We are not genetically hardwired to be coooerative….a Harvard study suggests
IBM’s Research Lab in Nairobi tries to find frugal technological solutions for major problems
Can Social Investment or Performance Bonds bride that gap?
Social enterprise is growing across the UK. The top 100 enterprises reported average growth of 60% according to RBS. Combined turnover has grown by 85% from last year to £319.4m.
Today March 26, De correspondent announced in a press release that they have raised Eur 1 million through crowdfunding in just 8 days. In their campaign they applied four factors that seem to have helped them reach their goal: crowdfunding fit, realistic pricing, building trust and media expertise.
White space networks haven’t exactly revolutionized Internet access in the US, but that doesn’t mean the technology can’t have a major impact in countries that lack consistent access to the Internet. The latest project showing the power of white spaces is unfolding in Kenya, where a solar-powered network is bringing the Internet to people who aren’t even connected to an electric grid. It is serving a health care clinic in Burguret, a primary and secondary school in Male (that’s pronounced “mah-lay”), a secondary school in Gakawa, and a library in Laikipia. The network will be expanded to 20 locations in the coming months.
To make any venture a success, you must do three things brilliantly well. The first is to have a fantastic product, and the second fantastic marketing – in other words – ‘make it’ and ‘sell it’. The third thing is to ‘look after the money’. In all my work in public, social and private sector, I have never met anyone that could perform all three tasks to maximum effect.
It’s important for social businesses to get the balance right in their business model. The temptation is to put your efforts where your passion is – often in the ‘make it’ part.
The Hitachi Foundation is committed to finding and investing in young leaders who want to succeed and take their communities with them. They are America’s newest generation of entrepreneurs whose businesses are about making a living and making a difference. Our Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program identifies and supports inspiring young entrepreneurs whose work helps alleviate domestic poverty. This competitive program is open to entrepreneurs who are operating viable businesses in the United States with the dual purpose of making a difference and making a living. Eligible entrepreneurs must have launched their business before they reached age 30. In addition to a $40,000 grant, we provide awardees the ingredients they need to succeed, including leadership development, business mentoring, technical assistance and access to a network of peers and advisers. With our support and the support of our partner organizations — including Investors’ Circle, Social Venture Network, B Lab, and PICnet — these individuals can take their work and communities to the next level.
For the first time in 13 years, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) study of 59 economies shows that women are creating businesses at a greater rate than men in three economies and in four others, the rates are nearly equal.