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David Kidd

7 January 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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In 2016, the city of Rochester, NY partnered with Kiva—a crowd-funded microlender—to serve aspiring or established small-business owners. Their partnership offers interest-free loans, and already 20 of the loans have ...

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Paul Adepoju

24 December 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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The My Roots in Africa Project is an initiative of a group called the Most Influential People of African Descent, which seeks to build connection between Africans in Africa and elsewhere around the world through the a...

National Geographic

Marc Gunther

5 December 2019

Rwanda

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Stanford University graduate Gayatri Datar founded a nonprofit called EarthEnable that aims to rid the world of dirt floors. EarthEnable sells an earthen floor covered with an environmentally friendly varnish at a cos...

BBC

Reha Kansara

3 December 2019

Uganda

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In Uganda, which has high youth unemployment rates, schools are starting to incorporate entrepreneurship lessons into traditional curricula to prepare students for life and an unstable job market after school.

The New York Times

Johnny Magdaleno

27 November 2019

Salinas, California, United States

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Farm incubators provide aspiring farmers with training, land, and access to business networks. Across the United States, organizations like California’s Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) are worki...

The Washington Post

Jim Morrison

Shoshana Kordova

18 November 2019

Tze'elim, Israel

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A company in Israel is setting its sights on reducing plastic waste by converting garbage into pellets that can then be used in manufacturing plastic to create "everyday items like trays and packing crates." Although ...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

7 November 2019

Bennett, Colorado, United States

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Emerald Garden farm in Colorado is a microgreens hydroponic farming operation that is using a comprehensive approach toward conducting business. From experimenting with new practices to reduce food waste to diversifyi...

CalMatters

Scott Rodd

5 November 2019

Riverside, California, United States

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California is one of the first states to legalize the sale of meals from the home, opening up new avenues for amateur chefs - namely immigrants, women, and people of color - who are not formally in the restaurant indu...

Grist

Cara Giaimo

4 November 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Eschewing packaging reduces waste. Cleenland, a store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, encourages low-waste shopping by selling household items like soap, cleaner, and detergent in bulk. Customers bring their own containe...

The Trace

Alain Stephens

15 October 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Forensic Logic, a Silicon Valley startup, has developed a database called the Law Enforcement Analysis Portal (LEAP) that collects, streamlines, and analyzes police data in one, centralized digital portal. With forens...

NPR

Debbie Elliott

3 October 2019

Albany, Georgia, United States

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The New Communities Land Trust was created in the 1960s as a way to build power and equity for and among African Americans in Georgia. The Trust works with Black farmers on many different levels, including helping the...

Iowa Falls Times Citizen

Sara Konrad Baranowski

30 September 2019

Iowa Falls, Iowa, United States

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Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls is one of the rare rural hospitals that has defied the odds and remained open, thanks in part to creative collaborations and the CEO's entrepreneurial attitude. From converting its...

Pioneers Post

Maria Eduarda Lannes

26 September 2019

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A collective for Brazilian women artisans named Rede Asta provides training, production networks, links to consumers, and an online market to empower them to make a livable income. The group is also environmentally-co...

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Christina Noriega

26 August 2019

Bogotá, Colombia

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Coca, a plant most known for its role in developing the drug cocaine, has an image problem. It’s being tackled head on by Fabiola Piñacué, a Colombian entrepreneur, who is convinced the indigenous plant has profit and...

The Guardian

Holly Dicker

14 August 2019

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Abandoned buildings can become spaces for economic innovation and experimentation. An abandoned resort spa in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, now houses BlueCity, an ecosystem of sustainable enterprises. The initiative al...

BBC

Maddy Savage

7 August 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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In Sweden, employees are allotted up to 6 months in an unpaid leave of absence for the purpose of entrepreneurship. Because of the reported decrease in fear of job loss or financial insecurity, this law has said to in...

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Damon Mitchell

17 July 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In the nation's poorest big city, Sister Pie bakery is trying to do its part as a small business to adopt business concepts that aren't conducive to creating the highest profit margins but are, instead, centered aroun...

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Sandra Larson

15 July 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As gentrification has flourished and Baby Boomers age out of the workforce, “legacy businesses” struggle to find a way to maintain a presence in communities of color. In response, a multi-city fellowship called Shared...

WGME-TV

David Singer

28 June 2019

Gorham, Maine, United States

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Scholarships and grants can help students who are looking to being their careers after high school to succeed. In Maine, the Maine Blue Collar Scholar Fund provides financial support to high school graduates who wish ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

19 June 2019

Fresno, California, United States

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A company called Bitwise in Fresno, California thinks beyond financial gain and factors social background and economic justice into their developer training programs. Bitwise offers a coding school as well as a custom...

The Washington Post

Peter Holley

3 June 2019

Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

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As former inmates face the immense challenge of finding employment post-incarceration, some have turned to YouTube as a way of turning their stories into financial security. With just a handful of prison channels garn...

Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

28 May 2019

Mexico

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For the past three years, a service news media company has written stories specifically responding to questions sent in by Mexican migrants living in the U.S. “We realized Mexican migrants in the U.S. didn’t need gene...

The New York Times

Sarah Maslin

27 May 2019

Ghana

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New “agripreneurs” are trying to bring high-tech, business-driven farming practices to Ghana, while also attempting to shift the prevailing norm that a career in farming is not equivalent to “success.” This comes in t...

Yes! Magazine

Zenobia Jeffries

7 May 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The Detroit Food Academy brings together local educators, chefs, and business owners to teach youth and young adults in the city business and entrepreneurship skills through cooking lessons and opportunities. The prog...

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Chuma Asuzu

15 April 2019

Ghana

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From Ghana to Cameroon, innovators across Western Africa are creating services to strengthen healthcare in the region. There’s SnooCODE Red, helping provide nearly exact location services to emergency services, and Ca...

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