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Scaling Social Enterprise Impact by Investing at the Early Stage

By Nicole Etchart, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, NESsT The growth of the social enterprise economy in the past two decades is due to its success in addressing entrenched social and economic problems.  The persistent problems of unemployment, poverty, social exclusion, poor social services, and environmental degradation – even in fast-growing emerging market economies – call for new, innovative solutions. Neither pure market-based nor pure public sector approaches have effectively confronted these problems. Social enterprises offer a hybrid response [...] More ›

Social Entrepreneur Profile: Isabel Medem, CEO, X-Runner

Isabel Medem, CEO of X-Runner, a Peruvian waterless sanitation system used in the slums of Lima, is the first social entrepreneur to be interviewed by the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) about the impact of its efforts on the local community. X-Runner has been a member of the NESsT portfolio in Peru since 2014. Read the full interview below (also posted here on the LAVCA website). LAVCA: Please [...] More ›

Local Entrepreneurs Help Generate Sustainable Income for Farmers & Fishermen in Rural Poland

NESsT supports social enterprises through start-up and incubation support, empowering our portfolio enterprises to impact their communities through job and income opportunities for marginalized groups. NESsT Poland initiated its first portfolio of social enterprises in 2014, with five enterprises that are beginning to achieve their social impact goals. One very promising NESsT Enterprise is Eko Bielska Kraina, an online marketplace for healthy, certified bio-products made by small-scale farmers and fishermen. Located in southern Poland, Bielska Kraina [...] More ›

Join NESsT at Social Enterprise World Forum, July 1-3 in Milan

NESsT is excited to be a speaker at the 8th Annual Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF2015), which will be returning to Europe in the city of Milan from July 1-3, 2015. The central theme of the SEWF2015 is “Growing a New Economy.” The SEWF2015 will take place alongside the World Expo, and will bring together the most highly regarded voices in the field of social entrepreneurship, social enterprise and sustainable development, including Professor Muhummad Yunus, [...] More ›

Loan $25 to Help Inka Moss Bring Jobs to 15 New Communities in Peru

Please loan $25 to help Inka Moss expand its business and give dignified income opportunities for people in the Andes of Peru.

NESsT and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation celebrate the successful Brazilian University Social Entrepreneurship Program

As the first year of NESsT Brazil´s University Social Entrepreneurship Program draws to a close, NESsT and its partners celebrate the outcomes.

NESsT Romania Launches Social Enterprise Competition 2015

NESsT Romania Foundation today announced the launch of “Enhancing Social Entrepreneurship, Building Bridges,” a project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union. This project aims to consolidate social entrepreneurs’ capacity to plan, start and develop sustainable social enterprises, creating jobs and income opportunities for disadvantaged groups in Romania, while benefiting from the expertise and experience of one Swiss partner and two Romanian partners. The project is implemented [...] More ›

Two NESsT Peru Entrepreneurs Recognized by MIT Technology Review

Each year, MIT Technology Review—an online magazine and international media group founded by technology industry leader Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1899—selects the world’s top innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs in its Innovators under 35 program. In 2013, it launched a country-specific version of the competition in Peru that recognizes the brightest and most creative technology projects addressing major challenges nationwide. NESsT is proud to announce that two of the five young innovators recognized in the 2014 [...] More ›

First Enterprises for Polish Portfolio Have Been Chosen

NESsT and JPMorgan Chase Foundation hosted an award ceremony to announce the winners of their national social enterprise business plan competition, the first of its kind in Poland, on November 25th, in an art gallery Apteka Sztuki, Warsaw. The winners are Fajna Social CooperativeSedeka FoundationBielska Kraina and Association Siedlisko. The competition—which aimed to identify innovative plans to address social problems with market-based solutions—was led by NESsT, a social enterprise incubator [...] More ›

Sharing Hot Chocolate for Shared Value

In late November, Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) and NESsT Hungary jointly hosted the “Sharing Hot Chocolate for Shared Value” event in Budapest, which focused on opportunities companies can do together with social enterprises for a better world. A dozen representatives of major Hungarian companies attended the event. Nicole Etchart, CEO and founder of NESsT, presented the lessons of a recent research on the topic, highlighting three different models that corporations can engage with social enterprises, 1- as [...] More ›