Since 2019, I have sat down with 70+ Social Venturers to talk about how they're supporting (social) entrepreneurs in their community, what challenges they encounter, and how they move forward anyway. These are their stories.

Fay Horwitt

Oct 8, 2020

Fay and I have moved in the same circles of Startup Champions Network and the ESHIP community for a little over a year now but it wasn’t until I moved to the Research Triangle area in November that we had the opportunity to sit down and have an actual conversation about the work and interests …

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Ilka Hennet

Oct 5, 2020

Earlier this year, I had high hopes of meeting a representative of the BMW Foundation in person on my visit to Berlin. Between my time in Toronto and conversations with Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter, I had met my fair share of Responsible Leaders, yet still hadn’t had a chance to talk to the organization that had created …

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Nilima Achwal

Sep 20, 2020

Nilima Achwal is the founder of The Female Founders Lab, a global, virtual ecosystem of female impact entrepreneurs creating ventures that will radically transform our world to be more regenerative, sustainable, holistic, democratic, and just. Nilima is a globally recognized entrepreneur, speaker, venture coach, and writer working to transform systems and industries through social entrepreneurship. …

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Banks Benitez

Sep 18, 2020

As CEO, Banks is responsible for the organization’s strategy and long-term direction. A Denver native who joined Uncharted in the spring of 2012 as an unpaid intern, Banks has served in a variety of roles: leading entrepreneur selection, managing the mentor network, leading the expansion of the Institute around the world, managing the organization’s day-to-day …

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Rana Dajani

Sep 11, 2020

Rana Dajani is a professor of molecular cell biology, currently* Cmalakova Fellow at the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Eisenhower fellow, former center of studies director at Hashemite University, Jordan, Ashoka Fellow, visiting professor at both Yale and Cambridge. Rana is a world expert on genetics …

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Manu Musa

Sep 1, 2020

Emanuele – Manu – is an author, speaker, trainer, strategic advisor and expert in open and social innovation. He is co-founder of Babele: an open-social innovation platform for the co-development of impact strategies & business models. Emanuele is a YTILI Fellow of the US States Department. He believes in the power of transparency and hold …

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Andrea Gamson

Sep 1, 2020

Andrea is a lean start-up trainer, design thinker and marketer who is passionate about personal and professional development. When she’s not running _SocialStarters – helping corporate professionals share their skills with social entrepreneurs – she likes to discover new places to walk, sleep & eat throughout the UK around the world. This nomination sailed into …

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Markus Sauerhammer

Jul 8, 2020

Markus Sauerhammer was a farmer, entrepreneur and start-up consultant. He studied agricultural marketing and management and completed an Executive MBA in business creation and innovation. He was responsible for cooperations at Startnext, the largest crowdfunding platform in Germany. As chairman of the Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany (SEND) he work on a better framework for shaping …

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Kristin Leutz

Jul 8, 2020

Kristin Leutz is the Executive Director at Startup Champions Network and past CEO of Valley Venture Mentors. She is passionate about connecting and supporting entrepreneurship ecosystems to build a stronger, equitable economy for all. As a consultant, Kristin has worked in organizational development, fundraising, and communications for clients such as Women Moving Millions, Forward Cities, …

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