CategoryStartup Ecoystem

Fledge11 in Barcelona

Fledge is excited to announce its third city: Barcelona, Spain. For 2017, Fledge9 is in Seattle April-June, Fledge10 back in Lima July-September, and Fledge11 in Barcelona September-November. Applications for Fledge Peru are due April 15st and as soon as we’re done reviewing those, we’ll open application for Fledge Barcelona. €15,000 per team, hundreds of mentors, and the same...

Why Seattle?

Why would an entrepreneur drop everything to be in Seattle for two months?  How can that be best for a young company? Simple, success for startups lies beyond the founding team.  Success lies in finding customers, investors, and partners.  More often than not, finding such people is a serendipitous process centered around networking.  To build a bigger network, you need to get out of your circle...

What is Impact?

Fledge is an impact accelerator, working with mission-driven for-profit startups from around the world, helping them achieve their impacts by teaching them how to succeed in their businesses. But what do we mean by impact? “What is impact?” is a question asked each year at SOCAP, at every Big Path Capital event, every Toniic gathering and Investors Circle national meeting.  This...

Measuring Impact, four years later

One of the biggest challenges of impact investing is in measuring the impact of the investments.  One would think that this would be an easy, solved problem, but it is far from simple.  The impact ecosystem is still working through multiple methods of measurements, few of which provide a single value which can be summed, compared, and tracked over time. The Pinchot Impact Index is one proposed...

A short history of accelerators

From the mouth of one of the inventors of the modern accelerator, Brad Feld, how accelerators came to be and why they work. Given Fledge is based on the program and learnings of TechStars, this is highly relevant to our program too, despite Fledge being focused on impact vs. technology.

Thank you Fred Wilson for pointing out the video.

The Social Entrepreneur podcast

The Social Entrepreneur podcast is for aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs; and for those who want to make an impact on the world.  Stories about the grand challenges in the world and the solutions that they are creating. Why does Fledge exists???  Listen to the interview on Stitcher or Soundcloud or download it on iTunes. Links to the talks and companies mentioned in the interview: 1st...

The Social Innovation Benchmark 2015 Results

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, UBI Global is a thought leader in performance assessment of business incubators around the world where more than 400 business incubators and accelerators in over 70 countries participate. Through their international benchmark, UBI Global helps business incubators and accelerators become more efficient and competitive. For 2015, UBI benchmarked “Social...

Thank you mentors!

As the sixth session of Fledge nears completion, it’s time to remind the world that the program would not be as useful without all the visitors.  In the world of accelerators, we call all these people “mentors”, whether they meet with the team every week or just stop by to share some advice. Having that one single accolade keeps everything simple and egalitarian, but...

The Law of Startups #11 — Fledge

 Joe Wallin and Michael Schneider, two inquisitive Seattle startup lawyers interview
Fledge founder and Managing Director Luni Libes on “The Law of Startups“.
What is Fledge?  What do the fledglings do?
How is Fledge different than the typical accelerators?

Listen here

Best for the World

The B Corp ‘Best for the World List’ sets the gold standard for high impact companies and demonstrates any type of company can use business as a force for good For 2015, Fledge has been honored as “Best for the World” How did we make the list?  We earned a score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment of a company’s...

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