MCN Update: 11 March 2013

Greetings and Salutations from Boston. I’ve been here since Thursday, participating in the wrap-up of the Village Capital Boston cohort, and SOCAP-Soul. It’s been exciting watching those of us who support impact entrepreneurs with more than just money (The Impact Accelerator Network) find ways to actively work together. Most of my conversations were around ways to join forces in our support of excellent organizations like MoWoza and Essmart, both of whom were there. Now I’m off to meet with Mission Markets in New York City. Partnerships abound.  

Sincerely, Ian T. Fisk
Executive Director, The William James Foundation
WJF Sustainable Business Plan Competition Announcement

In case you missed in, last week the William James Foundation announced the companies accepted into Round 2 of the Sustainable Business Plan Competition.

Brackets for Good Update 

We made it to Round 2 of the 2013 Brackets For Good fundraising tournament!

On Our Calendar 
Mar. 21st: Social Enterprise Exchange 2013 (Glasgow, Scotland)
Mar. 28th: Due Diligence: Evaluating a Potential Investment Workshop (Bethesda, MD) R
Apr. 5-7th: CGI U (St. Louis, MO)
Apr. 10-12th: Mission Investing Institute (Austin, TX)
Apr. 10-12th: Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship (Oxford, UK)
Apr. 12th: Global Social Venture Conference and Finals (Berkeley, CA)
Apr. 12th: The Annual Better World by Design Product Challenge application closes.
Know of an event not on our list? Email Kerri at

WJF Community Notes – March 11, 2013
Former WJF Entrant, CSRHub, and Brand Finance have expanded their partnership with Brand Value Sustainability Reports.
2012 WJF Competition Winner, Takamoto Biogas, has a new video on the impact they are having on farmers in Kenya. Watch it here:

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On Our Reading List
Toward an Ecosystem for Early-Stage Incubation of Social Enterprises in East Africa“, Aspen Institute for Development Entrepreneurs, March 2013. Executive Summary: Full Report:
What’s Next for Impact Investing : How to bridge the ‘Pioneer Gap’ and support entrepreneurs in the earliest stages“, Next Billion, March 4, 2013.
 “The United States: Domestic Opportunities for the Impact Investing Sector?“, Forbes, February 22, 2013.