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External resources and information

We have compiled a small sampling of a range of local, national and international resources and information to support individuals with interest in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

Networks

  • Fledge—A global network of conscious company accelerators and seed funds that has a strong Seattle presence. It helps entrepreneurs to create impactful companies and co-ops at scale through intense, short programs filled with education, guidance and mentorship.
  • Social Enterprise Alliance—A national membership organization for the social enterprise movement in the US. Serves as a voice for more sustainable impact and offers the resources, programs and support needed to grow a social enterprise. The Washington State Chapter offers training, skills development workshops, networking opportunities and Seattle-area social enterprise facility tours.
  • Impact Hub Seattle—A shared working space for social enterprises, community organizations or non-profits. Hosts events, offers career consultation, and builds a community for social entrepreneurs in Seattle. Currently, Impact Hub is leading an effort to map Seattle’s social innovation ecosystem.

Investing

  • Echoing Green—Identifies and funds transformational leaders. Publishes the “State of Social Entrepreneurship” annually, which is one of the largest collections of data on social enterprise efforts.
  • Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)—GIIN is the global champion of impact investing, dedicated to increasing its scale and effectiveness around the world. GIIN facilitates knowledge exchange, highlights innovative investment approaches, and builds the evidence base for the industry.
  • Philanthropy Northwest Impact Investors—An overview of impact investing in the Pacific Northwest, with news, educational resources and names of local impact investors. Members have access to the impact investing digital resource center.
  • Seattle Impact Investing Group—A peer learning group of impact investors in the Greater Seattle area. Companies or funds seeking impact investment are able to submit an executive summary of their work.
  • Skoll Foundation—Invests in, connects and celebrates social entrepreneurs and innovations who help solve the world’s most pressing problems

Education and training

  • Ashoka U—Works with colleges and universities to foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation.
  • AIGA Design for Good—An initiative to build and sustain the implementation of design thinking for social change. Has information about local programming, events and resources related to social innovation.
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review—Articles, training, workshops and solutions on a variety of social issues including health, human rights, energy, education, food, cities and more.
  • Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Hub—Resources for developing social enterprises, understanding social innovation, funding opportunities, social innovation accelerators and incubators and more.

Fellowships for social entrepreneurs in fields such as health, education, economics and the environment are available through: