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Last modified: August 23, 2012, 3:45 AM
Our mission is to unleash next generation talent to solve the world's biggest problems.
We believe positive change is only possible when you live boldly, taking responsibility for finding your unique role in making the world a better place. Whether you're a social entrepreneur with a breakthrough idea to address a stubborn, deeply-entrenched problem, a young person ready to build a career with impact, a conscious investor who wants to support innovative solutions, or simply someone who wants to make a difference by joining the social innovation movement, Echoing Green provides a springboard for realizing your contribution to solving the world's biggest problems.
Since our founding in 1987 by the leadership and investment of the leading global growth equity firm, General Atlantic, Echoing Green has provided more than 500 promising social entrepreneurs working in over forty countries with $31 million in start-up funding, customized support services, and access to our global network of champions. These social innovators have gone on to launch, and now lead, some of today's most important social enterprises throughout the world. Others have gone on to become leaders in a variety of sectors, having been profoundly shaped by their experiences launching social enterprises.
Echoing Green's premier program is its highly competitive global Fellowship, which provides more than $2 million in seed support to a diverse group of emerging social entrepreneurs every year. From thousands of applicants, typically fewer than one percent are ultimately selected to receive up to $90,000 over two years to support the launch of their new organizations.
Our newest program, Work on Purpose, inspires and equips the next generation of social innovators. Rooted in scientific research, and the best life- and work-practices of Echoing Green's world-changing Fellows, Work on Purpose disseminates: best practices for success in high-impact careers; frameworks and methodologies that help emerging professionals identify their unique role within the ecosystem of social innovation; and the stories of those who have built careers that are both right for them and good for the world. Program features include workshops and keynote speeches, an interactive online platform, the Work on Purpose book, the Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact book, and much more.
Echoing Green's Social Investment Council provides ongoing strategic and financial support to our robust community of changemakers. With more than 100 talented, socially-conscious leaders hailing from top private sector companies, this powerful advisory board is building a global hub of Echoing Green advocates from New York City to San Francisco, and São Paulo to Hong Kong.
We also distill and disseminate our key learnings, leadership frameworks, and trends in social innovation to meaningfully contribute to our sector. For instance, we are currently researching the core attributes that successful social entrepreneurs possess, which we call the Social Entrepreneurship Intelligence Quotient (SEQ). And stay tuned for the results of our first longitudinal, qualitative study of early-stage social entrepreneurs and their models for social change, which we developed in collaboration with Harvard Business School.
Through our programs and online platform, we strive to develop a robust ecosystem of changemakers, where each of you greatly contributes to pushing forward bold ideas to solving the world's biggest problems.