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Sustainable Business Oregon: PSU's entrepreneurial program shows its true impact
Author: Andy Giegerich
Posted: January 6, 2014

Read the original article in Sustainable Business Oregon here.

Portland State’s Impact Entrepreneurs program has wrapped up a successful, if bittersweet, past 12 months.

Here’s a quick round-up of the program’s doings in 2013.

June’s Elevating Impact Summit attracted 330-plus sustainable business and impact investing leaders to downtown Portland.

The group’s Social Innovation Incubator graduated the companies rewear and Pacific Green Development from the six-month Circuit Program for social enterprise startups. Central City Concern also completed the incubator’s Vector Program for established organizations with the group’s launch of Central City Coffee.

The fifth set of Mercy Corps managers graduated from the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in October.

The group held its first social enterprise field study in Cambodia.

In 2014, the group will begin offering its Business of Social Innovation online certificate. Program reps will also deliver its Entrepreneurial Leadership Program to Mercy Corp managers in Tblisi, Georgia.

Plus, the next Elevating Impact Summit takes place June 20.

Toward the end of the year, the group mourned the loss of Duke professor J. Gregory Dees, considered the “academic father of social entrepreneurship.”

“We seek to follow Greg’s inspiring example as we expand our offerings around the world in 2014, working to unleash the power of business for positive impact,” group leaders wrote this week.