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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!


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Social Enterprise Virtual Summit: What do you want to learn about?

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With so many global challenges, individuals are constantly seeking to create the change they want to see in the world. We believe everyone can be a changemaker, and our platform enables those who are ready to take action. However, we also believe that it is important to give anyone the skills, knowledge and motivation to turn ideas into a reality.

To help with this, we’re going to be hosting a Social Enterprise Virtual Summit. This will be a series of video interviews related to social entrepreneurship, from social entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We already have some of our own ideas, but we want to hear from you!

What would you like to learn about? Are there certain topics you’re interested in? What would help you in your journey?

Who would you like to hear from? This can be anyone who inspires you or who is the best at what they do.

We want to make this the best experience for you, so share your thoughts here! https://goo.gl/forms/NOihQX10wxWDfAph2


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Project Update: The Good On You App

Good On You ethical shopping app

The Good On You App is a response to the challenge of making shopping choices that meet your everyday needs while also doing good on the issues you care about.

The Good On You App changes that. It makes it easier than ever before to find brands and companies that do better by their workers, the environment and animals. And it was made possible by crowdfunding on StartSomeGood.

Good On You’s Communications Director Bethany explains how they got to this point:

We knew we wanted to give the largest possible number of conscious consumers an amazing tool that would make it incredibly easy to shop more ethically. We were testing an online store with brand ratings and a similar browser extension. We were conducting scores of individual user interviews. By May we knew we had to develop an app.

So we went to you, our community. We needed help to build it. We needed at least $15,000 to be exact. So when we raised $20,000 in three weeks we were good to go and more!

What’s different about Good on You?

  • fashion focus with more than 3,000 brands listed
  • suggests alternative brands that do better on the issues you care about
  • personalised to your values, and you can even teach it your style (think Tinder for brands)
  • tells you the closest stores or online options for your chosen brand
  • makes it easy to give direct feedback to companies from within the app

The app launched in late November and received 12,000 downloads by Christmas. After being featured on Triple J’s Hack program they even trended on the Apple App store!

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Good On You is available for both iOS and Android, check it out now and commit to ethical shopping!

And if you need to raise funds to change the world, get started today! We’d love to help.