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Social Entrepreneur

328 EpisodesProduced by Tony LoydWebsite

Social Entrepreneur exists at the intersection of profit and purpose. We tell positive stories from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions.


081, Zuleyma Bebell, ImpactAlpha | The TechCrunch and CrunchBase of Impact

ImpactAlpha provides business reporting in the area of impact investing. ImpactSpace is an open data platform providing information for the impact investing marketplace. It’s easy to see why people compare these two platforms to TechCrunch and CrunchBase.

ImpactSpace first came to my attention when NextBillion (Episode 54) announced a media partnership (announcement here). ImpactSpace is quickly becoming the standard profile source for thousands of companies and investors. There you can find the profiles of over 6,000 impact companies, more than 2,000 impact investors and more than 3,000 impact deals.

Zuleyma Bebell began her university career thinking that she was going to go into intelligence work. She soon began to notice how a lack of economic opportunity was a root cause of radicalization around the world. When her friend Ravi Kurani told her about his idea for ImpactSpace, Zuleyma replied “Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.” This offer led to the two of them becoming co-founders of ImpactSpace. Eventually they connected with David Bank of ImpactAlpha, which led to an acquisition in April 2015.

Social Entrepreneurship Quotes by Zuleyma Bebell

"Being part of a startup was never part of my life's goals.”

“Data’s important, but if you don’t have the stories to tell, it’s not going to go anywhere.”

“[ImpactSpace] is Wikipedia-style.”

“We are transparency supporters.”

Social Entrepreneurship Resources:

Culture Shift Learning Academy

We’re moving closer to the launch of Culture Shift Learning Academy, a comprehensive system to help you flesh out your social impact idea and start achieving it.

Enrollment isn’t open yet, but you can join the waiting list with other changemakers. Just go to and enter your email address. As a thank you, I’ll send you the Social Entrepreneur Startup Readiness Assessment. This useful tool is designed to help you to determine where you are on your startup journey and to successfully focus your development efforts.

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