Accelerator Selection Tool Debuts at SOCAP17

Database Provides Most Comprehensive Impact Accelerator Program Information in the World, Sphaera, and ImpactSpace today unveiled the Accelerator Selection Tool, an online database that maps the global impact accelerator landscape. The tool made its debut at the fourth annual Accelerating the Accelerators (AtA) workshop at SOCAP17, the world’s leading conference on activating the power of capital markets to drive positive social and environmental impact. The first aggregator of its kind, the tool helps social entrepreneurs easily find accelerator programs that best fit the need of their venture, while providing valuable social enterprise and market trend data to impact accelerators and investors.

The Accelerator Selection Tool is the product of collaboration between, Sphaera, ImpactSpace, and other network partners. Developed using an aggregate of both private and publicly available information about impact accelerator, incubator, business plan competition, and fellowship programs—and distributed by a network of partners who provide the tool as a free resource to their community—the Accelerator Selection Tool provides the most comprehensive impact accelerator program information in the world and is an example of the power of collaboration.

“The Accelerator Selection Tool aggregates information from leading database partners and impact accelerator networks, each of which contributes a piece of the puzzle to create the most comprehensive impact accelerator program information in the world,” said Avary Kent, Executive Director of

The tool includes data from about 750 social enterprise support programs from around the world, and has been embedded on dozens of partner websites—including GSEN, Impact Investing Australia, and Artha Network—reaching social entrepreneurs across the globe.

“The easier we can make it for social entrepreneurs to find up-to-date information about programs that advance their businesses, the faster they can get to work addressing the urgent problems of our time,” said Dr. Astrid Scholz, CEO of Sphaera. “The Accelerator Selection Tool is a key part of the digital plumbing we are building to make the business of social change more effective.”

To view the tool and for further information about adding your program to the database if you are an impact accelerator, incubator, fellowship program, or business plan competition, visit’s Accelerator Selection Tool webpage.  

Announcing the First GALI Student Data Competition


The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative invites undergraduate and graduate students to answer a key question for the field of entrepreneurship by analyzing our unique, global dataset on acceleration and early stage entrepreneurs. The competition is open to individual and team submissions from universities around the world.

Compete for both fame and fortune

The winning team will have their submission published, and will be awarded a prize of $2,000. Up to two runner-up submissions may be awarded $500 each. Submissions are due December 1, 2017.

2017 Student Data Competition Question
In our dataset of applicants to accelerator programs, what types of ventures (and entrepreneurs) are more or less likely to have received investment? Do different types of early-stage ventures attract investment from different sources?

To participate in the competition, please review the information below:

Read the full competition guidelines

Download the submission template

Please send any questions concerning the competition to Abby Davidson at [email protected]

Apply for the Echoing Green Fellowship

Do you want to change the world for the better? Echoing Green wants you to succeed. The road to becoming an Echoing Green Fellow is challenging and highly competitive. However, the entire process is also designed to be inclusive, constructive, and engaging. Our friends at Echoing Green promise you will learn something about entrepreneurship, your work, and possibly yourself! If you're ready to unleash the potential of your big, bold idea, apply to be an Echoing Green Fellow! Applications will be accepted between September 26 and October 24.

Learn more and apply at:

Who are we looking for?

This is the fellowship for innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels. We know that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not—which is why we invest in talent wherever it is. Our Fellows represent diverse ethnic, religious, and gender experiences, with varied educational, economic, and geographic backgrounds.

As we seek to build a diverse and inclusive social impact space, we particularly encourage applications from:

» Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., including Black, Latinx, and Native/Indigenous people
» Women
» LGBTQ communities
» Currently underrepresented U.S. cities, including Baltimore, Atlanta, Oakland, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Miami
» Currently underrepresented regions globally, including Latin & Central America and East Asia

Why? Read How and Where We Recruit for New Talent Matters, What Our Data Is Telling Us, and What Echoing Green Looks for in Startups.

Registration Open for Africa Health Business Symposium in Senegal

Africa Health Business Ltd.

Business spending across the African continent is expected to grow from USD 2.6 trillion in 2015 to USD 3.5 trillion by 2025. This trend is driving greater demand for quality, affordable healthcare services from the low and middle income households compromising 70% of Africa’s purchasing power. Recognizing collaboration as critical to meeting this demand, the private healthcare sector, governments, and development agencies are increasingly invested in public-private partnerships to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes.

Hosted by Africa Health Business Ltd. (AHBL), the Alliance du Secteur Privé de la Santé - Senegal, and the Ministry of Health – Senegal, Africa Health Business Symposium II offers a platform to connect with thought leaders from the public and private sectors, iNGOs, academia, and development agencies to share lessons learned and catalyze collaborative action to strengthen PPPs focused on 5 key game changers for health in Africa:
- Healthcare Financing
- Human Resources for Health
- Fostering Investments through Public-Private Partnerships
- Supply Chain Management
- Digital Technologies

Join us on 6th – 7th November at King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar Senegal!

frank Gathering Now Accepting Submissions to $10,000 Research Prize in Public Interest Communications

Public Interest Communications is an interdisciplinary area of study and practice that brings together diverse research to advance social change. From psychological insights on how people form beliefs and make decisions to the science of effective messaging and storytelling, Public Interest Communications calls for the use of scientific insights to design communication strategy and solve our world's biggest challenges.

Scholars dedicate their lives to solving problems and many of the issues we face today have potential solutions found in academic research. Unfortunately, too many of their insights never leave the pages of academic journals or conference halls.

Through frank and our annual gathering, we're building a community of strategists, communicators, leaders, activists, journalists and scholars who share, collaborate and apply the best of what they know to the world's largest social challenges.

Three ways to share your research

1. Submit your published research to the $10k research prize. Every year we award one $10,000 prize and two $1,500 prizes for published, peer-reviewed research that informs and drives better practice in the field of public interest communications.

Past winners include:
2017: Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University, for her work on how memory is linked to misinformation.
2016: Troy Campbell, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Oregon, for his work on using the beliefs of your audience to craft better and persuasive messages for social change solutions.
2015: Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard University, for her work on the use of visuals in driving healthy behavior change.
2014: Jina Yoo, professor of communication at the University of Missouri, for her work on how emotions can drive positive behavior change.

All three finalists will speak at our 2018 frank gathering in Gainesville, Florida, Feb. 6-9, 2018.

Learn more about the prize and submit your work (or share this with your favorite scholar). We are accepting submissions until 5 p.m. EST,  Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

2. Present your research at  frank (scholar) 2018. frank (scholar) is a novel academic conference that brings together scholars producing theoretically driven or empirical social scientific research that can be used to understand or drive lasting social change. Scholars interested in behavioral, institutional, and cultural change will present their work to academic peers as well as practitioners. Woven into the fabric of the annual frank gathering, frank (scholar) 2018 provides a unique opportunity to share research with academic colleagues as well as influential practitioners and foundations dedicated to creating positive social change. Present your work and join the frank community.

3. Submit your research to the Journal of Public Interest Communications, an open-access academic journal dedicated to the theory and science of strategic communication for social change.

For more questions, please email Annie Neimand, research director.

Call for Applications for Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

The Global Social Benefit Institute


If you are a social entrepreneur who aims to combat poverty and protect the planet, we invite you to apply to the GSBI. Whether you are a for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid enterprise, we provide programs that are focused on your business model and tailored to your needs.

We maintain a rolling application process annually; meaning, once we receive your application, we will consider you for the GSBI program that we believe is the best fit for you. No need to apply more than once!


We fundraise so that the cost of our program does not prohibit any social entrepreneur from getting the help they deserve.

Program staff time, in-residence meals, and accommodations for the GSBI Accelerator program are all paid through the fundraising efforts of Miller Center. Participants in the GSBI Accelerator are expected to pay only for round-trip airfare to San Jose or San Francisco, California for the August in-residence portion of the program.

Participants in GSBI Online complete the course remotely and require no travel.

One World Announces Impact Investing Event in Silicon Valley

One World

Are you committed to supporting social entrepreneurship is The Bay Area? If you are looking to make connections and forge new partnerships, come and join us on September 21st 2017 for our event on Impact Investing in Silicon Valley.

The line up for our fall event continues to expand and is already set to feature some of the leading voices in impact investing! Through a combination of interactive on-stage interviews with thought leaders in the field, fireside chat discussions, and a full state of pitches from 8-10 of the best social entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, this event will focus on impact investing opportunities in Silicon Valley: the pioneering local entrepreneurs, the funders and the supporting ecosystem powering innovation forward.

Experienced, active impact investors (toniic, Y Combinator, Obvious Ventures and many more) will be facilitating the program to provide accelerated exposure to a diverse set of impact investment opportunities in Silicon Valley. An engaging reception will follow, giving all attendees the unhurried opportunity to connect informally over drinks and canapés. One World seeks to attract community members eager to interact and genuinely engage with one another, drawing a mix of impact investors, entrepreneurs, professionals and academics from many backgrounds.

You can view the full line-up up now via eventbrite and sign up to build new connections with a unique community driving positive change in Silicon Valley! Use the promotional code Conveners here to receive a discount.

Registration Now Open for 2017 Net Impact Conference in Atlanta

Net Impact

The 2017 Net Impact Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA, October 26-28, 2017

We all want to make a difference in the world, but turning good intentions into tangible impact can be challenging. Net Impact is here to help you expand your skillset and network to make the biggest impact throughout your career. We are announcing the exciting next step on your Path to Purpose.

Registration for the 2017 Net Impact Conference is open! This gathering will cause a stir around Atlanta, and with the skills, network, and experiences these emerging leaders will gain, their collective impact will be felt around the world. Don’t miss out on joining this inspiring movement of change agents.

The 2017 Net Impact Conference will equip you with the resources to land your future dream job in a career where you can use your passions and new skills to drive change every day. You will find your purpose, learn how to identify new career opportunities, gain skills relevant to your dream job, and leave with tangible next steps and invaluable connections.

All of this takes place in a thriving city with a history of social movements, an expanding business community, and a passion for environmental initiatives.

Atlanta is the birthplace for one of the greatest Civil Rights icons, Martin Luther King Jr., and it has now embarked on a citywide sustainability initiative, Power to Change. With a diverse community, a drive to improve through sustainability, an expanding economy, and the 2017 Net Impact Conference coming in October, Atlanta is on the forefront of innovation and change.

This year, we added more local networking events and excursions to explore Atlanta with your peers, and we even reduced ticket prices! The fun starts on October 26 during our opening party at the World of Coca-Cola and continues throughout the weekend with trips including a visit to the Civil & Human Rights Museum, the panda enclosure at Atlanta's zoo, and a tour of the city's edgy street art scene. (There are a limited number of spaces for each excursion so register today to save your spot.)

About Net Impact

Net Impact is a global community of students and professionals who aspire to be effective drivers of social and environmental change. Our programs—delivered from our headquarters in Oakland, California, as well as globally through our 275+ chapters—connect our members to the skills, experiences, and people that will allow them to have the greatest impact. With over 100,000 members, Net Impact takes on social challenges, protects the environment, invents new products and orients business toward the greater good. In short, we help our members turn their passions into a lifetime of world-changing action. Visit

Open Call for Nominations for Young Gender Justice Activists

Young Gender Justice Activists

Achieving Gender Justice & Reconciliation – An initiative to recognise the contribution of young people across the continent

Each year, the IJR recognises persons or organisations that do exceptional reconciliation work. For this year’s reconciliation award, the theme is Achieving Gender Justice & Reconciliation.

Parallel to the main award, the IJR would like to recognise 10 young activists who are doing exceptional work in the Gender Justice Field in Africa.

IJR is calling for nominations to be sent in by the public to assist our panel review team in making the final selection. Selected candidates will be profiled in our annual Newsletter, digital media networks as well as our database for further engagements and possible collaborations.


Nominees have to be between the ages of 18 – 35
Nominees must be young people doing exceptional Gender Justice work in Africa
Evidence must be provided to prove work carried out (These include reports, photos, videos, links to campaigns and/or links to either of the above).
Click here to fill out the nomination form.

All nominations will be considered and, should your nomination be successful, the research team will contact you and your nominee directly for identity verification.

Closing date: 30 August 2017

For more information, email [email protected]

Call for Submissions for Solutions Summit at UN Headquarters this September

United Nations

Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at UN Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts-up and advances the work of exceptional teams who are already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s Solutions Summit will take place in the UN SDG Media Zone – a live broadcast event space at the United Nations focused on the SDGs – and will involve in-person accelerator sessions and social media interaction with the selected solution-makers. Solutions Summit 2017 will highlight projects that advance the objectives of one or more of the 17 SDGs.

During the Solutions Summit, a group of selected global innovators will give a ‘lightning talk’ outlining their breakthrough efforts to an audience of senior policymakers who have the means to pave solid regulatory foundations, investors who care deeply about long-term change and impact, industry leaders who are able to deploy quickly and at scale, fellow entrepreneurs who can share wisdom on starting up, and members of the public, including youth, who will bring additional creative insight. The gathering will serve as a catalyst to convene resources and talent around solution-makers.

The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Global Innovation Exchange, in collaboration with Shift7, the Global Entrepreneurs Council, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, with an open invitation for governments and other partners to join. UN-NGLS is coordinating the open and transparent application and selection process to curate solutions to be featured during the Solutions Summit.

Responses will be available for open review here:
Responses to the questions in the application preceded by a # will not be made public.
NOTE: Incomplete applications / submissions will not be eligible for consideration.

23 August 2017: Apply to be a part of the Selection Committee
24 August 2017: Submit a solution to be considered for inclusion in Solutions Summit


Help us surface extraordinary individuals and teams who are developing solutions that address the SDGs and encourage them to apply. Please share this form and spread the word!

ASEAN Impact Challenge Announced


With the theme Inclusive Innovations for ASEAN, this year's challenge for regional impact-driven social innovators and entrepreneurs is now open. The Challenge welcomes scalable innovations with long-term solutions for community, social and environmental issues. Apply by 9 September.

ASEAN Impact Challenge is a regional program to discover innovators and entrepreneurs from Southeast Asia who are accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ASEAN Post-2015 development agenda through cross-sector partnerships and scaling disruptive innovations.

‘Inclusive Innovation’ refers to the knowledge creation, acquisition, absorption and distribution efforts targeted directly at meeting the needs of the low-income or the base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) population. The focus of Inclusive Innovation is on delivering high-performance products and services or high experience at an ultra low cost to the people whose needs are generally not addressed. (Taken from the Global Research Alliance)

This year’s challenge is themed ‘Inclusive Innovations for ASEAN’ and hopes to discover innovations from the citizen and private sectors that are delivering on the inclusivity agenda in the region through the power of entrepreneurship and collaboration.

The Sustainable Development Goals were established by the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

To ensure a holistic approach towards creating impact, the ASEAN Impact Challenge was designed to align with the Global Goals. Participating teams are encouraged to form their innovations to address at least one of the 17 Goals.

Innovations in the ASEAN Impact Challenge can be categorized into nine tracks, for more information go to.

ANDE Releases New Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshots of Lagos, Abuja, and Accra


We are excited to announce that ANDE West Africa regional chapter has just released entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshots of Lagos and Abuja (Nigeria), and Accra (Ghana). With the generous support of the Citi Foundation, ANDE developed these snapshots to provide a better understanding of the entrepreneurship landscape in these cities.

In 2016, we commenced these studies to identify key actors in the Lagos, Abuja, and Accra entrepreneurial ecosystems, andl to map out the kinds of support these actors provide. Further, the snapshots aim to provide insight into existing gaps and opportunities within each ecosystem. As a result, we expect that ANDE members and other intermediary organizations will be empowered to make more informed decisions and tailor their programs towards embracing the opportunities, as well as closing the gaps, in the ecosystems.

We also aim for these snapshots to enable more small and growing businesses owners to have greater access to the kind of support they need to succeed, expand, and create more high-quality jobs.

See the full snapshots here:

As a tool for both job-creators (small business entrepreneurs) and organizations that seek to support them, we hope that these snapshots can help catalyze job opportunities across these cities, especially for young people. Bolstering small business entrepreneurship is an important part of building economically-vibrant cities, which can help promote economic progress across all facets of society.

For more information about the entrepreneurship ecosystem snapshots, send a note to the West Africa Regional Chapter staff: Olatunji Ajani or Joshua Adedeji.

Help us spread the word!

Just released: @AspenANDE #Lagos entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshot: w/ support from @Citi

The #SGB sector in #Abuja is experiencing gradual growth. Learn more in new @AspenANDE ecosystem snapshot:​

What sector leads the #Accra entrepreneurial ecosystem? Check out @AspenANDE's new snapshot:

Humanitarian Accelerators Call for Entries

The Humanitarian Accelerators

The Humanitarian Accelerators is a first of its kind initiative in the Arab World connecting start-ups and established companies from around the world with the UAE’s humanitarian sector to tackle social, cultural and environmental challenges in the Arab region.

Applications for our inaugural program, starting October 1st, are now open.

Applications Now Open for SVN’s Innovation Entrepreneurs Program

Social Venture Network

SVN is proud to announce that we are now accepting applications for the next cohort of SVN Innovation Entrepreneurs. [Please consider forwarding this announcement to any entrepreneurs who might benefit from this opportunity.]

SVN’s Innovation Entrepreneurs Program identifies and supports diverse, innovative, and high-impact business leaders. The program focuses on identifying women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs of color who are leveraging business for the greater good.

Innovation Entrepreneurs are welcomed into the SVN community, a network of influential, mission-driven leaders who support one another professionally and personally. As Innovation Entrepreneurs, emerging leaders gain access to people, resources, and ideas to help scale their organizations and deepen their impact. Apply to become a 2017 Innovation Entrepreneur today.

Criterion Institute Launches Gender Lens Investing Toolkit Workshops in NYC and Denver

Criterion Institute


We will be in New York City and Denver this fall and would love to have you join us for our gender lens investing TOOLKIT workshop. These will be our last public TOOLKITs for the year, so we encourage you to join us for this opportunity!

This workshop is more than a training program: it is a design session and a place to actively build strategies using finance to create gender equitable social change. Led by Joy Anderson, Criterion Institute has hosted more than 40 TOOLKIT workshops in the past two years across the US as well as in Asia, Australia, and Europe. Every time, an amazing set of people come together bringing their aspirations to shape and build gender lens investing, whether that is the whole field or a single strategy. In the course of a day we move forward those aspirations while expanding the sense of what is possible at the intersection of gender and finance.

New York City, September 28th, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register at

Denver, November 7th, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register at

More information can be found on the registration page as well as on our website at

We encourage you to share this invitation widely with those you believe have the capacity to change the world.

NoVo Foundation Launches Radical Hope Fund

NoVo Foundation

Global call for bold, transformative projects advancing social justice! In a time of darkness and division, NoVo Fund to provide leaders ‘room to dream.’

The NoVo Foundation today announced The Radical Hope Fund, a new $20 million, four-year commitment to support bold and transformative social justice work across the globe.

The fund is designed to complement and deepen NoVo’s current work by encouraging new partnerships, collaboration and creativity. Beginning today, the foundation is inviting letters of inquiry from projects anywhere in the world, including from current grantee partners.

“Radical hope is one of the core values of the NoVo Foundation, and it serves as the inspiration for this new global commitment,” said Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo’s co-presidents. “The Radical Hope Fund is grounded in deep optimism that a time of great challenge can also spur a moment of unprecedented collaboration and imagination, deepening our collective ability to build a more just and balanced world.”

Earlier this year, Jennifer and Peter Buffett and NoVo’s executive director, Pamela Shifman, encouraged foundations to double down on support for grassroots advocacy, activism and organizing, especially amid a global rise of regressive policies, discrimination and violence affecting girls and women, communities facing racial and ethnic discrimination, LGBTQI people, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, and other marginalized people and communities around the world. The new fund is one way that NoVo is seeking to put its own words into action.

As foundations, including NoVo, have increased essential rapid response funding in the wake of the U.S. election, NoVo also saw an opportunity to complement that immediate response by offering support for proactive, forward-looking work focused on long-term transformation, both in the United States and around the world.

“In a time of darkness and division, there must also be room to dream,” said Pamela Shifman, executive director of the NoVo Foundation. “Even as we help communities respond to daily threats, we can—and must—also create space for them to imagine, build and lead us toward a better and more just future. That’s how we hope this fund will make a significant difference.”

Like all of NoVo’s work, the fund will be grounded in the belief that meaningful change happens from the community level up—informed by lived experience, powered by movement building and activism, and guided by the leadership of marginalized people as the best experts of their own lives and futures.

CEPPS Announces Grants for Non-U.S. Organizations


CEPPS has announced a new grants program designed to increase the political participation of historically marginalized populations in electoral processes. These grants are intended to counter discrimination against marginalized populations, which remains entrenched in many societies and is frequently reflected in political, legal, and financial institutions.

Through the provision of grants to local and regional organizations, CEPPS will support projects that address issues of particular importance to these communities. Qualified applicants include: non-U.S.-based regional and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); private, non-profit organizations; professional associations; and relevant special interest associations or coalitions.

Please find the announcement and Request for Statement of Interest (RSOI) on the website (link below), as well as attached here. Please share this broadly with your partners as you deem fit. The deadline for submission is August 17, 2017.

Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

Gray Matters Capital’s coLABS Invests in Colombia’s LikeU

Gray Matters Capital

Gray Matters Capital’s coLABS, an early-stage and gender-focused portfolio, announced that it has invested in the Colombian startup LikeU. Implementing sustainable and inclusive employment opportunities through telecommuting, LikeU is creating thousands of part-time jobs and providing high quality services to Business Process Outsourcing sectors. coLABS, which was launched in early 2017, provides entrepreneurs with investment capital and advisor support.

LikeU is revolutionizing livelihood opportunities in Latin America, particularly for women and persons with disabilities, by offering online training, skills certifications, and well-paid salaries through part-time telecommuting jobs. Telecommuting creates more flexible positions for women who need to balance domestic responsibilities with the need to contribute to their household income. The company brings greater efficiency to corporate clients since recruits have already been vetted and trained in specific services or products, making the hiring process three times faster. The investment from coLABS seeks to promote LikeU’s growth by allowing the company to boost its corporate partnerships and improve its online platform to automate the entire recruitment process.

Juan Esteban Rincón, Founder and CEO of LikeU, commented, “We believe that people do their job best when they enjoy their work and are happy. We support women by creating new employment opportunities, strengthening families through acknowledging the need for balancing domestic responsibilities, and pushing towards a more inclusive and equal society. As a company, we align with coLABS’ desire to help change the gendered status quo. We are constantly innovating, always with an eye on quality of life for our clients and quality of services offered to our companies.”

coLABS’ investment in LikeU was made after a targeted search in Latin America for innovative companies tackling critical issues for women in the region. LikeU’s offering of access to formal employment to enable autonomy and self-sufficiency, particularly among the increasing number of female-led households in the region, made the company a great fit for the coLABS portfolio.

The next coLABS investment cycle will occur in October and is open to global applicants. “We are thrilled to add LikeU to our growing portfolio. We are energized by the incredibly talented entrepreneurs who are solving challenges faced by women across the world, and we’re excited to support their growth,” said Anna Cable, who co-leads the portfolio. “coLABS will continue to consider applicants from all over the globe throughout the year. However, we’re especially on the lookout over the next quarter for ambitious entrepreneurs working in East Africa, as we’re aiming to double the number of current investments before year-end.”

Entrepreneurs who are passionate about changing the lives of women and girls at scale should visit the coLABS website for information on investment criteria and how to apply for funding.

Hunter Creative Labs to Host Cruise on ‘Leveraging Technology for Social Change’

Hunter Creative Labs

Once in a while, there are opportunities to come together that can be transformative. We cannot promise that our ‘Leveraging Technology for Social Change’ cruise in November will do that. But with your help, we ask, what if this one event changed a thousand peoples lives? A million? What if it changed your life?

From Nov. 18th-23rd, we are bringing together Changemakers from around the world from diverse backgrounds, skillsets, and goals. We will give you tools, networking opportunities and peer-to-peer collaboration as we sail around the Caribbean. We also ask you to co-create the event with us and simply be PEOPLE who want a BETTER WORLD. For yourselves, for future generations, for our planet and beyond.

We humbly ask that you bring your voice, your courage, and the change you want to see in the world and join us. We will only be as great as we aspire to be, as an individual, and as a civilization.

Lipman Family Prize Call for Nominations

Lipman Family Prize

The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is an annual global prize given to one organization that celebrates leadership and innovation in the social sector with an emphasis on impact and transferability of practices. Winners of the Lipman Family Prize are models for the good they achieve as well as for their approach and implementation.

The Lipman Family Prize recognizes and supports these organizations — providing a service to the broader social sector by connecting organizations across service areas to the broader Penn community.

Award Components

Announced each spring at an award ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the Lipman Family Prize honoree package includes:

A $250,000 unrestricted cash award for the winning organization and $50,000 for each of the two other honorees.
An ongoing partnership with the University dedicated to knowledge sharing and support of the organization. This includes promotion of their work and accomplishments in the Lipman Prize network of organizations, Penn faculty and alumni, and social impact funders.
Access to tuition-free executive education programs at Wharton Executive Education and the Center for Social Impact Strategy, valued at approximately $15,000.
The exclusive Lipman Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship, given in partnership with the University’s School of Public Policy and Practice, valued at approximately $10,000
All three honorees for the Lipman Family Prize receive the same non-monetary benefits. Together with the University of Pennsylvania, each year’s honorees will help to build new knowledge, resources, and solutions for the social sector.

Points of Light Names New CEO

Points of Light

The Civic Accelerator is pleased to share the exciting news that Points of Light has named Natalye Paquin as its new CEO. The Civic Accelerator– a national entrepreneurial bootcamp and investment fund that supports and invests in early stage civic ventures – is delivered by a lean startup team in the Civic Innovation division of Points of Light.

Natalye is currently the chief transformation officer at the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Natalye brings extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, education and civil rights to the role, as well as a skilled hand at working with large networks and volunteer organizations – all key to the Points of Light mission and our work with you. Her undisputed passion for good, demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to action make her an exceptional choice to lead and build on the legacy of this organization.

She shared with us that she is “honored to join Points of Light at this moment in time, recognizing how important it is for the organization to lead in helping people and organizations connect their time, talent and treasures to the causes they care about. I look forward to joining Points of Light and working with all of you as partners in this shared global community. Together, we can accomplish so much and make the world a better place.”

I hope you will join me in welcoming Natalye to the Points of Light community in September.

In Service,

Neil Bush

GlobalGiving Accepting Applications For September 2017 Accelerator


GlobalGiving, the world’s first + largest global crowdfunding community, is accepting applications for new prospective nonprofit partners to participate in the September 2017 Accelerator.

The GlobalGiving Accelerator is an opportunity for you and your organization to build skills, access tools, and grow your base of supporters to achieve crowdfunding success. When you graduate, your organization becomes a permanent member of GlobalGiving, and you’ll have access to all the tools, training, and one-on-one support available in the GlobalGiving community.

During the last Accelerator program (June 2017), more than 550 nonprofit organizations from around the world raised nearly $750,000 in less than 3 weeks to support their projects.

American Sustainable Business Council to Host 6th Annual Sustainable Business & Policy Summit This October

American Sustainable Business Council

SustyBiz17: Advancing a Sustainability Agenda in the Trump Era

Government often makes bad decisions about climate, infrastructure, health care, taxes, regulations and other priorities because a few unsustainable mega-influencers insist that’s “what business wants.” Responsible business leaders know better. At SustyBiz17, on October 22-24 in Washington, D.C., you’ll get the tools to tell your representatives what your business really wants from government to create an economy that works for all.

ASBC’s 6th annual sustainable business & policy summit brings together company leaders, elected officials, think-tanks and media to understand and share best practices and reality-based policy initiatives. Attendees include a wide range of companies: large and small, established and start-up, publicly traded, privately held and B Corps. All of them enrich the dynamic opportunities at #SustyBiz.

The stakes have never been higher, and waiting it out is not an option. Join us at SustyBiz17 and help us give government the real message of “what business wants.”

Reserve your place at the table today:

Washington, DC
[email protected]

Call for Applications for 3-Year Edmund Hillary Fellowship

Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF)

Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) is a 3-year fellowship that brings together a community of visionary entrepreneurs, investors and startup teams to create positive global impact from New Zealand.

International Fellows get exclusive access to New Zealand’s new Global Impact Visa (GIVs), the most entrepreneur-friendly visa in the world, and the first to be focused on impact.

Venture Support & Access: Up to 50 international and 10 Kiwi Fellows are accepted into a cohort every six months and are provided with individualised support and access to world-class mentors, retreats, and events to maximise impact.
What is GIVs?

Global Impact Visas (GIVs) is an innovative new visa programme that aims to give visionary entrepreneurs, investors, and startup teams a platform in New Zealand to build, incubate and support ventures with global impact potential.

Who is EHF for? We are seeking passionate individuals and teams who are dedicating their talents and energy towards challenging the status quo, building new paradigms, solving pressing global problems, and impacting the course of humanity.


We Created The Edmund Hillary Fellowship To Bring Together Humankind’s Creative Potential And Entrepreneurial Spirit In New Zealand, To Build Innovative Ventures For Global Impact.

EHF is a global platform in New Zealand, building a community of world-leading entrepreneurs and investors, and helping them bring their purpose-driven ventures to life. EHF helps New Zealand access the world’s best talent and capital to lead in innovation. Fellows have exclusive access to NZ Government’s Global Impact Visa – the most entrepreneur friendly visa in the world, with a path for permanent residency.

Jonathan C. Lewis Releases New Book ‘The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur’

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur is about powering up your social justice career.

The world feels so screwed up, so unfair, so unnecessarily mean, so Trumpian. More than ever, the world needs you. This book is a book of conviction about the unfinished work of social justice. According to Lewis: "The crusty work of social entrepreneurship is as much fun as I’m permitted to have in public. It’s joyous, fulfilling and happy-making. Tackling big challenges is heady stuff. Fighting the good fight is utterly gratifying."

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur is a compendium of 21 original essays and insights - part memoir, part handbook - about the challenges and questions every social entrepreneur thinks about. For the novice changemaker, each chapter bristles with provocative tips and tools to transform your social justice career. Because social entrepreneurship is not called solo entrepreneurship, the book also contains 19 additional commentaries by other change-makers.

Get the book here and use the 50% discount code ConvenersAugust (expires August 30, 2017).

All book proceeds are donated to social justice causes.

Unreasonable Institute Has Rebranded To Uncharted

Unreasonable Institute has just rebranded to Uncharted. The rebrand will help our team put a larger dent in some of the world's greatest problems, and we couldn't be more excited about it.

Make sure to check out our new website. Here are a few new pieces of content you might be interested in, too!

There is no single way to solve the problems our globe faces. This learning marked the beginning of an arduous, important journey to not only a new look, but also a redesigned approach for how to solve the world’s greatest problems.

Uncharted represents that our world, and how we improve it, is not fixed. There is no single way to solve the problems our globe faces, so we must head into the uncharted and learn what it takes to put big dents in big challenges our world encounters.

Problems are complex and dynamic. Our approach to solving is multi-colored, multi-changing, and multi-shaped. So is our logo. Its multiple permutations symbolizes that no matter the situation, Uncharted will adapt and become best suited to solve. Our brand is as dynamic as the solutions required to better our world.

We are excited for this new approach to creating serious, scalable impact across the world, and we're thrilled to take this next step in our journey—moving into uncharted waters to learn how to solve problems. And then going out and solving them.

Save the Date for ANDE’s Metrics from the Ground Up 2017


Save the Date!

Metrics from the Ground Up 2017
November 15-16
Nairobi, Kenya

Join ANDE in Nairobi this November for two days of conversations focused on emerging practices in measurement, practical strategies for adoption, and lessons from your peers who are supporting small and growing businesses in emerging markets.

Registration will open August 14th.
ANDE members: $125
Non-members: $350
Scholarships are available to cover lodging and registration costs; read below for more details.

Why attend?

“I feel like I've found a kindred group of highly intelligent, driven individuals who care deeply about
measuring the impact of the work of not only their own organizations but of the sector at-large.”

Intimate Conversations. With a max of 80 participants all grappling with questions of impact assessment, conversations are focused, intimate, and fun.

Practical. We move conversations beyond theory to demonstrate real examples of what works (and what doesn’t work).

Transparent and Open. We ask that all participants come prepared not just to learn, but to share their expertise.


Why Nairobi?
After 8 years, this is the first year that Metrics from the Ground Up will be hosted outside Washington, DC. ANDE is partnering with DFID to build the capacity of impact investors, social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial support organizations working in sub-Saharan Africa to measure their social and environmental performance. Metrics from the Ground Up Nairobi is an opportunity to bring together all these players for two days of learning and collaboration. We are excited for this opportunity to live up to the event's name: we aspire to tackle global impact measurement challenges from the ground up.


Now is the time to submit your session ideas! We will work closely with ANDE's Metrics Learning Labs to develop an agenda based on your feedback. Check back in September for a draft agenda.

Themes we are interested in are:
1) data for decision-making
2) exploring industry standards
3) measuring outcomes
4) making measurement useful along the whole 'impact value chain'
5) creating a culture of measurement. Sessions are practical, based in concrete experiences or resources, and discussion-based or hands-on.

Submit your session idea by August 4th.

Event Venue

The event will be held at Raddison Blu hotel in Nairobi. Check back soon for a list of recommended hotels.

Nominations Open for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship

German Marshall Fund

We invite you to help continue the spirit of the Marshall Plan and to strengthen transatlantic relations by nominating a rising leader for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, which empowers leaders from business, government, and civil society for transatlantic engagement and cooperation. Nominations will be accepted until September 28, 2017.

How to Apply or Nominate
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship empowers emerging leaders from business, government, and civil society for transatlantic engagement and cooperation. Using a method perfected over more than 30 years of implementation, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship provides an intense learning and networking experience of benefit to those working on issues of shared concern for communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

SOCAP17 Guest Curator Spotlight Series Announced


To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Social Capital Markets conference, we reached out to leaders in the impact space and asked them to join us as Guest Curators. Each guest curated “Spotlight” is focused on a core inquiry, and utilizes multiple sessions and various formats to explore that inquiry with SOCAP attendees.

SOCAP always comes together through sessions designed by and for practitioners, and we are excited for these Spotlights to deepen conversations on important themes beyond a single session. In extending the invitation we started with the question:

If you had a platform at the world’s largest convening of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and changemakers, how would you use it to break down sector silos and catalyze action towards solutions?

We are very excited to announce that several notable members of our community have taken on this challenge:

-B Lab
-Mission Investors Exchange
-CultureBank (Penelope Douglas and Deborah Cullinan)
-Gary Community Investments
-Jed Emerson

While developing their core inquiry and aligned sessions, SOCAP Guest Curators were asked to draw from their own perspectives and networks while considering the diverse, cross sector SOCAP community. Our hope is that our Guest Curators will help bring new ideas and voices into the conversation at the intersection of money and meaning.

Lindsay Smalling on the Guest Curator Series
The SOCAP content team, led by SOCAP Producer and Curator Lindsay Smalling, will be working with each curator to help them develop and bring their concept to the stage at SOCAP17. Lindsay said the Spotlight Series “will be a valuable addition to SOCAP content because it will create a more sustained and nuanced exploration of key questions. We have also taken care to invite curators who sit at the intersection of impact investing and other communities, to increase conversations across the silos that slow progress.”

Guest Curator Interview Series Coming Soon
To give you insight into these special sessions, over the next several weeks we will be interviewing our Guest Curators and sharing their visions with you for the content they are now developing. They will discuss the vision guiding their core themes, the challenges and opportunities in their topic areas, their hopes for what the audience will achieve during the session, and their hopes for the future.

Spring Launches First Global Impact Accelerator in Canada


The Global Impact Accelerator at Spring is the first in Canada to focus on global impact businesses looking to move to Canada and make the world a better place through their ventures. Vancouver is the Canadian leader for impact entrepreneurship and is the #1 ranked startup ecosystem in Canada.

Spring’s Global Impact Accelerator is a comprehensive, 4-month program, under the banner of
the Start-up Visa (SUV) Program. SUV targets established, immigrant entrepreneurs with the
skills and potential to build high-growth businesses in Canada, spur innovation and create jobs
in the local economy.Spring’s program is focused on businesses in:
i) Healthcare
ii) Sustainability
iii) Arts
iv) Progressive Food
v) Cleantech

Spring’s Global Impact Accelerator Program is uniquely positioned to provide mission-based
businesses with a platform that encompasses the knowledge, networking, mentorship and
support needed to grow, scale and amplify one’s impact on the global scale. Spring’s program
will run on a cohort basis, with a maximum of 6 companies selected to participate. The first
intake will also include up to 2 Vancouver companies, so as to speed integration into the
community, provide richer market perspectives and increase the global competitiveness.

“We are looking forward to engaging with some amazing high-growth impact ventures and
leaders, providing them with the tools and support needed to unlock growth in the North
American market. We believe that not only will this elevate the start-up pool and talent here in
Vancouver, but also spur new innovation across the board”.

“In today’s global environment, where businesses are more closely inter-connected than ever
before, Spring’s Global Impact Accelerator Program, allows us to bring some of the world’s best
impact companies to Vancouver and continue to move the dial on Vancouver and Canada’s
position as a leading world-class, startup and impact ecosystem”.

About Spring Activator
Whether you are just beginning your journey or looking to grow, Spring provides the tools to
build a successful impact business. We know that starting a business and trying to change the
world for the better is not easy; our goal is to help you maximize your chance of success as an
entrepreneur. Spring has supported over 400 entrepreneurs, 200 companies, has helped create
more than 200 jobs in our local economy and enabled early stage funding of over $8.5mn to be raised. Many of our companies have been accepted into premier accelerator programs such as Techstars, Entrepreneurs Round Table, Futurpreneur, Fledge, CTA, Radius, CDL West, The
Next Big Thing (TNBT), and SRCTec.

About The Start-up Visa Program
Canada’s Start-up Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada which will support innovation and

The Start-up Visa program serves as an important tool for incubators and accelerators looking
to source international ventures. Start-Up Visa companies have enjoyed much success in
Canada, thanks to the quality of support provided by designated entities and Canada’s
business-friendly economic policies.

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