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Why returning citizens should be given a chance
Chance Bleu-Montgomery has turned his life around after spending 16 years in prison, now dedicating his time to focus on inclusivity and breaking down barriers for others in his position. In this article, as part of our focus on 'Second Chances', he explains why employing returning citizens can unlock the hidden potential in some of society’s most resilient and determined individuals.
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Social Justice and the Circular Economy – with Ashish Gadnis, Co-Founder & CEO, BanQu.
As part of our 'Regenerate' channel, we are considering the role the circular economy can play in advancing the creation of resilient communities through regenerative practices, job creation and education, and the value that can be created in the health, wellbeing and human rights sectors. We spoke to Ashish, co-founder and CEO of BanQu, on how little attention is paid to the human element of circular value chains, and how the circular economy is one of the biggest opportunities we have to create an equitable world and protect our planet at the same time.
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The Fundraising Landscape for Impact-Entrepreneurs – with Alex Pitt, Co-Founder, Mustard Seed
With the pandemic changing the nature of fundraising for many impact entrepreneurs, we will be exploring market sentiment, new funding opportunities and how to better prepare for online fundraising, by speaking to members of our community with direct experience of this over the last 12 months. Alex Pitt, co-founder of Mustard Seed, shares his perspective on the fundraising landscape for impact entrepreneurs - current and future - and how start-ups can make better use of limited resources to fundraise over the next 12 months.
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Social Justice and the Circular Economy – with Fernando Lopez del Prado, Co-Founder, Sustaineers
As part of our 'Regenerate' channel, we are considering the role the circular economy can play in advancing the creation of resilient communities through regenerative practices, job creation and education, and the value that can be created in the health, wellbeing and human rights sectors. We spoke to Fernando, Co-Founder of Sustaineers Consultants, on the interconnection between social justice and circularity, and how we can create more opportunities in the transition from linear to circular systems.
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Social Justice and the Circular Economy – with Joyce Kamande, Co-Founder, Safi Organics.
As part of our 'Regenerate' channel, we are considering the role the circular economy can play in advancing the creation of resilient communities through regenerative practices, job creation and education, and the value that can be created in the health, wellbeing and human rights sectors. We spoke to Joyce, co-founder of Safi Organics, a social enterprise focused on the economic empowerment of rural smallholder farmers, improving their livelihoods through sustainable agriculture.
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The Fundraising Landscape for Impact-Entrepreneurs – with Tristan Craddock, Partner, Palatine Impact Fund
With the pandemic changing the nature of fundraising for many impact entrepreneurs, we will be exploring market sentiment, new funding opportunities and how to better prepare for online fundraising, by speaking to members of our community with direct experience of this over the last 12 months. Tristan Craddock, a partner at Palatine's impact fund, shares his experience of the explosive past 12 months, and the 'flood of investors' who are turning the tide for business looking to scale their positive impact.
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Podcast: How the International Committee of the Red Cross is using sport to change attitudes towards disability in conflict zones
Continuing our look at disability and employment, Suzy Christopher, Co-Founder, Untapped - our Knowledge Partner for Accelerate - spoke to Jess Markt & Pat Glennon, from the International Committee of the Red Cross, who are delivering their physical rehabilitation and workforce inclusion programme using sport to change attitudes towards disabled people in conflict and war zones.
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Measuring the Impact of Purpose – with John Rosling, CEO, Contexis
With businesses putting an increasing focus on purpose and social impact, we will be looking at the current challenges in measurement and reporting of impact data, and getting expert views on how different types of organisations can improve their data collection to strengthen their business and help achieve the UN Global Goals.
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Extending Product and Material Lifespan – with Alina Bassi, Founder & CEO, Kleiderly
As part of our 'Regenerate' channel, we hone in on one of the main objectives in a circular economy - the drive to eliminate waste and pollution, inviting entrepreneurs working towards extending the lifespan of the products, materials and services they use, to share with their success stories and the barriers that still affect them whilst operating in a predominantly linear system.
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Tailor-made: how the ICRC is supporting women with disabilities in Niger
Following our discussion with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on improving the employment chances of disabled people in the world’s conflict zones, we are shining a spotlight on the organisation's work in supporting women with disabilities in Niger. This article is based on an interview between Suzy Christopher, Co-Founder of our Knowledge Partner, Untapped, and Elia Bernabeu Mira, Project Manager, Physical Rehabilitation, ICRC.
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Partnering for Impact – What is the key to successful collaborations?
It is well documented that collaboration is key in the profit and purpose space. But how do you choose who to partner with, and how should those relationships be structured so that they serve all parties? MB100 winners discuss how they have established meaningful partnerships to drive growth and impact. This session was hosted in partnership with Impact17. Recorded at the 2021 Meaningful Business 100 Forum. Sponsored by EY
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Investing in Impact – What makes a happy marriage?
The entrepreneur/investor relationship is fundamental to the success of a startup and it is no different in the social impact space. We hear from both sides of the table on how to make sure you are asking the right questions to ensure your funding is values-aligned. Recorded at the 2021 Meaningful Business 100 Forum. Sponsored by EY
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Workshop Summary: Helping Impact Entrepreneurs Become Investor Ready.
The first Meaningful Business member workshop of 2022 brought together social entrepreneurs from 12 countries for an interactive discussion led by two experienced impact investors; Konstantin Hapkemeyer, Investment Manager, Seedstars and Stacey Fruitman, Founder & CEO, Style with Substance Ventures. Focusing on fundraising strategies - including what to look for in an investor, how to approach them and what a good pitch deck looks like- this was the first in a series of activities designed to help impact entrepreneurs become investor ready. Below are some key takeaways from the conversation:
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Fundraising as a female entrepreneur – Alexandra Smith shares her experience and advice.
Gender disparities still persist within the fundraising system, with women-led companies only accounting for a small portion of deal flow and overall volume invested. In this series of articles, we will highlight the challenges, biases, and opportunities facing female social entrepreneurs around the world. Here, Alexandra Smith, Co-Founder & Partner, Futureplus and The Sustainability Group, shares her experience and advice.
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How European tech VC Octopus Ventures is turning its attention to the planet
As we approach Earth Day on Friday 22nd, April 2022, we are focusing on the theme of 'Investing in our Planet’, to understand what climate entrepreneurs and investors believe are the funding gaps and how more capital can flow to the right places. In this article, Isha Sharma, Portfolio Analyst, Octopus Ventures, discusses the firm's climate tech strategy and how it supports a growing portfolio of investments.
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Urban Impact Ventures’ mission to improve quality of life in European cities
As we approach Earth Day on Friday 22nd, April 2022, we are focusing on the theme of 'Investing in our Planet’, to understand what climate entrepreneurs and investors believe are the funding gaps and how more capital can flow to the right places. In this article, Hans van Houwelingen, Founder & CEO, Urban Impact Ventures, discusses their focus on the sustainable transformation of urban areas, and the vital role that impact venture capital can play in supporting entrepreneurs with urban transformational ambitions.
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What companies can do to support maternal mental health
To align with ‘World Maternal Mental Health Day’ in May, we are focusing on what more companies can do to support expectant and new mothers. Petra Velzeboer, mental health consultant, shares her personal journey of navigating motherhood, and the importance of an individualised approach to maternal healthcare.
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Amos Obi

Based in Nigeria, Dr. Amos Abi is an inventor and social entrepreneur. He leads the Hetaved Digito Edu-Preneurship Hub, which…

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Ayobami Abiodun

Ayobami Abiodun Ogunnubi is a Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Social Entrepreneur and a Poet. She’s passionate about creating a wealthy,…

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Brad Jones

Brad Jones is the CEO of Wave Money. Brad is an experienced executive specializing in digital finance, mobile money and…

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Dina Sherif

Dina Sherif co-founded Ahead of the Curve (ATC) in 2012 in response to the development challenges faced by the Arab…

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Elmarie Potgieter

Elmarié Potgieter is the Founder and Managing Director of RITE Education. She has extensive international experience in leading the development,…

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George Akilimali

George Akilimali is a social entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. He is the founder and CEO of Smartcore, a social enterprise,…

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Hana Rado

An accomplished social business entrepreneur, liberal feminist and motivational speaker, Hana dedicates her life to promoting both gender balance worldwide…

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Lisa MacCallum

Lisa MacCallum is Founder and Co-Creator of Inspired Companies, an organisation specialising in delivering competitive advantage and brand distinction through…

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Mike Brady

Mike Brady is a forward-thinking business executive, entrepreneur and non-profit leader specializing in using the power of business to drive…

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Naomi Kokuro

Naomi Kokuro is a YALI RLC Fellow, Global Goodwill Ambassador and has over eight years of experience in the non-profit…

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Niklas Van Neyghem

Niklas Van Neygham is a Co-Founder of the social startup Alaya. After completing his studies in engineering, he travelled with…

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Peter Scher

Peter L. Scher is Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic region and Head of Corporate Responsibility for JP Morgan Chase & Co….

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Reto Ringger

Reto Ringger is an entrepreneur who is active at the junction between the financial markets and sustainability. In 2011, he…

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Rosie Warin

Rosie Warin is CEO of Kin&Co, a multi-award winning next generation management consultancy that helps organisations work for the world….

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Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne is the Co-Founder of Open Bionics; an award-winning startup developing low-cost bionic hands that look and feel good,…

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Samson Ogbole

Farmer Ogbole Samson is the Team Lead for Eupepsia Place Ltd which uses technology as an enabler for Agriculture. Eupepsia…

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Shiraz Jessa

Shiraz Jessa is the Founder of Bibimoney Global Limited, a London-based Fintech company focusing on financial inclusion in emerging markets….

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Simba Mubvuma

Simba Mubvuma is a lawyer and access to justice entrepreneur from Zimbabwe. A self-taught coder, Simba is Co-Founder at LawBasket,…

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Tariq Al Olaimy

Tariq Al-Olaimy is Co-Founder of 3BL Associates, a people and planet strategy consultancy and Think-do-Tank that was established to accelerate…

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Vivekananda Hallekere

Vivekananda Hallekere is the co-founder and CEO of Bounce, India’s first smart urban mobility solution, with a mission of making…

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Wangiwe Joanna Kambuzi

Wangiwe Joanna Kambuzi is a social entrepreneur and community builder passionate about providing innovative solutions for socio-economic challenges in Malawi….

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Dana Rubin

Dana Rubin is the Founder of Social Impact Israel, supporting corporations, start-ups and entrepreneurs to envisage and implement innovative solutions…

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André de Escobar

André de Escobar is Co-Founder of The Next Company, a Venture Capital firm that invests in pre-seed and seed stage…

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Jessica Borich

Jessica Borich is a Principal Strategist at Prism X Strategy, a boutique consultancy firm that helps clients catalyse change, embed…

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Cemal Ezel

Cemal Ezel is the Founder of Change Please CIC, Old Spike Roastery and Coal Rooms Restaurants. Change Please is a…

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Myriam Sidibé

Myriam Sidibé is one of the only people in the world with a doctorate in public health focused on handwashing…

Ben Nottingham
Ben Nottingham

Ben Nottingham is a creative entrepreneur, business designer and experienced advisor with a passion for designing businesses and systems that…

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Alberto Macciani

Alberto Macciani is the Global Head of House Branding and Communication at Saflio, one of the eyewear industry’s principal players…

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Antonia Wade

Antonia is Global Chief Marketing Officer of PwC, with extensive experience as a marketing leader, having delivered significant commercial results and…

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Saskia Bruysten

A leader in the social business movement, Saskia co-founded Yunus Social Business (YSB) together with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof….

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Tânia Cosentino

Tania Cosentino has been Microsoft Brazil General Manager since January 2019 and has more than 30 years of professional experience….

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Shashank Kumar

Shashank Kumar is an Indian entrepreneur who co-founded Green Agrevolution also known as Dehaat, a start up working in the agriculture sector in India. DeHaat is a…

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Peetachai (Neil) Dejkraisak

Peetachai (Neil) Dejkraisak is CEO and co-founder of Siam Organic, a social enterprise that was established with a mission to…

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Morag Lucey

Morag Lucey is the CEO of Televerde, a global sales and marketing technology solutions company that specialises in inside sales…

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Cara Boccieri

As the founder of Akamae and the Co-creation Fashion Movement, Cara Boccieri lives with remote refugee communities in Mae Hong…

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Kevin Bone

Kevin is Partner at Lightrock, a global private equity platform investing in sustainable businesses built by purpose-driven entrepreneurs, committed to…

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Patricia Nader

Patricia Nader is the Investment Director and Head of Impact at GK Ventures, a platform of entrepreneurs and investors who…

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Payal Dalal

Payal currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Social Impact, International Markets at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. She…

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Stasia Mitchell

Stasia Mitchell is a champion for entrepreneurship and believes in the power of entrepreneurs to resolve the world’s most pressing…

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Abeer Abu Ghaith

Abeer is a Palestinian technology entrepreneur, and social activist, and is celebrated as Palestine’s first female high-tech entrepreneur. She is…

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Adeshina Adewumi

Adeshina is the CEO and Co-Founder for One Kiosk Africa; an online retail platform leveraging technology to connect small and…

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Alexandre Amorim

Alexandre is the Co-Founder of Ago Social, working with social impact education and impact investment. Alexandre is also the Co-Founder…

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Alisee de Tonnac

Alisee de Tonnac is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Seedstars, a Swiss-based group with the mission to impact people’s lives…

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Chad Robertson

Chad Robertson is a social entrepreneur from Cape Town and currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Regenize, a recycling solution…

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Darius Habamenshi

Darius Habamenshi is the Managing Director at Abahizi Rwanda, an East-African social entreprise that supplies luxurious handbags to global fashion…

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Eunice Sampson

Eunice Sampson is the Director, Climate Change & Sustainability, EY West Africa. Previous to this, she joined Dangote Cement Plc,…

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Gideon Olanrewaju

Gideon Olanrewaju is a Nigerian Educational Development practitioner and the founder of DigiLearns – an Education Technology startup that allows…

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Halima Iqbal

Halima Iqbal is the CEO and Founder at Oraan. A former investment banker and consultant with 8 years of experience,…

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Naveen Krishna

Naveen Krishna founded SMV Green Solutions Pvt. Ltd. in 2015 with two objectives in mind. The first was to provide…

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Raffi Schieir

A social entrepreneur and expert in the recycled plastic industry, Raffi Schieir is the Director of Bantam Materials, the supplier…

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Ryan Gersava

Ryan Gersava is a millennial social entrepreneur, educator, and diversity and inclusion champion. He is the Founder and President of…

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Sofie Blakstad

Sofie is CEO and Co-Founder of hiveonline – sustainable digital finance for the next billion. Prior to founding hiveonline, Sofie…

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Tülin Akın

Ms. Tülin Akın, Founder of TABIT Agricultural Information and Communication Technologies Inc., was brought in to action Turkey’s first communication, e-learning and…

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Aaron Fishman

Aaron Fishman is the CEO and founder of East Bali Cashews (EBC) – a cashew processing business with a factory…