Since 2019, I have interviewed more than 80 Social Venturers to talk about how they're supporting (social) entrepreneurs in their community, what challenges they encounter, and how they move forward despite the obstacles they face. These are their stories.

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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Gabriela Martinez

Jun 12, 2020

Founder and CEO of Wanuna.Store, an L.A. based social enterprise that connects consumers to ethically sourced goods from the Andean region. Gabriela is a qualified attorney in Ecuador, and an HSE Specialist with a strong knowledge in international trade of goods, workplace management systems and conformity assessment processes. After 7+ years working as an HSE …

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Chintan Panchal

Jun 12, 2020

10 years ago, Chintan Panchal left his position as a lawyer at a large international law firm to start his own shop, “While I had learned a lot and relished the complexity of the work we were doing, I was missing something. I realized I needed three key ingredients to be fulfilled in my work: …

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Ana Amrein Esnaola

Jun 12, 2020

Ana has dedicated her life to social innovation and social entrepreneurship. She studied International Relations in Switzerland, where she began her career at the Impact Hub Zurich. She has lived and worked in Vietnam, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain and Germany. She worked in a social consulting firm managing projects on financial inclusion, gender equality or …

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