Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, center, is founder and CEO of Radical Partners, a social impact accelerator.
By Nancy Dahlberg / firstname.lastname@example.org
What are some of the most pressing issues facing our region, and how can we solve them?
Ask the alumni and new cohort of Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, an accelerator program for social-impact ventures based in South Florida.
The program, led by Radical Partners, announced its fourth cohort on Wednesday, selecting 11 leaders at the helm of some of the most innovative organizations seeking to improve our region. From expanding opportunities for diverse food entrepreneurs to providing a support network for transgender locals, the cohort of both for-profit and non-profit companies is committed to strengthening communities, increasing equity, and improving the quality of life for those in our city.
Each participant is offered a full scholarship to enable participation in the 12-week accelerator program focused on scaling the impact of their ventures. Upon completion of the program, participants are welcomed into an active alumni network, where they will continue to focus on strengthening Miami alongside some of the most celebrated social innovators in the region.
In an effort to diversify the investor base in the social innovation sector, Radical Partners sought to fund the entire program through support from female investors and philanthropists. All scholarships for this fourth cohort were made possible by female investors who are committed to the future of Miami, including Tere Blanca of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Leslie Miller Saiontz of Achieve Miami and Teach For America, CL Conroy of The Conroy Martinez Group, Ruth Admire of The William J. and Isobel G. Clarke Foundation, Dr. Elizabeth Leight, Stephanie Ansin, and Michelle Huttenhoff, among others.
The cohort will also benefit from expert advice from financial advisors, branding experts, and lawyers through partnerships with Desnoyers CPA, Fiscal Management Associates, and Milkcase Creative. Participants will also receive legal health checks from Akerman and have access to the AkermanX/Radical Partners innovation space housed at the Cambridge Innovation Center for all 12 weeks of the program.
Here are the 2017 Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp cohort members (list provided by Radical Partners):
Elyssa Linares, President and CEO
Nonprofit providing wraparound resources to help students succeed, whether that’s clean clothes, help with school work, or emotional support to cope with or recover from a traumatic event.
Jennifer Pierre, Founder and CEO
Toy company that creates diverse toys, storybooks, and games that celebrate brown boyhood and inspire children of color to dream big.
Cristina Rodriguez, President and Co-Founder
Nonprofit that creates novel music programs at healthcare facilities to improve the quality of life for individuals with neurological impairments like dementia.
Tom Pupo, Co-Founder
S.T.E.A.M. Learning Center, Fabrication Lab, and Co-Working Space that encourages creative collaboration among artists, designers, engineers, students, educators, and innovators in order to catalyze meaningful solutions through education, technology, and community.
Scott Cunningham, Founder and Director
Annual festival with the goal of every single person in Miami-Dade County encountering a poem.
Greg Bloom, Founder and Leader
Open-access platform that enables people in need (and related organizations) to get accurate information about the health, human, and social services available in our region.
Ariel Zirulnick, Director
Local media startup that connects people to their cities through storytelling and events.
Ashley Mayfaire, Co-Founder and Director of Operations
Trans-led nonprofit working to build LGBTQ+ unity and expand community resources and support.
Jordan Magid, Founder and CEO
Art production agency beautifying neighborhoods, strengthening relationships and inspiring citizenship.
Della Heiman, Founder and CEO
Culinary incubator and community hub designed to foster the development of innovative Miami-based food, culture, design and fitness entrepreneurs.
Sammy Gonzalez, Co-Founder, President and CEO
Nonprofit giving students a voice through music by providing underserved communities with free, comprehensive music programming.
A scene from Radical Partners Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Cohort 2 workshop