Friday, August 20, 2010
Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Incubator
Link to Mike Cassidy's August 19 column in the San Jose Mercury News, "Social entrepreneurs bring lessons to Silicon Valley".
Excerpt: But the entrepreneurs who participate in Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Incubator tend to follow their hearts in a different way.
The 19 so-called social entrepreneurs represent for-profit and nonprofit companies working to make life better in Tanzania, Uganda, India, Ghana and other developing countries. They are working to solve problems by bringing refrigeration to remote dairy farms in India, producing very low-cost hearing aids with solar-powered batteries or using cloud computing technologies to provide cheap cell phone service to rural Madagascar.
And to further their causes they have come to Santa Clara's manicured campus for two weeks to learn about value creation, distribution channels and "servicization of business models."