social entrepreneur

Fintech Startup Offers Next-Gen Solution to Extreme Poverty

Financial tech company BanQu uses cutting-edge blockchain technology to create a portable economic identity for the world's poorest people.

Thinking ‘Glocally’ About Water Scarcity: Why We Need to Act Now

When Karishma Bhagani was attending high school in Kenya, half of the country was drought-stricken. So she invented a low-tech water purifier to…

Building a Better World Also Builds a Better Workplace

Everyone at a company — from the founder to its newest recruits — needs to work toward a better world. And that’s not…

3 Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Make the Right Sacrifices

Nobody wants to make sacrifices. But if you want to succeed in business, you first need to determine where your priorities lie.

Will Equity Crowdfunding Accelerate Impact Investing in 2017?

This past May, a new law allowing equity crowdfunding opened a new world of possibilities for social entrepreneurs around the country. Whether or…

Entrepreneurial Innovation Is Driving Disruption in the Food Industry

If industry stakeholders continue to slowly trail entrepreneurs rather than expedite their own efforts, it will be at their own peril; those who…

This Social Enterprise is Creating a ‘New Generation of Readers’ in Brazil

Nearly 30 percent of Brazilian adults are functionally illiterate. Former investment banker Danielle Brants turned this unsettling statistic into an opportunity to create…

This App Helps the World’s Largest Minority Group to Communicate and Thrive

Collectively, people with disabilities tend to experience greater degrees of workplace discrimination and economic hardship, especially when they can’t communicate orally. This app…

Fashion Brand Strategist Crafts a Chic, Socially Responsible E-Commerce Site

In 2013, Accompany CEO Jason Keehn set out to create a socially responsible brand that he calls a Barney’s-meets-Whole Foods e-commerce site of…

Listening To Learn: Best Practices for Social Purpose Strategy

Asking good questions is one of the most important skills a person, or a team, can develop. It’s also a skill attributed to…

Pokémon Go and the Power of Social Influence

Even if Pokémon Go is just a flash in the pan, it’s interesting to see how it changed the game when it comes…

Beyond the Porn Principle: How to Better Evaluate Social Enterprise

When the term “pornography” was put to the U.S. Supreme Court to define in 1963, Justice Potter Stewart famously stated simply, “I know…

Creative Solutions to Laos’ Ongoing Problem with Conflict Weapons

Bombs were dropped on Laos every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. Over a quarter of these bombs failed to…

This Incubator Has Saved 200,000 Premature Babies

The Embrace Warmer is a cheap infant incubator that creates heat and fights off neonatal hypothermia -- and it's credited with 200,000 babies…

Why Social Entrepreneurship Seems So Much Harder

Launching a startup — commercial or social — requires a herculean effort to scale and sustain. Nonetheless, three key differences make business planning…