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This Year in Social Entrepreneurship

Goodbye 2013, hello 2014—here’s to another year of starting good!

2013 saw 100’s of social good projects funded through StartSomeGood, and we’re hopeful 2014 will be even more successful thanks to all of you.

What else went on this past year in the world of social entrepreneurship? What do we have to look forward to in 2014?

Happy reading, changemakers—and a very Happy New Year from all of us here at StartSomeGood. 

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

StartSomeGood News: Help save an organic habitat for monkeys!

Brand New Good! Recently launched campaigns:

Align MD Foundation brings medical care to underserved populations throughout the world. They share tips and expertise that will last long after they leave, thus developing sustainable emergency medicine systems in the places that need them most. The tipping point goal of $1,200 will cover half of the major expenses for a mission trip to Ghana.

The Monkey Farm, an organic farm and habitat of howler and white-faced monkeys, is in danger of being burned down. To prevent this, they are raising funds to create a natural fire break. Reaching their tipping point goal of $10,530 will allow them to erect a fence and get a few grazing animals to begin creating a fire break.

People-Powered Game for Good is a virtual play-acting environment where templates, games, and more are used to bring collaborative dreams alive. They are looking to raise $50,000 to complete phase one of their pilot script, develop their rules of engagement, and create the initial foundation for the we-source library.

CounterAct is looking to raise at least $4,500 to support the development and delivery of training to activists on issues of environmental and social justice across Australia. 

A Little Less is raising money to buy food, clothes, and other essential food pantry needs for the community it serves in the southeastern Wisconsin area.

The Duty of Design’s success kits provide those in need with tangible empowerment tools. Their passion is to create a world where everyone, regardless of their financial limitations, can enter the workforce on even ground. Getting to their tipping point goal of $875 would allow for 50 participants to receive a basic success kit containing 10 customized resumes and cover letters, 25 business cards, and a catalog-carrier envelope. 

The Welcome Centre is seeking community support of $80,000 to achieve their goal of redeveloping the indoor and outdoor space of their space to better facilitate new and existing programs.

Let’s Celebrate! Recently tipped campaigns:

Chiko Roll had a modest $400 AUD goal to fix ‘Chiko’, a cooker that feeds 42 kids and 4 adults 3 meals a day. However, in just a few days’ time, they have already raised well over $900 AUD!

Liwanag at Pag-ibig is raising funds to help the people of Samar recover from the immense tragedy that was Typhoon Yolanda. All funds raised will be deposited into an account started by Western Samar Development Foundation for disaster relief.

Our future leaders need new skills and a global network to ignite change. Amani Institute provides both. Founded on the belief there is a discrepancy in what universities offer and what workplaces demand, Amani seeks to bridge this gap. With over $18,000 raised, they will be able to provide scholarships to enable future leaders to participate in their post-grad certificate program in Kenya.

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: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: essential business tips from Annie’s, Patagonia, and Fund Good Jobs

The first ever ‘Battle of the Boros’ social entrepreneur pitch competition is happening on January 16th at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center. Two lucky winners will win cash prizes in addition to some very valuable marketing, business, and consulting services. Pitch your idea to make an impact with NYC Do Good In Your Hood and join in on the rivalry between NYC’s five boroughs. 

Join Hanson Bridgett and Schaffer & Combs for the Sustainable Business Leadership Forum on Thursday, January 16th in San Francisco. This forum will address the link between impact measurement and fundraising success. 

This article addresses three lessons learned from some of the top social enterprises in the world. In Social Entrepreneurship Tips from Annie’s, Patagonia, and Fund Good Jobs, Kikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez discuss these three all-important lessons: 1. focus on quality, 2. transparency, and 3. find good partners. Are you following these best practices? Read on to learn more about how you can make the most out of your social enterprise.

Social entrepreneurship is a field that has captivated the public, the media, activists, philanthropists, and social change agents alike. The Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship through Stanford University will provide you with an enhanced understanding of the mechanisms of social innovation, business models, and develop new skills for networking and building relationships.

Shawn D. Ross

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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: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: learn the ins and outs of starting your very own social enterprise

  • Join Marcos, co-founder of Be Social Change, Monday, December 16th for Intro to Social Entrepreneurship: Opportunities, Challenges, and Trends. #SocEnt newbies, this is your chance to introduce yourself to the budding social entrepreneurship community in New York City. Hosted by the Makers Institute, you will gain a better understanding of social entrepreneurship, learn about new types of organizations and business models, and discover new opportunities and challenges for the future. 
  • Social Enterprise Alliance is on the hunt for compelling presenters to speak at Summit 14. SEA is seeking talented individuals involved in social enterprise to make the Summit 14 in Nashville a huge success. Deadline for submission is December 27th.
  • Lean startups are the businesses of the future, and Forbes has provided a really useful list for social entrepreneurs just starting off—10 videos of social good organizations using lean startup methods. These will help you learn about lean methods, see who is changing the world via lean methods, and to inspire you to flex your own lean startup muscles.
  • Civic Accelerator demo night takes place on January 16th at The Points of Light Civic Accelerator in New York City.  There, attendees can celebrate with the graduating class of the Fall 2013 Points of Light Civic Accelerator, and 15 entrepreneurs will present how they are solving some of the world’s toughest social issues while competing for $50,000 in seed funding.
  • MyBnk’s Enterprise-in-a-box is a step-by-step guide to setting up a social enterprise. This program for young entrepreneurs groups participants into teams and asks them to create business plans to sell an ethical product they are assigned. The aim is to teach young people about running their own social enterprise, preparing them for a future of disrupting the status quo.

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: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Do you have what it takes to become a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow?

The NYU R.E.A.L. Workshop Series continues in collaboration with NYU Reynolds. Next week, they are hosting an evening focused on emotional branding with Alan Hilburg, a leading authority and innovator in reimagining brands, with special guest Shaheen Sheik-Sadhal.

FastFWD is Accelerating Urban Innovation through entrepreneurship and collaboration. They are providing access to core problems, and then prioritizing and presenting them as the main target of entrepreneurial opportunity. Apply to become a FastFWD entrepreneur and receive non-equity fellowships, qualification for funded pilots, and training to attract venture capital.

The 2014 Hult Prize is now in its fifth year, allowing university students worldwide to team up to create start-ups for social good. They are now accepting applications, but only 300 start-ups will be invited to move on and pitch their ideas at one of six global locations. Up for grabs is $1 million in start-up funding. The final application deadline is December 17th.

The 2014 Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program is focused on reinventing and democratizing livelihoods. Fellows will explore changing global economies, the potential benefits and challenges of moving from big manufacturing to a distributed model, and how to ensure citizens are prepared to participate in these ever-changing contexts. 

Applications opened this week for the 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship. This exclusive annual fellowship is world renowned for a reason—this year it offers more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. In their first year alone, fellows receive up to $90,000 and participate in leadership development programs and gain access to a superstar network of previous Fellows.  

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: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: join Acumen Fund in their Global Fellows Program and be part of the next generation of social change leaders

  • Acumen’s Global Fellows Program trains the next generation of social impact leaders. This 12-month fellowship is for special individuals dedicated to serving the poor who have the business expertise and integrity needed to effect long-term social change. Enjoy top-notch leadership training, serve in the field with a social enterprise, and join a cohort of emerging leaders who will change the world— applications for this program are open through December 13th.
  • Brown University is piloting Innovate NYC, a new program run in collaboration with the Swearer Center for Public Service and CareerLAB. It provides opportunities for students to work on an engaging project for 2 weeks during winter break with a NY-based social enterprise or nonprofit. Many positions are available. Apply today through the Brown Student Job and Internship Board.
  • Join the University of South Wales & Enterprise Educators UK on December 4th at the Social Innovation: How Social Enterprise and Innovation can Drive Social Change event. Discover how social enterprise has driven social change, learn how enterprises can be established and financial resources sourced to create a sustainable social enterprise, and so much more!
  • The Digital Media, Digital Makers Conference on December 5th will address using digital participation to empower citizens. This is the final conference of the Sheffield Community Network (SCN) project. It brings together local and national players in the digital and creative economies to discuss the impact of SCN and the future. SCN promotes active participation in knowledge increasing activities and increases employment opportunities in Sheffield, UK.

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: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and  giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: The StartSomeGood giving guide will help get your holiday shopping out of the way early—and make you feel GOOD about it!

  • Now’s a better time than ever to get your holiday shopping underway. Really! It may seem a bit early, but you can take the stress out of all that last minute shopping by getting it all out of the way today. We here at StartSomeGood have your list covered with our StartSomeGood giving guide here on the blog. Check it out and you’ll find some of our favorite campaign rewards that make perfect gifts for anyone who cares about making a difference in the world. 
  • Live UnLtd and Free The Children are looking for the top 100 young social entrepreneurs in schools. The Social Sparks Competition will award up to £500 and give you the support you need to get started. 
  • The 2013 Social Enterprise Bootcamp Pitch Competition, hosted by Columbia University, NYU, and the School of Visual Arts in NYC,provides select social entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to receive cash prizes and business support services.  The application deadline is Monday, October 14th.
  • Interested in running a crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood for your social purpose organization, but not sure where to start? Check out this Free Crowdfunding Webinar hosted by the Lewis Education Group on the evening of October 16th. 
  • Deloitte has teamed with StartSomeGood in launching social innovation pitch events from various locations across Australia as part of the SIXAUS Changemakers Festival in November. We are looking for budding social entrepreneurs to take part! This is a wonderful opportunity, as the chosen entrepreneurs get to pitch their unique idea for social change to a special panel of Deloitte professionals, before a short Q&A session and feedback is provided. The event itself also offers the social entrepreneurs the chance to network with other social innovators and selected guests to further celebrate, explore and refine their ideas. Winners of each event may receive prizes such as mentoring or pro bono support to help develop their idea. If you are interested in taking part, please apply via the following link by no later than Friday, 18 October 2013. Apply now.

Written with the help of Shawn D. Ross

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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: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and  giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)

StartSomeGood News: a focus on youth!

Brand New Good! Recently launched campaigns:

Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI) helps children and young people whose families and lives are affected by mental illness. Reaching the tipping point goal of $5,000 will pay for one extra worker and on-boarding costs for one day per week for 6 months.

Project Crowd Herd is a self-replacing herd of cattle and sheep purchased by the crowd and managed by the Crowd Herd team to supply Foodbank Australia with a sustainable, ethical solution to their protein needs. Their tipping point goal of $100,000 will initiate the purchase of cattle and sheep, fund property improvements, and cover the cost of consulting services.

If we want to secure change, we must first educate our kids, so they have the knowledge they need to be the change. This is the mantra of 1World-Kids. It is an online resource for kids, created to deliver information for a global world. The tipping point funds will help create an exhibition and photo book of all the winning entries of their Because Together We Can competition.

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: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and  giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Mashable and Feast on Good focus on the future and DELL looks for ideas to improve global education

  • Join NBCUniversal and Feast on Good collaboratively build the stories we hope to see dominate the news of the future in #REVUP2050. 15 finalists with the most public engagement will be given the opportunity to address The Feast and call attendees to action in October.
  • Impact 8, launched by the MaRS Center for Impact Investing, is designed to fast-track social ventures to a higher stage of investment readiness. This will fill the gap in the existing support infrastructure for social ventures by focusing on the “missing middle.” Apply by July 12 to be part of this eight-week intensive course.
  • Mashable’s 2013 Social Good Summit in New York will take place from September 22nd through the 24th. With the theme #2030NOW, this summit will address where we are trying to go by 2030 and how we can use digital tools to get there.
  • How would you improve education access for primary students across the globe? The DELL Education Challenge is accepting entries until September 23rd for ideas that will revitalize primary K-12 education worldwide. Not only are all applicants automatically entered into the 2014 DELL Social Innovation Challenge, all semi-finalists get at least 4 hours of professional mentoring and winners receive seed funding and a paid trip to pitch their idea.

Shawn D. Ross

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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: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our siteto learn about how to start your own campaign.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Applications open for the Global Social Benefit Incubator’s 2013 cohort and students learn what it’ll take to build a New Economy

  • Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) for the 2013 cohort is accepting applications through July 15th. GSBI Online helps early-stage social enterprises that have the potential to create significant social impact through financially sustainable operations. Each accepted entrepreneur will be guided by two mentors who will provide hands-on assistance: an experienced Silicon Valley corporate-level executive, and a local in-country executive. Successful participants will graduate armed with a fundable plan for scaling their organization, including a business-plan summary presentation, an “elevator pitch,” and a one-year operating plan.
  • reRoute: Building Youth and Student Power for a New Economy, brought to you by the New Economics Institute, will bring together a diverse new generation of professionals from across the U.S. and Canada to share strategies, tools, and stories about creating a solidarity economy from the ground up in our communities and on our campuses. Join a diverse group of young professionals as they converge in NYC between July 19th and 21st. Registration is “pay what you can” through July 5th.
  • The 15th annual UK Social Enterprise Awards are now open. This year there are 10 categories, some of which are new, plus an award that recognizes five individual champions of the sector. The Social Enterprise Awards celebrate the pioneering work of Britain’s social enterprise movement, businesses that are regenerating communities and changing lives. All 10 categories are open to social enterprises, while some are also open to charities. Nominations are due by August 6th and the awards ceremony will be November 27th in London.
  • This is a really special opportunity for ladies in Nairobi, Kenya. On July 1st, join Young Women Social Entrepreneurs for some inspiration at the "How She Does It" Dinner with June Gachui, one of the few intellectual property lawyers in Kenya who has opted to specialize in entertainment and the creative industries. This is an amazing chance to grab some dinner with June and gain insight into your career path from an overwhelmingly successful woman. And don’t forget to bring your old clothes to contribute to the ongoing clothing drive for Heshima Kenya

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)