Data-savvy entrepreneurs connect better with their customers and run healthier businesses. But social startups often lack technical knowhow. The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship wants to change that – but it faces a learning curve, too.
From 'survival mode' to moving forward into the future: we asked social entrepreneurs from around the world about their hopes and plans for 2022, and in spite of a difficult few years, the responses were overwhelmingly optimistic.
Social entrepreneurs are chronically bad salespeople, says Tom Szaky. The TerraCycle founder – and ChangeNOW speaker – on holding back on the purpose-filled elevator pitch, clever use of comedy, and taking a lead from Fox News.
BlueMark's in-depth review of 30 investors – with a combined $99bn in impact assets under management – finds more than half not aligned with SDG targets, while cost constraints mean only 11% engage with stakeholders to assess their impact.
PLUS: $100m MacArthur grant to end homelessness; Dutch VC fund backs digital-only fashion house; ImpactAssets custom investments surge; new pooled fund for southeast Asia; Resonance's launchpad loan for mums' mental health; and more.
US Impact Investing Alliance, B Lab and 50 others hope proposed White House Initiative on Inclusive Economic Growth will nudge policy and coordinate approaches to health, Covid recovery, racial inequality and climate change.
The $1.9tn stimulus bill, like previous assistance packages, is good news for impact investors and social entrepreneurs. But what comes next will be crucial for them to help the new administration fulfill its pledge to build a fairer society.
PLUS: A first crowdfunded impact bond Israel and a new ‘career impact bond’ for American students; MacArthur Foundation’s catalytic capital investment; new climate fund from Aberdeen Standard and Big Issue Group, and more.