StartingBlock Social Impact Cohort

About the Social Impact Cohort

A Social Impact Hub for Madison’s Social Entrepreneurs

StartingBlock’s Social Impact Cohort is back and better than ever in a virtual format. This year due to the impact of Covid-19 the cohort will be virtual.

In partnership with Associated Bank and the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, we’re looking for the best and brightest social impact entrepreneurs to join us as part of our third cohort. These changemakers will sit at the nexus of enterprise and solving significant social and environmental challenges, focusing on how a business-driven approach can make a difference. Companies and organizations in the cohort will demonstrate how social entrepreneurship can serve as a model for creating sustainable impact in Wisconsin and beyond.

Participants will receive access to mentorship and tailored virtual programming, as well as membership to StartingBlock for ten months!

The Social Impact Cohort is a FREE program thanks to the generosity of our sponsors!

The heart in the machine: Madison startups combine free enterprise and public service by ERIK LORENZSONN Jan 30, 2019

2021 Timeline

  • January 11 – February 15: Applications are Open
  • February 22: First round of selection
  • March 8 – March 12: In-Person Interviews
  • March15 – March 17: Final Cohort Selection
  • March 22: Cohort Announcement

Participants receive

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

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

1:1 mentorship by social entrepreneur experts.

1:1 financial mentorship provided by Associated Bank.

Legal assistance provided by UW Law & Entrepreneur Clinic.

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

Criteria for Application

Companies must be a functioning enterprise (either a non-profit entity or for-profit company) with a viable revenue-generating product or service.

Companies must be working to drive social impact in the areas of:
– Healthy youth development
– Learning and academic achievement
– Resilient communities
– Closing equity gaps in America

Applicants are working to address an important social and/or environmental challenge that exists in Wisconsin (that may also exist elsewhere) through their products, services or operations.

Companies must have a demonstrated need and desire for work space at StartingBlock for at least one team member for 20+ hours per week.


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