The App Year

The Saint Paul Social Entrepreneurship Hub (SPSEH)

by David Hellstrom | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Issue:

Every year, thousands of motivated, skilled, innovative students graduate from Minnesota universities and colleges eager to make their mark on this world. Many of them are entrepreneurial at heart – but rather than dreaming of creating the next Facebook, more are passionate about creating the next Ashoka, Teach for America or Kiva. Often, however, their optimistic ideas of how to change the world are often quickly overshadowed by the practical stresses of adulthood. This pressure produces reactionary managers that respond to how the world works rather than creating proactive leaders that discover what the world could be.

Idea:

If Saint Paul wants to be serious about sustainability and social change, our community needs to support the innovative leaders of tomorrow by giving them the opportunity, the resources, and the time to create agencies of innovation and impact. To do this, let’s create a Social Entrepreneurship hub that removes the barriers to entrepreneurship and supports innovative, cross-sector collaboration, and sustainable solutions to societal issues. Every year, the hub selects two simultaneous cohorts:

1) Social Entrepreneurs – up to 10 members that get support and funding to create long-term sustainable agencies, and

2) Social Issue Engineers – up to 5 teammates that gather around a single complex issue (achievement gap, human trafficking, environment) and become allies with businesses and schools to find innovative ideas about how we can tackle these issues as a community.

Much like taking a year between high school and college is called the Gap Year, our idea is to attract Minnesota (and eventually national) leaders to take a year after college to apply their learning during what we are calling The App Year.

The SPSEH would provide these new members of the Saint Paul working community:
*Shared workspace
*Shared professional services (legal, accounting, grantwriting)
*Shared Housing
*Livable wage stipends

About You

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About You

First Name

David

Last Name

Hellstrom

City

Minneapolis

County

Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Katherine Kessenich (MBA/MPP Graduate Candidate '15) and Laura Shelley (University of Minnesota))

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Saint Paul native, Laura Shelley, passed along the Pioneer Press article.

About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

University of Minnesota

Organization Website

Organization Phone

612-624-1559

Organization Address

209 Appleby Hall; 128 Pleasant Street SE

City

Minneapolis

Organization Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

Your idea

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Title of your idea

The App Year: The Saint Paul Social Entrepreneurship Hub (SPSEH)

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Issue:
Every year, thousands of motivated, skilled, innovative students graduate from Minnesota universities and colleges eager to make their mark on this world. Many of them are entrepreneurial at heart – but rather than dreaming of creating the next Facebook, more are passionate about creating the next Ashoka, Teach for America or Kiva. Often, however, their optimistic ideas of how to change the world are often quickly overshadowed by the practical stresses of adulthood. This pressure produces reactionary managers that respond to how the world works rather than creating proactive leaders that discover what the world could be.
Idea:
If Saint Paul wants to be serious about sustainability and social change, our community needs to support the innovative leaders of tomorrow by giving them the opportunity, the resources, and the time to create agencies of innovation and impact. To do this, let’s create a Social Entrepreneurship hub that removes the barriers to entrepreneurship and supports innovative, cross-sector collaboration, and sustainable solutions to societal issues. Every year, the hub selects two simultaneous cohorts:
1) Social Entrepreneurs – up to 10 members that get support and funding to create long-term sustainable agencies, and
2) Social Issue Engineers – up to 5 teammates that gather around a single complex issue (achievement gap, human trafficking, environment) and become allies with businesses and schools to find innovative ideas about how we can tackle these issues as a community.
Much like taking a year between high school and college is called the Gap Year, our idea is to attract Minnesota (and eventually national) leaders to take a year after college to apply their learning during what we are calling The App Year.
The SPSEH would provide these new members of the Saint Paul working community:
*Shared workspace
*Shared professional services (legal, accounting, grantwriting)
*Shared Housing
*Livable wage stipends

Website address (if applicable)

Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Innovation comes from taking a model of what has worked in the world of commerce (the new business venture hub) but now focuses on gathering innovation for social impact.

The SPSEH seeks the best IDEAS – and rewards those willing to work a year in community in a shared workspace with the resources to launch those ideas and turn them into full-fledged organizations.

The SPSEH seeks the best PEOPLE who are willing to immerse themselves physically (shared housing) and intellectually into an issue that they are passionate about and become issue-engineers available to the Saint Paul community. They will engage us in conversation and activities on these complex issues.

By collaborating with the rest of the hub, we hope to turn 15 people into 1500, to turn 1 million into 100 million.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

*The Saint Paul metro area often loses its most promising graduates to grandiose opportunities offered in other cities (TFA; Peace Corps). SPSEH increases the competitiveness of Saint Paul by giving graduates a reason to stay and add value to our community.

*Saint Paul becomes the social entrepreneurial “Silicon Valley” and attracts new leaders looking for a place that fosters innovation and social change. These values become ingrained in Minnesotan culture.

*Cohort startups become viable organizations, each one hiring employees that will live, shop, and be a part of the Saint Paul community.

*Saint Paul businesses and schools will be positively affected by the activities and engagement of whatever focus issue the SPSEH takes on (immigration, environment, diversity, etc.)

Sustainability

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

When we think of SPSEH we are thinking of 2020, not 2014. We are working to turn 10 organizational startups into 10 working agencies in Saint Paul.

Part of the expectation of being named one of the SPSEH members is that you obtain your own funding in Year Two of your membership. By Year Three-you move into your own space,to be replaced by a new SPSEH start-up.

We also believe that our second cohort of Social Issue Engineers can be producing work that our Minnesota companies and Foundations will benefit from and invest in-making that work sustainable.

Finally,we already have created solid partnerships with Minnesota Colleges and Universities that will be looking for internship positions that will allow our 10 start-ups to have a talented,committed and cost-effective staffing plan.

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