Innovators & Entrepreneurs

The Social Innovation Forum's portfolio of nonprofit Social Innovators represents a range of social issues including food insecurity, healthy aging, environmental sustainability, youth development, and the arts. Explore our portfolio by year or social issue and read Innovator and Entrepreneur Spotlights to learn what it means to be a part of the Social Innovation Forum.

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  • Dorchester Community Food Co-op

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Enterprise

    The Dorchester Community Food Coop is an initiative to build a cooperatively owned grocery store that provides access to nutritious food at a fair price, creates economic opportunity, and nurtures community engagement.

  • DrivenData

    • 2015 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Social Business Accelerator
      Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
      Civic Engagement

    DrivenData foresees a world where the power of data science is harnessed for social good. DrivenData works with impact-driven organizations of all kinds to make data science accessible and uses well-structured online challenges to connect organizations' data questions with a global community of experts.

  • Eagle Eye Institute

    • 2003 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Youth Development

    Eagle Eye Institute provides opportunities for urban young people to learn about, make connections with, and be inspired to protect the natural environment. Through this work, Eagle Eye seeks to increase the diversity of people involved in serving as environmental leaders.

  • Elevated Thought

    • 2020 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts
      Gateway Cities

    Elevated Thought is an art and social justice Lawrence-based organization that actively serves and develops communities through creative youth development curriculum, beautification projects, youth organizing, and public outreach.

  • EnergySage

    • 2016 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Social Business Accelerator

    EnergySage offers an online platform that enables consumers to compare solar quotes from pre-screened solar installers.

  • English for New Bostonians

    • 2019 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

    English for New Bostonians (ENB) creates opportunities for adult immigrants to learn English and pursue their goals of economic advancement and civic participation, including supporting their children’s education. ENB supports English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, designs customized curricula, trains teachers, contributes community and policy research, and stimulates investment in the Massachusetts ESOL system.

  • Everyday Boston

    • 2021 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Social Capital

    Everyday Boston is a nonprofit that connects neighbors across a segregated city through the sharing of stories. At a time of historic isolation and division, they’re cultivating a culture of curiosity and connection across Boston.

  • Fathers’ Uplift

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Fatherhood

    Fathers’ Uplift assists fathers in overcoming financial, addiction, oppressive, emotional, and traumatic barriers to their engagement in children’s lives. Fathers have a positive and powerful impact on the development and health of children. Fathers’ Uplift helps each father reach their potential for themselves and the children in their lives.

  • Fiscal Health Vital Signs

    A program of DotWell
    • 2011 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Financial Empowerment
      Health & Nutrition

    DotWell works in collaboration with its founding health center partners - Codman Square Health Center and DotHouse Health - to provide integrated clinical and community services that address health disparities, build social capital, and meet the complex needs of their communities.

  • Fresh Food Generation

    • 2015 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Food Insecurity
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Business Accelerator

    Fresh Food Generation provides quick and easy on- the-go food options that are a healthy alternative to over-processed foods sold at corner stores and fast food chains.