Daily Archives: February 13, 2015

Kara Bauer & Paula Keleci, Value Village, Seattle, talk to GEM & SFU students about social entrepreneurship during Innovation Business Week

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Today, we had an opportunity to visit one store of a popular thrift store chain called Value Village / Savers. The company is present in USA, Canada, and Australia.

The visit was very interesting because what this company does is very close to what we have learned so far during a semester in our Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation program. Indeed, Value Village is a social for-profit organisation: they make profits but they give a part their profits back to charity organisations and they help the environment by reducing waste.

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Chris Devore, Techstars, Seattle, talks to GEM & SFU students about entrepreneurship during Innovation Business Week

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On February 12th 2015, we started our first visit in Seattle with Techstars, a start-up accelerator. We had the pleasure to meet Chris Devore, the Managing Director of Techstars Seattle.

Seattle’s area is a great ecosystem of companies, including very famous ones as Microsoft, Amazon or Boeing, and investors trying to support them. In that context, a lot of entrepreneurs try to develop their ideas creating their own business. When they need help, they sometimes try to connect with start-up accelerators as Techstars Seattle. Created in 2010, it is part of Techstars, a global network of start-up accelerators based in Boulder (CO).

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