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Too many good ideas (for boiling the ocean)

It is application season here again at Fledge, and with it, dozens of repeats of a very common first-time entrepreneurial mistake. A grand vision with multiple components, which as a whole, all implemented, all popular, would solve some problem or simply make people’s lives better. To the ears of the entrepreneur, it sounds wonderful. To anyone who doesn’t review hundreds of business plans each...

What Fledge Looks for in Applicants?

The selection criteria at Fledge, the conscious company accelerator are easy to explain.  1) Team, 2) Impact, and 3) Odds of success.  The subtleties within each of these concepts and the whole selection process takes a bit more explanation: 1. Team Unlike most of the other accelerators focused on social good, Fledge is behind the scenes, a for-profit impact investment fund.  We invest in every...

Not for Profit Only (Kauffman ID8)

Kauffman ID8 Nation highlights Seattle as the center of social entrepreneurship. A city full of companies and organizations that believe they can do well by doing good. With mentoring and financial support from older entrepreneurs Seattle’s younger entrepreneurs are discovering a new way of doing business. Learn how social entrepreneurs are making a living saving the world.   Featuring: Nick...

The Story of (Stuff) Solutions

THE STORY OF SOLUTIONS LET’S GROW SOLUTIONS TOGETHER The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal of Better. Over the coming year, we’ll be highlighting and supporting game-changing solutions that get us on the path to Better. And we’ll be looking to you for examples from where you...

Why business can be good at solving social problems

Michael Porter, professor from Harvard Business School, advocates that the structure of non-profits, NGOs and government assistant can never scale sufficiently to solve the major issues of the world, whereas the structure of for-profit business CAN scale. Scale is the key that I missed in my version of this talk… The key insight is that any philanthropic or government solution that works...

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...

The Next Step

Do you want to start a startup but don’t know the first step?  Or the next step?  Did you just complete a Startup Weekend, #SocEnt Weekend or other entrepreneurial training event? Have you thought of a must-have product or service, but have no idea how to get from idea to startup? The Next Step will be your guide, taking you step-by-step through the process from raw idea to operational...

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