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Fighting poverty with mushrooms, green things & social enterprise | 

Most people might not think growing mushrooms could make the world a better place.

Most might not see natural disasters like the Philippine’s catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda) as a business opportunity.

But then, most people aren’t creative entrepreneurs looking for innovative and profitable ways to fight poverty and human suffering.

Pitching Fargreen, a Vietnam-based business aimed at helping smallholder farmers, at the UW's global social enterprise contest.
Pitching Fargreen, a Vietnam-based business aimed at helping smallholder farmers, at the UW’s global social enterprise contest.

“Mushrooms were big this year, for some reason, as was disaster relief,” said Kirsten Aoyama, director of the University of Washington’s Global Business Center. Continue reading

Women’s issues dominate at the UW’s Global Social Enterprise Competition | 

Team Ruby Cup

Every year, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business holds its Global Social Enterprise Competition aimed at inspiring young entrepreneurs to find business solutions for the problems of poor countries.

Last year’s winners were focused on finding a better toilet, an MIT business venture called Sanergy that has since taken off in a big way — mostly in the slums of Kenya.

This year, women’s issues dominated.

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