Topics Under Tag: "social entrepreneurship"

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Techstars Launches New Social Impact Accelerator

Anne Field | October 30, 2017

When it comes to social impact entrepreneurship, it’s everyone into the pool. The idea of business as a force for good has been entering the mainstream, with Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital creating impact investment funds. Now Techstars, the Silicon Valley accelerator, is the latest high profile name to jump in. […]

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New Tools for Social Entrepreneurs Debut at SOCAP17

Locavesting Staff | October 7, 2017

Hundreds of impact investors will converge on San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center starting Oct. 10 for the 10th annual Social Capital Markets conference, or SOCAP as it is better known. Like bees to honey, the pricey event also attracts social entrepreneurs seeking capital, including 140 entrepreneurs from around the globe who are attending thanks to […]

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Can You Raise Capital and Stay Independent? Ask This Company.

B the Change | July 27, 2017

What do you do if you’re a mission-driven company that would like to raise outside capital, but have no intention of selling the company?  That’s the dilemma faced by a growing number of indie-minded entrepreneurs that want to grow their companies while staying true to their values. Traditional Medicinals, a pioneering maker of organic herbal […]

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The Social Innovator’s Dilemma: Raising Capital

Anne Field | June 30, 2017

There’s a lot of talk these days about impact investing. But ask any social entrepreneur, and they’ll tell you that raising capital is their number one challenge. Impact investors tend to regard these early-stage social enterprises as too risky, even as they complain about a lack of high quality investment opportunities. Call it the social innovators’ […]

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Red Bull Academy for Social Entrepreneurs Comes to Baltimore

Anne Field | April 12, 2017

More and more successful companies are giving back by helping fledgling entrepreneurs get their ventures off the ground.  Boston Beer (aka Sam Adams) offers loans and mentoring through its Brewing the American Dream program. Yogurt superstar Chobani runs an incubator for food startups. Now Red Bull is the latest to join the party. The energy drink seller is […]

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New Startup Accelerator Seeking Climate Change Ventures

Anne Field | February 23, 2017

A new accelerator is looking for entrepreneurs fighting climate change. Called Climate Ventures 2.0, it’s run by GoodCompany Ventures, a Philadelphia-based social enterprise accelerator, and will accept 10 startups aimed specifically at addressing climate-related threats to agriculture and the resilience of water systems. Private initiatives have become even more important in recent weeks. As balmy […]

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Venture Funding With a Twist: Founders Have to Give Back

Anne Field | December 13, 2016

Social entrepreneurship and venture capital are often an uneasy fit. The emphasis on fast growth and outsize returns can push founder to stray from their mission. Now, a new venture fund is marrying social impact and Millennial values with early stage investing—and redefining the term sheet in the process. The fund, Aera VC, is a […]

For Omidyar, Investing in High Social Impact is Worth The Lower Financial Returns

Anne Field | December 6, 2016

Some social enterprises promise fast growth and lofty financial returns for investors. Others, not so much. But according to a recent analysis from Omidyar Network, accepting lower returns in exchange for greater social impact is well worth the effort. That, of course, is good news for high-impact social entrepreneurs on the lower end of the […]

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Republic Wants to Bring Angel Investing to the Masses

Amy Cortese | September 9, 2016

A new investment crowdfunding platform joined the fray over the summer. Founded by AngelList alumni, Republic.co brings with it a high level of street cred—and ambitions to match. Its focus: everyday investors and companies that are innovative, diverse and mission-driven. Since it was launched six years ago, AngelList has become the gathering place for early […]

For Social Entrepreneurs, It’s All About The Ecosystem

Anne Field | August 2, 2016

No one operates in a vacuum. That’s especially true of social entrepreneurs. The ecosystem that social entrepreneurs encounter—everything from the availability of affordable housing to the prevalence of potential funders—can make or break an enterprise. With that in mind, Halcyon Incubator and Capital One recently published a report on the subject, From the Ground Up: Defining Social Enterprise Ecosystems […]