January 2017 Elevator Company of the Month: Villedge

Villedge provides hard-to-to reach teens with Information, Opportunity, and Empowerment by surrounding them with holistic support, community, and enrichment. A key component to our approach is one on one coaching and leveraging the community. We are creating a web-based software that will allow us to leverage the existing community supports and create a process for real […]

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Cincinnati is Building a (Social Change) Bridge

In recent weeks, Suzanne Smith, Social Impact Architects, and Rolfe Larson, Rolfe Larson & Associates, have published blogs that explore the divide between nonprofit and for-profit social enterprises. Both groups call themselves a social enterprises when using the marketplace to create social change; however, there is argument that for-profits are not “true” social enterprises since […]

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Not Your Mother’s Accelerator Program

Not Your Mother’s Accelerator Program   When Flywheel moved to Union Hall in Cincinnati, we were suddenly surrounded by top ranked accelerators like The Brandery, Uptech, and Ocean. We’ll admit it, we were jealous. These accelerators exist to fast track tech startups through funding, mentorship, and branding while similar resources for social enterprises remains limited. So […]

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Why the Nonprofit Model Stunts Growth

Why the Nonprofit Model Stunts Growth Nonprofit organizations dream of innovation  but, often times, cannot commit to the investment. And who can blame them?  Executive Directors and development staff work hard to earn the confidence of donors and grantors and the fear of risking it for growth can be paralyzing. Yet the lack of entrepreneurial […]

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Equity Investments for Social Entrepreneurs

Every social entrepreneur we encounter faces the same major challenge: funding. But that’s all about to change following the new rules passed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) effective on May 16th. The SEC is now giving average Americans (with no net worth or income requirements) the power to make equity investments through crowdfunding. […]

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How Social Entrepreneurs Make Change Happen

  Who drives transformation in our society and how do they do it? Roger Martin and Sally Osberg argue in their new book, Getting Beyond Better, that the answer is social entrepreneurs, who target unjust and unsustainable systems — or “equilibria” — and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria. In this excerpt, […]

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Cruisin’ For Good

Recently Carnival Cruise Lines introduced “social impact travel” by creating the fathom brand “…to meet the real hunger in the world for purpose, while at the same time tackling profound social issues through a sustainable business model”.  A non-traditional, social entrepreneur, Tara Russell, Founder and Chairman of Create Common Good, a food production social enterprise, […]

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