Crowdfunding Your Startup – Hot Tips Brian Meece, Co-Founder & CEO, RocketHub, highlights the pillars of successful crowdfunding and explains what motivates people to commit funds. Brian reveals some of the secrets to being successful at crowd funding. To name a few tips, he explains the basics of storytelling, engaging the community by communicating your “why” and inviting people to “trade” not “aid” your startup.
Social Entrepreneurs: Pioneering Social Change Mohammad Yunus starts the video off with his story about micro-finance in Bangladesh. Since founding Grameen Bank, he began a revolution in lending impoverished citizens small amounts of money which enabled them to earn a livelihood and begin their ascent from poverty. Yunus decided that “credit” was a human right and was essential to economic and social inclusion. The change that he has created from …Read More
Stephen Ritz: A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx Stephen Ritz embodies the exuberance and energy of the social entrepreneur. Watching this video is truly inspiring and showcases the addictive nature of social change. Leading his classes of kids in the South Bronx to cultivate urban gardens, from veggies to indoor plants, Stephen Ritz’s students are constructing green walls and decorating indoor spaces with plant life. Bringing the concrete …Read More
The Changing Landscape of Social Finance in Canada The growth of social enterprise and social innovation has been significant in Canada over the last number of years. With over 165,000 non-profits in Canada and an increasing number of them planning some form of commercial activity to satisfy the dual purpose of social value and financial self-sufficiency. With social responsible investors looking for sound sustainable businesses to invest in, corporations looking …Read More
Start-up Kitchen interviews Karina Leblanc who started Pond-Deschande Centre (PDC) which is a place for incubating social enterprise on the University of New Brunswick campus.
Ron Shaich, Panera Bread Panera Bread started a program, called Panera Cares, to give their cafes to the community and improve the food security in neighbourhoods that were in need. The cafe has the same quality offerings that its other branches have with the same level of service. The only difference is that the Panera Cares stores don’t list prices but instead have suggested donations. People can donate more …Read More
Raphael Bemporad, BBMG Sustainable brands large and small are increasingly connecting consumers, brand teams, suppliers and subject-matter experts in the innovation process to embed sustainability and social purpose into every business strategy, product design and stakeholder relationship. Raphael Bemporad suggests market trends that will define the business landscape in 2013 and beyond, and share five, example-driven principles of sustainable brand innovation and communication featuring many of the leaders in the …Read More