The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast

The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast

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The #1 Podcast for Social Entrepreneurs & Social Innovators. With host Cory Ames, Founder of Grow Ensemble, dive deeper into social entrepreneurship, social enterprises and the tools, resources, and strategies that support their growth and expand their impact. Hear from these top social innovators from both the non-profit and for-profit sector - CEOs, Executive Directors, Thought-Leaders and more.


#27 - Building a $100MM Company in 8 Years While Keeping Conservation at Heart with Peak Design Founder & CEO, Peter Dering
Jun 18 • 35 min
Peter Dering—founder and owner of Peak Design—quit his job in construction in pursuit of professional autonomy and he was able to create just that. Peak Design creates cutting edge bag and camera equipment to simplify taking your passion into your…
#26 - How to Invest in Over 2,100 Entrepreneurs in 70 Countries with BANGS Shoes Founder & CEO, Hannah Davis
Jun 10 • 28 min
After graduating from college, Hannah Davis—founder and president of BANGS Shoes—ditched her plans to go to law school and went to teach in China. During her travels, she discovered a pair of shoes that would completely change her trajectory. In our…
#25 - A Quick Announcement AND a *Bonus* for Listeners…
Jun 4 • 9 min
In this episode of the Grow Ensemble Podcast, Grow Ensemble Founder, Cory Ames, makes a few announcements regarding Grow Ensemble’s changing role in the social business community. As well, he offers up an AWESOME bonus for listeners of the podcast. Tune…
#24 - Bridging the Gap: Manish Gupta and Matr Boomie Connect Indian Artisans with Western Consumers
May 27 • 38 min
Manish Gupta is the co-founder & CEO of Matr Boomie, a fair trade company that empowers artisans in rural India to create and sell handcrafted products to international retailers. In this episode, Manish chats in-de[th about the positive impact…
#23 - Mobilizing “Sweaty Change Makers” With AtlasGO Co-Founder & CEO Thomas Querton
May 20 • 42 min
Thomas Querton is the co-founder and CEO of atlasGO, a company that allows change makers to use fitness to raise funds and awareness for causes they care about. In this episode, Thomas talks about the balance between pushing further for continued growth,…
#22 - Tim Frick: Sustainable Agency CEO, a Published Author and a True Agent of Change
May 13 • 34 min
Today we welcome Tim Frick to the podcast, staunch sustainability advocate, writer, and CEO of Mighty Bytes, a certified B Corp digital agency based in Chicago. In the episode, Tim provides insight into how he has been able to balance his roles as a…
#21 - Making an Impact Through Kick-Ass & Purpose Centered Design with Emily Lonigro, Founder of LimeRed
May 6 • 32 min
Emily Lonigro is the President & Founder of LimeRed, a purpose-driven design firm and Certified B Corp based in Chicago. Bridging the gap between design and impact, LimeRed helps meaningful brands and businesses showcase their unique message through…
#20 - Building an Impact-Driven Business on Justly Made, Award-Winning Tea with Paul Bain, Chief Tea Captain at Justea
Apr 29 • 32 min
Paul Bain is both the CEO and “Chief Tea Captain” at JusTea, where a group Canadians have partnered directly with Kenyan tea farmers to provide ethical, sustainable (and delicious!) fair trade tea. On this Episode, Paul shares the origin story of JusTea,…
#19 - How Businesses Can Achieve the Greatest Good through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Ryan Honeyman, Co-Author of the Second Edition of the B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good
Apr 22 • 31 min
Today we are joined by Ryan Honeyman from the LIFT Economy, an impact consulting firm based in San Francisco. We dive into the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the release of the 2nd Edition of The B Corporation Handbook Ryan is releasing with…
#18 - From Google, Amazon, and Adobe to An Ethical Fashion Startup with Laura Alexander Wittig, CEO of Brightly
Apr 15 • 32 min
Often, the differences between big corporations and small businesses can feel as stark as black and white. On today’s episode, we learn that there is, in fact, a grey area. Founder and CEO of Brightly, an online ethical marketplace, Laura Wittig shares…
#17 - How to Build a Community Around Ethical Shopping & Fair Trade Goods with Liza Moiseeva, Co-Founder & CMO of GlobeIn
Apr 8 • 44 min
How do you transform a product into a catalyst for lasting, positive change? Every business strives for value, loyalty, and growth, but how does one actually attain them? In today’s episode, Liza Moiseeva, Co-founder and CMO of GlobeIn, a fair trade…
#16 - From a Quarter-Life Crisis, to Overdosing on Caffeine, to Creating Year Round Jobs on Coffee Farms with Max Rivest, CEO of Wize Monkey
Apr 1 • 58 min
Today we welcome CEO & Co-founder of Wize Monkey, Max Rivest, who talks to us about their company that produces coffee leaf tea - an entirely unique product contributing to the sustainability of the coffee industry. Max shares about his educational…
#15 - Holistic Health For Mind, Body and Business with Logan Christopher of Lost Empire Herbs––Strongman, Entrepreneur and Author
Mar 26 • 30 min
Episode 15 welcomes Logan Christopher, best known for performing insane physical feats, including pulling a firetruck with his ponytail! But this guy is more than just a strongman. He is also an author and founder of Lost Empire Herbs, a company that…
#14 - Tourism With A Purpose: Building An Eco-Tour B-Corporation with Tim Lara of Hawaiian Paddle Sports
Mar 18 • 35 min
Today on the show we are sitting down with Tim Lara, owner of Hawaiian Paddle Sports, to talk about his experience in building not just one, but five eco-tour companies on the Island of Maui. We dive into Tim’s founder story, environmental and social…
#13 - Is Profit or Purpose The Key To A Successful Social Enterprise? A Conversation With Paul Hargreaves CEO of Cotswold Fayre
Mar 11 • 34 min
Joining us today is CEO of specialty food wholesale company Cotswold Fayre and B Corp ambassador, Paul Hargreaves. In our chat, Paul shares some of his experience and theories around building a successful, impact-driven business, tidbits and stories from…
#12 - How to Divert Over 50,000 Plastic Bottles from Landfills While Growing a Business to $1M in Sales in 2 Years with Lindsey McCoy CEO and Co-Founder of Plaine Products
Mar 4 • 33 min
Today we welcome Lindsey McCoy, CEO & Co-Founder of Plaine Products, a certified B Corp and 1% For The Planet member on a mission to reduce waste and help stop the spread of single-use plastic. In our chat, Lindsey shares the company’s origin story, their…
#11 - The Intro Episode That Never Happened - What is Grow Ensemble? with Co-Founder Cory Ames
Feb 25 • 12 min
Welcome to another episode of the Grow Ensemble Podcast! After 10 episodes, we thought it was time to have a chat with our audience about why we created the podcast, what it’s about and have a little introduction to Cory and The Grow Ensemble. We…
#10 - How Changemakers & Purpose Driven Companies Can Inspire a Movement with a Better for The World Marketing Strategies - with David Fortson, CEO of LoaCom
Feb 18 • 41 min
Today’s guest is David Fortson, the CEO of LoaCom, a consulting agency who helps change-makers, causes, and companies with their marketing and communication, all the while advocating for environmental and social causes. Today we get into turning a passion…
#09 - How to Develop Leadership & Self-Awareness to Run an Effective Impact Driven Organization with Chris Hutchinson, CEO of the Trebuchet Group
Feb 11 • 46 min
Today’s guest is Chris Hutchinson, founder & CEO of the Trebuchet Group, a certified B Corp helping leaders gain clarity and confidence and servicing teams that are looking for more from work than just a paycheck. In the episode, we discuss Chris’ work…
#08 - Going Pound for Pound with Co-Founder & CEO of Grain4Grain, Yoni Medhin — How to Use Farmer’s Markets to Shape a Pitch & Sustainable Pancakes to Feed Families in San Antonio.
Feb 4 • 38 min
Today we are joined by the co-founder of Grain4Grain, Yoni Medhin. Grain4Grain is a new company based in San Antonio that delivers healthy, affordable pancakes made by reusing products from the beer brewing process. Yoni tells us all about the inspiration…
#07 - Motivated by the Heart and Asking for Meaning as Compensation, 27 Years as a Social Entrepreneur and Over $2MM in Contributions with Russ Stoddard — CEO & Founder of Oliver Russell
Jan 28 • 32 min
In episode 7 of the Grow Ensemble Podcast, our guest is Russ Stoddard, the founder of Oliver Russell, a socially geared business that builds brands for purpose-driven companies. In our chat, we cover the beginnings of the company, the founding ideas and…
#06 - Putting Your Employees First to Serve the Community Above and Beyond, With Allison Gibson
Jan 21 • 58 min
In episode 6 of the Grow Ensemble Podcast, we speak with Allison Gibson, part owner & Operational Director of Paintbox Catering and Bistro, a B Corporation located in Toronto. In our chat, we cover Allison’s and Paintbox’s thoughts on culture and…
#05 - Listening to Feedback to Get 13,000+ Students To & Through College & Using Software as a Service to Solve Social Problems at Scale with Austin Buchan, CEO of College Forward
Jan 17 • 47 min
In episode 5 of the Grow Ensemble Podcast, we speak with Austin Buchan, the CEO of College Forward, a non-profit based in Austin, Texas. In our chat, we cover College Forward’s evolution, how they are innovating in response to student feedback, the…
#04 - Using Authentic Storytelling to Build a Community Around Your Brand, With Jessica Kellner of BARK Media
Jan 14 • 43 min
Welcome back to the Grow Ensemble Podcast. In today’s episode we speak with Jessica Kellner, one of the four cofounders of BARK Media, a B corporation located in Lawrence, Kansas. The BARK Media folks help impact driven brands craft their content…
#03 - A New Frontier: Cultivating Consciousness in the Cannabis Industry with Henry Marshall of Canniloq
Jan 10 • 53 min
In today’s episode of The Grow Ensemble Podcast, we are joined by Henry Marshall from Canniloq, a company specializing in creating high end stash containers for the safe consumption of cannabis. As a relatively new venture, Canniloq is starting to make…
#02 - Promoting Responsible Tourism & Building an Impact Driven Tribe with Adrianne Chandra-Huff from Bodhi Surf + Yoga
Jan 6 • 57 min
Today we are chatting with Adrianne Chandra-Huff from Bodhi Surf + Yoga, a socially and environmentally focused holiday lodge in Costa Rica. Adrianne gives us a great look at the company, how they started and the lessons that are taking forward into the…
#01 - $1MM in Revenue in Under 3 Years: Expanding Growth & Impact Through Systems with Casey Ames of Harkla
Jan 2 • 49 min
Casey Ames is the founder of Harkla, a company that creates products to support those living with special needs. Casey talks strategies and tactics that have led to surpassing $1 million in revenue in under 3 years times and of course, he shares more on…