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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Law and Social Enterprise Fellows Anurag Gupta and Aroma Sharma of NYU School of Law are hosting Legal Bootcamp for Social Entrepreneurs on Tuesday, May 21st at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 and the session will provide activists, entrepreneurs, and social innovators with a framework for thinking about corporate structure and financing. 
  • Microsoft YouthSpark is sponsoring Challenge for Change which offers you the chance to share how you want to spark positive change in your community and the world. If you are between 18 and 25 and want a chance to win an epic life-changing experience volunteering in Kenya this summer, $2,500 to initiate your idea into a reality, a Microsoft technology bundle, and the opportunity to serve as a Microsoft YouthSpark ambassador for a year, enter the challenge with your idea by May 24th.
  • Each October, Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation fellows get the chance to gain exposure for their organizations, establish a community of support, and receive a $10,000 financial contribution for their venture at Chicago Ideas Week. If you are 35 or younger and have a venture that is innovative and addresses compelling social needs then you should apply to this fellowship by June 6th—winning could mean launching your venture to another level.
  • The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides platforms to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. The search and selection process has begun to recognize outstanding social entrepreneurs around the world. Global selection is open to all organizations based in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America.
  • Join guest speakers Joyce Sou, Manager at B Corps and Social Impact Metrics, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, and David Upton of Common Good Solutions for this free webinar—Social Finance Connects: Demonstrating Impact From Corporate Structures to Certifications.On Thursday, May 30th at noon US EST, this webinar will cover corporate structures and certifications which help social enterprises demonstrate their impact.  


Shawn D. Ross

I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: and


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Legal Structures for Social Good: Thursday November 17 

Though most people know StartSomeGood best for our focus on helping social good ventures raise both the financial capital necessary to transform their ideas into action and impact, and the relational capital to rally their supporters behind their vision, we also promote a third crucial pillar: intellectual capital.  To this end, we host webinars aimed at arming social entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to be better equipped to take on the myriad challenges they face.  

Though our webinar series is normally restricted just to ventures on our site, in recognition of the broad interest in this month’s topic, we want to open up November’s webinar to the entire SSG community.  Keen to learn more?  Read on!

What: This webinar is focused on the most basic decision facing the social entrepreneur: How do you know when a for-profit or non-profit legal structure make the most sense for your social business? The presentation will cover the latest trend towards “hybrid” legalstructures, including the introduction and availability of the Benefit Corporation, L3C (low profit limited liability company), and Flexible Purpose Corporation in the United States. There will also be reference to similar structures available to social entrepreneurs across the globe, including the increasingly popular Community Interest Company recently authorized in the U.K.

Who: Peter studied political science and classical studies as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. He received his law degree from Seattle University School of law, graduating summa cum laude. Peter’s practice focused on environmental and land use law and litigation until about 6 months ago when he was presented with the opportunity to start the Apex Law Group with his current partners. Now at Apex Law, Peter’s practice centers on the legal issues facing a start-up businesses, and he focuses on helping entrepreneurs seeking to make a social impact with their venture. Peter enjoys an inspiring presentation and he loves to spend time with his family enjoying the culture and outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. 

When: Thursday November 17 at 4pm US Pacific time/7pm US EDT/11am Australian EST (Friday 18th)/1pm New Zealand DT (Friday 18th).

RSVP: Spaces are very limited, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  To secure your spot, please email for webinar details.