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We are delighted to bring you the May edition of Ladderworks Connect, our monthly newsletter to support social entrepreneurs from around the world. This month, we are featuring an extremely inspiring social entrepreneur who was the runner-up in the Social Impact Track of the 2021 President's Innovation Challenge at the Harvard University. We partnered with the Harvard Innovation Labs and interviewed all the finalists to highlight their amazing work. As always, we have also collated funding and mentoring opportunities for social entrepreneurs.

Spiffy (Interplanetary Space Journalist, @ladderworks)

Social Entrepreneur of the Month

"I have been working to improve the lives of vulnerable Black and Brown communities for more than fifteen years. This is my life’s work. But the summer of 2020 sparked something new in me and catalyzed my desire to embrace entrepreneurship. In the midst of our nation’s racial reckoning, I grew frustrated that we were having conversations about racial justice without discussing economic justice and cycles of #poverty in Black and Brown communities. So, I harnessed all of my anger and tapped into my professional training to contribute to a solution" -Omolara Fatiregun, Founder and CEO of Thrive!
(Nominated for Spiffy's Blog by Harvard Innovation Labs)
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Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder of the Month

"In 2019, I left IBM to start Stat Zero, a global movement aiming to usher the world towards zero poverty, zero disease, and zero pollution.  Why? In 2018, I did a study and realized that 40% of families—in both Europe and USA —had less than $4,000 in their bank accounts. If there was an economic snafu —let alone a global pandemic—I realized that many public sector leaders from democratic nations needed to build a new digital economy. I wanted to "Be the Impact" and build the needed smart (tech-enabled) government solutions, services, and infrastructure to scale" -Marquis Cabrera, a Managing Partner at Stat Zero Ventures
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News from Spiffy's Interviewees

ActiveCampaign Raises $240 Million to Help Companies Grow with Customer Experience Automation

ActiveCampaign surpasses $165 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) and announces $240 million in a Series C financing round to further enhance its position in the  Customer Experience Automation (CXA) category. (Photo: Jason Vandeboom, Founder of ActiveCampaign)

Entrepreneurial Opportunities

The Social Business Challenge Munich: The first innovation competition for sustainable / social projects in Bavaria to encompass corporate citizens, innovators, private and public initiatives, in a joint effort to address our current sustainability challenges under the umbrella of One Young World - hosted in the city of Munich. Application deadline: 14 May 2021

The 100+ Accelerator: AB InBev, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive and Unilever have partnered to fund and pilot sustainable innovation in supply chains. You will receive support from a global team champion, access to mentor networks and up to $100K toward pilot execution. Application deadline: 31 May 2021

Forward: McKinsey’s virtual learning program Forward aims to boost the careers of young professionals in Africa. It offers you access to McKinsey’s cutting-edge content and a community of peers. It equips you with practical skills and tools to apply throughout your career. Application deadline: 30 May 2021

Watson Semester Accelerator MEOT Fellowship 2021: Approximately 5 Martini Education and Opportunity Trust (MEOT) Fellows will be selected to join Watson Institute’s Semester Accelerator in Fall 2021. The fellowship is designed for changemakers, innovators, and leaders primarily from the US, or doing work in the US, to drive forward impactful innovations and solutions. Application deadline: 1 June 2021

Nudge Global Impact Challenge: This is an eight-month online personal development programme for young professionals that focuses on leadership, sustainability and impact creation. Applications open till spots fill up

Atlas Corps In-Person US Fellowship: Atlas Corps invites social change leaders from around the world to apply for our 12-18 month In-Person Fellowship in the United States and our Virtual Leadership Institute. Application deadline: 16 May 2021

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!

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