How this Nebraskan entrepreneur built 'The Bay,' a startup that helps youth across the United States

When Mike Smith built his first non-profit venture he relied on volunteers and family for support and turned to some unusual fundraising tactics until local schools in Nebraska started asking him to speak to students about giving back, living a more conscious life, and being generous with one's resources. His speaking career has now helped him launch several companies, which all have a social agenda at their core. In this article, Esha Chhabra shares the story of Smith's entrepreneurial journey ...
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Eight social entrepreneurs who are changing the world

​'Social impact' has become one of the most popular buzzwords of the last couple of years. There has been an important change in consciousness and people are more willing to look beyond their personal gain and consider how they can make an impact with their business. There are many factors contributing this transformation, but millennials have been chosen as the main driving force behind this shift.In a World Economic Forum study, 5,000 millennials surveyed in 18 different countries indicated th...
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Mark Zuckerberg's best advice to young people: ‘Finding your purpose isn't enough’

Although millenials tend to be driven more by purpose than profit, finding your own purpose is no longer enough. “The challenge now,” says Mark Zuckerberg, “is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.” In his address to Harvard University graduates, the Facebook founder and CEO shares his views on how young people can tackle large problems such as climate change, social inequality, health care, and building global communities, despite how overwhelming the challenges may seem. [Rea...
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New Zealand launches a three-year visa program for impact entrepreneurs

Up to 400 entrepreneurs and investors can apply for a three-year visa to start a company or expand an established one, with the option of applying for permanent residence in New Zealand when the visa expires. The Global Impact Visa program, run in partnership with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF), offers access to investors, advisors, mentors, universities, accelerators, and R&D grants, and entrepreneurs will be chosen to participate based on their impact potential. A new progra...
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This low-cost greenhouse is designed to help the poorest farmers

A startup is testing a solution to help struggling farmers in India to avoid losing their entire crop to extreme environmental conditions. Kheyti wants to help small farmers escape the poverty cycle with its modular Greenhouse in a Box solution. The low-cost, small-footprint greenhouse reduces water use while protecting crops from pest attacks, drought, and flooding. Kheyti, a recent winner of the Global Social Venture Competition, is now working with the Extreme course at Stanford University’s ...
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This program helps aspiring social entrepreneurs before they even have an idea

The University of Notre Dame’s Venture Founders Program is encouraging talented, entrepreneurial-minded students to identify solutions to social and environmental challenges and come up a venture that can be profitable as well making an impact. The pilot program was launched in July 2016 and the aim is to spin it out into a separate enterprise to help aspiring social entrepreneurs come up with ideas and reach the stage where they can apply for an accelerator or start talking to angel investors.[...
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4 things every social entrepreneur should know

Being an entrepreneur is no easy task, you not only have to fight to bring your idea to life and get enough users and money to survive, but you also have to add impact to the equation. Social entrepreneurship is the use of techniques by startup companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions for social, cultural, or environmental issues. For some entrepreneurs the impact comes first, and it’s the ‘raison d’etre’ of their business, they want to pay it forward and make t...
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