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3D Printer Built from E-Waste by African Inventor

A young Togolese inventor, working out of a makerspace in Lome, built his own 3D printer using discarded e-waste scavenged from one of the huge tech graveyards (read: e-waste dump) near Accra, in Ghana. And if it wasn’t enough for Afate Gnikou to just build his own from the dregs of modern technology, he has […]

October 14th

Tesla Files Patent For Falcon-Wing Doors

The Tesla Model X, an electric crossover, was revealed a long time back. Reservations started in February 2012. Nonetheless, we just got word of a patent for which Tesla has filed an application, a patent for the crossover’s falcon-wing doors. Value Walk’s Michelle Jones writes: Spotted by Shane McGlaun of Slash Gear, the patent describes those falcon wing doors […]

September 23rd

Scaling Up: Balancing the Fine Line Between Purpose and Profits

The ability to successfully achieve scale is potentially the key differentiator between a startup and an enterprise. It is only through growing operations, be it through size, geography or markets can enterprises generate a widespread impact as well as scale their profits. However, scaling up and reaching new markets while balancing profits and purpose is […]

July 23rd

Stocking Up on Your Social Conscience

The Social Stock Exchange (SSE) is looking to become the premier venue and access portal for Social Enterprises and Social Purposes Businesses seeking to raise risk capital and for Social Impact Investors looking to find global businesses which reflect their values.

March 26th

Blackouts Plague Renewable-Rich Egypt

Egypt’s social, economic and political woes are well documented, highlighted by the world’s media on an all too regular basis. Away from the headlines, however, the thousands of power cuts inflicted almost daily on sections of the country’s more than 82 million population barely rate a mention. They should. When electricity consumption outstrips supply, the lights go out.

February 6th

Future360 Friday: Inspiring Cleantech News to Jumpstart Your Weekend

Cleantech and cleanweb applications are going to power our energy future. Not only do these present viable solutions for cleaner, more sustainable energy but they also provide the medium for innovative entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive. Do you have the tools, information and the resources to capitalize on this opportunity?

Ecopreneurist is proud to bring to you a new feature “Future360 Friday” through collaboration with Future 360, a leading video platform that champions innovation in cleantech.

January 25th

Vine: Create a 6 Second Video Pitch for Your Business

If you are a startup entrepreneur or for that matter any entrepreneur or business executive, you know how to pitch your business or company. Then if you were really sharp, you had a short elevator pitch! But it seems like we may need to shorten that pitch even more!

January 25th

Five Reasons Why Slower Growth Isn’t Necessarily Bad

While it’s true that fewer babies were born last year than in previous years (due to the recession, most likely), our total fertility rate – the number of babies born to the average woman over her lifetime – has barely budged. Most American women want about two kids. That’s been true for decades, and it likely will remain true for decades to come.

But what if the professional fertility doom-mongers are right? What if the United States’ population stops growing and instead remains level? I’d like to shuck common wisdom and offer five reasons why a higher birth rate isn’t a panacea for us or the rest of the planet.

January 23rd

Härnu: A Social Network Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Härnu is a new social networking platform that encourages people to connect with people around the world to discuss global issues, foreign news or just about anything – in their own languages. Härnu, which is Swedish for “here” and “now,” hopes to inspire people around the world to have direct conversations, form friendships, and talk about issues and news in their areas.

January 15th

Starbucks and $1 Reusable Mug: Trying to Fit a Shoe on the Wrong Foot

Starbucks introduces the $1 reusable plastic mug that bears the Starbucks logo and is white to match its disposable cups. The coffee chain will offer a dime discount to anyone with the reusable mug, hoping this will encourage coffee lovers to bring them in. This new offering comes in the wake of the Starbucks sharply reducing its goal of having 25% of its cups be reusable by 2015 to 5%.

But will it drive change?

January 3rd

DESERTEC Foundation Begins Work on Asian Super Grid for Renewable Energy

The DESERTEC Concept is a development by a network of scientists, politicians, and economists from around the Mediterranean. The sole goal is to provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable energy sources are most abundant. Energy is available in abundance and we have the technology to use it

January 2nd

The Eco-Cliff and the Fiscal Cliff

We’ve been hearing about the fiscal cliff a lot lately, about the risk of falling over the edge by failing to reach a political agreement, triggering automatic tax increases and spending cuts by the US goverment. It sounds like we’re about to sail off the edge of the world, a new end of the world since the last one failed to materialize.

Personally, I think we’d be better off with less political theater and more good old-fashioned political compromise, the messy but effective work of legislating. But for all of the drama, I’m wondering why we worry so much about the fiscal cliff and government debt while we do our collective best to ignore a bigger issue – the Eco Cliff we are sailing toward, and our continued environmental debt.

December 29th

Join Our Google+ Community Page on Social Enterprises

Ecopreneurist is spearheading a brand new community on Social Enterprises on Google+ Communities. This is a community to discuss and share the latest news, trends and success (failure) stories on social enterprises around the world. Join Ecopreneurist and Managing Editor Priti Ambani to make this community a great resource in this space.

December 10th