Meet the “Fledglings” (Summer 2012)

Seven exciting, inspiring teams make up the Summer 2012 cohort:   BURN Manufacturing BURN Manufacturing was created to address the enormous need for clean cook stoves in the developing world where 2 million people die each year from indoor cooking smoke.  BURN will locally manufacture 3 million high efficiency cook stoves in East Africa in the next 10 years that will impact the lives of 16.5...

A Fresh Take on Startup Accelerators for Social Enterprise

Some additional backstory on Fledge, from When people consider launching startup accelerators for social enterprises, there’s always the nagging question: Does the classic model work? Is three months enough to address the complicated issues founders must wrestle with? Michael “Luni” Libes has an answer. Libes has formed a new accelerator for mission-driven companies in Seattle called...

Applications are in.. Invitations are out..

Dozens of applications arrived by the June 30th midnight deadline, including one 22 seconds into July 1st.  Thank you to all who applied! The collection of teams and ideas is inspiring.  The potential impact across these companies, once launched, could reach across billions of people, spanning the less fortunate billion living on $1 or $2 per day to small business owners and other neighbors in...

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