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Visiting BURN Manufacturing

The other highlight of the Investors Circle visit to Nairobi was the visit to the factory where BURN Manufacturing builds its cookstoves.  Charcoal cookstoves, as charcoal is the most popular fuel used for cooking by urban and peri-urban Kenya. Factory, as in a fully-modern manufacturing facility, little different from those found in the U.S., Europe, Japan, or China.  One large building filled...

Visiting GreenChar in Kenya

Fledge has been importing African entrepreneurs to Seattle for the last two years.  This week we finally got to visit a few in their home country, as part of an impact investing trip with Investors Circle. Unsurprisingly, there is no substitute to seeing their businesses first-hand vs. seeing pictures and movies while sitting in downtown Seattle at the Impact Hub.  No amount of pictures can...

The Social Entrepreneur podcast

The Social Entrepreneur podcast is for aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs; and for those who want to make an impact on the world.  Stories about the grand challenges in the world and the solutions that they are creating. Why does Fledge exists???  Listen to the interview on Stitcher or Soundcloud or download it on iTunes. Links to the talks and companies mentioned in the interview: 1st...

This cab driver-turned-Seattle-entrepreneur may have solved one of Africa’s most deadly problems

Yusuf Tura came to Seattle as a lone refugee from Ethiopia at age 16 to escape war and conflict in the country at the time. Today, the Seattle cab driver’s life has been transformed by a decision he made after returning home in 2007. When he got to his home town, he was shocked. All the trees had been killed off and stripped away by pollution from stoves that burn wood and dung. The dirty...

The Social Innovation Benchmark 2015 Results

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, UBI Global is a thought leader in performance assessment of business incubators around the world where more than 400 business incubators and accelerators in over 70 countries participate. Through their international benchmark, UBI Global helps business incubators and accelerators become more efficient and competitive. For 2015, UBI benchmarked “Social...

Thank you mentors!

As the sixth session of Fledge nears completion, it’s time to remind the world that the program would not be as useful without all the visitors.  In the world of accelerators, we call all these people “mentors”, whether they meet with the team every week or just stop by to share some advice. Having that one single accolade keeps everything simple and egalitarian, but...

Best for the World

The B Corp ‘Best for the World List’ sets the gold standard for high impact companies and demonstrates any type of company can use business as a force for good For 2015, Fledge has been honored as “Best for the World” How did we make the list?  We earned a score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment of a company’s...

Introducing FledgeX

The worst part about running Fledge has been turning away the hundreds of entrepreneurs seeking help.  For Fledge6 (Spring 2015), this would have been more than 95% of all applicants, over 150 teams including hundreds of entrepreneurs from 45 countries. To fix this problem, Fledge is announcing FledgeX.  Our new Autumn program, bringing our full-scale, best-of-breed conscious company accelerator...

Fledge: Best for Community

The B Corp Best for the World List recognizes those companies creating the most impact for a better world.  Once again, Fledge has been recognized as one of the Best for Community Impact.

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