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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…

Ashoka at 30: Examining barriers and celebrating achievements at Ashoka’s Forum 2011

Since 1981, Ashoka has been providing financial and professional support to innovators intent on changing the world. To celebrate Ashoka’s 30th year in catalyzing social change, the organization is hosting…

Twitter Roundup: May 20 – Impact investing, filter bubbles, and rethinking technology’s possibilities

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: Impact investment has made…

Twitter Roundup: May 13 – The necessity of failure, crowdsourced projects and microconsignment

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: Buff up your…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Making an idea for social change become a reality

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…

Twitter Roundup: May 6 – State Department TechCamps, reality TV meets socent, and the case of Seventh Generation

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: Journalism in the developing…

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 29 – Solar powering the economy, academic bubbles and the scoop on Catchafire

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: While nonprofits obviously need…