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Dear Silicon Valley: America’s fallen out of love with you [Guest post]

My friend Ross Baird over at Village Capital posted a great bit of advice for the “tech” crowd in TechCrunch today: Dear Silicon Valley,  You used to be the envy of the world. Over the last decade I’ve seen countless cities try to become you, from the Silicon Savannah to the Silicon Bayou. At last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford’s campus, hundreds of entrepreneurs...

The Global Impact Accelerator Program, powered by Fledge

The Global Impact Accelerator Program is the first accelerator helping global impact businesses move to Canada under its Startup-Visa Program. This is a comprehensive, 4-month program powered by Fledge, operated by Spring.is targeting companies in healthcare, progressive food, sustainability, creative economy, and cleantech. Based in Vancouver, the Canadian leader for impact entrepreneurship, and...

Five Years of Impact… Measured

Fledge is over five years old, and for that half decade and more the industry has been debating how to measure the impact of a company and a portfolio.  Using the Pinchot Impact Index, Fledge is able to not only do that, but also to show how that measure changes from session to session. More specifically, we measure three levels of impact for our portfolio of fledglings: the potential of the idea...

Why Fledge Works [TL;DR]

Do accelerators really help is the second most asked question in the industry after how do I apply? That would seem an odd question almost twelve years after the birth of the modern business accelerator, except for the fact that there were hundreds of useless business incubators back in the dot com boom.  This is an industry with a multi-decade history of big promises.  And industry with...

Fledge11 in Barcelona

Fledge is excited to announce its third city: Barcelona, Spain. For 2017, Fledge9 is in Seattle April-June, Fledge10 back in Lima July-September, and Fledge11 in Barcelona September-November. Applications for Fledge Peru are due April 15st and as soon as we’re done reviewing those, we’ll open application for Fledge Barcelona. €15,000 per team, hundreds of mentors, and the same...

Why Seattle?

Why would an entrepreneur drop everything to be in Seattle for two months?  How can that be best for a young company? Simple, success for startups lies beyond the founding team.  Success lies in finding customers, investors, and partners.  More often than not, finding such people is a serendipitous process centered around networking.  To build a bigger network, you need to get out of your circle...

What is Impact?

Fledge is an impact accelerator, working with mission-driven for-profit startups from around the world, helping them achieve their impacts by teaching them how to succeed in their businesses. But what do we mean by impact? “What is impact?” is a question asked each year at SOCAP, at every Big Path Capital event, every Toniic gathering and Investors Circle national meeting.  This...

Measuring Impact, four years later

One of the biggest challenges of impact investing is in measuring the impact of the investments.  One would think that this would be an easy, solved problem, but it is far from simple.  The impact ecosystem is still working through multiple methods of measurements, few of which provide a single value which can be summed, compared, and tracked over time. The Pinchot Impact Index is one proposed...

A short history of accelerators

From the mouth of one of the inventors of the modern accelerator, Brad Feld, how accelerators came to be and why they work. Given Fledge is based on the program and learnings of TechStars, this is highly relevant to our program too, despite Fledge being focused on impact vs. technology.

Thank you Fred Wilson for pointing out the video.

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...

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