Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship is real, and does exist.  The concept has captured the imaginations of government, business, foundations, impact investors, and most importantly those who see and care to change vicious cycles of abuse of people, environmental resources and basic civil rights and dignity.

In 1991, when Urban Logic formed to improve the use of digital mapping in New York City, social entrepreneurship was a little-known term, but described the approach of harnessing finance, organization and technology capacities within cities to make them more sustainable and resilient.

Ashoka was one of the first international groups to identify and support social entrepreneurs – those crazy enough to pursue careers changing broken paradigms.  Ashoka’s motto “everyone is a change maker” and their Ashoka Challenges shine a media and funder spotlight on social entrepreneurs and new innovative strategies and technologies for delivering healthcare, education, jobs, renewable energy and a litany of cutting edge tools to regions and peoples in need.  Ashoka has recognized Bruce Cahan, co-founder of Urban Logic, as an Ashoka Fellow for his work in Social Investment innovation strategies.

Bruce Cahan

Bruce Cahan is CEO and co-founder of Urban Logic, a nonprofit that harnesses finance and technology to change how systems think, act and feel. He is an Ashoka Fellow, aa Lecturer at Stanford University's Department of Management Science & Engineering, a Distinguished Scholar at Stanford mediaX and a former CodeX Fellow at Stanford's Center for Legal Informatics. Bruce was trained as an international finance lawyer at Weil Gotshal & Manges in NYC (10 years) and as merchant banker at Asian Oceanic in Hong Kong (2 years). Bruce graduated The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (B.S. Economics 1976) and Temple Law School (J.D. 1979). Bruce has been licensed to practice law in California (2006), New York (1980) and Pennsylvania (1980).

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