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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Social Entrepreneurship

This category includes articles about social entrepreneurs, typically about businesses with a for-profit model with a social mission embedded into the fabric of the business.

Indiegogo Announces “Maker Challenge” with Amazon & Autodesk in Celebration of White House Maker Faire

Solar Roadways, Indiegogo’s Most Popular Campaign Ever, Invited to the White House

In celebration of the first-ever White House Maker Faire (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/04/first-ever-white-house-maker-faire-celebrating-nation-makers) Indiegogo announces the Indiegogo “Maker Challenge” that offers maker-oriented campaigns who enter through July 16 a chance at prize packages from Amazon and Autodesk. Indiegogo’s “Maker Challenge” is an opportunity for a global community of innovators, entrepreneurs and makers to share their ideas with the world.

Scott and Julie Brusaw of Solar Roadways (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways) will be attending the White House Maker Faire in honor of their revolutionary initiative that has raised over $2 million on Indiegogo. President Obama will host the first White House Maker Faire today where he will meet with a select group of America’s makers in recognition of their contributions to innovation.

Indiegogo launched in 2008 as the world’s first crowdfunding platform and is dedicated to allowing anyone, anywhere to fund what matters to them. As the world’s funding engine, Indiegogo democratizes access to capital and helps innovators around the world improve society by turning their ideas into reality.

To learn more about the Indiegogo “Maker Challenge” please visit the Maker Challenge Partner Page: https://www.indiegogo.com/partners/maker

To speak with an executive at Indiegogo the team behind Solar Roadways, please contact:

Sarah Lilburn
Goldin Solutions
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sarah@goldinsolutions.com

Forbes Hosts Third Annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy – Focuses On Solutions for Education

— Almost 200 of the world’s leading philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and public officials, including Warren Buffett, Chuck Feeney, Paul Tudor Jones, Michael Milken, Malala Yousafzai, Stephen Schwarzman, Laurene Powell Jobs, Arne Duncan, Peter G. Peterson, Leon Black, Jim Breyer, CEO and Co-founder of Teach for All Wendy Kopp, Governor Andrew Cuomo,  J.B. Pritzker, Jeff Skoll, Sal Khan, Spanx Founder Sara Blakely, and Denis O’Brien gathered for a discussion on groundbreaking models in philanthropy, and how to improve education —

New York, NY, June 18, 2014 – Forbes Media announced today that on June 17, at the New York Public Library, the company hosted the third annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy. With the goal of creating entrepreneurial solutions for education issues, particularly supporting America’s K-12 public schools and increasing access for girls in the developing world, the exclusive summit, supported by Royal Bank of Canada, Green Mountain GP Limited, and Alzheimer’s Association, brought together almost 200 of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and billionaires, including Warren Buffett, Chuck Feeney, Paul Tudor Jones, Michael Milken, Malala Yousafzai, Stephen Schwarzman, Laurene Powell Jobs, Arne Duncan, Peter G. Peterson, Leon Black, Jim Breyer, CEO and Co-founder of Teach for All Wendy Kopp, Governor Andrew Cuomo, J.B. Pritzker, Jeff Skoll, Sal Khan, Spanx Founder Sara Blakely, and Denis O’Brien.

“This was another outstanding Philanthropy Summit. From research on brain development to improving America’s public schools, the discussion around education was thoughtful and energizing,” said Mike Perlis, Forbes Media President and CEO. “We’re very pleased that we can leverage the power of the Forbes brand to convene some of today’s most influential thought leaders and share their knowledge and ideas with the Forbes audience across all of our platforms.”

“Last year’s Summit focused on global poverty, and we led a team to Liberia to turn our plans into actionable results,” added Forbes Editor Randall Lane. “This year’s agenda, from top-to-bottom, was our best yet, and we hope to spur similar results on behalf of the world’s children.”

The results from the 2013 Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy are encouraging. Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Foundation recently made a $516,000 donation to Last Mile Health, an organization started by Raj Panjabi to train and hire individuals in each village to serve as “frontline healthcare workers,” offering pre-natal screenings and basic aid to Liberians: http://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2014/06/17/can-a-magazine-change-a-country-one-year-later-an-update-on-forbes-and-liberia/

This year’s Summit began Tuesday morning with the story of Pakistan’s most famous student, Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old activist who was shot in the head two years ago by Taliban militants afraid of her campaign for girls’ education. Now studying in Great Britain, she missed her first day of school all year to come to New York and ask a room full of billionaires like Warren Buffett, Paul Tudor Jones, Stephen Schwarzman and Jeff Skoll to support her new charity, the Malala Fund, which will fight for girls’ education all over the world.

During the Summit’s evening program, two major awards were presented. Warren Buffett presented Chuck Feeney, Founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies, with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy. http://www.forbes.com/video/3628405854001/ (Buffett was the recipient of the award last year, which was presented to him by Bono.) ForbesWoman President and Publisher Moira Forbes gave Wendy Kopp, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Teach for All, and Founder and Chair of Teach for America, the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship http://www.forbes.com/video/3628368714001 (last year’s winner was Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus).

Chuck Feeney said, “It’s simple, really. You get more satisfaction from giving while you’re alive and involved. You learn and make adjustments to achieve the highest and best use of your resources. You get to see what you’ve helped accomplish. I am grateful that, by giving me this award, Forbes is encouraging other successful businessmen and women to more fully engage in philanthropy in their lifetimes.”

Wendy Kopp said, “This recognition is a wonderful tribute to thousands of young people who have joined Teach for America and other Teach for All network organizations across the globe and channeled their energy into expanding opportunity for our nations’ most disadvantaged children. It is also a tribute to risk-taking, generous philanthropists and to the many other partners within education systems and communities across the world whose support has been crucial to our success.”

The Summit closed with a special musical surprise performance by the PS 22 Choir. Forbes magazine will reveal the results of the summit in full this November as part of its special Philanthropy issue.

About Forbes Media

Forbes Media, publisher of Forbes magazine and forbes.com, is an authoritative source of news and information on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. Forbes.com, a leading business website, currently reaches 25.2 million unique monthly visitors, according to April 2014 comScore SCOR -0.3% worldwide. Forbes magazine, Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe and the 35 local-language editions published by the company’s licensed partners attract a global audience of more than 7 million readers. The Forbes magazine iPad app, which was launched in 2013 and merges the power of print storytelling with social sharing and the Web, has amassed nearly 1.2 million downloads. The company also publishes ForbesLife magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication, and plans to launch ForbesLife.com in September 2014.

About RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2013, we contributed more than $104 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $69 million and $35 million in sponsorships. Learn more at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability.

About Green Mountain GP Limited

Green Mountain GP Limited (“Green Mountain”) is an alternative investment manager whose principals have distinguished backgrounds in the financial services industry. At the same time, they are known for their long-term commitment to education philanthropy. Green Mountain created an investment vehicle that provides access to a diversified portfolio of premier hedge funds. It seeks favorable risk-adjusted returns, while leveraging the intellectual capital of Forbes Family Trust, a top investment management firm, which manages the portfolio.

Green Mountain aims to grow financial assets through its investment strategy, and human intellect through its scholarship program. Green Mountain will contribute a substantial portion of its net profits to create scholarships for postgraduate education candidates in the STEM subjects. The scholarships will be awarded for outstanding masters-level students to attend the world’s top universities. The scholarship program will be administered by Green Mountain’s Academic Advisory Council, chaired by Dame Alison Richard, Vice Chancellor Emerita, Cambridge University and former provost, Yale University. Recipients will be named Green Mountain Scholars.

Risingstars Boot Camp Presented By Techstars Brings Top Entrepreneurs and Investors to New Orleans to Mentor Minority Entrepreneurs as Part of Powermoves.Nola July 3-5

Participating Boot Camp entrepreneurs will also be in the running for a $50,000 PowerMoves.NOLA fellowship, a $25,000 cash award, and up to five may be selected for Risingstars mentorship program

New Orleans, June 12, 2014 — Some of America’s leading entrepreneurs and investors will mentor 20 early-stage minority entrepreneurs participating in the Risingstars Boot Camp presented by Techstars, an intensive, two-day session that serves as one component of the new, multi-faceted PowerMoves.NOLA initiative to be held July 3-5 in New Orleans. PowerMoves.NOLA was created to provide access to capital, mentors and advisers for high-growth minority entrepreneurs. The goal of the Risingstars Boot Camp presented by Techstars is to extend startup opportunities to demographic groups that are currently under-represented in the technology startup community.

Mentors participating in the Risingstars Boot Camp will include:

David Drach, Vice President of Business Development, Techstars. Drach is responsible for corporate relationships at Techstars and helped build the powered by Techstars programs. Previously Drach was Managing Director of the Emerging Business Team at Microsoft, focusing on startup and venture engagement across XBOX, Windows, Office and Bing. Drach helped create and grow the Microsoft BizSpark, BizSpark + and BizSpark One startup offerings from Microsoft. Dave helped build Great Plains Software which exited to Microsoft for $1.2B.

Fred Hutson, Founder and CEO of Pigeonly. Fred used his time behind bars for trafficking marijuana to plan and develop a business idea that would affect the lives of people no one else was paying attention to – inmates. He founded Pigeonly, a platform that identifies and organizes data on the nations’s incarcerated. Pigeonly has raised $2 million dollars in venture capital funding and currently employs 12 people and is growing. Fred is an alum of the Techstars Risingstars Program.

Jerry Johnson, Managing Director of RLJ Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on generating long-term capital appreciation by investing in profitable and growing businesses founded in 2006 by Robert L. Johnson and The Carlyle Group. He joined RLJ Equity Partners from American Capital, a publicly traded alternative asset management company with more than $20 billion of assets under management. Previously, Johnson was with Bank of America and also served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.

Shaun Johnson, Co-Founder of the Startup Institute. Shaun Johnson is a technologist, early adopter and helper of people. He is the co-founder of Startup Institute, an edtech company equipping individuals with the skills, access and mindset needed to make an immediate and positive impact on the startup venture they join. Startup Institute has locations in the US and in Europe. Shaun also serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Tuan Pham, Director of Techstars in Boston – Pham enjoys meeting and helping founders, and leveraging Techstars to build a more vibrant entrepreneurial Boston community. Prior to working with Techstars in Boston, Pham led Silicon Valley Bank’s early stage practice in New York and Boston.

K.J. Singh, Director of Techstars in New York – Singh is currently the Director of Techstars, NYC. In his current role, he sits on the selection committee for Techstars NYC and advises companies on product/market fit, fundraising strategies and other strategic issues. Prior to Techstars, KJ was a management consultant with Booz & Company. Previously, he was an investment-banker with Redwood Capital Group and started his career at JPMorgan. He holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

One Boot Camp entrepreneur will be selected as a PowerMoves.NOLA fellow, and will receive a $50,000 investment, office space, technical assistance. One entrepreneur will also receive a $25,000 cash prize from PowerMoves.NOLA. In addition, up to five entrepreneurs will be selected to join the Risingstars mentorship program.

Boot Camp participants will receive intensive hands-on guidance and coaching on their business models directly from the mentors. Mentors will focus on all aspects of an individual participant’s business model, including developing a strong business value proposition, selecting effective customer development strategies, achieving product/market fit, identifying early adopters and establishing sustainable revenue streams while controlling costs. The Boot Camp will culminate with a Demo Day presentation to potential investors. The event is provided to the entrepreneurs at no charge.

“With their collective knowledge of startups, and successful track records, this amazing group of mentors put together by Risingstars Founder Tom Chikoore will ensure that all participants walk away from the weekend as winners, with information and advice they can put into practice immediately,” said Leslie Jacobs, CEO of the New Orleans Startup Fund. “At PowerMoves.NOLA, we are focused on supporting early-stage, high-growth, minority-led companies. Providing these tech entrepreneurs with high quality mentors to guide them is a great way to keep us moving toward that goal.”

“Through Risingstars we are creating opportunities for those who are underrepresented in the tech startup community,” said Risingstars Founder and Director, Tom Chikoore. “We’re fortunate to have a highly qualified group of mentors – and partners like PowerMoves.NOLA – who are equally committed to supporting entrepreneurs.”

About PowerMoves.NOLA

PowerMoves.NOLA is a national initiative designed to increase the number of America’s venture-backed minority businesses by leveraging the entrepreneurial ecosystem, resources and culture of New Orleans. This year, PMN will offer an intense two day Risingstars boot camp presented by Techstars for twenty early stage tech entrepreneurs of color and three pitch events for twenty high growth, minority-founded startups. Over the weekend, these forty entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas, expand their networks, and foster connections and relationships that will help them grow their businesses. And in providing this forum, PMN will showcase the innovation a diverse entrepreneurial community can provide America.

Headquartered in New Orleans, PowerMoves.NOLA’s mission is to address the generational challenges of wealth and economic development with innovative ideas, fresh approaches, and an overall commitment to equity and diversity as a growth strategy.

About Techstars

Techstars is the #1 startup accelerator in the world. Once a year in each location, Techstars funds about 10 companies and surrounds them with about 100 of the best and brightest web entrepreneurs and investors in the world. So far, about 80% of the companies that have been through Techstars have subsequently raised a total of about $500M in angel or venture capital, and 24 of them have already been acquired.

The Techstars Risingstars program extends technology company startup opportunities to demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in the technology startup community.

Crowdsourced Lobbying Platform Gives People The Power To Influence Politics Again

Tech startup Amplifyd launches new crowdsourced social activism platform, amplifying people’s voices to more easily and powerfully influence government and public policy. 

According to opensecrets.org, Americans spent more than $2 billion attempting to rally their favorite politicians into elected office during the 2012 presidential and congressional campaigns alone – not including state, county or local elections. Yet U.S. citizens spend nearly nothing to ensure those politicians vote accordingly after elected. Corporations, aware of this fact, leverage their financial power and spend collectively over $3 billion dollars every year to influence these same politicians once in office.

Scott Blankenship, the founder of Amplifyd, felt as though there needed to be a new way to engage with elected officials and put political influence back in the hands of voters, in a way that was more powerful than simply signing a petition, but easier than quitting your job to fight for the cause.

“I was surrounded by causes I felt passionate about,” says Blankenship in a recent interview. “But I wasn’t ready to dedicate my life to any of them. I wanted to build a way people could have their voice heard, no matter what their day job was.”

As a crowdsourced lobbying platform, people can purchase any number of calls from campaigns listed on the site. For each call bought, someone will call and lobby the elected official of the person that bought the call.

Online petitions, although popular, are becoming less relevant or completely ignored by political offices for one simple reason: it’s impossible to verify that supporters of these emails and petitions actually represent voting constituents within their district, and there is no way to definably filter out voters versus non-voters. “All the ex-staffers we’ve talked with said online petitions are either drastically discounted in value or completed ignored,” says Blankenship.

Amplifyd solves this issue by verifying supporters through their billing address and only allowing people living within the community of the campaign to purchase calls. As a result, elected officials know calls are only coming from voting constituents and no one else.

Anyone can sign up to become a paid caller too, lobbying elected officials for others. Callers will be able to make $12-$30 an hour making calls for others. Calls are made on the Amplifyd platform, so all that's needed is a computer, an internet connection, and the ability to read a script and click a button.

“The platform was designed to make calling simple, easy and intuitive,” says Blankenship.

Campaigns on the site are managed by nonprofit advocacy organizations and the majority of the purchase price goes to supporting their activities.

About Amplifyd

Amplifyd is a social activism startup based in Berkeley, California that helps crowdsource political lobbying for people, communities and causes by having activists call and lobby local, regional or national representatives on your behalf. Amplifyd was created by Scott Blankenship, a passionate entrepreneur driven to solve serious social problems in our society. He has a background in international politics, marketing, and web development.

S&R Foundation’s Halcyon Incubator Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

Social entrepreneurs from across the globe to bring audacious ideas designed to solve real-world problems to Washington, D.C. as part of incubator program

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Halcyon Incubator, a unique and forward-thinking program designed to empower global social change, today introduced its inaugural group of fellows, a cohort of social entrepreneurs with bold plans to tackle 21st century challenges. The Halcyon Incubator’s first fellowship program will begin in September 2014.

The many resources offered by the Halcyon Incubator, coupled with the fact that the program does not require equity in its fellows’ ventures, prompted a flood of applications from entrepreneurs with resourceful responses to social challenges. Halcyon Incubator fellows benefit from a 14-month program designed as the springboard to launch their social ventures. The program includes rent-free housing and office space, mentorship, complimentary strategic, legal and PR resources, as well as access to a network of potential funders from a variety of sectors.

“Each one of our fellows brings a unique approach to a diverse set of challenges from global healthcare to environmental innovation,” said Halcyon Incubator Program Manager Ryan Ross. “We were humbled by our fellows’ passion, creativity and drive; each has the capacity to make meaningful social change for countless individuals.”

The fellows and their projects are as follows:

Diana Sierra — Be Girl — Up to 40 percent of school-age girls in developing nations fail to complete their educations because they lack sanitary feminine products that provide assurance, protection and comfort to them outside of their homes. Ms. Sierra is closing gender gaps and ensuring continued educational opportunities by providing environmentally friendly, affordable, and customizable feminine menstrual management products. Be Girl has tested its impact with pilot programs in Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania, where girls reported feeling safer to attend school.

Param Jaggi — Ecoviate — Mr. Jaggi’s venture Ecoviate encourages a more sustainable planet with innovative environmental technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Ecoviate’s advocacy is evidenced in its practice of planting one tree for every product sold or downloaded, with the goal of planting over one million trees to reduce the amount of carbon in our air.

Ari Raz — PureJoy — Mr. Raz’s venture, PureJoy, is based on the concept that high quality, nutritious baby food should be a right, not a privilege for babies and young children. PureJoy plans to produce and deliver organic, premium baby food for all families, regardless of their economic status.

Olivier Kamanda — Ideal Impact — Mr. Kamanda’s Ideal Impact is a community-oriented tech company designed to bridge the gap between those who want to serve and organizations that vitally need support. Ideal Impact utilizes a unique platform specifically designed to promote and advertise service and volunteer opportunities directly to readers of social impact news stories.

Matthew Fischer — Control A+ — In the United States alone, one in 10 children suffer from asthma and over $60 billion is spent on treatment. Through Control A+, Mr. Fischer is developing an early warning system for asthmatic children capable of alerting parents and doctors before an asthma attack occurs. With gathered data based on indoor and outdoor environmental monitors, asthmatic children are empowered to live more normal lives.

Ben Reich and Dan Gallagher — Datasembly — Every year millions of open data sets are released by thousands of governments but unfortunately, there are no standards for releases, making it difficult it to extract value from the data. Datasembly is a platform that aggregates and indexes open data, allowing communities to fully harness the power of public information with potential groundbreaking discoveries capable of changing lives for the better.

Heather Lawver Sewell — NewsEase — Literacy and communications are crucial life skills in the development and maturation of children. To facilitate these skills, Ms. Sewell will launch NewsEase, an online news initiative for teachers and students. Utilizing easy-to-use templates that are based on classic book series, NewsEase will allow teachers to launch newspapers in their classrooms, empower students to publish stories and to connect with other NewsEase readers around the world.

The application process for the Halcyon Incubator’s second class of fellows will open in July 2014.

Tweet: Social incubator @HalcyonIncubate celebrates its fellows and their world changing ideas #socent http://ow.ly/xcokV

About Halcyon Incubator


The Halcyon Incubator was founded on the principle that intrepid individuals with transformative ideas can solve 21st century challenges. In an effort to empower social change, the Incubator supports fearless social entrepreneurs through a unique 14-month fellowship, comprised of a four-month residency of intensive education and networking programs, eight months of rent-free workspace, complimentary strategic, legal and PR support, mentorship, as well as access to a network of potential funders from all sectors. The Halcyon Incubator does not require equity in the fellow’s venture, but only a commitment to growing ideas to achieve meaningful social outcomes. www.halcyonincubator.org @HalcyonIncubate www.facebook.com/halcyonincubator

About S&R Foundation


S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. Contributions to S&R Foundation go directly to funding our mission. Overhead and general operational costs are covered by founders’ contributions and use of existing assets. For more information, visit www.SandRFoundation.org.

Kentico Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Free CMS Licenses to Red Cross and Red Crescent Donors

Nashua, New Hampshire, June 4, 2014 – Kentico Software, the Web Content and Customer Experience Management provider, today celebrates its 10th anniversary by offering free base licenses for the Kentico 8 integrated marketing solution to any customer that donates a minimum of $100 to the Red Cross, which was recently named Kentico’s 2014 Site of the Year.

To make a donation and get a free base license for Kentico in return, customers are invited to visit http://www.kentico.com/kentico10years anytime between June 4 and July 4, 2014. Additionally, anyone can win an official Kentico t-shirt simply by congratulating Kentico on Twitter using the hashtag #Kentico10Years.

“We believe the best way to celebrate any important milestone is to give,” said Kentico CEO and Founder Petr Palas. “Customers can donate as little as $100 to Red Cross and Red Crescent, but we hope some will be kind enough to donate more—perhaps even as much as $3,499, the normal cost of a base license for Kentico 8—to help us meet our goal of raising $10,000 in total donations.”

Kentico was one of the first companies to introduce major digital marketing breakthroughs with a CMS solution that continues to innovate in the areas of e-commerce, online marketing, mobile readiness, responsive design, marketing automation, online communities and cloud deployments. First launched from Czech programmer Petr Palas’ living room in Brno, Czech Republic, Kentico quickly became an important market trendsetter, leveraged in the cutting-edge digital marketing efforts by such well-known brands as Microsoft, Chiquita, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Mazda, O2, Sony, and Vodafone. Today, Kentico powers more than 18,000 websites across the globe.

Key company milestones for Kentico over the past 10 years include:

  • June 4, 2004: Kentico Software is founded by Czech programmer & entrepreneur Petr Palas who later said, “There weren’t many quality .NET CMS systems for creating websites back then.” Number of employees: 1.
  • August, 2004: Kentico releases Kentico CMS for ASP.NET, Version 1 and soon attracts its first customer—Gibson Guitar Corporation, which continues to work with Kentico today.
  • July, 2005: Initially developing the solution alone, Palas hires the first small group of programmers to assist with the project. Number of employees: 4.
  • January, 2008: Kentico becomes a Microsoft Certified Partner. Number of employees: 41.
  • October, 2008: Kentico is named in the Deloitte Fast 50 as the “5th Fastest-Growing Young Tech Company” in Central Europe.
  • November, 2008: Kentico opens its first office abroad in the U.S.
  • May, 2009: Kentico opens its first office in Australia.
  • October, 2010: Kentico hosts its first Kentico Connection Conference.
  • April, 2011: Kentico opens its first UK office.
  • September, 2012: Kentico releases Kentico CMS 7 with Marketing Automation.
  • January, 2013: 16,000 websites are running on Kentico worldwide. Number of employees: 100.
  • 2014: Kentico releases the new and redesigned Kentico 8. In the span of ten years, Kentico has sustained 100% organic growth without funding from any outside investors and is still owned by Petr Palas. 18,000 websites are running on Kentico worldwide. Number of employees: 140.

For more Kentico milestones, visit: http://www.kentico.com/Company/History

About Kentico

Kentico brings smart integrated digital marketing to businesses of all sizes with a comprehensive suite of solutions. With Kentico’s Web Content Management, Online Marketing, E-commerce, Online Communities, and Intranet & Collaboration solutions, clients can deliver superior cross-channel customer experiences across all devices. Based on the Microsoft .NET platform, Kentico comes with 450 web parts and fully documented API and is available on-premise or in the cloud. Flexible, robust and scalable, Kentico delivers right-first-time technology, out-of-the-box speed, and affordable sophistication to help customers meet their goals faster and more profitably.

About Kentico Software 
Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic with offices in the US, UK, and Australia. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with 1,100 digital agency partners, Kentico powers more than 18,000 websites in 90 countries. Customers include Bacardi; Great British Chefs; Gibson; Mazda; Microsoft; Mighty River Power; Run and Become; Sony; Vodafone.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Community Foundation of Utah Offers Micro Grants at Upcoming Conference

Social entrepreneurs may now apply to pitch at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 26, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — June 2, 2014 — Nonprofit innovators and other social entrepreneurs may now register for the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 26, 2014 and apply to pitch for a micro grant being offered by the Community Foundation of Utah.

Applications are being accepted online through the conference website at secfc.co/grant. Any entrepreneurial organization that is addressing a social problem whether or not it is organized as a nonprofit is eligible to apply for the opportunity to pitch to an Investment Committee at the conference.

The finalists who are invited to pitch at the conference will also participate in a one-day crowdfunding event concurrent with the conference. The pitch to the investors for the micro grants will serve as a platform to drive conference attendees to back the campaigns that have the most appeal, creating a dual opportunity for raising money.

The Foundation has committed a minimum of $1,000 to qualifying organizations. There is no strict upper limit on the number of grants or the amount of grants that may be made at the conference.

“We are focused on making investments that will drive social impact and create financially self-sustaining projects or that will help organizations to become more financially sustainable,” said Fraser Nelson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We are working to create the most innovative and financially self-sufficient community of nonprofits in the country here in Utah.”

“We are thrilled to have the Community Foundation of Utah put its resources to work at our conference,” said Devin Thorpe, a “champion of social good” at the Your Mark on the World Center, which is organizing the conference. “It will be a one-of-a-kind event where conference participants can actually do crowdfunding while learning how to use it to scale their impact for good.”

About the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference: The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference 2014 (SECFC14) will be held September 26, 2014 at Snowbird, Utah. Expert speakers, philanthropists, venture capitals and other impact investors from across the country will join us. To register or for more information visit www.secfc.co.

About the Your Mark on the World Center: The Your Mark on the World Center champions social good by writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good in the world. Founder Devin Thorpe writes for Forbes, covering social entrepreneurship and impact investing. For more information visit www.YourMarkOnTheWorld.com.

For more information about the Community Foundation of Utah visit www.utahcf.org.

Tupperware Brands Joins UN Women to Advance Global Women’s Economic Empowerment

Serves as Founding Member of UN Women Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council

ORLANDO, Fla.— June 3, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Tupperware Brands today announces its role as a founding member of UN Women’s newly launched Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council. As part of this Council, the company will collaborate with UN Women and select leading businesses to promote, support and accelerate initiatives that strengthen women’s economic empowerment. The company has committed $500,000 to support UN Women’s work around the world and plans to amplify this commitment by launching cause marketing programs in key markets like India and Brazil. In addition, Tupperware Brands hopes to leverage its nearly 3 million global salesforce to advance UN Women and the company’s mutual commitment to women’s economic empowerment worldwide.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rick Goings participated in the official launch of the Council at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, stating that, “UN Women’s commitment to economic empowerment is perfectly aligned with Tupperware Brands’ unique business model – we provide women with entrepreneurial training, mentorship and support to breakthrough barriers in their way. Our model proves that unlocking women’s potential is good for communities and business.”

Goings went on to say, “we look forward to collaborating with UN Women to use our global sales force to strengthen our impact through innovative business solutions and help to economically empower millions of women around the world.”

Led by UN Women’s Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the invitation-only Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council will focus on accelerating women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and help to close the funding gap for UN Women. The Council will also aim to expand economic opportunities for women by enhancing their access to skill building, education and financial literacy.

Tupperware Brands’ commitment includes three key components:

  • Financial Investment: Tupperware Brands made a $500,000 contribution to UN Women’s initiatives around the world, which are dedicated exclusively to the economic and political empowerment of women worldwide.
  • Human Capital Contribution: UN Women will have the opportunity to galvanize Tupperware Brands’ mostly female global salesforce on the ground in markets across the globe to increase the impact of programs where it is needed most.
  • Cause-Marketing: The company plans to name UN Women as a partner in its cause marketing efforts in key regions like India and Brazil, to not only raise awareness about what UN Women stands for but also highlight the work being done in those regions.

Tupperware Brands’ secret to success is not only its replicable business model but the company’s focus on relationships. It provides mentorship and tools that empower women to transform their lives and their families’ lives. Tupperware Brands calls its broader commitment Chain of Confidence, which is its global mission to help women remove the barriers that prevent them from going after their dreams. This commitment fuels the company’s participation on the Council where it hopes to multiply its impact. Partnerships like this allow the company to contribute to women’s economic empowerment and foster entrepreneurial opportunities at home and abroad.

The Council will meet twice a year to review progress and provide strategic input to guide advocacy and resource mobilization efforts. Other founding members, listed in alphabetical order, include:

  • Mr. Jean-Paul Agon: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, L’Oreal
  • Mr. Dominic Barton: Chief Executive Officer, McKinsey & Company
  • Mr. Lloyd C. Blankfein: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
  • Ms. Maureen Chiquet: Global Chief Executive Officer, Chanel
  • Mr. Mark Cutifani: Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American
  • Mr. Christopher Graves: Global Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy PR
  • Ms. Sally Kennedy: Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Dallas
  • Mr. Muthar Kent: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Company
  • Mr. Paul Polman: Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

About Tupperware Brands Corporation

Tupperware Brands Corporation is a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling innovative, premium products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.7 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products for consumers through the Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands.

Premiere Exhibit of Fashion Artwear Launches in NYC to Inspire Social Change and Environmental Stewardship

Proceeds of Activist Designer Tatiana Pagés’ Fashion Art Wear will Benefit AID FOR AIDS Charity

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 27, 2014 – Tatiana Pagés, a Chilean-Dominican New York-based activist designer, is proud to announce the premiere exhibit of LAIO, a sustainable artwear collection at a chic pop-up gallery located at 58-60 Ninth Avenue, in the heart of the Meatpacking District. The exhibit, as well as exciting events, demonstrations and parties, will run from Wednesday June 4th through Wednesday June 11th. This unique exhibit is part of a movement that aims to increase environmental awareness and promote social change through design. Sixty percent of each item sold will be donated to AID FOR AIDS, a charity that strives to help communities at risk of HIV and the global population at large.

“I find inspiration through the unexpected, I enjoy taking something that most people consider to be trash and turning it into something beautiful – that is the essence of LAIO” stated Pagés. She continued to say “I am proud and pleased to show my art to the people of New York City, the fashion capitol of the country!” Each piece of jewelry in the LAIO collection is handcrafted and beautifully designed, providing high-end fashion to the wearer as well as a positive impact on local communities, women in need and the global environment. Pagés teaches jewelry making workshops to underprivileged women around the globe, including those in jail, with the goal of passing along a skill to earn income, serving as a business model for women in need. According to Pagés, “It is important that my designs impact people in a positive way, otherwise I am just making ‘things.’ The world has enough things, I want to inspire and help people, which is why partnering with AID FOR AIDS was important to me.”

“For the past three years Tatiana has been an active member of AID FOR AIDS (AFA), she has combined her vast artistic knowledge, passion and creativity, in order to help us grow and therefore, continue to spread AFA’s message and keep it relevant” noted Jesus Aguais, Executive Director and Founder of AID FOR AIDS. “She’s a true visionary, and inspiration for all!” AID FOR AIDS is a non-profit organization committed to empowering communities at risk of HIV and the population at large by developing their abilities and capacities in comprehensive prevention through access to treatment, advocacy, education and training to improve their quality of life and reduce stigma and discrimination.

Additional activities and events happening throughout the week will include workshops, panel discussions, jewelry making demonstrations and more. Proud sponsors of select events include CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka and Moscow 57. Work from local artists will also be on display, all with the common goal of supporting art, design and local communities. LAIO is an acronym that stands for once in a lifetime spelled backwards, and it reminds us to think about what is ephemeral and what will endure. LAIO provokes a change in thinking, and encourages a modification in behavior. It inspires us to make mindful decisions to best support our planet.

About Tatiana Pages:

Often referred to as a global innovator, Tatiana Pagés combines her love of design, art, branding, social responsibility, and sustainability to create innovative movements and unique pieces. Her diverse experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, strategist, and activist designer, as well as brand visionary, has given her a unique perspective in the way she approaches projects.

As CEO and Chief Creative Officer of the New York City based Greencard Creative, Pagés has gained important consumer insights that help her build local and international brand movements. Her LAIO collections include Laiospresso, Illiterate Paper, and The Origomu Project. The Origomu Project is Greencard Creative’s social responsibility platform – a global movement that seeks to inspire environmental action through design. Meaning “folding rubber” in Japanese, Origomu reevaluates waste by transforming plastic six-pack rings into imaginative pieces of wearable art. Origomu’s designs have been featured in Vogue Latin America and Vogue Mexico, the Department of Education’s Visual Arts program, the museum at FIT, and Cirque du Soleil’s VIP tent.

Dell 2014 Gender-GEDI Research Shows More Support Needed to Enable Female Entrepreneurship Development Worldwide

  • The United States, Australia and newcomer Sweden named best places for female entrepreneurship
  • Policymakers need to do more; more than 75 percent of countries surveyed are not meeting the most fundamental conditions required for female entrepreneurs to prosper
  • Gender-GEDI is the world’s only diagnostic tool to comprehensively measure high-potential female entrepreneurship
  • 2014 research expands index from 17 countries to 30 and adds new indicators

ROUND ROCK, Texas – June 2, 2014 – Dell today announced the results of the second annual Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI), revealing that more than 75 percent of countries surveyed are not meeting the most fundamental conditions required for female entrepreneurs to prosper.

Commissioned by Dell, the Gender-GEDI is the world’s only diagnostic tool that comprehensively measures high potential female entrepreneurship by analyzing entrepreneurial ecosystems, business environments and individual aspirations across 30 developed and developing economies spanning multiple regions, providing a systematic approach that allows cross-country comparison, benchmarking, and identifies data gaps. The goal of the research is not to provide a headcount of female entrepreneurs worldwide, rather it is future-oriented and designed to be a tool to guide leaders, policymakers and law-makers in identifying country-wide strengths and weaknesses and developing strategies to create more favorable conditions in their countries to enable businesses founded by women to thrive.

“At Dell, we are committed to empowering people everywhere with technology solutions to fulfill their ambitions and reach their full potential,” said Karen Quintos, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Dell. “The Gender-GEDI Index provides key insights designed to help countries advance female entrepreneurship and ultimately bolster the global economy. We believe awareness of the current landscape for women entrepreneurship is the first step toward change.”

To inform and refine the research parameters of the Gender-GEDI, an expert panel was convened, comprised of leading change agents from the U.S. Department of State and global organizations such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank, Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), Vital Voices, and WEConnect International, many of whom have already began using the research as a tool to inform policy and institute reform (examples available).

2014 Gender-GEDI Results

Among the 17 countries included in both the 2013 and 2014 Gender-GEDI reports, four increased their rankings (Japan, Brazil, India, and United Kingdom), four showed a decline (Malaysia, Egypt, Mexico and Morocco), and the others ranked comparatively both years.

The highest performing countries in the 2014 Gender-GEDI rankings are all OECD member countries with highly developed economies, and for the second year in a row, the U.S. (83) and Australia (80) came out on top, followed by Sweden (73), France and Germany (tied at 67), Chile (55), the United Kingdom (54) and Poland (51). The remaining 23 of the 30 countries studied received an overall index score of less than 50 out of 100, indicating that many of the fundamental conditions for high potential female entrepreneurship development are generally lacking in the majority of countries.

“To harness the full potential of the low performing countries, the Gender-GEDI results demonstrate that basic improvements are required in terms of access to equal legal rights and education as well as acceptance of women’s social and economic empowerment,” said Ruta Aidis, project director for the Gender-GEDI. “For countries with moderate scores, to improve their rankings, they should focus both on current women’s enterprise development interventions and support as well as basic improvements in the business-enabling environment.”

The 2014 Gender-GEDI demonstrates that top-performing countries are not necessarily the ones with the highest GDP levels; rather they are those who have committed to improving the conditions for female entrepreneurship on several fronts simultaneously, and even those with the highest scores still have room for improvement. While these countries tend to have good business-enabling environments overall, they could benefit from supporting programs designed to activate and accelerate the growth of high-potential female entrepreneurs.

To provide tangible examples on how women entrepreneurs can overcome challenges and maximize the opportunities flagged in the study, Dell commissioned an e-book, Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One, featuring case studies of 10 women entrepreneurs, which is available for download starting today on Dell.com/women.

Index Highlights

The Gender-GEDI is focused on the ways in which governments, institutions and corporations can support the effort of improving conditions for high-potential female entrepreneurship worldwide, and the 2014 results indicate that, across all nations, there is still much to be done, but by increasing access to education, technology, capital and networks, significant progress can be made.

  • Access to capital continues to be crucial. Access to a formal bank account is critical for entrepreneurs, especially since it is a necessary precursor to the financing (bank loans, credit lines, etc.) that fuels business growth. However, in 14 of the 30 countries, 50 percent or more of the female population is unbanked, with the gender disparities being highest in Turkey, where there is close to a 50 percent difference between men and women with bank accounts. Worldwide, women also receive less outside funding for their businesses than men.
  • Many industries remain male-dominated. Occupation crowding, or the existence of ‘male’ and ‘female’ jobs in a country’s economy, not only contributes to the gender wage gap but also results in the concentration of women’s entrepreneurial activity within specific sectors, which can be detrimental to fully utilizing a nation’s capacity for innovation. Out of the 30 countries, only eight received an overall balanced ratio across employment sectors, and in India and Pakistan, formal employment is so highly sex segregated that no employment sectors are balanced. Some countries and industries are beginning to address these occupational inequalities through voluntary quotas and targeted initiatives in the sectors that tend to marginalize women as a result of their ‘macho lab coat, hard hat and geek’ workplace cultures.
  • Female start-up activity is on the rise in emerging markets. Despite being ranked as top performers and characterized by overall favorable business environments, opportunity perception is fairly low in the United States and Europe with less than one third of the female population measured identifying business opportunities. In Africa, this number reaches 69 percent. Even with challenges around access to education and capital, female startup activity in the region is high at 86 female to every 100 male startups. Ghana has more female startups than male at a rate of 121 to 100. The Latin American and Caribbean countries included in the Index also exhibit high rates, with a regional average of 84 female to every 100 male startups.
  • More women are needed at the top. Even when the business environment is right, social norms can affect general societal support for women as entrepreneurs and their access to experiences as decision makers and leaders. Local attitudes towards women in executive positions can also effect whether women choose to take on these higher roles and responsibilities. Only five countries have 40 percent or more female managers (Jamaica, Ghana, Panama, United States and Nigeria), and in four countries the percentage of women is 10 percent or less: South Korea (10 percent), Turkey (10 percent), Japan (9 percent) and Pakistan (3 percent). While education forms the foundation for high potential entrepreneurship, management experience provides women with additional skills, experience and networks that facilitate female entrepreneurship success.
  • Women’s rights must be addressed first. In 22 of the 30 countries included in the Index, married women have fewer rights than married men, in 21 countries women lack the same access to employment as men, and in eight countries women do not enjoy the same legal access to property as men. A number of countries also limit women’s access to public spaces through legal restrictions and discriminatory practices. In order to foster female entrepreneurship, these countries must first address these fundamental weaknesses and take steps towards ensuring women equal rights.

About Dell Gender-GEDI Index

The 2014 Gender GEDI Index is sponsored by Dell and includes 30 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States.

The Index focuses on high potential female entrepreneurs who are defined as ‘innovative, market-expanding and export-oriented.’ The Index combines variables that measure agency and institutions in a composite index in order to capture the multi-dimensional aspects of female entrepreneurship development. Data comes from existing internationally recognized sources such as the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), World Economic Forum (WEF), World Bank, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Labour Organization (ILO), etc. The GEDI Institute is a non-profit research and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that assists governments, donor agencies, foundations, international assistance providers, and global companies expand economic opportunities for individuals, build future markets for societies, and propel economic development for nations. It uses an innovative methodology to advance entrepreneurship, thereby accelerating economic growth.

Methodology

The Gender GEDI Index’s unique methodology brings together variables that measure individuals and institutions in a composite index that highlights issues relevant for high potential female entrepreneurship development and growth. Thirty individual-level and institutional-level dimensions are paired together into fifteen pillars that are further divided into three main sub-indices: Entrepreneurial Environment, Entrepreneurial Eco-System and Entrepreneurial Aspirations. The novel Penalty for Bottleneck methodology is applied to the pillar scores so that the ‘bottleneck’ (i.e. pillar with the lowest score) penalizes the final country ranking. This approach encourages countries to address their weakest areas first since it will have the greatest effect on their final score.

About Dell

Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. As the visionary outcome of a true entrepreneur, Dell is committed to help power the success of entrepreneurs by developing technology solutions that help their businesses increase productivity and grow. Through the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Dell supports and nurtures a community of female entrepreneurs by providing access to knowledge, networks, and capital. Learn more at www.dell.com/women.

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