Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Social entrepreneurs are leading a movement to create a sustainable, purpose-first economy that addresses society’s most vexing problems and leaves no one, especially vulnerable populations, behind. Here, we track the latest news from purpose-first businesses and innovators who are creating jobs, fueling economic growth and improving their communities through the principles of free enterprise.

High Schooler Gives Kids a Taste of Entrepreneurship in the Bakery Business

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Kailey Perkins, 17, cooked up the Young Entrepreneur Scholars program to help children in underserved communities discover their own entrepreneurial streak through baking, teamwork and fun.

Leading Angel Investment Group Creates Affiliate Group for Members of Sullivan Foundation Network

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VentureSouth, co-directed by 1999 Sullivan Award winner Matt Dunbar, offers opportunity to invest in innovative startups that will drive the American South’s economy.

Wofford College Student Entrepreneurs Complete Summer Accelerator Program

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Led by Tyler Senecal, the Summer Accelerator helps students launch business ventures and social enterprises by providing them with key resources, support and structure.
this photo shows Melinda Hardin, an early applicant for a zero-interest loan from the Slow Money Institute founded by Woody Tasch

Pioneer of Slow Money Movement Launches Beetcoin to Boost Small, Local Farms

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Beetcoin lets individuals without deep pockets invest in local farms and food startups committed to sustainable farming and doing the right things for the planet.

Leading CEOs Propose Roadmap to Building a Purpose-First Economy

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The goal is to create an inclusive and sustainable post-COVID economy that benefits society, the planet and shareholders for generations.

Entrepreneur Honors Black-Owned Businesses Threatened by COVID-19 Pandemic

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Mandy Bowman, founder of Official Black Wall Street, has teamed with Snapchat to offer three cash-based awards to leading black entrepreneurs around the country.