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UpEffect

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

The secret behind FoodCycle’s success

Mary McGrath is the CEO of FoodCycle, which runs volunteer-powered community projects across the UK – working to reduce food poverty and social isolation by serving tasty, nutritious meals to vulnerable groups. They are an award-winning social enterprise and recently won Ashoka’s Makers of More challenge.   What was the inspiration behind tackling food wastage and the food poverty problem? We throw …

Tech entrepreneur says to keep learning, listen to feedback and hire carefully

Last week we interviewed Forbes 30 under 30 Tanyella Evans, 27, the co-founder and COO of Library For All, a tech non-profit based in New York that is committed to unlocking knowledge and opportunities for those in developing countries with limited access to educational materials. Tanyella and her co-founder Rebecca take on this mission with their cloud-based library of e-books. …

Your background plays a big part in your entrepreneurial journey

Abi Billinghurst created Abianda in 2011 as a social enterprise designed to tip the balance of power in society in favour of marginalised and disenfranchised people, helping them inform the decisions and policy that affect their lives. Abi has worked for more than 15 years with young people and disadvantaged groups within society, supporting them to have a voice.   …

Dedication and teamwork helped us get to where we are today

This week’s champion of change are Forbes 30 under 30 Emily and Betsy Nunez, Founders of Sword and Plough – a fashion company that works with veterans to re-purpose and recycle military surplus fabrics into fashionable bags and accessories. This unique social enterprise has a quadruple bottom-line: supporting veteran employment and entrepreneurship, bridging the civilian-military divide by educating the public about …

Helping youth realise their dreams is fundamental to creating change

Grace Kinda, is the founder and executive director of SAFWE, a social enterprise aimed at advocating for and supporting collaborative partnerships for community development. She’s a Zawadi Africa Education Fund Scholar, and currently a graduate Clinical Counseling student at Villanova University, USA.   What was the dream when setting up SAFWE and the Starting up Development Initiative? My dream for setting …

Quality of experience counts more than the number of years spent acquiring it

Dziedzorm JayJay Segbefia is the Expedition Leader of BraveHearts Expeditions. JayJay is a Mandela Washington Fellow of the prestigious Young African Leaders Initiative of the US Government. His firm, BraveHearts Expeditions, is West to Central Africa’s sole outdoor leadership and experiential learning expeditions firm which takes teams of European and Ghanaian clients and pushes them beyond their regular limits of …

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

This week we caught up with champion of change, Gal Moore from Desolenator – an invention and breakthrough in the field of solar desalination – on track to becoming the most affordable and environmentally friendly method of purifying water from any source. With a decade worth of experience in the social enterprise space, Gal brings a unique set of skills to the company to propel the …

It’s easier to get the right people on board when you have a social mission

This week we present to you champion of change, Jawad Aslam, founder of Ansaar Management Company (AMC). AMC was founded in 2008 as the first private sector company dedicated to affordable housing in Pakistan. The company was initially funded by the founder as well as Acumen. The unique model was based on the approach to development taken by Akhtar Hameed Khan and …

What humanity can do for you and what we can do for humanity

We caught up with a remarkable champion of change, Yonathan Parienti, Founder and CEO of Horyou. Yonathan has built a dedicated social networking platform for Social Good where Members, Organisations, and Personalities support and promote solidarity through actions, while advocating a humanistic approach to technology. Horyou provides resourceful functionalities to encourage new ways of interacting with one another. At Horyou, social networking facilitates the process from …

Lensational are empowering women through photography

Since the launch of the crowdfunding platform, our Beta campaign by Lensational has raised 117% of its crowdfunding goal within just a few days! Now that they are halfway through their campaign, we decided to catch up with the Co-Founder of Lensational, Bonnie Chiu to get her thoughts on her crowdfunding experience.   Tell us about Lensational and what inspired you to …