Sustainable Business Partners and Awards

Sustainable Business Partners

Ashoka U is a program of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Founded in 1980, Ashoka is the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs. Ashoka U envisions a world where colleges and universities everywhere serve as an enabling environment for social entrepreneurship, providing individuals with access to the resources, role models, learning opportunities, and peers needed to actualize their full potential as social entrepreneurs and changemakers. Ashoka U’s mission is to foster and accelerate teaching, research, and action in social entrepreneurship, seeking to set a new standard of excellence in the field.

The EDF Sustainable Design Challenge focuses on the materialization of day-to-day energy efficient solutions for a better quality of life. The idea is to foster prospective projects that promote new sustainable behaviors.

In 2003, various international experts highlighted that world primary energy consumption might double between the years 2000 and 2050. This forecast took several factors into account, including demographic changes, technical innovations, regulation police evolutions, etc.

Regardless of whether the energy is required for industrial, transportation or construction purposes, the mix of production solutions will be very different in 40 years. While non-renewable fossil fuels (coal, gas, and petrol) are depleting rapidly, there are important developments in the area of renewable energy production (solar energy, water power, wind power, geothermal power…). Combined with nuclear power, it is estimated that all the existing production solutions will represent only more than half of our overall energy requirements by 2050.

The Unreasonable Institute accelerates ventures that will define progress in our time. Annually they unite 25 high-impact entrepreneurs from around the world in Boulder, CO for 6-weeks. They provide world-class mentorship, access to seed capital, intensive skill training, a global network of support, & international exposure.

Since 2005, StartingBloc has been training the next generation of leaders on how to do well and do good.

Through the StartingBloc Fellowship, they select the brightest young leaders and provide them with access to the resources they need to address the most pressing global challenges of our time. The most critical resource the Fellows gain access to is a tight-knit community of social innovators based across the country and the world.

The StartingBloc Fellowship begins with the Institute for Social Innovation. This transformative experience includes a survey of social innovation, an innovative case-study competition and sessions with industry leaders.

Sustainable Business Awards

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors. USASBE is the network advancing the art of entrepreneurship education.

The 2014 SHIFT Sustainability Awards Official Selection results from evaluating businesses, programs and nonprofits that sustain and preserve natural capital in communities around North America that depend on the health of our environment for economic and cultural success. After evaluating more than 500 such initiatives, the Sustainable Business Program among the most significant and inspiring on the continent.