After a successful and record-breaking recruiting cycle, I am pleased to announce Miller Center’s newest cohort of social entrepreneurs! Their organizations have been selected for their innovative solutions and commitment to positive social impact in the areas of women’s economic empowerment, climate resilience, or the intersection of both.

One of our largest cohorts to date, these 28 outstanding social enterprises are based in 5 different continents: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Europe. The organizations comprise nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid business models, with the oldest enterprise founded in 2006! Seventeen of the 28 entrepreneurs founded or co-founded their organizations.

Officially, we launched the cohort in mid-February. Over the last month, the entrepreneurs have been busy as each meets with their two executive mentors and begins work on their own personalized curriculum. The mentorship and resources these social entrepreneurs will receive through the accelerator program will help them scale their impact — creating even greater sustainable change in their communities.

Program participants are already expressing excitement about the opportunities the accelerator offers. For instance, the social entrepreneurs had a fantastic time getting to know each other at our kickoff cohort mixer. Some participants are even planning trips to meet up with each other in their regions! The Miller Center staff are so inspired by the work these enterprises are doing to create pathways out of poverty for the communities they support.

Please help me welcome our newest group of social entrepreneurs to the Miller Center Accelerator! They are already driving meaningful change in the world and we are excited to see the future impact these organizations will create for women and/or the environment. Please read more about each enterprise below.