Incubators & Networks

SoJo is an early-stage start-up that works at the intersection of technology, social change and online education. Through web-based applications, SoJo is developing online learning tools that guide social innovators through the process of taking their ideas for social change into action.

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GroAction is an online platform dedicated to promoting local, sustainable business. It enables social entrepreneurs to connect with individuals who can assist them, offers free course materials, interviews, and introductions to investors.

 

 

 


Spark:Her is a Beijing social enterprise incubator for female social entrepreneurs. The 1-year incubator consists of a training program delivered over 10-weeks in Beijing to equip women with the tools, knowledge and network to validate and launch their social enterprises. It is complimented by 8-month of ongoing mentoring, workshops and a growing peer-support group of Alumna and social entrepreneurs.


Good Company accelerates the growth of early-stage companies that generate profit and have a positive social impact. Good Company Ventures is an intensive three-month program which addresses strategic challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Together, the class builds a robust commercial strategy to implement and scale each entrepreneur’s vision for social innovation. Good Company’s Residency program is the region’s first incubator specifically designed to cultivate environmental and social entrepreneurs. It has become a marketplace of innovative green businesses, providing physical space and professional support to entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia area. GoodCompany Beginnings is a non-residential program that provides green and social entrepreneurs with a dedicated business mentor and rigorous sessions with industry professionals. These advisors help our entrepreneurs accelerate their business ideas from concept to company


Each year, the Unreasonable Institute unites 25 entrepreneurs from every corner of the globe to live under the same roof for six weeks in Boulder, Colorado. These entrepreneurs receive training and build long-term relationships with 50 world-class mentors, ranging from the former Managing Director of Investments at Google.org, to the CTO of HP, to an entrepreneur who’s enabled over 19 million farmers to move out of poverty. In the process, they also form relationships and build their businesses with 20 investment funds, receive legal advice & design consulting, and pitch to hundreds of potential investors and partners.


Unreasonable at Sea is a mentor driven accelerator for tech entrepreneurs who desire to take their ventures into new international markets. They are searching for technology based companies who are working to solve the greatest social and environmental challenges of this century. Why Unreasonable? After seeing the success of the model of the Unreasonable Institute, Unreasonable at Sea will take a new approach. Instead of uniting entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial Hub of Boulder (as Unreasonable Institute does), we have partnered with Semester at Sea to launch this accelerator on a ship as it travels more than 25,000 nautical miles around the globe to 14 international destinations.


Endeavor selects, mentors, and accelerates High-Impact Entrepreneurs to unleash their potential in order to create thriving companies that employ hundreds, even thousands of people, and generate millions in wages and revenues. Together, these entrepreneurs hold the key to sustained economic growth in emerging markets


SENO’s mission is to enable individuals to start and grow innovative, sustainable, results-focused solutions to social and/or environmental problems in New Orleans.  They facilitate this by providing Assessments, Pitch Competitions, and Consulting for social enterprises.


The Asian Social Enterprise Incubator is the first incubator in the Philippines for social enterprises and organizations engaged at the base of the pyramid. ASEI aims to be the leading incubator in the country.

 

 


Idea Village is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to identify, support, and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans. The Idea Village is a national recognized leader of entrepreneurship by catalyzing an entrepreneurial ecosystem that has provided direct support to over 1,798 New Orleans entrepreneurs by engaging 2,028 professionals to allocate over 56,949 consulting hours and $3.1 million in seed capital. Collectively, this portfolio generates over $100 million in annual revenue and has created over 2,000 jobs for our community.


Praxis works with social entrepreneurs who are compelled by their faith to advance the common good. It is focused on four distinct areas: mentorship & customized expertise, action-oriented education & planning, peer community, and access to capital. The program has an intentional, progress-focused, iterative structure comprised of three main events explained in detail below. At these events, Fellows have intimate interaction with world-class mentors through small roundtable discussions and multiple, extensive one-on-ones. In addition, Fellows will be supported before, during, and after these events as alumni.  Each organization selected for the program may bring up to 2 Fellows. Upon acceptance into the Accelerator, Fellows will work with the Praxis core team on an organizational assessment to ensure they are best prepared to get the most out of the program. Applications for the 2012-3 Accelerator are due by June 1st.


Dasra is India’s leading strategic philanthropy foundation working with philanthropists and social entrepreneurs to create large scale social change. Since its inception in 2006, the Dasra Social-Impact (DSI) program has helped visionary social change makers build the skills required to operate their organizations at scale. DSI is an executive education program, which provides successful non profits and social businesses with transformational skills necessary to build sustainable and scalable organizations to accelerate their impact.


The Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) at Santa Clara University empowers socially-minded entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations that solve problems for people living in poverty around the world. The GSBI is the signature program of Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. We work with organizations that create value by lifting people out of poverty, utilizing self-sustaining community practices, and developing low-cost solutions. The GSBI is a combination of online, experiential, and skill-building offerings in a ten-month program.


Hub Ventures helps high caliber entrepreneurs build their world-changing startups better and faster.  We operate 12-week cohort cycles at Hub Bay Area, during which participating companies receive seed funding and engage in best-in-class mentorship, collaborative sessions with program peers, and workshops and speaker events on topics relevant to impact oriented startups.  Hub Ventures also connects companies with their extensive network of investors during the program and at Investor Day, an opportunity to pitch to hundreds of Bay Area investors.


Artemisia is a pioneer organization in social business in Brazil. It is founding member of the online platform Next Billion Brazil and ANDE Hub Brazil. Proposition Artemisia leverages entrepreneurs and talents to build the best startups which serve the low income population, to make Brazil an international hub of high social impact business.


MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include:

  • 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more.
  • $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support.
  • Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry.
  • No equity taken. No restrictions applied.

President Obama honored MassChallenge in January of 2011 as one of the nation’s best organizations for supporting high-growth entrepreneurs, and MassChallenge is an affiliate of the Startup America Partnership.
The 111 startups supported in the 2010 accelerator raised over ~$100M in outside funding and created ~500 new jobs in under 12 months.


Thiel Fellowship: A radical re-thinking of what it takes to succeed, the Thiel Fellowship encourages lifelong learning and independent thought. With $100,000 and 2 years free to pursue their dreams, Thiel Fellows are changing the world one entrepreneurial venture at a time.


PresenTense fosters the next generation of social entrepreneurs by helping innovators and entrepreneurs build new ideas into transformational ventures. We do this through our Fellowships, PTSchool seminars, and local innovation Hubs.


Agora’s Accelerator is an intensive, 6-month program designed to give outstanding small businesses poised for expansion access to the social, human, and financial capital needed to accelerate their growth. The Accelerator program includes workshops, seminars, consulting, and mentoring in a variety of areas ranging from leadership development, to marketing, to investor pitch development, and culminates in an Impact Investor Conference giving participating entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch to impact investors.


StartUp Scrambles™ are 48-hour intensives that scramble the lines between real world experience and classroom education. College students plan, build, and launch real business and social ventures with the help of mentors and professionals in one unforgettable weekend.


Invest2Innovate (i2i) is an intermediary organization that supports early-stage social enterprises and strengthens access to capital in new & untapped markets. We provide capacity development services to grow high-potential early-stage social enterprises, and connect them to the resources and capital to build their businesses. i2i partners with local and global organizations to strengthen the social entrepreneur and capital pipeline, developing innovative workshops, curriculum, networks, and competitions. i2i launched our pilot in Pakistan in 2011 and plan to scale to other countries in 2013.


The Impact Engine is a 12-week venture accelerator designed to help socially and/or environmentally minded for-profit companies move to their next level. You’ll receive $20K in seed capital, mentorship, cool workspace, access to hundreds of potential investors and the opportunity to build your business alongside a class of entrepreneurs that share your passion for positive impact. Our first group of approximately 10 entrepreneurs, Impact 1, will be matched with experienced mentors, provided access to vetted legal and accounting professionals, given help in building their business models, assistance in landing early customers, ideas on growing their organizations and access to hundreds of investors on Investor Day.

Impact Engine is calling for great entrepreneurs getting ready to start or already running early stage for-profit organizations that positively impact today’s societal and/or environmental challenges.


Networks:

Sandbox Network was launched in 2008 with a very specific goal–to incubate and accelerate social impact leaders under 30. Taking a world view, Sandbox Network identifies, mentors, and incubates young leaders through programming, mentorship, and skill-building  in 48 countries across 4 continents. Its growing community currently comprises of 600+ young leaders.


Social Enterprise UK is an online resource for social enterprises, private businesses, charities, and public sector organizations in the United Kingdom to learn and build skills related to the growing industry. The site provides business advice and support, publishes online training materials, leads campaigns, and organizes programs related to raising the profile of social enterprise in England. Membership is available to gain access to all of the site’s resources.


The HUB is a network of collaborative workspaces where social innovators and entrepreneurs can gather to collaborate and build ideas and skills. Founded in London in 2005, the HUB now has over 25 locations worldwide in cities including San Francisco, Johannesburg, and San Paolo where individuals connect, produce events, organize campaigns, run bootcamps, launch startups, facilitate mentorship, educate on legal and policy reform supporting social entrepreneurs, and create in-roads to funding and impact investment.  Though it is a programming hub as well as an ideas hub, the concept continues to revolve around creating meaningful individual encounters and exchanges. And it’s taking off in a big way. The HUB is 4,000 members strong and growing, and has another 50+ locations in the making.


Social Edge is an online community and discussion forum created by the Skoll Foundation as a place where social entrepreneurs and other social benefit practitioners can connect online, network, learn, inspire, and share resources. Launched in 2003, Social Edge features blog posts and podcasts by thought leaders and involves the community at large through discussion boards and a resources wiki.


ANDE, or the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, is a global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Officially launched in 2009, ANDE is a member-driven organization housed within the Aspen Institute, an international non-profit that promotes enlightened leadership in Washington, D.C.


Next Billion is a website and blog bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise. It is a discussion forum, networking space and knowledge base for individuals and organizations interested in the “next billion”.

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