Collaborative consumption is a movement sweeping the world, inspiring entrepreneurs to re-imagine how we access resources and build community, earn a living and find a helping hand.
Collaborative consumption initiatives often have a strong social dimension, either by reducing our consumption towards more sustainable levels via sharing resources or by creating social and education capital by sharing meals or knowledge. This has become an important part of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem, a model for creating change in any community.
We have seen this trend both on our fundraising site and at our events. Our Pitch Some Good event at SXSW this year was dominated by collaboration consumption initiatives, and won by collaborating learning platform HourSchool.
On StartSomeGood we have seen a number of successful initiatives in this space, from food-sharing through Real Good Food, redistributing children’s clothes to families in need through the Dandelion Support Network and sharing space and collaboratively funding young social entrepreneurs through Vibewire.
Today we are pleased to announce a partnership with The Sharing Engine to further support social entrepreneurs working in this space. The Sharing Engine provides technical infrastructure for peer-to-peer sharing networks, making it easier to implement a proven system and focus on where the real magic happens, in building a trusting community.
Ventures who raise funds on StartSomeGood will now be able to access The Sharing Engine’s platform at a significant discount, making the pathway to impact a little shorter and easier for ambitious social entrepreneurs.
As always, if you have a project you are looking to raise funds to launch or scale, please get in touch!
Photo by Jason Tester made available on a creative commons license.
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