Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge


Michigan Corps, the Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest (GLEQ), and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has joined forces to launch the statewide competition called Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The contest offers over $50,000 in cash prizes and is considered to be the nation's first coordinated, public-private effort to advance social entrepreneurship.

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Federal Programs Related to - Community Development, General/Other

Programs that focus broadly on strengthening, unifying and building the economic, cultural, educational and social services of a community or neighborhood and improving the quality of life for all. Community Building; Community Capacity Building; Community Development and Improvement; Community Development Block Grants; Healthy Communities Community Economic Development Programs that provide technical assistance and funds to help communities retain and recycle income within the community by investing in the development of local institutions and businesses. Business Growth; Business Loans; Economic Growth; Economic Transformation; Real Estate Organizations; Socioeconomic Development; Technology Transfer; Transfer of Technology; Urban Enterprise Zones




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Bixi Bikes – A Lesson for Social Enterprises


Bixi Bikes – A Lesson for Social Enterprises

John Brothers, Principal of Quidoo Consulting, writes about the Montreal-based company Bixi who are mostly known for its Bixi Bikes. Just recently, Bixi filed for bankruptcy protection. The reason? Bixi is in major financial distress and its bikes have proven to be too “expensive to build, operate and maintain”.


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