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The Start of a Change: Health for America seeks to transform health innovation

In mid-2012, cardiologist Kapil Parakh and management and health professional Madhura Bhat pooled their experience of US healthcare to set up an innovative fellowship program. Inspired by Lean Startup methodology,…

The Power of Youth: Using the Tech Startup Mentality to Solve Healthcare Challenges

Addressing delegates at the International Youth Day conference in August 2001, then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan proclaimed, “Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation.” In…

India’s New Age Investor, Inspired To Create A Global Brand

India has been referred to as a ‘hotbed’ for social enterprise and startups. Millennials are turning to careers in tech and innovation, launching their own ventures instead of signing up…

Weekly Roundup: Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mobile Banking and OWS

Global Entrepreneurship Week Invokes the Startup Spirit “New firms are indeed the greatest source of new wealth for struggling economies and a powerful weapon against poverty.”  – Jonathan Ortmans, president…

Skillshare’s Michael Karnjanaprakorn 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…

How Novozymes Aims To Create A Profitable Social Enterprise In Africa

Some people look at sub-Saharan Africa and see conflict, hardship, and poverty. Others look at Africa and see a potential market in the millions of people who constitute the Base…

Movirtu – Building a Virtual Mobile Phone for the BoP

Heard of cloud computing?  Probably, yes.  Heard of the cloud phone?  Similar idea, different medium. Despite the growing number of mobile users worldwide, many still have to borrow phones to…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Collaboration

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…

SunSaluter Wins Social Good Summit’s Startups for Good

A 19-year old woman won the Social Good Summit’s Startups for Good challenge last week. Eden Full’s presentation to the panel of judges as a finalist was so impressive that…

Sanitation In A Bag

Anne Nudge is a Sales Representative for Peepoople AB, a Swedish social enterprise that, last October, launched a pilot project in Silanga, marketing and selling “The Peepoo”– a single-use, personal toilet that sanitizes human excreta shortly after defecation, preventing the feces from contaminating the surrounding environment. After just a few weeks, the bag transforms the waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Twitter Roundup: July 22 – Lessons from failure, debating citizen journalism, and SocEnt career paths

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: Whether you’re new to…

PresenTense: A sectarian model of social entrepreneurship

PresenTense, started in 2007 and inspired by the famous Y Combinator model, has flourished into a full-fledged ecosystem for social enterprise in a sectarian community. The organization matches teams of…

Fossil free and politically correct: A biofuel company’s founder shares his story

Filled up your tank lately? Not only is it expensive, but it’s also hard – and, after the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last spring, getting harder…

Apps for Good: Bottom-up technological innovation by youth

“When you go to a group of young girls in East London and say, do you want to program? They’ll probably run away,” Iris Lapinski joked. But last year, she…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: The money trail

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…