Updates on the Crowdfunding Industry from the UK Alternative Finance Report

Over the past 10 years, the crowdfunding industry has become more than a side project happening on the borders of the established circuit of banking and financing.  This change became more evident as people grew tired of standing on the sidelines of business. Everyday, small entrepreneurs with great ideas bravely decided to put them forth and consumers responded accordingly – …

From Vulnerable Communities to Powerful Artisans // Interview with Sarah’s Bag Founder, Sarah Beydoun

A social enterprise born out of a research project for Sarah Beydoun’s Master’s thesis in Sociology in 2000, has gone onto become one the favorite brands carried by celebrities and royalty like Queen Rania, Frieda Pinto and Amal Clooney. Items from Sarah’s Bag has been featured in literally every fashion magazine you can think of – Vogue, Bazaar, Elle, Stylist, …

Why Business Ethics Matter When Backing Crowdfunding Campaigns

Last year, crowdfunding dominated the funding space, over venture capitalists. It is projected to hit the $93 billion mark by 2025. This tremendous growth in the industry is due to people like you, fellow founders and enthusiastic backers who keep startups and great ideas moving forward. Unfortunately, on mainstream crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo there are very few …

Why Ending Net Neutrality in the U.S. Impedes Social Entrepreneurship (And What We Can Do to Help)

Efforts to expand social entrepreneurship in the United States have met yet another roadblock. New Internet regulations proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now threaten the success of small business owners in the U.S. and abroad. The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to scrap its 2015 Open Internet Order, which required internet service providers to treat all websites equally, banning them …

Financial Independence for Survivors of Abuse // Interview with Fair Anita Founder, Joy McBrien

Joy McBrien is the founder of Fair Anita. Fair Anita sells fair trade jewelry, accessories, and clothing that provides financial security to 8,000 women in 16 countries. Joy has previously worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations, but always ran entrepreneurial initiatives on the side. She started her first jewelry business when she was 15! We at UpEffect love Fair Anita, because …

Which Sustainable Business Model is Right for Your Startup?

“Economics, as it has emerged, can be made more productive by paying greater and more explicit attention to the ethical considerations that shape human behaviour and judgment.” – Amartya Sen Traditional business models have succeeded in driving technical innovation and creating exponential change in our lives. However, capitalism as we know it today has also caused unprecedented inequality and environmental damage. …

The Future of Social Enterprise: Challenges and Opportunities for the Industry

Social Enterprise as a business model combines the social mission of a non-profit or government program with the market-driven approach of a for-profit business. Social entrepreneurs embrace the purpose and promise “to create a world where everyone has access to basic needs and opportunity”, explains Amy Ann Cadwell, cofounder of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA). Opportunities  Improved ROI, increased revenue, reduced …

Navigating the Ethical Beauty Space // An Interview with Skin Creamery Founder, Hannah Rubin

Skin Creamery, creates luxury natural and organic skin care products which incorporate fair-trade oils from the African continent. Based in South Africa, Skin Creamery was founded by Hannah Rubin 2014 while she was working in the beauty industry. Hannah was kind enough to share her insights with us and our audience of social entrepreneurs so that we might learn from her experience …