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Crowdfunding and support for products doing good in the world. We use this blog to champion social entrepreneurs prioritising purpose + profit.

This startup is eradicating poverty and saving Gorillas in Central Africa

Gorillas are one of the most endangered animals on earth. There are less than 900 mountain gorillas and only around 2-3,000 eastern lowland gorillas alive today. They live in pockets of forestry in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and were made famous by Dian Fossey’s work in the region to protect them. While many people know …

This startup helps businesses quantify their environmental impact

Carbon Analytics was founded by a group of expats from the US, Canada and Australia while doing their Masters degrees at the University of Oxford. Michael Thornton, their CEO, held the Skoll scholarship for social entrepreneurship, and originally came up with the idea during a “business model hackathon” with former co-founder James Tilbury who was studying environmental policy and had a …

Business sustainability benefits the community, environment and local economy

Andres Hammerman is the co-owner of the award-winning eco-lodge Black Sheep Inn. With extensive eco-building and design experience in composting toilets, adobe structures, natural roofs, woodstoves and chimneys, grey-water systems and rainwater catchments, he built his company to help develop and create a community tourist destination in the rural Andean village of Chugchilan, Ecuador. What was the dream when setting …

The ideal age to start a business is when you’re young

Last week we interviewed Wachira Kariuki, Founder and CEO of Classic Foods Limited, a food processing company. It was established in 2007 for buying and selling milk in- bulk quantities from farmers to milk processors. The company was further transformed to a milk processor in 2009 with capital contributions of over $5 Million. We expanded the business to fruit juice processing, …

If you’re starting a startup: listen. learn. act. pivot.

Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed is the Director of the Social Innovation Lab, Pakistan’s sole incubator providing mentorship and sustainable business practices for startup ideas related to poverty alleviation and rural development. She currently lives in Lahore and holds a LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley. What was the dream when setting up The Social Innovation Lab?  The dream was to …