Crowdfunding to Level the Playing Field for Minority Entrepreneurs

According to a recent Forbes piece, the challenge of making it as a woman or minority entrepreneur isn’t so much a matter of the market, or the niche, or even the right attitude, but rather the lack of access to enough capital – both in the financial sense and in “social capital”. Another piece mentions that women are starting businesses at twice the rate of men, and even may out-earn them, but that even so, only a small amount of…

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Is this the Holy Grail of Eco-Materials?

Imagine an eco-material that has the potential to replace plastic and wood in a number of diverse products, from consumer goods to industrial parts to construction materials to musical instruments, and one that is completely non-toxic and recyclable. This material could be made at different densities, offering a product that is strong and water- and fire-resistant at higher densities, but insulating and lightweight at lower densities, so it easily lends itself to a variety of applications. This miracle eco-material is…

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Solar Stove From GoSun Blows Past $40,000 Kickstarter Goal

A lightweight, portable solar oven that can cook you dinner in 20 minutes? Reaches temperatures as high as 550 degrees Fahrenheit? Can be used to bake, boil, or fry? Sounds pretty good, right? Well, the new (yet to be released) GoSun solar stove delivers all of these things and more. The GoSun stove is currently only a couple of weeks into its Kickstarter campaign but has already blown past its $40,000 goal. Nonetheless, if you’re looking to get your hands…

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How to Start Investing in Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is one of the most promising avenues when it comes to reducing pollution and waste for a cleaner planet and a sustainable future. So businesses looking to go green are naturally interested in exploring this option. However, not every company has the capital on hand to build a LEED certified facility, or even add solar panels or a wind turbine to power their office building. And while you can certainly adopt energy-saving practices like using natural light and…

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Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 2)

Oringally posted at the  SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability blog, cross posted with permission This blog is a follow up to my prior blog Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1) where I discuss the book Betterness: Economics for Humans, by Umair Haque as a new standard for how we measure the contributions of business to society. In this second part, my I want to investigate how well this framework can inspire thinking for “betterness” by evaluating common wealth contributions of a…

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SEC Changes Ruling for Small Businesses Seeking Capital

On July 10, the SEC announced that the ban on general solicitation has been removed for small businesses seeking startup capital, allowing for sweeping changes in the way businesses find funding.

This announcement is a productive step forward to fully enact the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) passed in early April of 2012. With general solicitation now permitted, startups have the opportunity raise money from a wider range of investors – potentially accelerating their funding.

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No Entrepreneurs or No Investors?

As the social enterprise ecosystem matures in India, the issue of funding only seems to be growing more pronounced – surprisingly for both the entrepreneur and investor.

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Paul Polak & Team Crowdfund To Bring Solar Pumps to Low-Income Farmers

Paul Polak, an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur who wants to eradicate poverty using business and technology. He is the author of the book Out of Poverty and founded International Development Enterprises, an NGO that ended poverty for 17 million people. Now, Paul and his team is working on empowering low-income farmers with reliable irrigation systems.

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Greenstart Kills its Accelerator Program

Greenstart kills its accelerator program for something better. The premier cleantech accelerator is going for the kill and has transformed itself into a venture capital + design firm that will offer its startups a full range of services aimed to create better value and impact.

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