It started with a simple question: Why couldn’t there be a platform to facilitate microloans between those who need help, and those who want to help all over the world?
To hear Kiva Co-founder and President Premal Shah tell it, the opportunity was sitting at the middle of that why. After returning from a family visit to India, he pondered: “If eBay and PayPal allowed complete strangers to buy and sell from one another, why can’t you invest in someone you don’t know across the globe?”
I often refer to Slow Money as “the CSA of investing.” As with community-supported agriculture, our efforts revolve around informal, direct relationships and shared risk. Slow Money funding is flowing in a variety of ways in dozens of communities across the United States (and a few in Canada and France) — peer-to-peer lending, investment clubs, angel networks and pitch fests at public events large and small.
5 Awards given to companies for pursuing “profit with purpose”
NEW YORK, May 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- The Global Sourcing Council (GSC), an association of global sourcing professionals dedicated to guiding businesses towards adopting sustainability principles and responsible sourcing practices, is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 3S Awards, held May 17th in New York City.
As the General Manager of Small Business in North America at PayPal, I’m lucky to be able to spend time with our customers to hear firsthand what tools and services they need to help them grow and thrive. Listening to your needs helps us build new products and tailor existing solutions – whether it’s helping you get access to capital or accept payments online, in-app and in-store. In the end, our goal is to help you attract new customers, increase conversions, sell more and, ultimately, grow your bottom line.
Few entrepreneurs start off with all of the right tools and resources to successfully launch and grow a business idea. Even fewer have the toolkit they need to shape businesses that impact the world. To address this need, SEED SPOT DC and Booz Allen Hamilton have forged a strategic partnership that combines SEED SPOT’s commitment to educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs creating solutions to social problems with Booz Allen’s century-long history of mentoring young innovators and devising global solutions for clients.
Britain enjoyed a five-year high in opportunities for entrepreneurs leading up to the EU referendum in June, but that progress is at risk of being set back by current market uncertainty.
The Barclays Entrepreneurs Index assesses the strength of the UK’s entrepreneurial environment and found that overall UK performance is up 10% since 2011. But a lack of new scale-up businesses, as well as market uncertainty, could harm the nation's growth prospects.
A new set of Accelerator programmes is being launched by Barclays to support entrepreneurs that focus on solving social and environmental problems.
Barclays has joined forces with Unreasonable Group, a leading platform for entrepreneurs solving global challenges with highly-scalable models, to launch a new partnership called Unreasonable Impact.
It is the first international network of Accelerators that are each focused on scaling up entrepreneurial solutions to pressing societal and environmental problems that have the potential to employ thousands of people worldwide.