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

   /   Jun 17th, 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:

Young entrepreneurs use personal passions to address social or environmental problems. #socent
Social Innovation

This Stanford Social Innovation Review article profiles the rise of NextGenNow leaders (next generation leaders leading now) and shows their ascendance to be fueled by sheer entrepreneurial might. It tracks the story of one entrepreneur who followed his bliss and resisted conformity, and over time brought a few ventures to success.

Intelligent Evolution: Six new, unique ecosystems where entrepreneurs thrive #socent
Ashoka Changemakers

Is there a method to the madness of entrepreneurship? Daniel Isenberg, blogging for the Economist, says yes: it’s a matter of the right “ecosystem” being in place for entrepreneurship to thrive. He breaks down the elements of an environment that’s conducive to innovation.

According to research by J.P. Morgan, opportunities for social impact investment are likely to increase over the next ten years, as reported by the social investment site SocialFunds. The five emerging market sectors where they predict growth are: housing, rural water delivery, maternal health, primary education, and financial services. The article outlines some of the reasons these markets are appealing to investors, as well as the challenges faced by the impact investment sector, like the ability to effectively and uniformly measure social impact.

RT @schwabfound: Share this useful Social Investment guide for Social Entrepreneurs (Free download) #socent
Acumen Fund

If you’re looking for investors to help get your social enterprise off the ground, take a look at the free Social Investment Guide, created by a coalition of think-tanks and researchers, and released at the Social Capital Markets conference in Amsterdam a few weeks ago. The guide has tips on approaching and forming relationships with investors as well as information about relevant topics such as due diligence.

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