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Closing the Pioneer Gap

More money than ever is flowing into impact investing, yet many entrepreneurs creating companies that serve the poor still find it difficult to raise capital, particularly at the early stages of their company’s growth. (Originally posted on the Stanford Social Innovation Review) Husk Power Systems, a growing social business, burns rice husks to generate power and provide electricity to low...

Seattle, the city of the Future

What other city has a Mayor who can tell a story in just five minutes?
Listen below to Mayor Mike McGinn at Ignite Seattle talk about Seattle, the city of the future.  A talk not too much different from his opening remarks at #SocEnt Weekend: Next 50, and at the opening of the Center for Impact and Innovation.

The Next Step, the 5-week Workshop

UPDATE: The workshop is over. If you are interested in future workshops, contact us and let us know of your interest. Working on a startup idea but don’t know the first step? Or the next step? Did you just complete a Startup Weekend, #SocEnt Weekend or other hackathon and wondering what comes next?  Have you thought of a must-have product or service, but have no idea how to get from idea to...

Impactful Innovation

The past month in Seattle has seen an incredible surge of efforts around sustainable, conscious, impactful business.  Showcased across four events, more than four dozen emerging, impactful, social enterprises have shared their stories with the city and with the world. The tsunami of activity began on September 23rd at the Fledge “Demo Day”, where seven “fledgling” companies shared their visions...

Fledge, the Certified B Corporation accelerator

Fledge is exceedingly happy to announce today that it has received certification as a B Corporation. What exactly is a B Corporation? These are companies which realize that capitalism can be a force of good in the world. Companies that can be a benefit to the world.  The “B” in B Corporation stands for “benefit”. These are companies which believe that shareholder values...

Improving the World… One Weekend at a Time

What can be done to improve the world in a single weekend?  A whole lot more than you probably think. The world is full of big, important problems.  Issues of sustainability, pollution, community, unemployment, etc.  The 50 attendees of #SocEnt Weekend: Next 50 spent last weakened with the goal of solving some of these problems, while learning about social enterprise and having fun doing it...

“Demo Day” Webcast

Seven inspiring companies with the potential impact to improve the lives of billions… to save millions of lives… to make it easy to share and reuse the planet’s limited resources… to make it easy for us to share our time with those in need… to recreate the world where we know our neighbors… and to work with those neighbors to create the world we want to live in...

Bloom (Seattle)

Bloom is an event focused on innovation in sustainability: environmental, social, and economic.  Eight speakers will share their stories; what’s new and what’s making an impact.  We want our attendees to leave the event with their minds expanded and hearts inspired by learning about what people are building for a more sustainable world. We’ve got a killer lineup of speakers...

#SocEnt Weekend: Next 50

Ready to try your hand at being a social entrepreneur?  Have an idea that you would like to turn into a company, but are not sure where to start, or what to do next?  Or are you eager to join the movement of socially-minded companies, with no idea of your own, but talents to share with others? #SocEnt Weekend is a 50-hour, one-weekend, hands-on workshop, where you can learn how to be a social...

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