After working with some of the foremost experts in changing public policy and scaling lasting positive change at Ashoka, a nonprofit organization supporting over 3,000 social entrepreneurship fellows worldwide with a stringent selection process, StartSomeGood co-founders Tom Dawkins and Alex Budak posed a question, “How can we help every great idea reach fruition?”
The answer came in the form of StartSomeGood.com, an online platform that paralleled and expanded on what crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter.com have accomplished. “We saw the successes that Kickstarter made possible for artists and we wanted to empower social enterprises to do the same,” Budak said.
StartSomeGood goes a step further than Kickstarter and allows its organizations to create a lasting presence on the site. “A social venture can not only gain funding with StartSomeGood, but they can also recruit volunteers and request concrete services and actions.” Dawkins explained. Organizations can also have multiple campaigns on the site over time, and instead of a Kickstarter-like all-or-nothing funding deadline, funding campaigns only have to reach a user-set percentage of funds raised to be claimed.
StartSomeGood launches late February 2011, but changemakers can already submit venture and project ideas. If you think you have an awesomely innovative idea to change the world and want to leverage the power of the crowd to make it happen, you can apply at www.startsomegood.com/apply.