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VilCap: Entrepreneurial investment beyond just cash

Investment is often conceived as simply an application of capital toward future gains, but it can also materialize in other forms, such as time, information, or people. Village microfinance groups…

Twitter Roundup: April 15 – Leadership don’ts, investment advice, and positive deviants

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: It’s important for…

Opposing child labor with consumer demand: Nina Smith of GoodWeave

April 16th marks the anniversary of the death of Pakistani rug-slave-turned-activist Iqbal Massih who championed work against child labor and inspired the work of GoodWeave, a market-based solution to child…

The importance of reaching out: Cindy Cooper of Speak Shop

In this series social entrepreneurs discuss the importance of sharing their big idea and reaching out to others. From  making business partners out of strangers to saving flooded headquarters, our contacts and future contacts…

4food: Creating healthy, sustainable, fast-food meals

While you can’t force people into eating healthfully, perhaps you can make it into an enjoyable or interesting experience, which they’re more likely to choose. That’s the approach that 4food,…

Natalia Oberti Noguera on launching the Pipeline Fund Fellowship

Natalia Oberti Noguera is on a mission to increase funding to for-profit social ventures by empowering more women to become investors and approach giving in a different way. Last year,…

Starting from scratch: Rubina Design’s founder on building a social enterprise

Bringing an idea to life is a little like launching a rocket: the moment is fueled by many patient hours spent studying, researching, planning, searching for resources, building a team,…

On Fundraising: Kit Jenkins of Raw Art Works

The best social innovations can get stalled in the ideas-phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: the strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

What Kids Can Do

In an era of increasing anxiety about America’s education systems and headlines that ring alarms about US students’ poor international ranking, Barbara Cervone and Kathleen Cushman are working on a…

Interview: St. Bernard Project founders on risk-taking

In our risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White shed light on the value of risk-taking. By interviewing social innovators about bold steps they’ve…

World Water Day: Wello on developing solutions in the water crisis

Over one billion people around the globe don’t have access to clean running water. There are no faucets; water must be carried into the home in arms, and on heads,…

Retelling and rethinking masculinity

Why are gender-based issues primarily considered “women’s” issues? Josie Lehrer founded the Men’s Story Project (MSP) to rethink this faulty truism. Intended for local replication, the MSP uses performance and…

Unintended consequences: Christian Pena of Conexiones

Starting a social enterprise is full of surprises. In this series entrepreneurs discuss unintended consequences on the path of social innovation and how they adjusted to new circumstances — from…

Quench: Development lessons in a startup

International development projects have long been subject to critiques that they are unsustainable, inattentive to local needs and overly costly. But young self-starters continue to see value in bringing their…