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What is Participatory Capitalism?

The Macmillan Dictionary defines participatory as allowing or encouraging everyone to take part in something. The Collins English Dictionary says that capitalism is an economic and political system in which property, business, and industry are owned by private individuals. So, one can properly assume that participatory capitalism is encouraging everyone to take part in an



We are at the initial stages of starting CSV. Please, if you know of temporary firms in the US and Europe that place international graduates with employers, please contact John Hoffmire at We are especially trying to place graduates with programming and other computer technology skills.

Visit the CSV website


MBA Programs Prioritizing Entrepreneurship, Women, and Consulting


1. Babson College – F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

2. Stanford Graduate School of Business

3. Massachusetts Institute Technology – Sloan School of Management

4. Texas A&M University – College Station – Mays Business School

5. University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School


Seven Great Innovations that Grew Out of Business, Universities, Labs, and Government

1. Penicillin:
Dr. Alexander Fleming returned from a holiday in 1928 and looked through petri dishes he had left behind containing staphylococcus. He noticed one area where mold was growing in the staphylococcus, and this mold was the first discovered penicillin. Penicillin was then successfully made safely usable by a team from Oxford University. Penicillin has


A list of great impact investment firms, foundations, and investment groups

  1. Actis Capital

Description: Actis is a leading investor in growth markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America. They deliver consistent, competitive returns, responsibly, through insights gained from trusted relationships, local knowledge and deep sector expertise.
Size of Firm: $10 billion
Annual Reports:
Breakdown of Investments:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Affordable & Clean Energy
  • Decent Work

MBA Social Impact Programs

1. Duke University – Fuqua School of Business
Background: The Fuqua School of Business focuses on preparing leaders to achieve lasting social change, with an orientation toward social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and global health.
Social Impact Center: Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)
Categories: Executive MBA and Top US Schools



Impact Investment Firms’ Contact Listing

Actis Capital
140 Broadway, Suite 2250, New York, NY
(646) 822-8070
Rishika Jay Prakash – Director

40 Worth Street, Suite 303, New York, NY
(212) 566-8821

Athena Capital Advisors
55 Old Bedford Road Suite 302, Lincoln, MA 01773
(781) 274-9300
William F. McCalpin, Managing Partner, Impact Investments

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Strategic Investment Fund
500 5th Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 709-3400 (media phone number)



About TrueFootprint

TrueFootprint helps companies improve the return on their sustainability investments by empowering the people where they operate to take ownership of those positive outcomes. From cocoa to mining, cotton to banking, shipping to computing: across all industries companies are investing in the sustainability of their supply chains for the planet, for people


Moving Toward 100% Employee Ownership through ESOPs

Download this entire article with all the Exhibits: TischerHoffmireESOP 

The academic and practitioner literature on Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) has developed significantly over the past decades, particularly with respect to the impact (improved growth and productivity) and different types of ESOPs (leverage and non-leveraged).

Yet, despite ESOPs being well-conceptualised, the deals struck in the real


Cadence Innova joins the MCA

Cadence Innova is delighted to have joined the MCA – the Management Consultancies Association. MCA is the voice of the consulting industry and the representative body for the UK’s leading management consultancy firms.


PlanForce inks deal with Teamshares

PlanForce has inked a deal to work with Teamshares, a venture-capital-backed firm that helps small and medium-sized businesses transition to employee-ownership. As soon as the deal was signed, Teamshares immediately granted shares of the company to the employees. In addition, employee ownership will grow over time, until PlanForce employees eventually own 80% of the company.



Cadence Innova

The Center on Business and Poverty helped form Cadence Innova, a London-based business management consulting firm. The company was created through the merger of two firms, one had the word Cadence in its title, and the other had used the term Innova — hence, Cadence Innova. The new, combined firm started with six employees and


Oxford Pharmaceuticals

The Center on Business and Poverty is a co-founder of Oxford Pharmaceuticals, a generics pharmaceuticals manufacturer based in Birmingham, Alabama. Oxford Pharmaceuticals has recently received FDA approval to start manufacturing a number of generic drugs. Three percent of the Oxford Pharmaceutical’s R&D is dedicated to curing orphan diseases. The capabilities of the firm include:

  • Packaging


What is Teamshares?

We are a venture capital backed financial tech firm that does things a little differently. We call what we do: “participatory capitalism”. It’s really very simple. We buy small businesses from retiring owners, typically baby boomers who are ready to retire and then fund the selling of the businesses to the



PowerHouse ( is India’s first solar powered, ready-to-move-in, eco-friendly, smart home. Built to last, it comes pre-fitted with electrical and plumbing systems that can be controlled remotely. It provides clean energy for your home and e-vehicle, free for life and costs only $ 17,000.

Depending on the model chosen, Powerhouse includes but is not limited


Mentor Pool In India

Mentor Pool is the mentoring platform of Venture Center, Pune.  The platform aims to facilitate productive and seamless mentor-mentee interactions. Please go to their website: On this site, you will be able to sign up as a mentor for a company using the join tab at the top of the site. All of the


University of Wisconsin Credit Union Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

UW Credit Union has been the long term coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center located on University Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin. While we started the predecessor sites, UW Credit Union has done an incredible job of building the program and strengthening its: financial literacy component, viability and visibility. The original program we at


Yarl IT Hub in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Yarl IT Hub is a non-profit organization that has established an annual hackathon and a coding school in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Their hackathon was recently held for the eighth time. It has created more than 150 jobs through the 18 start ups run by alumni of Yarl Geek Challenge. And the coding school

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