As any pioneering young social entrepreneur will tell you, seed funding will get you off the ground, but networking is almost as key as money to the success of any enterprise. That’s where an organization like Social Venture Network (SVN), the nation’s leading peer-to-peer network of socially responsible entrepreneurs and investors, comes in.
SVN’s 500 plus members run some of the country’s most cutting-edge enterprises, and for the past five years, the organization has been on a mission to recognize some of the brightest comers and bring them into the fold. Today SVN announced the six winners of its 2011 Innovation Awards.
Each of the Innovation Award winners will be partnered with SVN leaders who will serve as mentors. WInners also get free SVN membership, and they’ll be honored at SVN’s 2011 Fall Conference in Philadelphia, PA, where they will present their work to an audience of over 250 socially responsible business CEOs, investors and social entrepreneurs.
SVN says this year’s crop of winners, who were selected based on their innovation, impact, and ability to scale, are using groundbreaking approaches to drive sustainability and community development while creating employment opportunities for underserved communities including U.S. veterans, Native Americans and African war survivors.
The winners are:
“SVN’s 2011 Innovation Award Winners clearly demonstrate that business can solve our most pressing social and environmental problems,” said Deb Nelson, SVN’s Executive Director. “We are thrilled to be honoring these incredible leaders.”
Stay tuned as we at Care2 profile the SVN 2011 Innovation Awards winners in the coming weeks.
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