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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sarah Hauer

12 April 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Pop-Up MKE was a pilot program that provided a risk-free way for artists to see if their products would sell in a retail space by giving 19 urban entrepreneurs 30 days of free retail space and mini-grants up to $2,000...

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Meg Wilcox

4 April 2019

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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A solar panel that turns water in the air into clean drinking water is just one of many environmental solutions coming out of new partnerships between technology accelerator programs and environmental non-profit organ...

WGME-TV

David Singer

2 April 2019

Portland, Maine, United States

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Local governments in Maine support small businesses in order to boost the economy throughout the state. With Small Businesses Development Centers scattered throughout the state, businesses and entrepreneurs are able t...

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Zoe Sullivan

29 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A membership organization called Pipeline Angels helps women and nonbinary femme entrepreneurs find investors and start their own businesses. Pipeline Angels addresses the investment disparities between businesses own...

Adweek

Doug Zanger

25 March 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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FlexLA, a local rideshare program in Los Angeles, offers discounted and even free rides for folks looking for affordable alternatives to Lyft and Uber. While the battle to stand out among transportation behemoths prov...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

22 March 2019

Austin, Texas, United States

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Yogurt company Chobani's semi-annual business incubator brings funding and support to minority business owners around the country. The program helps CPG and beverage business owners promote their sustainable, innovati...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

22 March 2019

Telluride, Colorado, United States

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In the mountain towns of Telluride and Mountain Village, locals are going beyond banning plastic bags and are thinking bigger about how to reduce single-use plastic. The Telluride Venture Accelerator focuses on bringi...

The Guardian

Sian Cain

19 March 2019

Indonesia

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Only 30 percent of villages in Indonesia have their own libraries. Many citizens are stepping up to provide books for children in creative places in their communities: on boats, the back of vegetable carts, strapped t...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

15 March 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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The technology company Pachama has developed a way to combine “satellite, drone, and lidar images” to estimate the size of trees and forests around the globe. Its founders were motivated by the carbon offset industry....

PBS NewsHour

Paul Solman

14 March 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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A program called the PopUp business school spreads free entrepreneurship advice around the world, enabling people from a spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds to start their own business with very little initial capit...

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Zoe Sullivan

27 February 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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A collaborative funding organization called the Runway Project gives loans to primarily Black entrepreneurs in the Oakland area. The initiative aims to address racial disparities in startup capital by reducing the fin...

Yes! Magazine

Maureen O'Hagan

15 February 2019

Portland, United States

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In Portland, legislation to legalize marijuana also includes a provision to provide funds specifically to marijuana businesses run by those disproportionately impacted by the "war on drugs." Now, Portland offers compe...

Outside

Michael Behar

15 February 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Urban Organics is a large-scale aquaponics endeavor growing out of an abandoned brewery building. They grow fish and fresh produce, almost all picked up onsite by locals, thus limiting the carbon footprint of the oper...

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Oscar Perry Abello

13 February 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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In an initiative to level the playing field for businesses led by women and people of color, cities and businesses work together to evaluate and address racial and gender disparities in the private sector. By performi...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

12 February 2019

United States

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The lack of technology and app solutions for social problems is beginning to change thanks to the help of a growing group of technology accelerators (also called incubators) aimed at tech companies focused on social i...

BBC

Kathleen Hawkins

12 February 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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Women only gyms are gaining popularity in Turkey, encouraging women to work out in a comfortable setting as well as to gain financial independence and entrepreneurial advice. Many of these women use their gym networks...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

6 February 2019

Thailand

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At the Bamboo School in rural eastern Thailand, students have direct control over their learning and complete coursework that emphasizes the importance of leadership and empathy. The hands-on curriculum, which include...

Yes! Magazine

Frances Moore Lappé

29 January 2019

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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In 1993, a new administration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil's fourth largest city, declared food access a fundamental citizen right. The city government partnered with rural farmers to bring fresh food into the city limit...

Al Jazeera

Maria de la Guardia

15 January 2019

Uttarakhand, India

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In a mountain village in the north of India, a women’s knitting group formed five years ago to help women reach for financial independence. The group ended up breaking stereotypes, building confidence, and creating li...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Alfred Lubrano

10 January 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A new take on a corner store called Rowhouse Grocery is trying to do what many have failed to do - provide fresh produce in a food desert at affordable prices, especially for residents on SNAP benefits. The Rowhouse ...

The New York Times

Andrew Ross Sorkin

8 January 2019

United States

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At Lambda School, students pay nothing up front, with the understanding that they will contribute a set percentage of their future salaries to the school's operating costs. Now, Lambda is experimenting with expanding ...

NPR

Yuki Noguchi

4 January 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A free office space and resource center for freelancers called the Freelancers Hub opened in New York City to address the education gaps that have widened between traditional job-training courses and the reality of th...

Yes! Magazine

Liz Brazile

14 December 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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An Oakland nonprofit incubator, The Runway Project, addresses racial and economic injustices in entrepreneurship by offering flexible loans for people of color and low-income individuals looking to start a business. B...

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Maroosha Muzaffar

13 December 2018

New Delhi, India

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Across Asia, ride-sharing startups are being created to provide women with safe transportation options. From India to Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, these companies starting all-women teams of drivers or offering women the...

Washington City Paper

Adrianna Smith

13 December 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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On one floor of an affordable housing building in Washington, D.C., the NonStop Art Makerspace has made creativity more accessible. The makerspace was a group effort between Capital One, the Community Preservation and...

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