MCN Update: 11 May 2016

Mission Hub LLC in San Francisco is hiring a Social Innovation Manager to create and develop programs that can inspire and expand access to the social enterprise and impact investing space. Learn more about this great opportunity here.

REDF is seeking a consultant to design a Social Enterprise Fellowship Program that focuses specifically on employment-focused social enterprise directors from around the country. This program needs to support REDF’s goal of building leaders in the social enterprise space as well as align with other ongoing, field-building initiative. The consultant should have extensive experience in designing and running fellowship programs to help support this new program in a variety of capacities. This would include some amount of program design as well as, helping to launch and steer the program. This engagement would being in May/June 2016 and run through the end of 2016 with a possible extension into 2017. The exact amount of time needed is TBD based on the input and guidance we receive but we estimate 10-20 hours/week, May – December. To apply, sent resumes to Anastasia David.

Apply by June 20, 2016: SOCAP (Social Capital Markets), the world’s largest conference on social enterprise and impact investing, taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California September 13-16th, is launching the SOCAP16 Entrepreneur Scholarship Program. Learn more here.

Apply by May 30, 2016: LDI Africa is placing Fellows at the very best businesses and nonprofits across Africa. This is a part of the Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program Spring 2016 cohort. For more information on their paid fellowship options, click here.

MCN Alumni Updates

Congrats to Evaptainers on receiving a Stage 1 grant from the US Agency for International Development through their Development Innovation Ventures Lab (USAID-DIV).
The Stage 1 seed-funding grants allow organizations, universities, and individuals to refine and improve their ideas. USAID DIV grants are the gold standard in development funding and we could not be more proud to be a recipient of this prestigious grant. The grant will fund our upcoming large-scale partner field trial that we will conduct in Morocco in the 2016 growing season and give us a runway to commercial launch. (Source)
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The Mentor Capital Network is working on a research project with Professor Matt Lee (Harvard, INSEAD-Singapore) on what makes the best entrepreneur/mentor match, and how can we best support social entrepreneurs. 

Seeking Social Entrepreneurs with Off-Grid Solutions

Does your social enterprise have off grid solutions, or are you solving challenges in underserved communities? If so, read this:

Humans on the Move: Rethinking the Marketplace is a program that seeks to bridge a market gap between impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and refugees, through a lens of ethical investment in existing solutions that address basic community needs and work to improve conditions for humans on the move. This year-long action and discussion series brings together a collective of impact investors, philanthropists, civil society professionals, refugees, social entrepreneurs, makers, and creatives. Through facilitated discussion and action-driven working groups, the creation of a dedicated impact investing fund, and targeted advisory services, this project will support solutions for and by refugees. 

Social Entrepreneurs who are interested in learning more should complete this form. 

Missed our last deadline to apply to MCN’s Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration Program? 
Apply today! We’re actively seeking outstanding for-profit social enterprise start-ups and growing companies who are using their mission to drive their financial margin. Are you developing ways to combat the world’s dependence on fossil fuels with Clean Energy projects? Are you changing the way people in your community handle waste? What about finding new ways to meet the problems of food and water scarcity that impacts so much of the planet? 
Are you pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and building a sustainable business that is not only creating jobs but also making the world a better place? If so, we want you! 
We Count on You! 
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