My name is Ryan and I am a developing world social entrepreneur. I am working on a new social enterprise business, company name Semilla. Our mission at Semilla is to start a new case company for iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, etc. that does well by doing good. We plan to set up shop in the developing world, specifically Latin America, where we will manufacture cases from natural materials and bio composites, and we will take up to 50% of gross sales to reinvest in the communities in which we manufacture, by establishing tablet laboratories in local k-12 public schools. This is how we will plant a seed (spanish:semilla) for a better future. I was recently accepted to Starting Bloc's 2012 NYC Institute for Social Innovation and I am trying to fundraise my tuition expense ($1,000). Please check out my video and share/like it on Facebook. And if you like the idea please make a donation. Every little dollar counts!
THE SCOOP ON STARTINGBLOC:
The StartingBloc Fellowship begins with the Institute for Social Innovation.
The Institute is a five-day transformative experience during which young leaders learn to increase their impact, exponentially. The Institute curriculum includes a survey of social innovation, an innovative case-study competition and sessions with industry leaders.
The 2012 New York Institute will take place over August 2 - 6 at the Design for Social Innovation Space at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
HOW WILL STARTINGBLOC HELP ME AND SEMILLA?:
StartingBloc will provide me with the tools I need to make Semilla a reality. Not only will I get industry instruction and training from real-life social entrepreneurs on the front lines of battle, but more importantly, I am going to build my network of people who want to battle with me for the cause of Semilla. The power is in the crowd and making it to the institute this August will allow me to crowdsource likeminded people and mentors to make this idea happen and to drive real change and progress in the developing world.
The world is changing before our very eyes and we are finding empowerment to make the world a better place. Please help empower Semilla! Viva la revolucion!
PS: If I have already hit my goal of $1000 to cover my tuition you can also check out my other page on Rally.org to raise money for my travel expenses here: