INNOVATION TOOLKIT

Hello Innovators!! Below is a detailed list of resources to accelerate sustainability and social innovation. Links include resources in sustainable business, social enterprise, small business and startups.

All Around Overview of Statistics on Global Entrepreneurs Resources and Ecosystem

This section gives an overview of the greater global entrepreneurs ecosystem

 

Accelerators & Incubators, Fellowships & Contests

This section offers an overview of the many different funding, mentorship and service options.

 

Benefit Corporations

A Benefit Corporation is the new corporate structure for socially and environmentally responsible businesses. Here’s some resources:

 

Branding

Basic info on how to research websites, purchase domain names and brands on social networks, as well as trademark search.

 

Business Plans

This section provides concrete on and offline resources on exactly how to write a business plan.

 

Cooperatives

Advice on how to startup a cooperative, incorporate, structure and find probono legal resources to launch and grow a cooperative, with California as example.

 

Coworking Spaces

Coworking and free spaces are new resources available through incubators or membership, with focus on New York City.

 

Crowdfunding

Tap into the crowd in order to fund your ventures.

 

 

 

Design for Social Change

Branding, design, communications and innovation are merging. This list provides info across this space.

 

Directories of Social Enterprises and Nonprofits

This section links to portals to search for existing social enterprises and nonprofits.

 

Legal Resources

Advice on how to incorporate, structure and find probono legal resources, with New York City as example.

 

Local Resources

Mapping out local connectors, groups and key events in your community and sector is essential. Below is an example for New York City.

 

Market Research

Market research is key to all types of ventures. This section provides local and online resources.

 

Metrics & Evaluation

There are dozens of evaluation and monitoring options. Below are four simple free services.

 

Network Weaving

Joining up with affinity groups and local networks is the best way to get support for your venture.

 

Online Fundraising

There are dozens of different online options for nonprofits. Below are some of the most commonly used.

 

Public Relations

Do-it-yourself PR for a nonprofit or social enterprise is possible with these basic free resources.

 

Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Ecosystem

Mapping out the connectors, groups and key events in your community and sector is essential.

 

Social Media

There are scores of social media sites. Below are the most commonly used sites.

 

Training

This section provides training resources that offer classroom and online instruction options.

 

Website Builder Software

Free, open source, blogging and content platforms are available resources for all ventures.

 

 

Don’t see your favorite resource? Just contact us below and let us know your thoughts, and we are happy to add to this page!