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Are you a small company looking to make a big impact?

In partnership with Associated Bank and the American Family Institute, StartingBlock Madison opened applications for its fourth Social Impact Cohort on February 2nd. StartingBlock is looking for the best and brightest social entrepreneurs to join the 2022 Social Impact Cohort. These changemakers will solve significant social, healthcare and environmental challenges that our communities are facing every day. Social Impact Cohort participants will demonstrate how social entrepreneurship can serve as a model for creating a sustainable impact in Wisconsin.

“I’ve had the good fortune of being a part of StartingBlock Madison’s Social Impact Cohort since the beginning, both participating in the program’s inaugural year as a cohort member representing Sustain Dane and serving as a mentor in the two following years,” says Karen Crossley.

“The content knowledge, coaching and interaction with fellow cohort members proved invaluable when Sustain Dane plunged into a new era of its organizational life. And then serving as a mentor and cheerleader, working closely with two extraordinary, talented, visionary women entrepreneurs, was highly rewarding and inspiring – proving to be a meaningful reciprocal learning experience for us all.” continues Crossley.

Other previous participants include Bravebird, whose vision is to develop and produce impactful, meaningful, and memorable stories with diverse creatives from the top-bottom and bottom-up. NovoMoto is also an alumnus of the Social Impact Cohort. NovoMoto provides reliable solar-powered electricity to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Over the course of the 9-month program, cohort members will receive…

  1. Free membership to StartingBlock Madison for nine months (March to December) with a dedicated workspace in StartingBlock’s Social Impact Cohort Hub

  2. Free programming focused on building strong, viable social impact enterprises Topics include: design thinking, lean startup, sales and marketing, measuring social impact, telling your story, finding investors, and more

  3. 1:1 mentorship by social entrepreneur experts

  4. 1:1 financial mentorship provided by Associated Bank

  5. Legal assistance provided by UW Law & Entrepreneur Clinic

  6. Access to all of StartingBlock’s resources, amenities and support services

The deadline to apply for this year’s cohort is February 27th, 2022. Learn more and apply here.


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