As Miami grows it faces a number of serious social and environmental problems that will impede its ability to have a truly robust economy and compete in global markets. We believe that our local entrepreneurs can solve these problems: problems that are not being addressed effectively by other sectors alone, problems that also represent substantial market opportunities and the potential for diversified and inclusive job growth. However, our entrepreneurs need help getting there as Miami currently lacks a platform dedicated specifically to cultivating social ventures.
To address this gap, the Center for Social Change is creating Incubate Social Change: an incubator program for early stage social enterprises focusing on launching high-impact, high-growth ventures that offer real solutions to real problems and create jobs. Our program provides social entrepreneurs with education, a physical location where they can work collaboratively with like-minded peers, mentorship, funding, and access to talent, both professionals and interns. Our curriculum (developed by successful social entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs, professors and consultants to incubator programs) helps incubatees to navigate the unique challenges and opportunities presented when launching a social venture. Throughout the process, we pressure-test and validate our incubatees’ models, taking them from early-stage to prototype, and then position them to obtain mainstream funding, commercialize and scale.
Our mission: to catalyze a robust social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Miami, and launch sustainable, scalable social enterprises that produce profound social, environmental and economic impact.