轉寄︰ Social Venture Challenge and UP Singapore

2013 年 01 月 21 日

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主題︰ Social Venture Challenge and UP Singapore

Dear Friends,

2 initiatives that may tickle your fancy-

If you have an idea for a social enterprise/cooperative, the Social Venture Challenge is for you. Submit your idea before the 8th of February and journey through business clinics, mentor sessions to refine your idea and stand the chance to win cash prizes. This is open to all nationalities and ages, so do share this with your friends abroad.

If you have an idea betters the environment or reduces our energy footprint, join the UP Singapore hackathon this weekend! Find a team to work with you on your idea and gain instant feedback from the mentors.
For those without an idea but have passion, the UP Singapore hackathon needs you too. Come down on Friday evening to hear teams pitch and join one.

See the e-flyers below for more information!

With joy,
The Grameen Creative Lab@NUS



Calling for Entries for 14th Start-Up@Singapore Social Venture Challenge –  Convert Your Entrepreneurial Dream into Reality!

The 14th edition of Singapore ’s premier start-up challenge comes with an exclusive category to showcase pioneers in the fields of social entrepreneurship and co-operatives. The Social Venture Challenge is your opportunity to wow the world with your very own attempt at using entrepreneurship to solve social issues.

Start-Up@Singapore is not just a competition, but an educational journey. Not only do you get to compete with others, you also get mentored by the most reputed names of Singapore ’s entrepreneurial community, network with angel investors, venture capitalists and start-up gurus, and undergo rigorous training at our business clinics and workshops. And then there are the prizes! With S$31,000 up for grabs by means of prizes, awards and incubation opportunities, the ball is in your court, so step up and make the most of this opportunity!

Preliminary submissions end on 8th February, 2013. You may register and upload your executive summary to competition.startup.org.sg. Further details about the competition process, terms and conditions can be found at our website, www.startup.org.sg.

轉寄︰ Last Chance to Enter Pitch for Change

2013 年 01 月 21 日

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主題︰ Last Chance to Enter Pitch for Change

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Pitch for Change deadline – 12am tonight! 


Have an innovative business idea to change the world? 

The Pitch For Change Competition gives social enterprises a unique opportunity to present their business ideas to hundreds of fellow entrepreneurs and funders from the for-profit, non-profit, and government worlds! 

Our Round One applicants were extremely impressive and had innovative ideas ranging from social enterprise in the arts to improving eye care in developing countries. We look forward to reading more great applications during our Round Two cycle. The deadline for Round Two is tonight Sunday, January 20 at MIDNIGHT

Please send applications to pitchforchange@socialenterpriseconference.org.

Last year’s Pitch For Change winner, Essmart Global, presented a new distribution model for essential technologies in India and went on to win the Dell Social Innovation Challenge and its $50,000 grand prize!

We look forward to reading your inspiring applications!

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轉寄︰ Plunkett Foundation News 18-01-2013

2013 年 01 月 19 日
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轉寄︰ TBN expos, opportunities and more

2013 年 01 月 19 日

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主題︰ TBN expos, opportunities and more

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January 2013


Expos

The city of Petra, one of the many historic and incredible sights to be visited on expos this year

Expos (or exposure trips) are one of the most important and exciting parts of many members’ & partners’ journey with TBN. Seeing the scandal of poverty first hand and being part of businesses and projects that are making a real, sustainable impact is an enriching and life-changing experience, plus you’ll experience new culture and new opportunities.
TBN is running a number of expo trips in the first half of this year. We strongly encourage you to make going on an expo your New Year’s resolution. So get in touch and let us know which expo you’re interested in.
Amman, Jordan – April 2013
  Jordan now hosts the largest number of refugees per capita on earth. TBN Partner Jonathan Tidd is taking a group to Amman, Jordan to work among refugees, meet entrepreneurs & leaders, visit a range of enterprises and build new business opportunities to create long-term jobs alleviating poverty in this key Middle-Eastern country. There’s also a chance to visit the historical city of Petra, Mt Nebo, the Dead Sea and other incredible sights.
  Jonathan is particularly seeking those with experience in business development, marketing, e-commerce or agriculture but the trip is open to anyone with skills to offer.
  Contact us on info@tbnetwork.org if you’re interested. There are currently just 3 spaces left on this trip, so get in touch soon.
Bolivia – planned for 2013
  John Fleetwood, TBN Partner and Director of The Cochabamba Project, is leading an expo to Bolivia. The trip will visit the Cochabamba Project on the fringes of the Bolivian Amazon. The project works with over 1000 farmers helping them to manage their plots more sustainably, improve their agricultural practices, increase access to market, and is reforesting 1400 hectares with diverse native hardwoods. Their business models creates an economic incentive for farmers to avoid further deforestation and shares profits with farmers, potentially tripling their income (in addition to all the other benefits of training).
  The trip is between 10-14 days and will include seeing two national parks first hand, and experiencing Andean culture at La Paz.
  Contact us on info@tbnetwork.org if you’re interested.
Kenya – January 2013 (update)
  TBN Chairman Stuart McGreevy is running an expo later this month to Kenya. We told you about this trip late last year and it is now fully subscribed and going ahead. Watch this space for updates from Stuart on the East Africa projects they are visiting and developing.
  If you’re particularly interested in Kenya and want to find out how you can use your skills and resources to expand on the work that will be started on this expo let us know and we will update you on the group’s return.
Zimbabwe – June 2013
  Long-standing TBN Member John C. Richards is running an expo to Zimbabwe to visit identified potential entrepreneurs needing skills & capital. Although this trip is fully subscribed please let us know if you’d be interested in joining in case spaces become available. If you’d be interested in going, or if you want to be kept informed of the opportunities to get involved arising from this trip and the contact with new entrepreneurs, let us know and we’ll make sure you get updates from John and his team.


Help Needed

Scaling up new market opportunities with farmers in Bolivia
  The Cochabamba Project that you heard about above is looking to develop new business opportunities and scale up.
  The project works with over 1000 farmers helping them to manage their plots more sustainably whilst reforesting the area with diverse native hardwoods. The project’s business model increases farmer’s income – sometimes by as much as 3× – and provides an economic incentive to not cause further deforestation. 
  They are looking for expertise and experience in developing sales channels and/or market access for agricultural products to scale up various opportunities with these farmers to increase the impact of the project.
  If you can help please get in touch. More details on our website »
TBN is seeking 2 interns
  TBN is seeking interns for 3-6 to help with the development of TBN overseas (particularly in the US, India and S.E.Asia), improve TBN’s communications and social media impact, and to help us expand new and existing projects & businesses.
  If you or someone you know would be interested to work with TBN — or if you can put us in touch with networks, organisations or groups that could share this opportunity with others — please get in touch on info@tbnetwork.org


Resources

This is an inspiring article about ‘intrepreneurs’ — individuals and teams working from within companies, going beyond traditional CSR — developing solutions to problems in their cities, communities, and overseas. It talks about some great examples of high-impact projects and also highlights the need for long-term, sustainability in solutions. Short-term pilots and projects rarely have a good return on investment.

DFID paper on HIV
This paper — published by the Department for International Development — summarises the UK government’s goals and strategies on HIV through to 2015, but it also a useful resource for anyone wanting to find out more about the current state of HIV in the developing world.
 
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2013 年 01 月 19 日

轉寄︰ Your Weekly Good News – Huge Moving Sale, Upcoming Events, Blogger Review, and Your Social Breakdown

2013 年 01 月 17 日

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傳送日期︰ 2013年01月17日 (週四) 2:00 AM
主題︰ Your Weekly Good News – Huge Moving Sale, Upcoming Events, Blogger Review, and Your Social Breakdown

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Can’t make it? Don’t worry! We have 40% off all non-consumables on our website using the coupon code CRAFTS40.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY

President Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and last week we observed the Human Trafficking Awareness Day (1/7). But awareness doesn’t end here!

Read our blog to find out what you can do to learn about Human Trafficking and seek justice in our modern world.

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“I love their mission statement… When we are driven to just consume without really caring where these products come from we cast a vote for cheap products and unfair treatment of employees… Wouldn’t it be great of our spending could aid those in poverty instead of keep them there?” 

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2013 年 01 月 16 日
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轉寄︰ Plunkett Foundation News 04-01-2013

2013 年 01 月 08 日
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主題︰ Plunkett Foundation News 04-01-2013

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Happy New Year! Please find attached the latest round-up of Plunkett Foundation News.

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轉寄︰ The Good Capitalist: Social Capital News

2013 年 01 月 08 日

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主題︰ The Good Capitalist: Social Capital News

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Purpose School Symposium: Poverty & Power
Join today for a conversation about working together to bridge cultural divides, and the difference between intent and impact.

Hosts: Kevin Jones of SOCAP & Stacey Monk of Epic Change
When: Today – Friday, January 4th at 11 am EST
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Learn More: Purposeschool.org

Social Capital Market Lens 

Predictions for 2013: Seed Funding to Grow, Accelerators to Explode, Mission-Focused Crowdfunding Could Dwarf Them Both
By: Kevin Jones

If you are looking for proof that seed funding may be about to take off, look no further than legendary Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla becoming an investor in the new Unitus Seed Fund.
Seed funding in mission-focused businesses doesn’t pay for itself, most of the time. You can’t raise a $100 million fund for, say, mobile apps, and spray and pray, and then get enough winners to make it pay. The deals in this context have to be examined much more closely because they are often working in difficult conditions on problems that are really hard to solve. That means it’s hard to raise enough money that gets out the door fast enough to have a large enough operating fee to make it possible to hire the best people to evaluate all the options and make those hard decisions and then work with the companies afterwards.
Up until now, seed funders have been small and subsidized by corporates or philanthropists, which is a huge restraint on the growth of the industry.
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The Rock Health Story
By: Kevin Jones

Sometimes being a non-profit is the exactly right thing to be.

Rock Health – a really interesting digital health incubator in San Francisco – has attracted funders from Kleiner Perkins to GE, to long-time life sciences VC, Aberdare, and other powerful players. Each of 14 companies gets $100,000, and a five-month intensive incubation in their offices in San Francisco on the third floor of a building in Chinatown. On average, the four cohorts they’ve had in the past year have attracted another $800,000 in additional funding apiece.

Rock Health is a non-profit and doesn’t take a piece of the money action. But in their case being a non-profit gives them a competitive market advantage. As their CEO Halle Tecco explained, they get digital health startups ready for trials with the patient populations of large health care systems. The for-profit startups armed with growth capital (that are Rock Health’s incubator participants) would never have been allowed access to hospitals and their patients unless they were brought in by a non-profit.
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A BDC as a New Pathway from Impact Investing?
By: Elizabeth Kreuger  

Picture this: a $300M fund providing equity and debt expansion capital to positive-impact small businesses, boosting local economies while generating market-rate income returns to investors. Not just accredited investors … any investors. Sound good? It can be done, via a business development company (BDC). If you’re not familiar with BDCs, you’re not alone.. 

A BDC is essentially a way for private investing to go “public”, with the added benefit that BDCs were specifically structured for investing and building in small, private companies. It’s a US structure, part of the Investment Company Act of 1940, and has been around since 1980. BDCs have a unique set of features that align nicely with impact investing
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Social Capital Market News Briefs

10 Ideas for Scaling Impact Investing  Ben Thornley, Director of Pacific Community Ventures, lays out top ideas for building scale in Impact Investing, which were discussed by investors at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco event and documented in a new report. 
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In New Brand of Philanthropy, Nonprofits Invest in For-Profits – In this article Stephanie Strom discusses how investments considered “revolutionary” just 5 years ago are “increasingly common-and profitable.” 
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Green investing is back in vogue  – Impact Investments in the green sector are predicted to grow.
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Socially responsible investing brings clear mind, good returns – In this article, George Chamberlin discusses trends shifting towards a sustainable and equitable economy.
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Harvard To Establish Social Choice Fund – Social choice fund will be created in Harvard following the lead of other schools such as Hampshire, Williams, Vassar, Mount Holyoke, Brown University.
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Lisa Hall on How Calvert Foundation is Democratizing Impact Investing – Lisa Hall, the President and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, highlights strategies and approaches of investment organizations working in the impact investing sector.
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Financial constraints impede growth of social enterprises in China  – Social entrepreneurship is a relatively new concept in China and faces obstacles in form of regulations. This article discusses three potential next steps for social enterprises to overcome those obstacles.
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