainable fashion, and after doing a bit of research, we dove right into it.

Why did you decide to crowdfund?

Crowdfunding is a great way to raise money AND build a community of support. We want Drizzle Apparel Co. to become not only a great social enterprise, but also a movement for environmental youth empowerment. Crowdfunding is allowing us to accomplish both goals.

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Design for a future Drizzle shirt.

What does ultimate success look like for you and your project?

Ultimate success for us is empowering a generation of youth to protect the planet and take into account the environment into every decision they make. Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders, and we believe if they are empowered to protect our planet, they will consider the health of our environment in every decision they make as adults.

What are you enjoying most about StartSomeGood?

The StartSomeGood community is fantastic. The team has been extremely supportive and helpful, and those who follow along have been very supportive as well. I know that if we reach our goal, we will have the StartSomeGood community to thank.

To learn more about Drizzle, or to pledge support, visit here.


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Interview Spotlight: Girl Academy

An interview with the team from Girl Academy. They are working to empower Indigenous teenage mothers to make positive choices by giving young women a safe, supportive and nurturing environment to complete their education – with their babies being cared for in an on-site nursery.

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Why did you decide to crowdfund?

Girl Academy has captured the minds of the public since it launched in January 2016. Following widespread positive coverage in the print media, television & online news portals, we received many enquiries from people asking about how they could contribute. Holding a crowdfunding campaign seemed like the best way to give as many people as possible the chance to join our mission to empower young girls through education.

How are you keeping the momentum for your campaign going?

We are going to keep rolling the ball along. We’re two thirds of the way to our stretch target of $50k to fund the nursery for a year, but we are not going to kick our heels back and relax. We plan to keep posting updates on social media, reaching out to friends and family, contacting the media and key influencers, and so on. Our goal is to make sure we don’t stop creating interest and buzz to keep the campaign on the front pages.

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What kind of support do changemakers in your community need?

Change needs more than commitment from a handful of people driving a single initiative; it requires commitment from each and every level in the community – in every organisation, in every family. The more people committing to making positive choices for themselves and their families, the more likely we as a community will be successful in making that change.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership is about bringing out the best in people – Inspiring the people around you to dream big, and empowering them to take the right steps towards turning their dreams to reality.

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Why did you choose StartSomeGood as your partner?

In our early conversations with StartSomeGood (SSG), Jeshri, our project manager, came on board very enthusiastically with tons of tips and expertise. The SSG team easily identified with the need to empower Indigenous young women to make positive life choices for themselves and their babies. We felt that having such a capable and supportive team was extremely important to make the campaign a success

What’s your number one piece of advice for people who want to make a positive impact?

Be stubborn and cleave to your vision. It’s easy to get frustrated when you face a road block, so one should always celebrate small successes, and remember that little steps can add up to make a huge impact.

To learn more about Girl Academy, or to pledge support, visit here.