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10 Problems. 10 Solutions. 10 Awards. Classy. - #562
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August 24, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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A lesson all successful entrepreneurs seem to learn quickly is that they must solve a problem. For social entrepreneurs, this is even more important. If people are literally dying as they wait for a solution, the ones who show up to help have a greater obligation to do so something that will solve the problem—at least for some of those experiencing it.

Classy, which operates a crowdfunding platform for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs, has created an award the company calls the Collaborative + Classy Award to recognize social entrepreneurs who “are tackling some of the world’s most complex problems,” according to a company press release. The awards were presented on June 16, 2017 in Boston.

For this article, the ten winners and Classy co-founder Pat Walsh, the company’s chief impact officer, came together to record a discussion about the problems they solve and the work they are doing to solve them. You can watch the entire discussion with the winners in the video player at the top of this article.

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Imagine Dragons Lead Dan Reynolds Hosts Festival For LGBTQ Youth With Blessing Of LDS Church - #561
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August 17, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
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Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds is hosting the LoveLoud music Festival in Orem, Utah on August 26 to benefit LGBTQ youth with the explicit blessing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The singer, acknowledging that his life as a musician requires him to be an entrepreneur, says he avoids the business side as much as possible to focus on the creative side, adding that the mission of bringing people together influences his work.

In a face-to-face conversation you can watch in the video player at the top of the article, Reynolds says the mission of the music festival is "to provide a platform--a place--where the community can all come together from all different political climates--religion, non-religion, whatever it is--where everyone from all different cultures come together and agree on one thing."

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Upscale Purse Delivers Purses With a Purpose - 559
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August 10, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Chris Bray, a fixture in Utah's nonprofit community, has launched a social enterprise she hopes will power the rest of her career with still greater impact.

Chris recognized that nonprofits are always looking for more funding, especially from funding partners that understand their mission and objectives and will support them appropriately. She decided to become such a funder.

She created Upscale Purse, an online retailer that sells new and used high-quality purses and gives 10 percent to charity. The upstart is already breaking even and she's excited to see it grow.

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Knowing No App Will Solve Hunger Didn't Stop This Teen - Jack Griffin's Food Finder - 559
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August 09, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Sometimes it takes the perspective of a kid to see problems that impact children and find a solution.

When Jack Griffin, then 16 years old, saw a news story about two kids living out of a truck in Florida who were homeless as a result of their late mother's medical bills, he recognized a problem he hadn't seen before.

He began researching and watching. He discovered that "there are so many kids across the nation that are, you know, getting ready for school in the bathrooms of libraries and gas stations. I realized that it's so prevalent and yet still so hard to see if you're not directly impacted by it."

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Social Entrepreneur Seeks To Make CSR Easier For Everyone - #558
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August 02, 2017 06:30 PM PDT
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Ryan Scott, 48, CEO and founder of Causecast, is working to make corporate social responsibility easier for everyone involved, from the corporation and the employees to the nonprofits they support.

Causecast, a Certified B Corporation, operates a web service that matches corporate volunteers to nonprofit projects. The system provides a comprehensive reporting and management system.

Causecast allows both management and rank-and-file employees to put projects into the system to garner volunteer support.

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New Player In Living Walls Brings Outside Inside - #557
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July 28, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Sagegreenlife is bringing living walls to a growing market with new technologies that allow people to bring the outside inside.

The company builds its living, green plant walls on a patented hydroponic system without any soil. The "Biotile" stone was developed by UK-based Biotecture, Ltd.

Sagegreenlife's founder, Richard Kincaid explains that LED plant lights provide an enabling technology by allowing plants to grow without direct sunlight.

Kincaid estimates the 2015 market for living walls at about $100 million. He hopes to see Sagegreenlife achieve revenue of $3 to $5 million for 2017. The business generates gross margins of about 60% but is not yet profitable.

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Wringing Costs From Solar Is Goal For This Berkeley PhD - #556
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July 20, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Jason Trager is more than a throwback to the sixties or a cliche. He may have earned a PhD at Berkeley with a focus on improving the energy efficiency in buildings by applying statistical process controls, but he's also a hard core entrepreneur who relishes profit--so long as it doesn't adversely impact others.

He calls himself and his firm "Sustainabilist." He says that unlike a capitalist who hordes profits and socializes externalities like pollution and carbon, a Sustainabilist hordes profits without socializing externalities. He says, "Our quest is carbon reduction. Every dollar that we make can be linked to some amount of carbon that does not make it into the atmosphere."

Sustainabilist, the firm, is working on a number of projects, but one key area of focus is on applying statistical process controls to the process of solar installation. By doing so, he hopes to not only improve the quality of solar installations but also to reduce costs, thereby accelerating adoption.

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How This New Innovation Could Be The Sliced Bread Of Solar Industry - #555
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July 19, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Andrew Yakub may be onto something. Big. Sliced bread big.

Yakub, 30, is the CEO and founder of Rayton Solar. A physicist who had used particle accelerators for cutting silicon had launched a solar installation business. Fearing the end of Federal tax incentives that might slow his business, he was thinking about ways to cut the cost of solar enough to make it economical without them. He surmised that the silicon in solar panels could be sliced with a particle accelerator rather than with blades, radically reducing wasted silicon.

From that foundation, Yakub has built a promising startup. Targeting a 60% reduction in manufacturing costs, he hopes to both lower costs to customers and operate with better-than-industry average margins. In addition, he expects the solar panels to be 25% more efficient. With those goals, he raised $2.8 million in seed funding.

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How A Costume Party For 120,000 Really Makes A Difference In The Community - #554
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July 18, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Twice a year, the streets of downtown Salt Lake City are overrun by princesses, storm troopers and superheroes of every variety. Salt Lake ComicCon reports that 120,000 people attended the last event. That it is profitable is surprise enough. That it serves the community may be the real surprise.

Bryan Brandenburg, 58, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Salt Lake ComicCon, has strategically sought to use the event to build the community. Since its founding, the event has donated about $2 million of cash and in-kind donations--mostly in the form of tickets, but also including celebrity photos, signatures and experiences.

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20 Years In The Making, A Personal Quest Led To A New Venture-#553
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July 12, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Eric McCallum says he likes to invest in "simple and elegant business models that have multiple impacts." A startup called Himalayan Wild Fibers fit the bill and he led a round of financing.

Founder and CEO, Ellie Skeele, has been working in Nepal for nearly two decades to commercialize her idea.

"Himalayan Wild Fibers is a company that is commercializing a textile fiber that's extracted from a wild growing plant, a form of stinging nettle that grows in the forests of the Himalayas. It is wild harvested. We extract from that a fiber, we refine it and then we sell into existing developed supply chains," she explains.

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