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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: 2017 is the Year

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Happy New Year from StartSomeGood!

Happy new year, everyone! We trust you all had wonderful celebrations filled with food, fireworks, and tons of laughter.

To kick off this year, we collected a couple of links relevant in our social entrepreneurship world that could be of interest to you. Scroll down and enjoy!

 

Opportunities and Events

2017: A Year for Social Entrepreneurs

StartSomeGood co-founder Tom Dawkins has a new year’s message especially for you. Read and find out what opportunities you have with us here at StartSomeGood.

Social Entrepreneurship Pitchfest at Pausefest 2017

Do you have a social enterprise idea that you would like to see come true? Get the chance to pitch it at Social Entrepreneurship Pitchfest at Pausefest 2017 in Melbourne, Australia! There will be a pool of experts in the realm of social enterprise, start-up and technology to share ideas and rub elbows with. Applications are open until 5pm, Monday 16 January 2017.

Social Business Consultant Fellow with Alterna Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Grab this internship opportunity at Quetzaltenango, Guatemala that offers a unique chance for a hands-on experience at supporting local entrepreneurs who have a shortage in access to high-quality business services. You can apply until 7 February 2017.

 

News, Reports, Insights

The Gates effect: Social Entrepreneurship Reframes Charity

Read about how social entrepreneurship is reframing charity in South Africa and what they call “The Gates effect”.

Putting Community First in Social Innovation Education

Here is a good read on how educators can teach students to become collaborative community partners. This article is part of a series from Stanford Social Innovation Review regarding the future of social impact education.

Entrepreneur Designs New Electric Wheelchair and Car for Quadriplegics

Talk about innovation for a cause! Read all about how an entrepreneur designed this wonderful tool for quadriplegics.

 

Inspiration

Meet The Social Entrepreneurs Giving Back Around the Globe

In this life of social entrepreneurship, it is always a great encouragement to know that you are not alone. Read this article to meet other social entrepreneurs making an impact in other parts of the world.

7 Social Entrepreneurs on How They Finally Got Their Big Break

Some entrepreneurs talk about their success stories. Read and be inspired. Whether you have gotten your big break or not, know that it is never too late for a breakthrough.

Day in the life: Social entrepreneur and philanthropist connects volunteers globally

Stuart Rees Jones, social entrepreneur and philanthropist, is the founder and chief executive of Camps International, which is known as a for-profit social enterprise providing experiential learning experiences for students worldwide. Read this article on how he goes about his day. Take mental notes, too. You could learn a thing or two.

 

Email us at hello@startsomegood.com for suggestions of links to include in this series. Include “TWISE” in the subject line.

 


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This week in Social Entrepreneurship: News and Events for you!

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Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year!

By now, we trust your holiday celebrations are in full swing. We hope you are all enjoying! Before you get into it again, we listed down some links we hope you find useful.

Opportunities and Events

Intro to Social Enterprise – Wellington (7 February 2017) 

What is a social enterprise? If you want to gain a better understanding, this is just the workshop for you. It will cover topics such as what you need, what to expect, and how to start. Tickets range from $10 – $20.

Social Enterprise for Not-for-Profits – Christchurch (15 March 2017) 

Akina Foundation brings you Social Enterprise for Not-for-Profits. Get your tickets from $10-$20 and learn all about growing income and creating new enterprises in this sphere at a three-hour interactive workshop.

Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise 2017 (May 10-12, 2017)

Mark your calendars for the sixth annual 3-day Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise 2017 from May 10 to 12. It will be held in Winnipeg and is brought to you by The Social Enterprise Council of Canada together with CCEDNET Manitoba. It will be a national learning experience that will allow you to dive in with local social enterprises in the area. Stay tuned on their site for registration details and early bird ticket availability.

Fledge9 (April – June 2017)

Fledge9 returns to Seattle next April-June. 10 weeks of intense guidance and education, a flood of mentors, introductions to potential partners and investors, plus at least $20,000 in cash.

All mission-driven for-profit startup from raw idea through $1 million in revenues are welcome to apply, from anywhere around the world.

If not yourself, then tell a friend. Word of mouth is how most fledglings find Fledge, and thus we need your help to spread the word.

Details at: apply.fledge.co. Applications due by January 7th, 2017.

 

News, Reports, Insights

Social Entrepreneurs Can Transform Southeast Asia

Read about Forbes Magazine’s take on how social entrepreneurs can transform and make waves in developing economies.

This is What Social Responsibility Entrepreneurship Looks Like 

Huffington Post talks about a recent Hack-a-thon seminar in Boston and how the bright participants came up with tech-oriented solutions to social challenges.

Big firms can enhance social mobility in 2017 by committing to buy from social enterprises 

This article looks into “buying social” and how it can help improve Britain’s equality and social inclusion.

 

Inspiration

5 Social Entrepreneurship Essentials

Whether it is hope, audacity, or dealing with disappointment, this article walks you through dealing with the ups and downs and emotions you need to face as a social entrepreneur.

Celebrating the Unbreakable Tenacity of Women Entrepreneurs 

Read about how women have been making waves in the world of entrepreneurship.

 

For links and suggestions, send us a message at hello@startsomegood.com with “TWISE” in the subject line. We greatly value your input!

 


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This week in Social Entrepreneurship: November 25 2016

Crowdfunding campaign of the week: Bikes for Good in Adelaide, Australia

Crowdfunding campaign of the week: Bikes for Good in Adelaide, Australia

The amount of news and information and stories that get published today is pretty overwhelming, even in a niche (albeit one becoming increasingly mainstream) like social entrepreneurship. We try to keep our fingers on the pulse but it’s harder and harder to keep up! But as long as we’re trying anyway we figured we should curate what we find to make it easier for the rest of you. To help with this we’ve decided to re-start our This Week in Social Entrepreneurship column.

Each week we’ll collect the most interesting and exciting opportunities, news and stories as a cheat-sheet for you to stay on-top of what’s happening our thriving sector. We hope you find it useful! See details on how to share your news with us at the bottom.

Before we start let us wish our US team and community a very happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all the amazing work you all do to create a better future.

Opportunities & Events

 

Chivas Regal’s The Venture Deadline for UK Social Enterprises is November 30

The deadline for UK entrants to Chivas Regal’s The Venture is next week! Put yourself in the running for $1,000,000 and plenty of other exposure and support.

Purpose Conference, Sydney, December 5-6

Purpose is returning after a wonderful initial conference last year (which our CEO Tom spoke at) for another deep dive into the world of purpose-driven business. There’s a few tickets left!

SEFA Crowdmatch – turning crowdfunding into investment.

This is for early stage Australian social enterprises with a track record and good growth prospects. If approved for the program you will have the opportunity to prove that there is community support for your enterprise by raising at least $25,000 on StartSomeGood to qualify for a loan of $50,000+ to fuel your growth, turning $25,000 into at least $75,000!

News, Reports, Insights

 

Words With Hearts Wins Australian leg of The Venture

Congratulations to Words With Heart who won the Australian leg of Chivas Regal’s social enterpirse competition The Venture this week! Words With Heart is a StartSomeGood alum, as were two others of the five finalists. We’re very proud of all of them.

 

Why Philanthropy is the Best Kind of Risk Capital

Great post by Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund, on why patient capital is so important in building the social enterprise sector.

 

Your Guide to Impact Investing

Very helpful introduction for the “non-billionaire” potential impact investor (guessing that’s most of you reading this) from our friend and Forbes columnist Devin Thorpe.

Inspiration

 

After the election… is a time for social entrepreneurs

Our CEO Tom Dawkins sent this message to our team last week sharing his thoughts on the election of Donald Trump and the role of social entrepreneurs to create a better community. We thought you might like to read it also.

 

A Startup Transforming Shipping Containers Into Tiny Affordable Housing

The one year old non-profit, called Rejuve will upcycle and repurpose some of the more than 760,000 unused shipping containers at ports and other places to place them in abandoned lots and other blighted properties where there’s already the utility infrastructure in place for dwelling. She calls them Plug-in-Pods.

 

A Food Truck That Serves Up Gourmet Food And Drinks — And Jobs For Refugees

Refuge Coffee is a nonprofit gourmet food truck that employees refugees resettled in Clarkston, Ga., and provides job training and networking opportunities within the community.

 

The American student who gave Cambodian children a chance to get clean

Samir Lakhani, an American student who previously saw a Cambodian woman washing her child with detergent 2 years ago. Now, he’s already supplying villagers with a safe way to keep clean, and also with jobs.

 

Got something you think we should include in future This Week in Social Entrepreneurships? Send it to us at hello at startsomegood.com with “TWISE” in the subject line.


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Apply for Dreamstarter and make 2015 your year of positive social impact

one night standCalling all inspired Australian changemakers! You have until 31 March 2015 to apply for ING Dreamstarter, a program that is helping Australia’s most inspiring go-getters make positive change in Australian communities.Through Dreamstarter, ING will invest $100,000 in social good ventures in 2015.

Campaigns which are selected to participate in Dreamstarter run a crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood, which allows the public to have a say in which of the projects should receive funding from ING. The Dreamstarter projects which reach their ‘tipping point’ fundraising goal will receive matched funding of up to 50% of that goal.

We are proud to be partnering with ING Direct for the third year, as the official Dreamstarter crowdfunding platform. Over the journey, we’ve been delighted to host crowdfunding campaigns from some amazing and inspiring Dreamstarter projects.

Previous Dreamstarter success stories include social change innovators UPSTANDING, Social Pops, Words with Heart, and Avoca Beachside Markets. Through the Dreamstarter program, One Night Stand Sleepwear was able to make their dream a reality. They are a social enterprise selling sleepwear to create a better future for homeless youth. Funds from every sale go towards helping  a young person sleeping rough on a path to a better future, through providing funds towards nourishment and assisting with job readiness. Read about more amazing Dreamstarter campaigns here.

If selected for the Dreamstarter program, participants will need to run their crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood for 30 days from May – June 2015. For further information or to apply, please visit the ING Dreamstarter website.