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Cambridge Independent: Sook’s first regular customer is organic fare supplier unpckd

A startup that offers package-free household products to consumers is a first pop-up retail customer at Sook’s retail site in Norfolk Street, Cambridge. Tracey Banks, founder of unpackd, says people can pop in on Fridays to browse the stock; additionally…

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BBC Two: Dragon’s Den

Kath Austin, founder of BeeBee Wraps social venture, was recently on the BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den programme pitching to investors. Kath was pitching her business to get investment that would help her business scale up. BeeBee Wraps produces eco-friendly washable…

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Business Weekly: Cambridge leaves ‘Footprint’ in Cambodia and sets sights on new chapter in Thailand

Footprint Cafés, a brainchild of Cambridge Judge alumna Georgina Hemmingway (PGDE 2014), has recently opened an enterprise hub in Cambodia and plans to expand to Thailand with another coffee shop. The venture was also supported by the Cambridge Social Ventures…

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The Guardian: The startups paving the way for a world without plastic

BeeBee Wraps is featured in the article looking on efforts to end our dependence on plastic. The venture, supported by Cambridge Social Ventures, part of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, produces eco-friendly washable biodegradable food wraps that can last…

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University Affairs: Social entrepreneurship gains ground on Canadian campuses

Canada’s universities are launching new programmes aiming to give students an opportunity to tackle issues of importance to their local communities. “The experiential learning aspect is quite important. Part of that is career exploration: ‘What could this mean for me?’”…

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The Saigon Times: Social innovation lecture tour

The British Council in Vietnam is working in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training to organise a social innovation lecture tour with Dr Belinda Bell, programme director of the Cambridge Social Ventures, part of the Cambridge Judge Business…

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The Guardian: Prison Voicemail: ‘Prisoners’ families are victims of crime as well’

A feature about Prison Voicemail, a venture helping prisoners communicate with friends and families, that’s been included in Nesta and Observer’s 2018 New Radicals list. Co-founders Alex Redston and Kieran Ball looked at prisoners and the difficulties they face staying…

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Cambridge Independent: Helping entrepreneurs with social ventures

Reporter Mike Scialom joins a panel to discuss how social enterprises can portray their business in the media. The event aims to help startups currently on the Cambridge Social Ventures programme, run by the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, to…

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Responsible Finance: UK-wide winners announced in Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

Harry Specters, a startup that aims to build confidence in young people with autism by providing employment and free training while enabling them to produce award-winning chocolates, has been named social enterprise of the year in the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards…

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The Huffington Post: Jeans with high waste

Jo Salter, founder of ethical clothing company Where Does It Come From?, writes about denim industry and how consumers’ choices could make companies move to more environmental friendly business models. “I have some serious concerns about the way mainstream retailers…

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