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We are pleased to bring you the March edition of Ladderworks Connect, our monthly 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 #12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). We have also collated funding and mentoring opportunities for entrepreneurs along with employment opportunities in social impact organizations.

Spiffy (Interplanetary Space Journalist, @ladderworks)

Social Entrepreneur of the Month

Did you know that most global plastic waste comes from food consumption? Spiffy caught up with Zuleyka Strasner, the Founder and CEO of Zero Grocery, who is on a mission to remove plastic from the food system. Read more about what inspired Zuleyka to launch this initiative here. (Nominated for Spiffy's Blog by Gaingels)

Nominate your member startups for Spiffy's Blog here.

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder of the Month

We spoke to Archana Shah, Co-founder and COO of Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area, to understand the organization’s vision and approach to support talented entrepreneurs advancing UN SDGs. From providing opportunities to collaborate, to building a sense of belonging and community, they equip social entrepreneurs with tools and knowledge to succeed. Read her full interview here

Ladderworks Gift Card

Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Ladderworks Gift Card and support our social and creative entrepreneurs!

News from Spiffy's Interviewees

Praava Health Raises Over $10m in Series A Funding
Praava Health, Bangladesh's fastest-growing healthcare company, recently announced that it has raised $10.6 million in Series A Prime round funding. Praava’s supporters include an array of investors: Retired United States Army General David H. Petraeus; Dr. Rushika Fernandopoulle, the Co-Founder & CEO of Iora Health; and Geoff Price, the Co-Founder and COO of Oak Street Health. Read more about Praava Health’s journey here on Ladderworks. (Pic: Sylvana Q. Sinha, Founder & CEO of Praava Health)

Entrepreneurial Opportunities

2021 Word Bank Group Youth Summit Competition: The COVID-19 pandemic calls for a coordinated effort toward recovery. And this competition will award the most cutting-edge idea on building back better with sustainability and inclusivity at its core. Applications deadline: 31 March 2021.

The Global Innovation Challenge: In conjunction with the Venture For ClimateTech program sponsored by NYSERDA and powered by NextCorps and SecondMuse, the Challenge aims to rally innovators and partners towards building a global movement to source and develop the most impactful and equitable solutions in climate tech.
Applications open till 18 March 2021.

#SumItUp competition: The #Youth4ClimateLive Series is launching the #SumItUp competition with an opportunity for YOU to win a chance to participate in the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition event in Milan ahead of the 2021 Pre-COP26, as well as have your creative work promoted! 
Deadline: 31 March 2021.

The Women Thrive Fund: Delivered by Rosa and Smallwood Trust, the Women Thrive Fund is distributing grants of up to £40,000 to specialist women’s organisations across the UK.
The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on March 25th.

Millennium Fellowship Class of 2021: The United Nations Academic Impact and MCN proudly present the Millennium Fellowship. The Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program on your campus to take your social impact to the next level. Early Applications strongly encouraged. General Application Deadline: March 31 (Final Deadline: April 16).

Visible Hands: A 14-week, virtual-first fellowship program that supports underrepresented talent in building technology startups by providing company-building services and investments of up to $200k. Applications will be open in late March 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!

Employment Opportunities


Lessonbee is Hiring for Multiple Positions: Lessonbee addresses the health education gap in the United States and promotes empathy and diversity through a culturally responsive digital health curriculum and reflective learning platform. Check out the vacancies at Lessonbee here.

We will be regularly sharing employment opportunities at social impact startups interviewed by Spiffy.

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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