Pooling data to make it easier to find social entrepreneurs

The Skoll Foundation, PopTech, ideablob and Civic Ventures have pooled their data to create the first open database of social entrepreneurs. The Social Entrepreneur API (Application Programming Interface) will allow philanthropists, investors, press and fellow entrepreneurs to find social entrepreneurs based on keyword, location, cause area, population served, and a variety of other factors.

The group was brought together by NPO Social Actions, which is building the Social Entrepreneur API with a grant from the Peery Foundation. The dataset will be available for any website or individual to search, syndicate, republish, or use to build web applications, widgets and search engines.

Skoll Foundation’s Social Edge will be one of the first organizations to make use of the tool in the form of a search engine on its site. ‘The Social Entrepreneur API will provide an easier way for people to find, invest in, and support social entrepreneurs, as well as serving as a resource for social entrepreneurs to connect with each other,’ says Jill Finlayson, Marketing Manager for Social Edge.

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