Poster Title (Current Submission)

BPlansForHumanity

Major(s)

Economics, Management Information Systems

Mentor Name

David Burgess

Mentor Department

Economics

Presentation Date

3-25-2010

Abstract

Social entrepreneurs recognize social problems and use entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage ventures for social change. Whereas a business entrepreneur measures performance in profit, a social entrepreneur assesses success in terms of impact on society. While social entrepreneurs traditionally worked through non-profit organizations, many now work in the private, government, and academic sectors. This shift has helped entrepreneurs raise capital, yet they increasingly require other types of support like new ideas, tools, and volunteers with specialized skill sets.

BPlansForHumanity satisfies these needs by matching up projects with volunteers, providing project management tools for virtual collaboration, and facilitating the sharing of new knowledge. Founded in 2008, BPlansForHumanity has already involved over 300 members to develop and implement over 80 projects in 13 countries. Last semester, an Iowa student designed a beta-version of the web portal (http://www.bplansforhumanity.org/) that was first used during Iowa’s Winterim in India program to track student service work. The development team is now designing higher functionality and planning for growth - BPlansForHumanity aims to become the preeminent non-profit web portal in Iowa for people and organizations to develop, implement, and sustain social entrepreneurship ventures.

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Social entrepreneurs recognize social problems and use entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage ventures for social change. Whereas a business entrepreneur measures performance in profit, a social entrepreneur assesses success in terms of impact on society. While social entrepreneurs traditionally worked through non-profit organizations, many now work in the private, government, and academic sectors. This shift has helped entrepreneurs raise capital, yet they increasingly require other types of support like new ideas, tools, and volunteers with specialized skill sets.

BPlansForHumanity satisfies these needs by matching up projects with volunteers, providing project management tools for virtual collaboration, and facilitating the sharing of new knowledge. Founded in 2008, BPlansForHumanity has already involved over 300 members to develop and implement over 80 projects in 13 countries. Last semester, an Iowa student designed a beta-version of the web portal (http://www.bplansforhumanity.org/) that was first used during Iowa’s Winterim in India program to track student service work. The development team is now designing higher functionality and planning for growth - BPlansForHumanity aims to become the preeminent non-profit web portal in Iowa for people and organizations to develop, implement, and sustain social entrepreneurship ventures.