Whatever is precisely meant by the term “social enterprise” — and I would contend it’s not at all clear — Seattle clearly has a lot of it.
On Thursday evening, at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion some 700 or so enterprising people from high school age, to college age, established ventures and all the way up to a world-renowned global ‘master of invention’ — former Microsoft chief technologist Nathan Myhrvold – gathered to celebrate (and invest in) new ideas aimed at making the world a better place.
“I have had food allergies for years,” said Grant Mitchell, a high schooler who was pitching a mobile app and his organization, Food Allergy Freedom, aimed at giving Seattle residents more immediate control over their food choices. Most information online, Mitchell said, is advocacy or general information. What’s needed, he said, is an app to help you make local choices on the go.
“It’s about keeping people safe,” he said.
Jack Kim, another high school age contestant at the 2012 Social Innovation Fast Pitch, was looking for investors for his team’s idea of linking consumer purchasing online with small donations to good causes. Kim and his colleagues call it Project Firedove and the aim, he said, is to make it so easy and free for people to donate that it should be called “freelanthropy.”
Lots of applause for that one. Continue reading