Company Category Countries of Operation Description Arqlite Environment Argentina / USA Arqlite recycles what nobody else can – transforming complex plastic polymers into high efficiency materials for the construction industry. …
We looked at 773 companies that entered our program from 2008 to 2018, and identified the top 10% of those companies in five success measures — Funds Raised, Employees hired, …
Within our study time frame of 2008-2018, 500 individuals reviewed 5 or more plans during that period. Those individuals were tracked by a number of attributes, including: Past participation in …
The Mentor Capital Network looked at 776 Companies that were part of our programs between 2008 and 2018. We tracked four distinct success measures (years in business, annual revenue, funds …
Interview of Eugene Faison, CEO of Dgrid by Sohaib Elbebny on August, 25, 2020.
Interview with Jeremy Litchfield of Atayne, by Sohaib Elbebny.
Interview of Evie Kanhai, CEO of GoGrow conducted by Sohaib Elbebny on August, 11, 2020.
Interview with Patrick Kimathi, CEO of Skynotch Energy Africa Limited, conducted by Sohaib Elbebny in August of 2020.
Interview of Ned Zimmerman Bence, CEO of GoogyUp conducted by Sohaib Elbebny on June, 29, 2020.
Interview of Zach Edmond, CEO of Renewpower by Sohaib Elbebny on June, 24, 2020.
We’re looking to mentor social entrepreneurs who don’t want to be told what to do. Starting or growing a for-profit social enterprise? Apply Here by July 13th. We don’t have …
Miranda Phua of Zigway was interviewed by Sohaib Elbebany on May 29, 2020
We’re wrapping up our spring cohort, and this is what we are hearing from our entrepreneurs:“Getting feedback from so many different kinds of expertise is huge. It felt very smooth …
Transitions and Resilience Greetings and Salutations. I hope you are well and safe. In the past few months, the Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation) has …
Interview with Jonathan Levine, Co-Founder of Folia Materials, February 21st, 2020.
Network, Works, Wonders Dear Ian, Two of my peers, who run well know social impact accelerators, recently told me that they think the MCN runs the best program in the …
The topic of this call is for those of us who run for-profit businesses, but have partners who are not employees, but who are champions of the work we do because we are mission-driven businesses. And what are your best practices in that, because it’s both similar and different from the traditional employer-employee relationship.
The challenge of making skilled hires
The topic of this is how do you collect market data in places or regions or sometimes even industries where it’s not easy to do.
The Network Works An international development funder recently told me she liked for-profit social enterprises, because while traditional service providers did good work, if you stopped giving them money, they …
It is within this context that Soleva is entering the solar kit market. The company is part of the Paygo Ventures consortium, formed by Wawa Energy Solutions and Aphelion Energy, two companies based in the United States and Ivory Coast respectively. Soleva’s activities were launched in Vogan, located in the Maritime Region in southern Togo, in the presence of the Togolese authorities.
The startup will use the fresh capital to scale its productivity and expand its operations across more than 12 cities in the next 18 months.
Grameen Impact Investments and Acumen announced India’s first sustainable development goals (SDG) bond. The LIFE SDG Bond provides a credit facility of Rs 10 crore to five for-profit social impact enterprises. These organisations – LabourNet, Empower Pragati, Edubridge, iSTAR, and iPRIMED – work towards enabling sustainable livelihoods for youth across India in both rural and urban areas.
The partnership between LuminAID and ShelterBox gives light and hope to people displaced around the world. The features that make LuminAID’s products popular among backpackers also make them an essential aid item delivered by international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox.
A new Cedar Valley-based company is hoping to bring sustainable, safe access to electricity to those who need it most. The company, Terraoak, has created a patented smokeless cookstove that is able to convert heat energy into electricity and output it through a USB outlet.
Ingressive Capital, an Africa-focused seed-stage venture capital firm are joining Student Entrepreneurship Week Pan-Africa to locate the brightest African startups for up to $100,000 funding.
Chakr Innovation pitched the idea to Dell, resulting in the tech company now using the ink on 1.5 million Dell packaging boxes across India each year. At the time of launch, Dell estimated that the process would help clean the same amount of air breathed annually by about 110,000 people.
With African populations projected to continually increase over the upcoming decades, waste production and management will equally be an increasing area of concern. Uncollected or improperly managed waste is a public health concern as it causes diseases and environmental degradation from the polluted land and water. Only 40 percent of waste is generally collected by the government in Nigeria, and, of that, only 13 percent is recycled.
Solaris Tanzania is proud and excited to announce its new partnership with BioLite, involving the addition of the BioLite SolarHome 620 to our Solar Home Systems (SHS) product line – tailored especially for the last mile market. The partnership builds on the existing partnership between BioLite and PaygOps, which integrates our industry leading software with the BioLite SolarHome 620 hardware.
Workers are looking for jobs which they don’t get. The market is looking for particular kinds of workers which it does not get.
The two pass each other like ships in the night. Why this yawning gap? This was the thought that struck Gayathri Vasudevan in 2008 when she was working with the International Labour Organisation.
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wecyclers has created a new narrative in Nigeria’s recycling industry. The social enterprise came with a long-needed model for waste collection, enabling it to record massive growth and impact within a very short while.
Meet Tonlé, the San Francisco-based womenswear brand made entirely from surplus fabric discarded by apparel manufacturers in Cambodia. The brand’s motto is “every thread matters”: the scraps they cannot transform into new clothing are cut into strips and individually hand sewn into “yarn” for new clothes. The scraps left after that are mixed with recycled office paper and sticky rice to make tags. Working in this fashion leaves 2-3 percent waste, compared to an average of 40 percent in a typical factory, the company claims on its website. Packaging is made from recycled paper and cardboard — except when wholesalers or warehouses specifically demand a plastic wrap.
Not so. The company’s founders, Evanna Lyons and Alexis Cronin, wanted to make furniture they would buy themselves. “That was our whole aim all along,” says Lyons, a psychotherapist from Meath who also works in the local hospital. “It had to be impossible to tell it from any other furniture. And nobody believes it until you sit on it.”
Kopo Kopo offers a software-as-a-service that enables the 30 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets to accept, process, and manage mobile money payments (e.g.SafaricomM-Pesa,AirtelMoney).
Founded in 2009 by Meg Wirth—who now serves as chief strategy officer—and Allyson Cote—who stepped down last year from her COO post—Maternova participated in Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s first accelerator program, taking the leap from idea to action after it was “percolating for a long time,” according to Veenam.
An Eastern Shore company that makes a system for permeable paving raised $650,000 from investors, including a pair of funds affiliated with the state’s public universities.
Aesop Technologies of Norfolk specializes in next-generation solar-powered technology. Its current focus is called Aesop Nucleus, a miniature solar concentration system meant replace portable power generators and, eventually, commercial solar panels.
ABB, a pioneering technology leader, is writing the future of safer, smarter and more sustainable energy for 65 villages in India. Working in collaboration with Husk Power Systems to develop clean energy microgrids, the companies are using renewable energy to reduce household energy costs by up to 40 percent and improve productivity in 85 percent of factories and small businesses.
Rwanda-based platform-as-a-service startup ARED, known for its “Smart Business in a Box” solar-powered kiosks, has made Uganda its first international market.
The final 10 startups chosen for the program include ZigWay, a mobile app that lets low income families access small loans of under $200 quickly and cheaply, and Emotics, a regtech company using facial recognition to measure user engagement with online compliance training.