Topics Under Category: "Ecosystem"

An Accelerator Aims to Restore Dignity and Livelihoods to Migrants and Refugees

Anne Field | December 2, 2018

The world is grappling with a refugee crisis of massive proportions. More than 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, including 22.5 million refugees. One person is displaced due to conflict or persecution nearly every two seconds, according to the United Nations. As the Trump administration battles a caravan of migrants seeking a […]

Canada Earmarks $800 Million for Social Impact Fund

Adam Spence | November 25, 2018

This past week, while Americans were preparing for Thanksgiving, the government of Canada made a landmark commitment to social finance that we should all be thankful for. In its Fall Economic Statement, the federal government earmarked an unprecedented $805 million to advance social and environmental solutions, as part of its broader push to invest in middle […]

Forget Tech Startups. This Accelerator Wants to Scale Co-ops.

Amy Cortese | October 22, 2018

Cooperatives are gaining renewed interest as an antidote to our winner-take-all society. But while tech startups have a rich ecosystem to tap into, from accelerators to seed funding to get-big-fast playbooks, new cooperatives are usually left to figure things out on their own. That, says serial coop entrepreneur Greg Brodsky, helps explain why most co-ops […]

Program for Diverse Founders Targets Lack of Friends and Family Funding

Anne Field | October 3, 2018

Most startups fund their earliest days with money from friends and family, as well as angel investors. But what if your friends and family are not wealthy—and, in fact, are more on the struggling side of the equation? That’s the stark reality for many entrepreneurs, especially those from diverse backgrounds. The average white household has […]

transfer of wealth

Will a $9 Trillion Transfer of Wealth Benefit Communities?

Travis Green | September 15, 2018

Community foundations are an important piece of the localism movement across the United States. Although they account for just 1% of foundations in the United States, they have 10% of foundation assets, make 11% of grants, and today receive 16% of new gifts, according to the Foundation Center. They are champions of local causes, local […]

Place-based impact investing

Place-based Impact Investment is Filling Funding Gaps in Rural Arkansas

Deb Markley | July 23, 2018

Place-based impact investing is a growing focus of many foundations seeking greater impact in their communities. As more and more foundations explore place-based impact investing, it is natural for the discussions to focus on the nuts and bolts of investing: Will we commit dollars from our endowment? Will we build internal capacity, or outsource due […]

Minneapolis impact

In Minneapolis, a New Building Mixes Impact and Beer

Anne Field | June 5, 2018

A new initiative in Minneapolis is bringing the idea of mixed use development to social entrepreneurship. FINNEGANS House, a newly opened building in downtown Minneapolis that is part of a bigger development project, combines a brewery with a space for the local impact community to connect and grow. Finnegan’s House is the brainchild of Jacquie […]

Maria Gibbs and Dustin Mix by Justin Titus

A Midwest Incubator Helps Social Entrepreneurs Generate Ideas—And Put Down Roots

Anne Field | May 11, 2018

When they created their idea-generating incubator, Maria Gibbs and Dustin Mix didn’t know what to expect. But with their first class completed, the South Bend, Indiana program—itself little more than an idea a year ago— has resulted in new social ventures and founders who plan to put down roots in the Midwest city. The incubator, […]

Maine harvest credit union

A New Credit Union in Maine Will Fund Sustainable Food and Farms

Locavesting Staff | April 6, 2018

A new credit union is hoping to fill a funding gap in Maine for small scale, sustainable farming and food production. Called Maine Harvest, the credit union is in a final fundraising push to reach a $2.4 million capitalization, at which point it can apply for a charter. It is expected to open in early […]

Impact Entrepreneur

Impact Entrepreneur Adds Incubators and Friendly Funding to Ecosystem

Anne Field | March 26, 2018

Since 2011, Laurie Lane-Zucker has been building social entrepreneurship ecosystems. He founded Impact Entrepreneur, a LinkedIn group, to combat the isolation and dislocation he felt as a social entrepreneur working in the hills of Sheffield, MA, in the Berkshires. Today that group counts 17,000 members around the globe. From there, he created a consulting arm […]