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Welcome to GSIC’s New Director, Lavonya Jones

May 2, 2022 Lavonya Jones is passionate about entrepreneurship as a solution to economic injustice and inequality. As a third-generation HBCU graduate, she also serves as an Entrepreneurship Instructor for Morehouse College, the founder of a social justice media company, Consciously Funded, and the Director of Student Programs for the Morehouse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center where […]

Morehouse Blackstone Launchpad Fellows Attend Startup Grind and TechCrunch in Silicon Valley

April 28, 2022   By: Lavonya Jones, GSIC Director   During the 2021-2022 academic year, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University because the first Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) to join the Blackstone Launchpad network. Founded in 2008, Blackstone Launchpad is a program of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to help students navigate […]

Entrepreneur Profile: Tyler Thompson, Atlanta Green Market

April 14, 2022   By: Tyler Thompson and Jeffrey Shiau   Profile Summary: Entrepreneur Name: Tyler Thompson Venture Name: Atlanta Green Market (a subsidiary of TESS: The Environmental Solutions Store) Impact Focus Area(s): Environmental Sustainability [Our own unique terminology: “Consumer-driven, market-based environmental problem-solving”] Business Stage (Ideation, Startup, Early, Later, Mature): Startup Year Venture Established: Formerly […]

Entrepreneur Profile: Yenny Yang, Read 4 Unity

March 31, 2022   By: LaDerrius Williams, GSIC Social Impact Fellow   GSIC x START: ME x Read 4 Unity Entrepreneur: Yenny Yang Venture: Read4Unity Impact Focus Area(s): Literacy, Diversity Business Stage (Ideation, Startup, Early, Later, Mature): Ideation/Early Year Venture Established: 2020 Business Type: Micro-Nonprofit Yenny Yang is committed to creating a better tomorrow for […]

GSU Hosts Social Impact Networking Event

March 7, 2022   By: LaDerrius Williams, GSIC Social Impact Fellow   On Friday, February 18th, 2022, Georgia State University’s (GSU) Social Entrepreneurship Club and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Career Center coordinated a “Careers in Impact-Focused Businesses” virtual networking event. Students got an opportunity to learn the skills needed for internships and […]

Entrepreneur Profile: Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams, Jr., Faith-based Social Impact Leader

March 1, 2022   By: Kayla Jones, GSIC Social Impact Fellow   The Oikos Institute for Social Impact helps congregations strategically respond to the disorienting effects of gentrification, disproportionate unemployment, and changing local demographics by harnessing the power of their assets. Oikos’ goal is for faith communities to maintain their agency in the use of […]

CCI: Atlanta’s Home for Good Trouble

February 7, 2022   By: LaDerrius Williams, GSIC Social Impact Fellow   Self-described as “Atlanta’s home for good trouble,” the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) is an integral part of Georgia’s social impact ecosystem and was an early addition to GSIC’s Ecosystem Map. Founded in 2014, CCI serves the ecosystem as an investor, an intermediary, […]

Entrepreneur Profile: Ashani O’Mard, Affordable Housing Leader

February 7, 2022   By: Kayla Jones, GSIC Social Impact Fellow   Ashani O’Mard served as the Executive Director for the Atlanta Affordable Housing Fund (AAHF) since January 2020. AAHF is a social impact fund designed to aggregate capital to invest in affordable housing projects, with the goal of driving deeper, longer-term affordability. O’Mard recently […]

Tracking the 2021 Georgia CDFI Fund Awards

January 4, 2022   By: LaDerrius Williams, GSIC Social Impact Fellow   On December 8th, 2021, the United States Department of the Treasury announced the recipients of $180.3M from its Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). These 2021 fiscal year awards are intended to help community development financial institutions expand their lending and investment […]