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“I’m tired of precious little cute development projects. We need to grow these economies. …We’re gonna end up solving poverty in emerging markets.”

Jonathan Nelson, Managing Director of The Hack Fund

Episode 12

Hear what’s happening at the frontier of tech and social impact.

Plan ahead for your business and find investment opportunities.

“We’re looking for entrepreneurs who are highly inquisitive, sharp, have a tremendous amount of hustle, are coachable, are able to articulate their why, and understand that they’ll need to create some white space in their industry in order to create growth. Our heart is really for people who want to change the world… it requires a deeper resillience to get impact-driven products and services to the world.”

Kieth Ippel, CEO at Spring Accelerator

Episode 19

Realize the enormous difference one person can make.

Then, go take your next game-changing action.

“Choose a Global Goal, start doing some research, and you may come out of grad school with a company… and be the happiest you’ve ever been.”

Sonah Shah, CoFounder of NeoPenda

Episode 13

In September 2015, 193 countries agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are intended to address social, economic and ecological problems like poverty, equality, and energy. Check out the goals in this video from the UN Global Goals website. And check out our Episodes page to see what each goal means and read up on the 169 measurable targets.

How to Integrate the UN Global Goals Into Your Business

Lila Karbassi is the Chief of Programs at the United Nations Global Compact. The UNGC exists to help companies implement the UN Global Goals, track their progress, and give them tools to continually improve their practices. _ Episode Summary In this episode, you'll...

Quantifying Good with Impact Accounting

Ecotone Analytics is creating a new industry of accounting - accounting for the businesses’ impact on its community ecosystem.    _ Episode Summary What is the mission and vision of Ecotone Analytics?  How did it start? How you measure impact? What is the IMP...

B Lab’s Innovative Tools to Help Impact Companies Grow Sustainably

B Lab exists to support the cultural change happening around business: How can we create social change with business? And how can we operate sustainably, from sourcing to selling? _ _ Episode Summary _ In this episode, we talk with B Lab executives Laura and Amanda to...

The Secret Weapon of Scaling: Brand Storytelling

Impact Investor Josh Campbell reveals his unorthodox formula for scaling companies: stigma +  brand storytelling + trends + team. _ - Episode Summary Josh doesn’t think about investing as a numbers game. For him, it’s like surfing. In this episode, Josh shares how to...

How M-Pesa Mobile Money Boosts Emerging Markets

In 2016, 42% of Kenya's GDP was transacted on the text-to-pay platform M-Pesa. So, without bank accounts, wifi, or credit cards. In this episode, we have the CEO and Global Managing Director at I-DEV International, Jason Spindler, to talk about how M-Pesa works.   Episode Summary Jason's background and how he got into the business...

18 Empowering and Employing Talent in Africa

The average age in Uganda is 16 years old, and the unemployment rate is over 60%. Nationally, 400,000 people graduate university each year in Africa while only 80-100k jobs open up! In this episode, we will talk about the online platform that closes that graduate-to-career gap. Episode Summary We talk with Eddy Vaisberg, the COO...

17 Powering Africa Sustainably with Solar Mini-Grids

600 million Africans do not have access to electricity, and most of them burn fossil fuels inside their homes. Is there a way to power off-grid homes and businesses sustainably? The Green Mini-Grid Facility Kenya (GMG Kenya) provides grants and technical assistance to mini grid developers, to expand energy access to rural communities in Africa....

13 The IoT Tech Startup Tackling Infant Mortality

Three years ago, two biomedical engineers had the courage to travel to Uganda and discover why millions of newborns die of preventable causes. In this episode, hear how Sona and her co-founder Teresa created a social impact startup while still in grad school, and how you can tackle a Global Goal with field research. Podcast...

12 The Blockchain VC Fund to Tackle Poverty

In this episode, find out how the Hack Fund platform uses blockchain to create accessible funding for startups outside of Silicon Valley.   Episode Summary 6:30 How to Raise $5 Million: “I don’t know man, I’m a nurse!” Jonathan shares the journey of balancing nursing night shifts, coding, and running Hackers and Founders events. 14:00...

11 Impact Investing For Everyone

The founder of SoCap and ImpactAssets shows how impact investing works, and how to start a private foundation with as little as $5,000.       Episode Summary 2:15 What is ImpactAssets? Tim talks about how impact investing works, and what differentiates it from regular investing and venture capitalism. 9:30 What Was Impact Investing Like Before? Although...

10 The Blockchain-Powered Platform for Global Problem Solving

The internet is great at two things: breaking down big ideas into smaller topics and matching people. Adam and Chandler ask, can we solve Global Goal - sized problems with the internet? On this episode, we find out how DoGood.io can do just that.   Episode Summary 7:00 The 4 Keys to Solving a Massive...

9 How Technology Grows Businesses In Emerging Markets

  The founder of I-DEV shares how tech, microfinance, and strategy in underdeveloped countries helps mom-and-pop-shop economies thrive.     In this podcast, you’ll hear what the inside of an impact-investing and strategy company looks like. You’ll also hear what questions an impact investor asks to find out what problems and needs are occurring on...

8 Building Businesses in Space with Satellites and Sensors

The founder of HyperCubes describes how to solve complex global problems with tech and build a disruptive company with satellites. Can one person make a difference in the UN Global Goals with exponential technology? In this episode, the founder of Hypercubes says yes. Episode Summary 2:00 Planet Diagnosis Data | Hypercubes uses cutting-edge satellite, sensor and...

7 Increasing The World’s Emotional Intelligence With AI

In this episode, Jalen Gildersleeve talks about MindHak's revolutionary mental health and emotional development support technology, and how to use AI for good.    Episode Summary 2:00 This Bot Knows How You Feel | Learn how the MindHak app can learn your emotional patterns and beliefs to provide tailored content and resources to support...

6 Tablecloth.io: The Platform to Measure Company Impact with Data

After starting social impact work at 16 years old, Nelli Garton has valuable insight on the value of social good ventures. In this episode, we'll hear her speak on the social impact investment platform she started to address the problems she saw. Episode Summary In this Episode We Cover: 2:00 Nelli’s background and story into...

5 3D Printing Wheelchairs to Reduce Inequalities

____________  Summary In this episode we cover: The story of how Keoke and the team at Participant. Life got started in the Wheelchair industry and what they’re set out to solve. The current status of the wheelchair industry. Understand the basics of how the Participant business model works and their plan to scale. A...

4 Building International Movements with the Rise Platform

_________________ Patrick Kronfli has his 10,000 hours creating successful global movements around the world. In the last six years, Unify has created movements involving 10 million people over 15,000 cities, in over 150 countries. Unify has completed events impacting multiple Global Goals, and now they are building a tech platform to allow other people to...

3 Leveraging The Power Of The Crowd To Tackle The Global Goals

__________________ HeroX allows people to get involved with global projects, and allows groups to crowdsource problem solving around their projects and organizations. This means anyone can tackle a challenge they care about, no matter their skill set. __________________ __________________ Podcast Summary In this episode we cover: How the HeroX platform works and why crowdsourcing is...

2 From Fintech Founder to Angel Impact Investor

_______________ Sandeep is an Angel Impact investor who currently consults MongoDB to manage their databases and invest in promising projects. In this episode, find out what it takes to invest in technology companies to make a difference. And if you're a social impact entrepreneur, listen in to hear what technology investors are looking for. _______________...

Coming Soon: The VC & Impact Investment Series


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