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We are pleased to bring you the April 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 #4 (Quality Education). We have also collated funding and mentoring opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Spiffy (Interplanetary Space Journalist, @ladderworks)

Social Entrepreneur of the Month

The 2019 ASER survey in India found that 62.6% children below the age of six cannot recognise letters, and 74.4% cannot do addition. Here’s how Kavita Shah, Founder of Neev Education Foundation, is helping young children acquire these necessary basic skills that are imperative to succeed in life.
(Nominated for Spiffy's Blog by Shakti—The Empathy Project)
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Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder of the Month

“We are working to support the LGBT+ MBA and graduate business community through inspiration, connection, and education. At Reaching Out MBA, I get to help members of the LGBT+ community reach their goals while growing in their personal development. My hope is that when one person succeeds, they will bring others along with them and inspire them to make positive changes in the world.” - Jordan Summers, Program Manager at Reaching Out MBA, Inc.
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Ladderworks Creators' Academy (LWCA)

Artists are at the core of what we do at Ladderworks, a social enterprise co-founded by artists. We want to nurture new artists from all sections of society and help them become financially independent, as they create Spiffy's picture books on stories of inspiring social enterprises. We invite you to support our artists as they help make our world a better place.
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Entrepreneurial Opportunities

2021 J.M.K. Innovation Prize: The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of social justice, the environment, and heritage conservation. Application deadline: 30 April 2021

Toilet Board Coalition’s accelerator program: The program supports entrepreneurs with bespoke mentorship, partnership and the visibility to scale their sanitation economy businesses. Application deadline: 30 April 2021

Echoing Green Fellowship: Fellows will connected to tools, resources, and communities to bring their ideas to life. The fellowship aims to raise transformational leaders who challenge the status quo. Application deadline: 20 April 2021

#WomenEntrepreneurs4Good: This is a new accelerator program to equip women entrepreneurs and minority women’s enterprises with unique resources and capabilities to innovate and grow businesses aligned with the European Green Deal strategy. Application deadline: 30 April 2021

Acumen UK Fellowship: Each year, the program selects ~20 Fellows from across sector, place and background who are redefining success in the United Kingdom - and equips them with the practices and community needed to deepen and sustain their impact. Application deadline: 5 May 2021

EE 30 Under 30: The program has opened the search to find 30 game-changing leaders under 30 years of age who are using environmental education to build a sustainable future for all. Application deadline: 5 May 2021

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 deadline: 7 May 2021

European Social Innovation Competition 2021: The Competition acts as a beacon for social innovators across Europe, employing a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators to meet pressing societal challenges. Each year the Competition addresses a different issue facing Europe. Application deadline: 12 May 2021

Techstars 2021 Accelerator Programs: Techstars has opened applications for 8 accelerator programs. More 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!

Employment Opportunities


Jobs in Gaingels' network: Gaingels, a venture capitalist syndicate that represents the LGBT+ community and its allies, has collated interesting employment opportunities at companies that embrace diverse leadership. Check them out 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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