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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  • Memory-Lane.Tv

    • 2015 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Healthy Aging
      Social Business Accelerator

    Memory-Lane.Tv is a multi-sensory video on-demand platform for people living with dementia and their caregivers that combines several therapies: guided imagery, music and auditory integration, chronobiology and olfactory stimulation.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    Mill City Grows

    • 2014 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Food Insecurity
      Gateway Cities
      Health & Nutrition

    Mill City Grows fosters food justice by improving physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education.

  • More Than Words

    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Housing & Homelessness
      Social Enterprise
      Workforce Development
      Youth Development

    More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café, and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    My Life My Choice

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Women & Girls
      Youth Development

    My Life My Choice is a nationally recognized initiative designed to stem the tide of commercial sexual exploitation of adolescents through survivor-led programs that educate and empower youth to create a positive life path while working to eliminate the violence and victimization of sexual exploitation.

  • Mystic River Watershed Association

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Civic Engagement

    Mystic River Watershed Association works to protect and restore the Mystic River, its lakes, tributaries, and watershed lands and to improve local environmental conditions for the more than one half million residents of the Mystic River Watershed.

  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD)

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Disabilities
      Youth Development

    Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. PYD motivates youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals, and guides organizations in becoming more inclusive.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    Playworks

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition
      Youth Development

    The Playworks mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will have access to safe, healthy play every day, recognizing that play creates valuable opportunities for children to grow physically, emotionally, and socially.

  • PlenOptika

    • 2016 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Business Accelerator

    PlenOptika has created the “QuickSee,” a low-cost handheld device that provides eyeglass prescriptions at the push of a button.

  • Press Pass TV

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Social Enterprise
      Youth Development
      Education & College Access

    Press Pass TV is an award-winning organization that uses the power of media arts to provide meaningful employment and education, offer creative outlets for self-affirmation, teach life sustaining skills, and empower communities with the resilience to thrive.

  • Project Citizenship

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement

    Project Citizenship enables immigrants to become citizens through free screening, large citizenship workshops, individual application assistance and referrals. For those unable to learn English due to a disability and those unable to pay, Project Citizenship advocates to obtain a disability waiver or a fee waiver.