Artemisia, Artemisia is an entrepreneurial organization with a global outlook that inspires, develops, and connects people to build a new generation of mission-driven businesses whose products and services contribute to reducing poverty. These social businesses leverage market mechanisms to improve quality of life at the base of the pyramid while becoming financially independent and profitable.
Artemisia helps develop human capital for the field of social business both in Brazil and further afield, encouraging an entrepreneurial culture with a social purpose. Past collaborations have included such countries as Argentina, Colombia, Senegal, Mali, France, England, India and Vietnam. Artemisia offers experiential learning programs that integrate both behavioral and technical development and connect networks of entrepreneurs, students and specialists.
Since launching operations in Brazil 5 years ago, Artemisia has participated in the increasing momentum of the sector. Together with other players in the field, Artemisia is contributing to the creation of a Brazilian cluster for social business that attracts talent, innovations and investment at home and abroad.
WomenChangeMakers believes that empowering women and helping them to improve their condition within their community creates lasting social and economic development, at the local level and on a global scale. Therefore, WomenChangeMakers supports outstanding individuals whose projects have the power to generate progress for women.
WomenChangeMakers is presently run as a project of the Smiling Children Foundation. The WomenChangeMakers’ project was launched in 2009 with a detailed thought and discussion process about its approach, methods and values. The first fellows to be affiliated to WomenChangeMakers will be identified in 2011 in Brazil and India.
Yann Borgstedt, a Swiss-based entrepreneur, founded WomenChangeMakers with the firm conviction that to help women to higher social and economic participation is to help their communities develop and succeed. He is assisted by Antonella Notari Vischer, director of WomenChangeMakers, and by a small team of part-time collaborators, advisors and support staff. Yann Borgstedt’s companies cover the administrative costs for the running of WomenChangeMakers. All donations are devoted to support the social enterprises and the work with the fellows.
Afribiz, a brand of Conceptualee, Inc. focuses on catalyzing and growing trade, information, business technology and innovation, and capital flows between Africa and other global markets, both developed and emerging. Afribiz products and services are divided into six areas - media and broadcasting, publications, projects, promotion and public relations, platform development, and professional services. Our media, information, and content outlets include Afribiz.info, Afribiz.net, Afribiz.fm and Afribiz.tv.
Echoing Green, inspires, invests in, and mobilizes next generation talent to deliver bold solutions for social change. Since inception we have invested in nearly 500 social entrepreneurs who work to solve deeply-rooted problems in the world through their innovative ideas. Among the organizations we helped launch include Teach For America, City Year, Genocide Intervention Network, The SEED School, Global Fund for Children and hundreds of others. We also work to build a robust ecosystem of changemaking by supporting young people to select careers in social change; working with donors to approach their philanthropy in an engaged manner; and providing data that builds our field.
Kopernik, is an on-line marketplace of innovative, life-changing technologies designed for the developing world. Kopernik connects these breakthrough technologies with the people who need them most.
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants - a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.
The Experiences in Social Innovation project is developed by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since 2004. It aims at identifying, analyzing and disseminating innovative social development initiatives that contribute to the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals.
The Experiences in Social Innovation project will dedicate the year of 2011 to the analysis and dissemination of the 72 initiatives that conform the Bank of Experiences. They are social innovations with proven excellent results, cost-efficient and replicable. It is relevant that this information reach people and/or organizations that can put it to good use in order to improve the quality of life of people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since its opening the Experiences in Social Innovation contest has received 4, 800 applications. Each one of them underwent a strict evaluation process that included a field visit for the semifinalists and the participation of the finalists in one of the annual Social Innovation Fairs, which were held in Santiago, Chile, Mexico City, Porto Alegre, Medellin and Guatemala City.
Idealist connects people, organizations, ideas, and resources to build a better world. Visit www.idealist.org to search for jobs, volunteer opportunities, graduate programs, internships, and events; sign up for free Email Alerts that match your areas of interest; and get inspired to turn your good intentions to action.
Since Idealist was founded in 1995, more than 60,000 organizations and 180,000 people around the world have created free profiles on the site. Idealist is also available in Spanish (www.idealistas.org) and French (www.idealiste.org). Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/idealist and on Twitter @idealist.
CFED makes it possible for more Americans to take part and profit in the economic mainstream. Since 1979, the national nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development has identified and advanced innovative ways to help moderate- and low-income people go to college, start a business, own a home and save for their children’s financial futures and their own retirement years. By moving more households into these proven methods of growing and protecting their assets, CFED expands economic opportunity and works to strengthen America’s economic security.
The Aliança Empreendedora (Entrepreneur’s Alliance) is a Brazilian social organization that works for the social and economic development of low-income communities, using entrepreneurship as a strategy for greater social and economic inclusion. This is done via a 3-step methodology, specifically designed for micro-entrepreneurs, which enables them to have access to Knowledge, Microcredit, Production, and Commercialization within a network of social businesses and retailers. Founded in 2005, Aliança Empreendedora achieves its mission and objectives through projects, consulting services, and the development of social and inclusive business models in partnerships with companies, NGO’s, and governments. Working across thirteen states in Brazil, Aliança Empreendedora has supported over 4,500 micro-entrepreneurs to scale their businesses.
NextBillion.net is a website and blog bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise. It is a discussion forum, networking space and knowledge base for individuals and organizations interested in the "next billion". NextBillion.net's goal is to highlight the development and implementation of business strategies that open opportunities and improve the lives of the world's approximately 4 billion low-income producers and consumers.
AVINA Foundation is a Latin American organization that contributes to the sustainable development of Latin America by concentrating on four areas of focus: equity of opportunities, democratic governance and the rule of law, sustainable economic development, and the conservation and management of natural resources. AVINA creates partnerships with leaders from civil society and the business sector also committed to promoting sustainable development in order to advance its areas of focus. Founded by Swiss entrepreneur Stephan Schmidheiny in 1994, AVINA is active across the region in supporting social and business inclusion and provides a variety of services to its partners, including strategic thinking, intersectoral alliances, and financial support.
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Officially launched in 2009, we are a member-driven organization housed within the Aspen Institute, an international non-profit that promotes enlightened leadership. Our members are the vanguard of a movement that is focused on small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create economic, environmental, and social benefits for developing countries. Ultimately, we seek to build sustainable prosperity in the developing world.
Solution Exchange is a knowledge management initiative of the United Nations in India, working with a mandate to facilitate the National Development Goals and the Millennium Development Goals. The initiative is a membership based forum that brings together development practitioners from the grassroots, NGOs, multi-laterals and bi-laterals, private sector, academia, activists as well as the Government to share experiential knowledge and facilitate collaboration amongst them.
'Solution Exchange’ develops ‘Communities of Practice’ for sharing knowledge and experience among development practitioners. There are 13 Communities of Practice around the different domains related to the MDGs. These Communities of Practice (CoP) are people who share similar concerns and interests, through e-mail groups and face-to-face interactions, with the common objective of problem-solving. Microfinance Community and Work and Employment Community of Solution Exchange represent the poverty communities focusing on Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Livelihoods
Established in 1997, Endeavor is the global nonprofit that pioneered the concept of High Impact Entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Today, High Impact Entrepreneurship is widely recognized as the key driver to sustainable economic development – creating jobs, prosperity, and a culture of innovation and investment.
Endeavor has set the standard for identifying and supporting entrepreneurs with the greatest potential for impact. In 13 years, Endeavor has screened and provided feedback to 23,000+ candidates and selected 555 High Impact Entrepreneurs from 358 companies in 10 emerging markets. Supported and mentored by our growing network of 1,000+ top local and global business leaders, these entrepreneurs have created over 130,000 high-value jobs and generate more than US$3.5 billion in annual revenues. It is what led Thomas Friedman to hail our model as “the best anti-poverty program of all".
NESsT is an international organization that works to develop sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems in emerging market economies. With a staff of 40 spanning 10 countries, NESsT works as a social enterprise catalyst by providing financial assistance as well as capacity building to organizations. NESsT achieves its mission by combining the tools and strategies of business entrepreneurship with the mission and values of non-profit entrepreneurship to support the development of social enterprises in emerging democracies worldwide.
The Inclusive Business Center promotes the development of inclusive businesses through the generation of knowledge and know-how. It is a reference center for organizations, businesses and institutions who want to change traditional business models and require strong arguments to sustain their actions. ENI Di Tella is a community of academics, business entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, executive directors, students, and graduate students, where anyone interested in inclusive businesses can exchange knowledge and experience. It aims for the development of this community, by continually analyzing experiences and advances, sharing knowledge and feedback about the inclusive business models that are happening around the world, but mainly in Latin America, increasing the comprehension about these new business models. The Inclusive Business Center is an entity of the Business School of Di Tella University.
New Ventures is an organization dedicated to the promotion of businesses that generate a positive social, economic and environmental impact. Our goal is to change the current environmental-conservation paradigm by integrating the private sector and demonstrating that a business can generated financial, social and environmental returns. To achieve this goal, we identify sustainable businesses and promote their growth by providing business development services and connecting them with potential partners, media and investors. Founded in 1999, NV has centers in Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. Through our approach to business development and our links to investors around the world, we have facilitated more than $203 million in investment.
The Foundation (FAS) promotes sustainability, environmental conservation and improvement of the quality of life and users of protected areas from the State of Amazonas. FAS is private institution of public interest, created with funds from the state government of Amazonas and Bradesco Bank, its current funder.
ABDL is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to articulate leadership for sustainable development. ABDL develops leadership programs and projects focused on capacity building and mobilization of social actors on the following themes: climate Change, sustainability, and networks and governance. Programs including Empresas pelo Clima, Práticas Sustentáveis, Pronord support the development of sustainability guidelines for businesses, disseminate case studies from social businesses about sustainable responsibility, and train local leaders and communities to help break the cycle of poverty.The programs’ graduates become members of a fellowship which gathers 300 professionals from different sectors and areas to continue knowledge learning.
FYSE's mission is to increase the impact of social entrepreneurs, by focusing especially on youth and women social entrepreneurs in Asia Pacific. We pursue a range of strategies designed to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem which provides a unique blend of resources, networks and funding to a portfolio of carefully selected entrepreneurs who have the potential to significantly address social and environmental challenges.
ABCred is an association of microcredit and microfinance providers in Brazil. It serves as a network and representative of these providers and aims to promote the expansion and growth of microcredit in Brazil. ABCred also advocates for positive regulatory measures to support the sector, ensuring strong access to financial resources and the development of new technologies for microfinance. ABCred works primarily to support those providers who give credit to mostly women microentrepreneurs in Brazil.
Samhita is an online eco-system for the Indian social sector. It is supported by Infosys co-founder N S Raghavan. It aims to become the one-stop place for any individual or organization willing to learn about or engage with the Indian social sector.
Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX) seeks to find better ways of tackling social problems, and responding to growing community needs and opportunities. ASIX is a community of Australians working to design and implement new solutions to some of the social and environmental challenges and opportunities facing our world. This website is a primary means through which those who are active participants in this community can connect and seek help from one another within this community of practice.
Global Links Initiative (GLI) is a nonprofit organization which aims to support positive and creative action on social inclusion and citizen empowerment worldwide. GLI is registered as a charity in UK and has office and affiliated organization in Shanghai and Tokyo.
GLI has been promoting the concepts and practices of social entrepreneurs in China since 2004. GLI jointly launched the first social enterprise research workshop in Beijing in 2006 and in 2009 published the first bilingual booklet introducing the stories of social entrepreneurs in China. GLI’s Chinese website, a platform for the exchange of social innovation practices, is regarded as one of the most useful resources in China.
Since its founding in 1984, FUNDES has been a pioneer and visionary organization in developing Latin America’s private sector. Its efforts have focused on strengthening the business capacity of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in order to improve their position in the markets and transform the overall business-enabling environment. FUNDES works in 10 Latin-American countries including Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.
Access to networks and value-added services that support business enterprises are necessary to strengthen the entrepreneur and guarantee projects with high growth/expansion potential. EmprendEcuador supports dynamic and innovative entrepreneurial initiatives that seek to become productive businesses. Our goal is to be the biggest and most important entrepreneurial program of Ecuador; supporting, guiding and strengthening dynamic entrepreneurial Ecuadorian initiatives. EmprendEcuador is an initiative of the Ministry of Production, Employment and Competitiveness of Ecuador.
The Unreasonable Institute is a mentor-intensive acceleration program for entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental problems. Each year, Unreasonable unites 25 entrepreneurs from every corner of the globe to live under the same roof for six weeks in Boulder, Colorado. These entrepreneurs receive training from 60 world-class mentors, ranging from the co-founder of Google.org to an entrepreneur who's lifted over 24 million farmers out of poverty. In the process, they form relationships with 30 investment funds, receive legal advice & design consulting, and pitch to hundreds of investors and partners in San Francisco and in Boulder.
National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) is India's premier youth platform for social innovations with pan-India chapters facilitating the growth of leaders of change. It was founded in 2009 with an aim to inspire the next generation of leaders, bridge the talent inequity in the social sector and foster ecosystems where social change catalysts are created and supported. Since its inception, NSEF has undertaken social entrepreneurial activities in 30 academic institutes, helped more than 50 social enterprises to address their biggest challenges by connecting them to talent equipped with the right skills and mindsets to jumpstart their growth and has created a multiplier effect by supporting a number of early stage innovators & entrepreneurs, impacting millions of lives in India.
NSEF believes in a collaborative approach to create large scale, systemic social change by leveraging existing networks of social enterprises and has worked in partnership with many other ecosystem evangelists to maximize the much required impact.
Founded in July 2010 with a generous grant from Alan and Harriet Lewis of Grand Circle Corporation, the Lewis Institute connects the best and brightest social innovators in Greater Boston, across the U.S. and around the world with Babson students and faculty to catalyze and promote best practices in social entrepreneurship.
Recognized as an integrated, objective and accessible resource, the Lewis Institute offers ideas, wisdom, perspective and practical knowledge about how to make social innovation work. Serving the entire Babson community, the Institute aims to educate, integrate, amplify, accelerate and communicate the impact of responsible business management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Give To Get Jobs is not just your run of the mill job board. They also have a social mission. Give To Get Jobs is committed to supporting job creation a tool for economic development, both domestically and internationally, through job training and education programs. That’s why a portion of the proceeds from each and every job posting is donated to support these programs via their non-profit partner See Your Impact. You post a job and you have an impact, where else can you do that?
Beyond Profit is a global online publication, published by Intellecap, focused on social enterprises and development innovation in South Asia.The magazine sparks "beyond profit" thinking in the hopes that the reader will make change--either by starting an enterprise or by investing time or capital in fostering new development approaches.
BiD Network contributes to sustainable economic growth by stimulating entrepreneurship in emerging markets. With over 35,000 members, over 10,000 business plans, BiDNetwork.org is the world's largest online community for emerging market Small and Medium Enterprises, coaches and investors. BiD Network has helped start over 300 SMEs, has matched them with over 9 million euros from investors, and has advised 9000+ entrepreneurs on their businesses.
Founded in 1997, the Center for Science, Technology and Society is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University. The Center's interdisciplinary approach contributes to building a community of scholars, providing an integrated education, and serving as an intersection point between the university and society. The Center is governed by a faculty Steering Committee and benefits from the guidance of an external Advisory Board. The Center's work is focused on three major activity areas: Education, Social Impact, and Public Engagement. Within these areas, specific programs engage faculty, students, and other internal and external constituencies in fulfilling the mission of the Center.
The Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) is the signature program of Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society (CSTS). It works with social entrepreneurs to empower them and their organizations and to overcome barriers to scale and impact. Since 2003, 121 award-winning social enterprises have attended this program and become part of a growing network of path finding alumni for creating a more just and sustainable world.
UnLtd India is a launchpad for social entrepreneurs. We find, fund and support exceptional individuals whose ideas, passion and entrepreneurial skills can transform India's social problems. Learn more at unltdindia.org.