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