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Happy New Year!

Here's wishing everyone a happy and healthy year ahead! We are delighted to bring you January's Ladderworks Connect, our newsletter to support social entrepreneurs from around the world. This month, we're focusing on social entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goal #5 (Gender Equality) and Goal #10 (Reduced Inequalities).

Spiffy (Interplanetary Space Journalist, @ladderworks)

Social Entrepreneurs of the Month

Eliminating Online Gender Bias

Read Fannie's Interview with Spiffy Here

Spiffy interviews Fannie Dellavelle (she/her), the Founder and CEO of Make it She, an organization striving to make the web gender equal. To reach that goal, Make It She reveals the online gender gaps by providing users with the ratio of male-to-female-mentions on any webpage.
(Nominated by the World Bank)

Creating a Path for Financial Literacy

Read Trevor's Interview with Spiffy Here
UN SDG #10

Did you know that only 33% of adults globally have basic financial literacy skills that enable them to independently access online banking, loan services, etc.? Trevor Schonewille (he/him), the Founder of Monkiri, tells Spiffy about his aim to empower people to make informed financial decisions.
(Nominated by the Action Accelerator)
Nominate your member startups for Spiffy's Blog here.

Tickle Trouble

The Creative Writer of Tickle Trouble
Jill Landis Jha (she/ her), the creative writer of our second picture book Tickle Trouble, talks about the role of her three daughters in articulating the story-line and characters for the book. This is her first children’s book, but she hopes that this won’t be her last.
Read the full interview here.
Celebrating a Healthcare NPO
This beautiful hardcover picture book is inspired by The First Wave, a non-profit founded by Wharton students to help frontline healthcare workers. Tickle Trouble promises to be the perfect gift for kids and adults alike to celebrate the spirit of community.

Entrepreneurial  Opportunities


The Young Entrepreneurs Challenge: Are you in the age bracket of 16-25 with a great business idea? Then this online entrepreneurship competition by Verizon & Unloc could help you win a £10,000 / €11,000 grant.

Lead2030 Challenge: Novartis is looking to fund a project focused on targets of the UN SDG #15. Applications open till 31 January 2021.

Blueprint 2021: An entrepreneurship program by Impact Hub New York to support innovators in the NY Metro Area to reimagine the future. Details here.

We will be regularly sharing curated opportunities for supporting social and creative entrepreneurs. If you would like to feature your organization's opportunities in our newsletter and help us in our quest to make entrepreneurship accessible to all, write to us here!

About Ladderworks

Ladderworks is a publishing startup of diverse picture books with the mission to empower over a million children to become social entrepreneurs.
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