Tech Meets Social Impact
- David Israelian
- December 17, 2016
There are many tech companies looking to collaborate with organizations in social impact and even more than ever there are many tech startups filing for a B Corporation seeing as the model makes the most sense for their primary mission. In 2006, Benefit Corporation became a reality thanks to B Lab and the several pioneers that assessed the benefits of the model. On October 1st, 2010 Maryland was the first state to pass benefit corporation legislation. Now there are 30 U.S. states including the District of Columbia.
There are many existing tech corporations looking to transition to the B Corp status. On September 21st, 2015, Kickstarter announced they no longer were Kickstarter, Inc. but rather Kickstarter PBC — a Public Benefit Corporation. More and more tech startups are coming out of the woodworks launching sites and apps under the mission for social impact. A recently filed B Corporation tech startup called Ecosia launched their search engine website with their mission being planting one tree per user that uses their search engine. Learn More – https://www.ecosia.org/.
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