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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Networking, Conferences, Social Entrepreneurship All Over the Globe, and More!

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Social entrepreneurship is all around the globe.

We are almost done with 2 months of 2017. How has it been for you in terms of starting good?

Check below for new links to events, news reports, and inspirational articles. We hope you find them useful!

 

Opportunities and Events

Social Entrepreneurs Networking Evening – March 2, Haymarket HQ

If you are in Sydney and want to meet fellow aspiring entrepreneurs or have drinks with founders (and maybe learn about internship or job opportunities with them) of established social enterprises, join this networking event on March 2 at Haymarket HQ. Tickets are for $15. Grab yours now!

#StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit – March 21-31

Do you want to know more about how to start good this year? We are bringing you a FREE webinar where you will hear from seasoned social entrepreneurs and experts regarding practical tools you would need to start good. Stay tuned and register your interest! It is available to you no matter where you are in the world.

7 ‘Can’t Miss’ Conferences for Entrepreneurs in 2017

Forbes has listed out some wonderful entrepreneurship conferences for you if you are in the US (or plan to be in the coming year). Check them out!

 

News, Reports, Insights

Report: Canada Ranked Second-Best Country for Social Entrepreneurs

Next to the US, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with Deutsche Bank and Global Social Entrepreneurship Network found that Canada is the second-best country for social entrepreneurs in terms of environment for scaling and growing these businesses.

Promoting innovation through social entrepreneurship

Read about what social entrepreneurship is like in the Philippines and how they use this to promote innovation within the country.

The lives and lies of social entrepreneurs

Regarding making money, white lies, scepticism, a lonely life… Read all about what these truly mean for social entrepreneurs.

 

Inspiration

Social Innovation – the Last and Next Decade

Call this a short history lesson in terms of the space we are in – that is, social entrepreneurship. See how it has been in the past 10 years and see where it is going. It is all interesting and good fun!

10 Ted Talks For The Freelancer Who Needs Inspiration

There is nothing like motivation from a good TED talk. If you are a creative freelancer, these ones could be targeted directly at you. Enjoy!

9 inspiring books every woman entrepreneur must read

Are you a woman entrepreneur and was wondering about books to add to your reading list? Well, you are welcome! Here are some you can check out.

 

Let us know if you have events, opportunities, resources, news, insights, and other articles you would like to share. Email us at hello@startsomegood.com with “TWISE” in the subject line.


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#StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit

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Hello, change makers! We are excited to formally announce the #StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit, a free webinar for social entrepreneurs and aspiring change makers.

In 2014, StartSomeGood held a virtual summit that brought together various experts and speakers to talk about tools and tactics for creating social change. From March 21-31, 2017 we’re doing it again, only bigger and better than before!

We are bringing together some of the world’s most inspiring and insightful entrepreneurs, academics and trainers to provide practical tips on how to get started, tools for social change, avoiding burn-out, and much more.

You will hear from social entrepreneurs further along in their journey, who will share their mistakes to help you avoid them, and what they’ve learned along the way. You will have access to some of the best online trainers in storytelling, fundraising, personal sustainability and marketing.

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Stay tuned for more great speakers, whom we will introduce in the lead up to the event.

Register your interest here or follow us on Twitter to stay posted. Can’t wait to have you with us!


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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Let’s Start Good This Year!

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Don’t just bury those ideas. Start good with them this year!

Hey, everyone! On our part of the world, we celebrated Australia Day yesterday! It was filled with good fun. We hope you had a wonderful day, too.

This week, we are back with links to different events, articles, and resources we thought would help you in your social entrepreneurship schemes. Have a read through them.

 

Opportunities and Events 

#StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit

Learn how to start good this year! We at StartSomeGood are bringing you the #StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit for social entrepreneurs and aspiring changemakers. It is free to access and you will get the chance to hear from social entrepreneurs and thought leaders on their experiences and insights regarding how to get started, tools for social change, how to avoid burnout, and so much more. We are currently running a crowdfunding campaign for this project. Check it out and, together, let’s help people start good!

The MCIC Catalyst-in-Residence Program

The Michael Crouch Innovation Centre at UNSW is bringing together innovators who are helping build a connected community of startups. There is space for 16 teams in the first half of this year. Apply until 30 January here.

Third Phx Startup Week announces keynotes, events and pitch contest

On February 20-24, the third annual Phoenix Startup Week will bring entrepreneurs and startups the opportunity to gain insight from startup veterans and learn from the successes and failures of the startup community.

OrganiseUs Digital Incentive

Grab your tickets for February 27 to March 3 in Melbourne, Australia for a five-day intensive training program in digital organising skills. Learn with various digital strategists, campaigners, and organisers from across Australia, the US and UK. Get on it now!

Top 50 Events for Young Entrepreneurs

Check out this list from Under30CEO, a place where you can surround yourself with the most motivated young people on earth, for 50 events for young entrepreneurs. With all these events, there is bound to be at least one that piques your interest.

 

News, Reports, Insights

How this social entrepreneur is moving Haiti away from aid toward trade 

Read about Bridge Capital and how they provide businesses loans when they do not qualify for Haiti’s conservative banking sector.

The Problem With How We Define Social Entrepreneurship 

Social entrepreneurship is usually defined as “an entrepreneurial venture with a social mission – where all profits are funneled back into the business to further social mission”. Read this article to understand what is (or isn’t) wrong with that.

Silicon Valley Company Helps Immigrants Stay in US to Build Startups

Read this story about how a Silicon Valley company is sponsoring a tech startup idea from an immigrant in the US.

 

Inspiration 

Meet the 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs Changing Europe in 2017

Go through this list and be inspired as you read about 30 entrepreneurs who are still under 30 and already making waves in Europe.

6 Lessons For Social Entrepreneurs From 2016

While 2016 is now a thing of the past, let us not forget every single thing from it. Here are 6 lessons from the past year that we can take with us.

25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017

Here are some entrepreneurs to watch out for in 2017. Check them out!

 

If you have events, news, or inspirational notes you would like to share here, send it through at hello@startsomegood.com. Tag it with “TWISE” in the subject line. 

 


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2017: A Year for Social Entrepreneurs

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Some of you may be entering the year feeling a bit like these guys look.

Despite all the tumult of 2016 I enter 2017 strangely optimistic.

Despite my fears and disappointments, things also have a stark and refreshing clarity to them.

Now is a time for social entrepreneurs.

It’s clear that we can’t rely on our political leaders and processes to create a more equitable and sustainable future. In country after country, politics has snarled to a stop as the ability to compromise seems to evaporate, or been captured entirely by those with little regard for the role of government. Regardless of how you vote and what you believe, now is not the time to sit back and wait for others to make things right.

Instead, you are going to have to help create the future you want to see, if we’re to have any chance of seeing it at all.

The future doesn’t just happen, and by the time it becomes the present everything that matters has already happened. The future is the product of the decisions and actions we take individually and collectively that influence the present we live into. Is it more or less equal, connected, sustainable, just? Do current trends, positive and negative, continue, pause, decline? Which stories do we hear, which voices to we respect, who participates and who is missing?

You have only two choices.

You can either help create the future or you can live in the past, living in the wake of decisions made by others.

If you care about the future, if you have an idea for how to make things better, we need you now. Traditional sources of influence for the common good are weakening, but new forms of collective power are emerging, and the onus is on us to use and master the tools that give rise to these.

Crowdfunding is one of these tools.

At StartSomeGood our mission is to help non-profits, social entrepreneurs and community groups to create the future we need, and in particular to support more innovative projects and emerging social impact organizations and forms – such as social enterprises – commonly ignored by traditional funders.

We are deeply fortunate to work with inspiring changemakers every day, so it’s impossible for us to feel anything other than hopeful. As we go into this new year we re-dedicate ourselves to working in the service of innovation and innovators, to keep increasingly our already industry-leading project success rate, to growing our reaching and community and to create more co-funding opportunities and link you to more investment, so we can move faster and improve more lives.

And so I feel optimistic.

With challenge comes opportunity and today we have a unique opportunity to make a difference. Greater interconnectedness and access to new tools and technologies has made so much possible, and it’s clear more and more emerging leaders are dedicating themselves to creating a positive social impact all the time.

If we can help you launch your social impact project this year, please get in touch! We’d love to help you do crowdfunding right.

 

Tom

Co-founder, StartSomeGood

 

PS. I want to help some of you start 2017 with a bang! I will personally donate $50 to every campaign that launches on StartSomeGood by January 13, and $25 to any that launch by January 31, when you used the Referral Code HAPPYNEWYEAR (in the extra’s tab when you’re creating your campaign). I’ll also share on twitter and do my best to see you succeed.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s do this.

 


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Igniting Passion

StartSomeGood team at our global retreat.

Stars in the StartSomeGood constellation share some of what drives their passion and purpose. Check in with Luke Pearson, Tom Dawkins, Kathryn Kreps and Stephanie Arrowsmith on what gets them out of bed in the morning and keeps them going throughout the day.

I asked this inspiring quartet how did they first become passionate about change-making? luke_pearson_creative_commons_paul_hagonLuke said: “I have always been passionate about making positive changes in the world but I didn’t always know how to go about it, and I guess I am still learning things every day about the best way to get people to change their minds about a given issue, or to get active in causes they believe in. Once upon a time I was a teacher, and inspiring a belief that we can all have a positive impact in the world around us in big or small ways was the main reason I became a teacher, but really it was when I took to social media that I saw an opportunity to effect change on the issues I care about, just by telling my stories and watching it resonate with like-minded people around Australia and overseas as well.”

Tom Dawkins also had an early start in changemaking:”I grew up in a politically-minded household, but it was at the age of 16, during a year-old student exchange in the US, that I discovered my sense of purpose. I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend an amazing event in San Francisco – the State of the World Forum – as one of 32 youth representatives from 28 countries, which awakened in me a strong commitment to being a changemaker. TDSSGThe experience I had – of being included, empowered and having my voice heard – was one I felt strongly that all young people, and all people, deserved access to. While I had been the beneficiary of this system I knew the current model of “youth empowerment” was broken. It was haphazard, tokenistic and biased towards wealth. I felt we had to find ways to do better, to activate more people as changemakers and give them the tools, support and encouragement to help them succeed, and that’s more or less what I’ve been working on ever since, with a particular interest in how technology can create more accessible platforms for community-building and changemaking, such as StartSomeGood!”

Beyond systems and at the heart of all changemaking is pebeMWWKPaople according to Kathryn: “I’ve always had what could charitably be called an overdeveloped sense of justice. From an early age I saw that people around me didn’t always have access to the same opportunities, and that never sat right. Over the years my activism has taken many forms, but I’ve never lost people-first focus.”

Making a shift from Indonesia to Australia set the scene for Stephanie to get her first taste of activism in high school.  “I started volunteering for the Oaktree Foundation when I was 17 years old as an ambassador for the Make Poverty History Roadtrip: a national campaign to increase Australia’s contribution to foreign aid and increase public awareness around Australia’s role in international development. It was the first time I got to experience what it was like to be part of a movement that resulted in tangible policy change and action (our PM increased foreign aid to 0.5% GDP – an all time high for Australia!). This involvement with Oaktree led me to take up more leadership positions, align my studies towards international health and development and work in the field projects in India, Guatemala, Indonesia and remote Western Australia. After experiencing developments at the grassroots, I took up a role in campaigning and advocacy with Global Poverty Project in New York City – which gave me yet another perspective on digital activism on a global scale, working with multilateral organisations, corporations and world leaders to influence change.  Since I can remember I’ve always been fired up about poverty alleviation, exploring solutions at a grassroots level as well as at a structural and policy level. dHbXUs-GBefore moving to Australia, I was born and raised in Indonesia and was constantly exposed to extreme inequality that I couldn’t quite understand or accept, so it was hard to ignore. Getting a better education and having the safety of living in a place like Australia was not just an opportunity – it was a responsibility to do something meaningful with my life and to ensure future generations don’t have to face the injustices we have today.”

 

How did your passion get ignited?


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Interview Spotlight: Drizzle

An interview with Drizzle, a clothing company founded to provide sustainable funding for youth environmental initiatives.

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Where did you get the original inspiration for this project?

As many non-profits struggle to acquire funding to run their programs, we wanted to develop a sustainable source of income for our youth environmental initiatives by creating a social enterprise clothing company. We have always had a passion for apparel and sustainable fashion, and after doing a bit of research, we dove right into it.

Why did you decide to crowdfund?

Crowdfunding is a great way to raise money AND build a community of support. We want Drizzle Apparel Co. to become not only a great social enterprise, but also a movement for environmental youth empowerment. Crowdfunding is allowing us to accomplish both goals.

One of the shirts available for purchase through Drizzle.

Design for a future Drizzle shirt.

What does ultimate success look like for you and your project?

Ultimate success for us is empowering a generation of youth to protect the planet and take into account the environment into every decision they make. Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders, and we believe if they are empowered to protect our planet, they will consider the health of our environment in every decision they make as adults.

What are you enjoying most about StartSomeGood?

The StartSomeGood community is fantastic. The team has been extremely supportive and helpful, and those who follow along have been very supportive as well. I know that if we reach our goal, we will have the StartSomeGood community to thank.

To learn more about Drizzle, or to pledge support, visit here.


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Not Just Another Crowdfunding Platform: Our Partnerships Help You Double Your Money

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If you’re an impatient social entrepreneur reading this, here’s the gist: we partner with businesses, foundations and governments to boost the funds raised by selected social benefit projects on our site, often by providing up to half your funding goal up-front. We have three of these opportunities open right now – find them under the “Funding Opportunities” heading on our homepage.

If you want to know how and why we arrived at this model, read on…

How Best to Support Change?

If you’ve been with us for any length of time you know this, but StartSomeGood was founded with a mission to help innovative community benefit projects share their stories and raise the funds they need to launch, whether run by a social enterprise, a not-for-profit or a local community group or changemaker.

Like all the other crowdfunding platforms out there, our focus was (and remains) to build great tools to help for you to rally your community. For many platforms, that’s all they do, leaving projects to sink or swim entirely on their own. But we wanted to go further than that, because it was never about throwing projects out there, it was about helping them to succeed, and this, we rapidly learned, meant also focusing on coaching entrepreneurs on how to use these tools effectively.

We put more emphasis on coaching and supporting people to set up projects which succeed, which is why we have the highest success rate in cause crowdfunding.

But still, we were dissatisfied.

There are great ideas out there that struggle to get the attention of funders – particularly those with the capacity to make bigger investments – and which fail to gain the momentum they need to reach their goals, despite the quality or importance of the idea. While crowdfunding is an amazing tool for making new things possible it’s not a meritocracy with regards to those ideas. Those with more resources, connections, marketing experience and time will naturally tend to do better.

We kept asking ourselves how we could best help the best projects, based on the quality of their ideas, and help connect them with potential funders.

The answer came to us thanks to a conversation with ING DIRECT Australia. They had a somewhat different problem they wanted to solve: they were keen on supporting more grassroots projects, but uncertain about how to differentiate between the volume of ideas they were likely to receive without staffing up a major foundation, which they didn’t want to do. They also wanted to better leverage all their resources, including their communications channels and relationships, to support these projects, not simply provide a grant.

And a new approach to funding innovation was born.

Introducing Crowdmatch

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We now call this model Crowdmatch, and we’re really excited about how well it works for both entrepreneurs, who get a huge boost at the start of their campaigns, and for our funding partners, who see their risk reduced, their funds go further and their community get more involved.

Crowdmatch sees a funding partner support a group of projects either from the start of their crowdfunding campaign, by providing up to half of the funds they are seeking, which then needs to be matched by the community, or at the end, based on meeting specific goals.

The goal of Crowdmatch is to better connect philanthropic giving with community aspirations and impact investing with market input.

The combination  gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits the best chance to raise the funds and rally the community backing they need to do good, while making institutional funding more targeted and impactful.

With ING DIRECT we are now into our third year of Dreamstarter and the sixth cohort of projects supported through the program will launch in two weeks. Through Dreamstarter ING DIRECT have invested about $200,000 in community benefit projects and together we have helped them crowdfund more than $300,000 more, with a 90% participant success rate.

We are working hard to increase the number of these opportunities available. Just in the last week we have launched two new opportunities.

New Crowdmatch Opportunities:

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The Social Enterprise Design Challenge presented by the English Family Foundation is a rare and exciting opportunity for Australian-based non-profit social enterprises to design and test a “visionary” new project.

It will fund four projects for half their fundraising goal, up to $15,000 each. Find out more about what they’re looking for and how to apply here. Applications due by May 5.

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The Young Changemakers Crowdmatch will support Australian changemakers aged 18-29 to develop and run crowdfunding campaigns, with $5,000 in match funds going to the projects with the most supporters and most funds raised at the end. Participating projects will get help from experts in both organisations and have their campaigns promoted to over 150,000 people.

Find out more and how to apply here. Applications due May 1.

Why just Australian opportunities? Because that’s what these particular partners are looking to fund and who is live right now, but we hear you, we want to create opportunities for everyone reading this and are in discussions with potential Crowdmatch partners in several countries. If you would like to see this model available to great projects in your country we would love your suggestions for potential partners as we are looking for new partners to add new opportunities all around the world! And if you are that potential partner, well….

Interested in Changing the World Together?

You can find out more about partnership opportunities with StartSomeGood here and when you’re ready get in touch with us here. We’d love to talk with you about collaboration!

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