Rocket Fuel: Your Guide to GiveBackHack Funding

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By Kmuehmel [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons It all started with a problem. Maybe you experienced the problem yourself, or you’re close to someone who has.  Regardless, you have an idea for solving that problem, and you think you’re the right person to make that idea a reality. On Friday night, you pitched the problem … Continue reading “Rocket Fuel: Your Guide to GiveBackHack Funding”

GiveBackHack Columbus 2018 – Impact Infographic

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On April 27th, 2018, 120 people left their 40+ hour work week, showed up at CCAD MindMarket and committed an entire weekend to take a brand new social impact idea into reality at the sold-out GiveBackHack Columbus 2018. GiveBackHack is the launchpad for social innovation. Born right here in Columbus and generously hosted by the … Continue reading “GiveBackHack Columbus 2018 – Impact Infographic”

2018 Cleveland GiveBackHack Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1 June 2018 Foundations of 9 New Social Enterprises Launched at 2nd Annual GiveBackHack Cleveland CLEVELAND, OH: The foundations of 9 new social enterprises were launched at GiveBackHack Cleveland (May 11-13). Each social enterprise took a different approach to community impact, targeting issues like housing insecurity, transparency in public records, access to … Continue reading “2018 Cleveland GiveBackHack Press Release”

After GiveBackHack: Where is DACA Time Now?

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It’s hard to believe GiveBackHack Columbus is a wrap! For those unfamiliar with the event, GiveBackHack is a weekend of social innovation that brings community members together to create and launch sustainable solutions for social impact. GiveBackHack connects the entrepreneurial, technology, and social impact communities to learn from one another. It blends startup concepts like rapid prototyping, iteration, and … Continue reading “After GiveBackHack: Where is DACA Time Now?”

Resources for Cleveland 2018 Teams

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GiveBackHack is a launchpad for social innovation, which means we’re pulling together resources to help you launch your business. We know this is hard. It takes a ton of work to vet an idea, iterate, and bring it into reality. Everything we pull in is intended to help you learn quickly, overcome common barriers, and … Continue reading “Resources for Cleveland 2018 Teams”

Four Years of Crimson Cup at GiveBackHack!

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Developing creative solutions for important social issues isn’t easy. It takes focus, critical thinking, logic, and the motivation to keep going, despite the long hours and obstacles encountered along the way. As such, the attendees of Columbus’ annual GiveBackHack event always appreciate a bit of a caffeine boost to keep their minds sharp. Enter Crimson … Continue reading “Four Years of Crimson Cup at GiveBackHack!”

Haven Collective Offers Support for GiveBackHack Organizing and Teams

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When Haven Collective co-creators Melissa Blackburn & Danielle Lim met in grad school, they hit it off with the first ‘hello’. This former operations strategist and marketer duo shared a passion to empower and support entrepreneurs to truly succeed. Besides an affinity for the startup scene, both have a deep passion for a balanced lifestyle. Together, they co-founded … Continue reading “Haven Collective Offers Support for GiveBackHack Organizing and Teams”

GiveBackHack Returns to CCAD in April

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By Jackie Mantey for Columbus College of Art & Design and cross-posted from https://www.ccad.edu/news/givebackhack-returns-ccad-april GiveBackHack returns to the Columbus College of Art & Design campus for its fourth year on Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29. This weekend-long event brings together passionate community members to develop sustainable, technology-based solutions to pressing social issues. Teams of members from the … Continue reading “GiveBackHack Returns to CCAD in April”

Resources for GiveBackHack Columbus 2018 Teams

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Participating in GiveBackHack not only allows community members to find like-minded individuals of various backgrounds (social impact, technology, business & more)  to help execute on ideas, it provides top mentorship and even better: resources and funding. All resources listed below will be awarded at the conclusion of the GiveBackHack weekend after Sunday evening pitches! The full … Continue reading “Resources for GiveBackHack Columbus 2018 Teams”

AWH and DACA Time Team Up to Empower Dreamers With New Social Enterprise

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NEWS PROVIDED BY AWH  Feb 20, 2018, 08:00 ET COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AWH, a digital product consulting, user experience, and software development firm, today announced a client partnership with DACA Time, a Columbus social enterprise offering a secure online platform to ease the DACA application process for Dreamers. According to Chris Slee, founder and Chief Product Officer at … Continue reading “AWH and DACA Time Team Up to Empower Dreamers With New Social Enterprise”

How a Hackathon Changed My Life

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This post was originally published on Medium, by Derek DeHart summarizing the impact participating in GiveBackHack has had on his life mindset. On March 30, 2017, the idea of “social entrepreneurship” wasn’t really on my radar. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that I had few entrepreneurial aspirations in general. I had a job; I … Continue reading “How a Hackathon Changed My Life”

Philadelphia 2017 Impact

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Read about GiveBackHack Philadelphia’s 2017 Impact: A social enterprise to give away menstrual products won at the inaugural GiveBackHack – Generocity Philly The hackathon for companies with both social impact and business potential just held its first Philly event. Organizers consider it a launchpad — “This weekend is really just the beginning.” generocity.org

Mother & Daughter Team Up To Help Kids Get Hearing Aids

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This post was originally published on the CoverMyMeds internal blog, summarizing an employee’s participation in GiveBackHack Columbus 2017. Susan Bradley and her daughter, Eden, were doing a bit of spring cleaning around their home when they stumbled upon something they hadn’t seen in years: Eden’s old hearing aids. Eden, 11, was born with unilateral hearing … Continue reading “Mother & Daughter Team Up To Help Kids Get Hearing Aids”

Cleveland 2017 Pre-submitted Ideas

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We are incredibly excited to share the first round of pre-submitted ideas for GiveBackHack Cleveland! Posted here is an in-depth view of ideas that will be pitched alongside the typical 50+ brand new ideas on Friday night of GiveBackHack. So, what do the ideas below mean to you? If you’re inspired by the ideas below, you can … Continue reading “Cleveland 2017 Pre-submitted Ideas”

Resources for GiveBackHack Columbus 2017 Teams

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Participating in GiveBackHack not only allows community members to find like-minded individuals of various backgrounds (social impact, technology, business & more)  to help execute on ideas, it provides top mentorship and even better: resources and funding. All resources listed below will be awarded at the conclusion of the GiveBackHack weekend after Sunday evening pitches! The full … Continue reading “Resources for GiveBackHack Columbus 2017 Teams”

From Buses to Businesses

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Hi, I’m Bryan, a designer who always dreamt of also being an animator. Attending GiveBackHack last year helped catapult me to achieving this dream, and I’m going to tell you how it happened. But first, let me re-introduce myself: Hi, I’m Bryan, a designer and an animator. Let’s start back in 1995 when I first … Continue reading “From Buses to Businesses”

Columbus 2017 Pre-Submitted Ideas

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We are incredibly excited to share the first round of pre-submitted ideas for GiveBackHack! Posted here is an in-depth view of ideas that will be pitched alongside the typical 50+ brand new ideas on Friday night of GiveBackHack. So, what do the ideas below mean to you? If you’re inspired by the ideas below, you can get … Continue reading “Columbus 2017 Pre-Submitted Ideas”

Making an Even Better Launchpad

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New with GiveBackHack: post your idea in advance & bring your “partially-vetted” ideas For our first 2 years, we were hyper focused on being the launchpad for brand new social enterprise ideas that were all pitched for the first time on Friday night. We did this because we wanted to ensure a level playing field … Continue reading “Making an Even Better Launchpad”

One in a Billion

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Hi there, my name is Eileen. I’m a full time CEO at my company, Billion, and an avid eater of potato chips. My first GiveBackHack was the first one in Columbus, Ohio in the spring of 2015 and here’s my story. When I first discovered GiveBackHack, it was my junior year of college. I think … Continue reading “One in a Billion”

GiveBackHack 2016 Success: 12 Businesses & $16,000 in Seed Capital

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The weekend of February 19th-21st in 2016, 115 people left their 40+ hour work week, showed up at the CCAD MindMarket and committed an entire weekend to taking a brand new social impact idea into reality. GiveBackHack is the launchpad for social innovation. Born right here in Columbus, GiveBackHack connects the tech and social impact … Continue reading “GiveBackHack 2016 Success: 12 Businesses & $16,000 in Seed Capital”