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Starting From Scratch: The challenge of sticking to a social mission during product development

When you look at a business plan, it can all seem so simple: design product, sell product. Right? In reality, there are countless obstacles to climb over between envisioning a…

Twitter Roundup: July 1 – Investment geographies, artisan cooperatives and global energy shifts

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: Why are certain…

5 Strategies for Scaling Social Impact

What does it mean to scale social impact? And why exactly is scaling important to the social change sector? Those questions were the focus of the recent Social Impact Exchange…

Twitter Roundup: June 24 – “Changemaker” dads, celebrity water projects and roads to development

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: The NYTimes has caught…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Keeping the momentum

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…

What do you need to do your job better? Reporting on SOCAP/Europe

In Amsterdam from May 30th – June 1st, the SOCAP/Europe conference brought together 650+ people from around the world to discuss money and meaning. The result was a packed 3-day…

Twitter Roundup: June 17 – Innovation ecosystems, the future of impact investment, and a how-to for investees

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: This Stanford Social Innovation…

Never too young to start: one high-schooler wins Ashoka’s youth technology campaign for an assisted living device company

Most 17 year-olds are focused on hanging out with friends, sports, getting into college, or their summer vacation plans. Then there are those exceptional ones who can’t wait until adulthood…

Slideshow: Inzozi Nziza creates a market for ice cream in Rwanda

It’s an unlikely place for an ice cream shop, and an even more unlikely batch of people to be running it. Inzozi Nziza, or “Sweet Dreams” in Kinyarwanda, is Rwanda’s…

Counterintuitive innovation that works: Five takeways from Stima Systems at SOCAP

“We don’t sell our products, we don’t market them, and we don’t take them to our clients” -  CEO Konrad App of micro-leasing solar energy company Stima Systems. Showcasing at…

Twitter Roundup – June 10: Too many suits, supermarket rooftop farms and the empathy economy

In an interview with NextBillion, founder of Ashoka Bill Drayton argues that empathy will be the key to successful and healthy economies for the next generation. Nothing short of a…

Twitter Roundup – June 3: Top five innovators in global development, sustainable fashion and engaging the BoP

Not only is the concept behind the startup genome project impressive, but the story behind it is interesting as well – it was created by an 18 year-old who set…

POPse revs up the UK’s social enterprise sector

It’s normal for any movement to find itself stuck in a rut from time to time. And with the global recession still having an effect on the market, the social…

Kevin Jones of SOCAP explains why big, bad capital markets should inspire hope instead of fear

Next week, SOCAP, promoting the flow of capital towards social good by bringing together social entrepreneurs, investors, and institutions, holds its fourth annual conference at Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam….

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: The importance of surveying the field

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…