Category: Change Creator

3 Social Enterprise Startup Examples to Get You Inspired for Change

While the traditional model used by non-profit organizations for providing aid and donating items to populations in need helps alleviate short-term social issues caused by poverty, it often fails to address the root cause of the problems. Since there’s no economic incentive baked into the process, aid and donations don’t provide the opportunity for communities to generate income, reinvest back into the local economy, and create a virtuous cycle of self-sustainability. A new generation of social entrepreneurs is innovating how we empower underserved populations. Their for-profit social enterprises deliver a “multiple bottom line” solution that creates both profit and...

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How to Get Your Impact Startup Off The Ground: Lessons From Combat Flip Flops

Is it possible to change the world one pair of flip-flops at a time? You bet! Donald Lee and Matthew Griff, founders of Combat Flip Flops, not only built a successful retail business but also help underserved communities all over the world by empowering them economically with employment opportunities. As social entrepreneurs, Lee and Griff created a business model that drives “multiple bottom lines” – profits, social change, and sustainable economic growth. How did the company come about, what unique challenges did they face, and what’s their secret for success? The Multi-Million-Dollar Business Idea Similar to many social enterprises...

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6 Lessons Every Social Entrepreneur Can Learn From Living Goods Award Winning Success

Listen to our exclusive interview with Living Goods founder, Chuck Slaughter. Subscribe to this show on  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud There’s often the impression that for-profit business models and positive social impact are at odds with each other. Before you draw any conclusions, consider these results achieved by Living Goods, a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award winning company: Reduced under-five mortality rate by 25% for less than $2 per person per year Reduced drug prices by 17% at clinics and drugstores in areas where it operates Reduced the supply of fake drugs by 50% Living Goods made all these powerful...

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How This Fashion Company Helps People Get Clean Water and Jobs

This article was originally posted by Grant Trahant on Caustartist Meet Aloha for People. The mission of the brand is to provide clean water and jobs to people in need around the world and in the brands home state of California. With every product sold, Aloha for People provides a person in need with access to clean water for 2 years minimum. Aloha for People was founded during the summer of 2016 when the company founders, Brian and Emily, were inspired after learning about the lack of clean water and jobs available in Guatemala. The brand prides itself on creating...

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8 Famous Social Entrepreneurs Doing Good and Making Money

What is a social entrepreneur? When I think of these words, I visualize the people who seek to create solutions to widespread social issues such as poverty, famine, and a lack of education. They pour themselves into their business and into the people that they are trying to serve. They aren’t just entrepreneurs, they are business people seeking to make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, we have come to equate the term “social entrepreneur” with “ineffective” or “unprofitable business”. However, social entrepreneurs are no different from everyday entrepreneurs in the way that they conduct business or turn profits....

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Goodio Organic Chocolate: Good For Munchies and The World

This article was originally posted by Grant Trahant on Caustartist Meet The Organic Chocolate Company Built On Beautiful Design, Transparency, & Sustainability Meet Goodio, the pioneering organic chocolate company founded on transparency and sustainability. Goodio’s roots lay in innovation provided by founder of Jukka Peltola, a former game developer at Rovio, the company responsible for Angry Birds. Meet Goodio, the pioneering organic chocolate company founded on transparency and sustainability. Goodio’s roots lay in innovation provided by founder of Jukka Peltola, a former game developer at Rovio, the company responsible for Angry Birds. After a creative career in technology and entertainment,...

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Meet Three of the Best Companies Upcycling and Reusing Waste for Social Good

Want to save the world? Let’s start with reducing waste! Here are three of the best companies upcycling and reusing the valuable resources we have! This may even lead you to start your own social enterprise. Meet Jared Criscuolo: UpCycling Waste to Create a Better Fertilizer Site: https://www.upcycleandcompany.com/ Jared Criscuolo wants to turn your poop into fertilizer. In 2012, Jared got sick from polluted water while surfing. The water was contaminated with wastewater and runoff from the city. This is a common occurrence in the USA, and Jared set out to be part of the solution to our waste...

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PROTRASH’S Winning Strategy to Clean Up Poverty and Waste!

The world needs social entrepreneurs and it is our mission to help create 1 million Change Creators in the next 10 years. That’s why we want to celebrate those social enterprises that are on the ground changing the world and making money while doing it. Every week, I choose an amazing team, individual, or social enterprise out there changing the world. Let’s get started! Company PROTRASH  Team Members Andrea García López Valeria Sanchez Navarro Yuvia Lopez Monica Lopez Vargas They are a team of four Mexican women, Andrea, Valeria, Yuvia, Monica, eager to create more economic opportunities for our...

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How Fitppl’s Social Mission is Helping Busy People Stay Fit

This article was originally posted by Grant Trahant on Caustartist “…there needs to be something to help busy people stay fit people.” Fitppl is a BCorp certified collective of individuals who are producing forward thinking products, such as plant— based protein powders and ethical apparel. The founder of fitppl, Patrick Schecht, strives to reduce plastic pollution by using kraft paper pouches and wooden scoops for their protein powders. Fitppl takes their entrepreneurship a step further and provides funding for Active Cleanups, which are fitppl hosted events where the fitppl community cleans up heavily littered areas. Check Out My Q&A...

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On the Ground Floor with Yarden Garden

Social entrepreneurship is the new sexy. Not only that, we and the world need social entrepreneurs. We love when people are out there making the world a better place. Let’s give some love to the social entrepreneurs and social enterprises out there that are making a difference but might not be getting all the PR and media that they deserve. Here’s where we change that. In this feature showcase,  I choose one social entrepreneur per week and introduce them to you. So, let’s get started! Name: Jason Coleman Company Name: Yarden How long in business: 10 months (less than...

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