While these entrepreneurs have extraordinary vision, they sometimes lack the access to funding and business nous that will enable them to scale up their ideas. Without the capital and the support, the desired impact can end up watered down. Helping entrepreneurs avoid this pitfall is a massive open online course called Accelerating Investment Readiness or AIR MOOC for short. The aim? To make connections between social entrepreneurs and the impact investors who are looking to use money to solve pressing 21st-century issues.
No one would claim that 2020 has been an easy year. Dominated by a global pandemic that shows little signs of abating, the wide-ranging and complex consequences are still largely uncertain. For some, the hit is personal; for others working in certain sectors, it’s a financial catastrophe.
Many social entrepreneurs are facing cash flow challenges with funding that is often unpredictable and tight. Meanwhile, fundraising is more difficult as things move online, investors shore up their own portfolios and tighten their belts to reduce their exposure to risk. …
As a marine biologist, the ocean has become her life’s work, spurring her on to lead conservation efforts through the development of innovative technology. It’s on this basis that she recently founded Working Ocean Strategies, a consultancy that helps organisations amplify their positive social and environmental impact on coastal communities.
The name Arlan Hamilton may not mean much to people outside the rather insular worlds of venture capitalism and finance. Yet her story has the potential to have mass appeal, not least because of its unlikelihood.
Climate change is a global problem. Greenhouse gas emissions, released from the burning of fossil fuels, are causing rising temperatures and extreme weather, impacting health, crops and wildlife. And developed countries with their cars, large houses and consumerism are some of the biggest polluters.
African Clean Energy addresses the massive problem of indoor air pollution, something that contributes to the premature deaths of nearly four million people every year. Exposure to this pollution doubles the risk of childhood pneumonia and contributes to lung cancer, stroke, heart disease and pulmonary disease. Yet many of us are unaware of the scale of this problem among people living in Africa on only a few dollars a day.
What if you could get the word out to a group of motivated investors who want their money to do good? That’s what Ethex does. As an investment platform in the UK, it lists a range of products for people looking to align their money with their morals, while also earning them a financial return.
Being an entrepreneur means being comfortable with taking risks. There are few safety nets when you are the sole founder of a business and the buck most certainly stops with you.
Rahama Wright knew this when she founded Shea Yeleen, a social enterprise that sells ethically produced shea butter products and empowers the women in Africa who make them. With 15 years of experience behind her and numerous highs and lows in that time, even Rahama was taken aback by the devastating, overnight impact of Covid-19 on small businesses such as hers.
“You cannot plan for the entire political, social…
Some business leaders will try to hold on to power for as long as possible, no matter what comes. Others will recognise when it’s time to let go. Ayla Schlosser falls into the latter camp, for reasons that may come as a surprise — her business wasn’t a failure, it was a huge success. So why would she choose to step away?
Melissa Menke was living in New York and working in the affordable housing sector, a job that was satisfying and helped others — but she wanted to make a deeper impact on a larger scale. In Kenya, she saw the opportunity to address a massive social problem. Almost a decade on, she’s founded a social enterprise that provides affordable, quality healthcare for people living in informal settlements and only earning between $3 to $5 a day.
Through her blog, Invest For Good, Alexandra Court brings together ideas, insights, strategies and people who are determined to create a better future #impinv