Joy in Togo
by Keith Warner OFM, Senior Director of Education and Action Research

Miller Center and local Jesuit ministry hold largest ever GSBI Boost workshop

This July, in partnership with a local Jesuit social ministry center in Togo, Miller Center co-sponsored the largest ever GSBI Boost workshop, providing training for 30 West African social entrepreneurs. This was the first Boost ever delivered in French, and the largest ever set of participants. It fulfilled a multi-year dream for a Jesuit friend of mine, Fr. Bossou Constant SJ, and was made possible with the inspiring leadership of a fantastic GSBI mentor, Jose Flahaux. Although I had a trivial role at the workshop, I was blessed to witness the joy of these two good colleagues in the field.

Bossou is a native of Benin, with a Togolese mother. Benin and Togo are two of the smallest countries in West Africa, and few Americans can find them on the map. After trying to explain African geography, he resorts to explaining that he is from Nigeria. 

Numerous times I have heard Bossou say: “Driven by the idea to serve, I have always dreamed of positively impacting the world. And that is what got me into engineering, becoming a Jesuit, and lately, promoting social entrepreneurship.” He came to Santa Clara University to pursue a Masters in Computer Engineering, but quickly discovered Miller Center, and last year, became a Jesuit In Residence. He describes this experience as integrating all three of these dreams. He pulled on many Jesuit colleagues to help him organize a GSBI Boost in Liberia, and in Togo. In these two countries, plus Benin, Bossou and other Jesuits also organized social enterprise training sessions for local pastoral agents...
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Miller Center shares 2017 Annual Report & The Power of Purpose

2017 Annual Report

Miller Center is passionate about the power of social entrepreneurship to transform the world, and through this report, that transformation is displayed by its impact to date and its featured social enterprise partners...Read the complete report below!

The Power of Purpose

The Power of Purpose describes Miller Center's Jesuit-in-Residence program and the emergence of a Jesuit Network for Social Entrepreneurship. These programs represent a fresh, exciting approach to Miller Center's mission of accelerating entrepreneurship to end global poverty and protect the planet...Read more below!

2017 Annual Report
The Power of Purpose

GE and Miller Center Launch 2nd Cohort of Social Entrepreneurs in healthymagination Program

Miller Center excitedly announced the 2nd cohort for the healthymagination Mother and Child Program, which includes 14 selected social entrepreneurs who are committed to improving maternal and child health in Africa. These entrepreneurs will be mentored and trained to accelerate their impact across sub-Saharan Africa... 

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To learn more about GE Healthcare and hear the story of Mercy, a member of the first GE healthymagination cohort, click the image above to watch the documentary Heroines of Health

GSBI Alumni Meet-up in India
On a Sunday afternoon in July, Karen Runde, GSBI Program Manager, and Andy Lieberman, Director of New Programs, hosted the first official GSBI Alumni meet-up in India...
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GSBI Online Cohort Final Presentations

Watch the social entrepreneurs in the 2017 GSBI Online cohort complete their program with these final business pitches.
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Online Cohort Investor Profiles
Voices of Our Fellows...
What Does it Mean to be a Woman?
by Nithya Vemireddy, 2017 Global Social Benefit Fellow

A Global Social Benefit Fellow's perspective on gender inequality in India

“Guess it’s just us two females hanging out in a crowd of just males once again.” This common phrase was jokingly uttered between Maya and I multiple times throughout our field research in India. Gender inequality is not a new concept to me; it is something I have become very conscious of every summer spent in India...Read more

From Fellow to Employee -- all in the GSBI Family
by Misja Ilcisin, 2015 Global Social Benefit Fellow

Moving to Myanmar to work for Koe Koe Tech was not part of my post-college plan. As a 2015 Global Social Benefit Fellow (GSBF), I had the privilege of working for Operation ASHA – Cambodia, a social enterprise that works to eradicate tuberculosis worldwide. Having had an incredible experience with them, I planned to return to Cambodia to continue working with them in March 2017...Read more

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GSBI Accelerator Investor Profiles 2017
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In GSBI Alumni News...

We're so proud of our GSBI Alumni who are making large strides in their #socent endeavors! Here's the latest scoop...
Empower Generation wins Ashden Award
This 2015 GSBI alum won a £20,000 Ashden Award last month for its promotion of women and girls in the clean energy sector, and was recently featured in an article by Thomson Reuters. 

Practice Makes Perfect founder featured in Entrepreneur Magazine
This 2015 GSBI alum's founder, Karim Abouelnaga, wrote an article in Entrepreneur Magazine on making the transition from non-profit to for-profit. 


Galen Welsch featured in Forbes podcast 
This 2014 GSBI alum was featured in a podcast on Forbes showcasing Jibu's work in generating clean drinking water franchises in Africa.


APOPO and Educate Girls win grants from Goldman Sachs 
These 2013 GSBI alums, APOPO and Educate Girls, won $25,000 and $75,000 grants respectively from Goldman Sachs through their Analyst Impact Fund. APOPO trains rats to detect land mines and tuberculosis, while Educate Girls is improving girls' education in India. 


Farmerline selected for Swiss Kickstart Accelerator 
This 2016 GSBI alum underwent a rigorous application process to be selected as one of thirty startups from a total application size of 1500. Farmerline connects small-scale farmers to information services and has also been featured in this article on Ghana's most innovative startups.  

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