Innovators & Entrepreneurs

The Social Innovation Forum's portfolio of nonprofit Social Innovators and social impact business Impact Entrepreneurs 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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  • Jubali

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

    Jubali is a group of passionate food-lovers and culture-changers handcrafting the realest, most wholesome nourishment out there. Jubalí makes three main product lines — raw juices and smoothies, homemade nut milks and first-to-market herbal infusion teas. Everything is sinfully delicious, certified organic and oozing with Life Force.

  • Julie's Family Learning Program

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Early Childhood Education
      Women & Girls

    Julie's Family Learning Program is a stabilization program for mothers and children combining critical wrap-around support services, holistic curriculum, licensed & certified infant and toddler child care, and Montessori preschool to create a supportive environment where mothers can transform themselves and their families.

  • KinderLab Robotics

    • 2016 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
      Social Business Accelerator

    KinderLab Robotics provides educational toys and products to schools and families that expose young children to technology and STEM concepts in a uniquely age-appropriate way.

  • LEAP for Education

    • 2019 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access

    LEAP for Education empowers under-served and first-generation-to-college students to succeed in college, career, and life. LEAP serves over 500 students in year-round, out-of-school time programs with an innovative approach that focuses in four areas: enhancing academic skills, developing social-emotional maturity, expanding social connections, and college and career readiness.

  • LGBT Aging Project

    • 2012 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Healthy Aging
      LGBTQ

    The LGBT Aging Project is dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted.

  • Life Alive

    • 2014 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition

    Life Alive is an Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe that intends to revolutionize the restaurant industry towards zero-waste and strengthen urban food security by scaling its sustainable and therapeutic operations in a local, "grass-roots" manner. Life Alive's mission is to "feed the vitality of the world...one meal at a time".

  • Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Mental Health
      Youth Development

    The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute serves as a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief and loss.

  • Madison Park Development Corporation/ACT Roxbury

    • 2003 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Housing & Homelessness

    Madison Park Development Corporation's mission is to develop and preserve quality, mixed-income housing in Roxbury, and to promote the renaissance of Dudley Square as a thriving neighborhood business district, recognized as a center of commerce and culture that anchors the economic revitalization of Roxbury.

  • Maritime Apprentice Program

    (formerly a program of Hull Lifesaving Museum)
    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Health & Nutrition
      Youth Development

    The Maritime Apprentice Program (MAP) is an intensive, multi-year program that prepares Boston’s most high-risk, Department of Youth Services (DYS)-committed youth for adult responsibilities and careers in the technical trades. Working out of its Seaport boat shop, MAP provides hands-on, skills-based training, in combination with counseling and work readiness preparation. Originally a program of the Hull LIfesaving Museum, MAP was acquired by College Bound Dorchester in 2015.

  • Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH)

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Financial Empowerment

    MassCOSH engages youth and adults as leaders in promoting jobs that pay family sustaining wages and allow workers to return home safe and well.