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Meet the 10 Ventures in SEED SPOT’s 2019 Washington, DC, Impact Accelerator

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On April 9, eight weeks of work on strategy, product-market fit, product development, and more culminated in a Demo Day for the cohort of entrepreneurs in the Impact Accelerator run by SEED SPOT, a globally ranked social impact incubator and Booz Allen partner.

Ten entrepreneurial teams pitched their businesses at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. The reward: up to $20,000 in grants and other prizes. 

All We Want is The Chance to Compete: Economic Development in Rural America

eBay Seller Bill Ingersoll on running a business in rural America and competing in the modern, global economy.
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In the last few years, Washington has been focusing on people like me — that is, people from economically-distressed rural America. That attention is a good thing. Rural America is in trouble. Unfortunately, the national discussion has focused on how to “save” rural America.

Looking to Launch Your Big Idea? SEED SPOT Is Recruiting Impact-Driven Entrepreneurs

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WASHINGTON, DC: According to a study conducted by CB Insights on 100+ startup failures, the top reason startups fail is because there is no market need for their solution. Simply put, the team hasn’t conducted sufficient customer discovery or market validation to attract customers for their product or service.

Innovators Tackling Humanity's Biggest Problems Seek Solutions by Studying Nature

"Biomimicry" is the study of living systems for clues to create human designs that are better for both people and planet.
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By Megan Schuknecht

Alessandro Bianciardi wanted to help get fresh water to communities that needed it the most -- rural farmers in areas that were hardest hit by climate change-induced drought. So when he and his team of engineers and designers at the company Planet set out to create a more affordable, scalable and radically sustainable solar still, they went right to the source of the most effective R&D process they knew of -- nature itself.

5 Tips for Building a Successful Startup

By Sandro Olivieri, AT&T Aspire Accelerator Entrepreneur-in-Residence
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I come from a family of educators, but I am not one myself.

When I started as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the AT&T Aspire Accelerator focused on ed-tech, I had a small case of imposter syndrome. Sure, I’d worked in technology for my entire career, but what about the “ed” part of ed-tech? What did I know about education? How could I be taken seriously?

It Takes a Village to Raise a Start-Up

By Nasir Qadree, Associate Director of Social Investments, AT&T
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AT&T is working to empower the next generation of change agents. We believe that our country’s startup ecosystem can have a direct impact on creating alternative and new solutions to revitalize America’s most challenged communities. That’s why we support start-ups that are using technology to solve challenges in education.

Cerro Verde’s Micro and Small Entrepreneur Programs Participated in Alpaca Fashion Week

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March 3, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, a Freeport-McMoRan company, promotes the creation, improvement and development of micro and small enterprises through its various programs.

The Yachaqmaki Weaving Collective is a group of dozens of entrepreneur artisans from the Uchumayo region of Peru. The Collective is sponsored by Cerro Verde and provides machine weaving training to hand weavers, including preparation for spinning and dying natural fibers, garment creation, marketing and quality control.

The PayPal and Kiva Connection: A Shared Mission

Blog by Premal Shah, President and Co-founder, Kiva
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I joined PayPal as one of their first 50 employees in 2000 as a product manager. Little did I know that this job was going to lead me into my career as an social entrepreneur and that PayPal would be the company that helped make Kiva, a global nonprofit, possible.

In the early days of PayPal it was really just a group of strange geniuses. We were all a little weird, but it was really clear how intelligent and dedicated the team was to building a global payment service from the get go.

How to Tell if Self Employment Is the Right Option for a Person with a Disability

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When we as a society think about employment for people with disabilities, we rarely think about self-employment. In fact, in can be difficult for anyone’s family and friends to imagine their family member or friend as an entrepreneur. Yet self-employment can be a wonderful opportunity for people with disabilities.

Sustainable Brands Announces 2016 Innovation Open Semi-finalists

Eleven environmental and social-impact entrepreneurs will contend for top honors in business plan competition
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SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Sustainable Brands® recently announced 11 semi-finalists to compete at the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) startup competition presented by Target.

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