In the midst of the Ebola crisis in 2015, Archel Bernard moved to Monrovia, Liberia from Atlanta, Georgia and started a fashion company--that employs women who survived Ebola, are rape survivors or deaf. Her company is called The Bombchel Factory, and to top it all off, the product is, as she puts it, "dope." Listen to the conversation above, and read more about Archel in Lauren's post on Forbes.com.
More entrepreneurs are starting businesses with a social purpose--like addressing poverty or mitigating climate change. And a growing number of investors are supporting this shift in thinking--looking not just at returns but at impact, putting their money on companies that align with their values. In this episode, Lauren talks with Rosa Lee Harden, the co-founder of SOCAP--The Social Capital Markets conference--and curator, Lindsay Smalling. Listen to our conversation on iTunes or NPR One.
Energy Excelerator is a startup program for companies developing renewable energy solutions. Before she co-founded it, Dawn Lippert worked with Hawaii's state government to set a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045--and now she is ensuring they can meet that goal. She tells me what they look for in an entrepreneur, and how they plan to meet Hawaii's goal.
Jen Glantz attended so many weddings, she went into debt, then wrote a book about it called 'All My Friends are Engaged.' On a whim, Jen thought she might make a little money out of attending weddings and posted an ad on craigslist offering her services as a bridesmaid. She tells me she got 100s of responses, leading her to turn it into a full-time business. I invited her to tell us about her experience starting a business from scratch with no business experience, what it takes to get a book published, and what she is observing about the modern relationship from inside the wedding planning process. Listen to our conversation on iTunes or NPR One.
The latest in the sharing economy--Splacer is the so-called "Airbnb" for event spaces. Maria and her team are working to create more access to unique spaces for everything from corporate meetings to photo shoots. Founded in Israel, they are now in New York and San Francisco--and soon Los Angeles. Their co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Maria Molland, has also helped build businesses for Yahoo!, Thompson Reuters, eBay and Fab.