Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship

We’re committed to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship around the world. Here are this week’s stories on efforts to do so, including some from groups we are proud to call partners.

Safaricom links app makers with private equity investors” by Okuttah Mark on Business Daily Africa
Our biggest news this week was the launch of the Safaricom Developer Challenge called “AppWizz”. The challenge is designed for early stage mobile technology entrepreneurs working on innovative … read more

Incorporating a Social Enterprise: a Simple Legal Guide by EngageSpark

Our friends at engageSPARK spent months researching the options for incorporating a social enterprise. They have generously decided to share their findings. Although every business will have different circumstances and needs, the blog post serves as a good reference point for informational purposes. Always consult your lawyer for professional legal advice.

From the engageSPARK Blog:

“Choosing a legal form (or structure) for your new U.S.-based social enterprise seems like it would be a piece of read more

Opportunities and Inspiration for Social Entrepreneurs

The third annual survey from the GIIN and JP Morgan on impact investing, Perspectives on Progress, highlighted that, although still a nascent marketplace, impact investors plan to commit at least $9 billion in 2013. In addition to this mass of available capital, we are seeing a significant number of calls-for-applications, winner announcements, and advice on how to advance startup activity that can provide entrepreneurs with both inspiration and opportunities. Here’s this week’s round up … read more

Weekly Review July 4-8

Tomorrow, South Sudan becomes the newest country with their declaration of independence. At ID, the newfound independence sparked a conversation. We discussed social enterprise in post-conflict areas, and found that social enterprise will be and has been effective in South Sudan and throughout other conflicted areas in the world.

Recently, we’ve watched public uprisings unfold in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya over
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