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Twitter Roundup: February 11 – Entrepreneurship toolkits, inspiring female innovators, and strategic knowledge sharing

   /   Feb 11th, 2011News

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 latest annual Lemelson-MIT Index, which gauges Americans’ perceptions about invention and innovation, indicates a need to educate women about translating their skills and academic interests into entrepreneurial careers. The study shows that 42 percent of young women show a “strong affinity for math and science.” However, less than 10 percent of these young women earn their college degrees in technical majors such as computer and information sciences, engineering or math. But it’s not all bad news: the FastCompany blogger also reveals key factors that contribute to women emerging as leaders in innovation.
Knowledge management: growing social enterprises together via @guardian #socent
Emily Darko
Contrary to the belief that ideas should be privately owned and protected, The Guardian reports that knowledge management is becoming valued as a way for growing social enterprises in the UK to efficiently share information. Perhaps the trend is due to slimmer budgets, or the emergence of companies that have similar goals and values.
If you’re trying to start up a social enterprise but need some guidance, there are some free tutorials or “toolkits” out there that are designed specifically for social entrepreneurs. Here Ashoka reviews three of them.
State and national governments around the world are testing out a new idea for social improvement programs, called social impact bonds, the New York Times reports. The plan allows nonprofit groups like foundations  to take on traditional government roles, such as job training, and in return they receive governmental funding, but only if agreed-upon benchmarks show that the program is working.
Seeking America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs #socent
SEE Change Magazine’s third annual roundup of America’s most promising social entrepreneurs is coming up. They’re looking for companies that place social missions right at the heart of their operations, and who have results that demonstrate their capacity to achieve those goals. You can submit yourself or another company for nomination on their website, until March 31st.

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  2. On a related note – there is a group in San Francisco that has been helping low income women start their own businesses for 20 years. I hope they can partner with Startup America and spread their program across the country.