Topics Under Tag: "social enterprise"

Impact Investors are not Funding the Patagonias of Tomorrow—and That’s a Problem

Harry Doull | January 24, 2019

The impact investing community does not always agree on everything. But ask any impact investor who the figureheads of the environmental movement that they look to for guidance are, and they’re likely to answer “Patagonia,” without skipping a beat. Patagonia is a global apparel brand with roughly $1 billion in annual revenue and considerable environmental street […]

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 […]

B Corp crowdfunding

B Corp DoneGood on Why Investment Crowdfunding Makes Sense for Social Enterprises

Cullen Schwarz | September 20, 2018

When a lot of tech startups raise an investment round, they turn exclusively to deep-pocketed venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. For some of those investors, the only real goal is fast growth and massive profit, by any means necessary—goals their startups inherit. Like the mission-driven brands our company works to support, DoneGood strives to be different […]

A Social Enterprise Accelerator Launches a Cryptocurrency for its Community

Anne Field | June 12, 2018

You’ve heard of Bitcoin. But a growing number of social enterprises are also adopting blockchain-based cryptocurrencies to build safe, transparent networks and communities. One recent example is COMMON, a social entrepreneurship accelerator and collaborative community based in Boulder, Colorado. COMMON recently introduced a cryptocurrency called COMMON Cents, to be used by members of its community. The […]

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 […]

Hawaii crowdfunding

A Hawaiian B Corp. Expands With the Help of Small Investors

B the Change | April 12, 2018

It was concern for Hawaii’s environment, economy and farming system that inspired Brett Jacobson to launch Hawaiian Ola, a maker of healthy beverages, in 2012. Jacobson, a farmer who previously ran a biofuel company, wanted to start a business that could help Hawaii’s struggling farmers—the average farmer in makes about $15,000 a year, according to […]

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 […]

Chicago social enterprise

Chicago-Area Social Enterprises Will Benefit Under New Rule

Anne Field | March 5, 2018

Procurement is an often-overlooked policy tool, but it can have significant impact on local economies. Cook County, Illinois,  which includes Chicago and is the second largest county in the U.S., is using its purchasing power to give the area’s social enterprises an official leg up. The county recently enacted an ordinance giving impact ventures a […]

Women’s Capital Collaborative Makes First Investments

Locavesting Staff | January 24, 2018

Millions of women around the world marched last weekend in a show of solidarity. And they are finding other ways to support one another. In particular, more women are investing in businesses led by women. The latest example: the Women’s Capital Collaborative, a fund created by RSF Social Finance, announced investments totaling nearly $1 million in four […]

B Corps 2018

More Businesses Are Heeding the Call to be a Force for Good

B the Change | January 6, 2018

Climate Change. Inequality. Political dysfunction and divisiveness. These are some of the monumental challenges we face in the year ahead. One encouraging note is that businesses are increasing stepping up and embracing the role of business as a force for good. The most visible sign of this is the B Corp. movement. Since its beginnings […]