“Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better.”  Skoll Foundation

Are YOU looking to use your business savvy to find answers to social problems and build a better world?  If so, you’re on the right page!  Read on!

Stories of Optimism, Ingenuity & Solutions

The Forbes Impact 30, From Forbes, 11/30/2011

“Darell Hammond read a Washington Post article about children who suffocated while playing in an abandoned car because they had nowhere else to play. Willy Foote met vanilla farmers in Mexico who didn’t have access to credit and couldn’t connect to markets. Sara Horowitz was working as a lawyer, didn’t qualify for health insurance because she was considered a “freelancer,” and started thinking about other people who faced the same problem. While working in Argentina, Linda Rottenberg wondered why more Latin American entrepreneurs didn’t create global companies.

And then– unlike millions of us who recognize some kind of problem, feel a pang of hopelessness, and move on– Hammond, Foote and others shifted careers and set about fixing the problems they saw in the world.”

For the first time in its history, Forbes has assembled the Impact 30: a list of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, defining “social entrepreneur” as a person who uses business to solve social issues.  Some of the people on the list run nonprofits; some take the market-based approach.   To find them, Forbes recruited a blue-ribbon panel of experts, including:

  • Ashoka founder and chief executive Bill Drayton;
  • Yale economics professor and MIT Poverty Action Lab research fellow Dean Karlan;
  • Deb Nelson, executive director of the Social Venture Network;
  • Antony Bugg-Levine, the chief executive of the Nonprofit Finance Fund; and
  • Jed Emerson, the executive vice president of ImpactAssets.

Click here and be inspired by the stories of the Impact 30.

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Echoing Green

Since our founding in 1987 by the leadership and investment of the leading global growth equity firm, General Atlantic, Echoing Green has provided more than 500 promising social entrepreneurs working in over forty countries with $31 million in start-up funding, customized support services, and access to our global network of champions.

Ashoka

Founded in 1980, Ashoka is the world’s working community of nearly 3000 leading social entrepreneurs. It champions the most important new social change ideas and supports the entrepreneurs behind them by helping them get started, grow, succeed, and collaborate.

Skoll Foundation

From its founding in 2001 to 2012, Skoll has awarded more than $315 million, including investments in 91 remarkable social entrepreneurs and 74 organizations on five continents around the world who are creating a brighter future for underserved communities. In addition, Skoll funds a $20 million+ portfolio of program-related and mission-aligned investments.

Book Titles

  1. Building social business: the new kind of capitalism that serves humanity's most pressing needs by Muhammad Yunus
  2. Leading social entrepreneurs / Ashoka Innovators for the Public by Ashoka (Fellowship)
  3. A Kind of Genius : Herb Sturz and Society's Toughest Problems by Sam Roberts
  4. My Dream of Stars : From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer by Anousheh Ansari