Twitter Roundup: February 4 – The crowd(source) goes wild, startup inspiration, and social enterprises at the Superbowl
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:
Nominations are open now through March 31st for PopTech’s Social Innovation Fellows program. Between ten and twenty winning world-changers will have the opportunity to attend a five-day, all-expense paid training program, as well as the annual PopTech conference, where they can present their projects to attendees.
The crowdsourced funding craze is picking up steam. Newly launched 33needs is a site where socially-minded startups can raise initial seed funding from individual contributors on the Web. Social startups post their funding goals and explain their mission and business plan. Users invest $10 - $1000 and get a promised percentage of revenues over a specified period of time.
Get a daily dose of inspiration from StartUp Quote, where prominent entrepreneurs like FourSquare founder Dennis Crowley and Google co-founder Larry Page are displayed as bobbing heads sharing snippets of wisdom – a fun way to start out the day.
The social entrepreneurship trend is making its way into the halls of prestigious business schools like the Wharton School. The top-ranked program plans to roll out a new curriculum for its MBA students in 2012 that integrates social enterprise into its core classes.
In an attempt to boost the brand’s image, Pepsi’s Refresh Project will use precious, and expensive, Super Bowl air time to run a contest to fund social media projects. Voting began on February 1, and the projects that receive the most votes will be funded by Pepsi, which expects to spend $20 million to fund thousands of projects.
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