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More gooder: social enterprise platform StartSomeGood acquired by EnergyLab cofounder Piers Grove

- April 11, 2024 2 MIN READ
StartSomeGood cofounder Tom Dawkins
StartSomeGood cofounder Tom Dawkins
StartSomeGood, the pioneering platform helping social entrepreneurs succeed, has been acquired by social innovation business General Good, founded by media entrepreneur Piers Grove.

StartSomeGood CEO and cofounder Tom Dawkins said the strategic move will continue the commitment he started 13 years ago to building a social entrepreneurship movement, partnering with circular economy accelerator Boomerang Labs under the management of General Good.

“It’s been an extraordinary journey to witness the incredible initiatives that our community has launched over the years,” he said.

“I’m excited to see how General Good will propel StartSomeGood to new heights, maintaining our core mission of supporting emerging social entrepreneurs while infusing new energy and perspectives.”

Dawkins will remain with the business as entrepreneur-in-residence. Meanwhile, Caitlyn Touzell has signed on as StartSomeGood’s the new general manager, bringing a passion for social change and expertise in driving initiatives with impact.

StartSomeGood will continue to work with partners across foundations, corporates and government to unearth, skill-up and launch social impact projects, including existing partners ING, City of Parramatta and Illuminate Education Tasmania.

Cofounder and CTO Renata van Diest said the merger creates new opportunities. 

“I’m proud of what we have created and impressed by General Good’s vision to build upon this foundation and grow StartSomeGood’s impact,” she said.

Piers Grove, who prolific CV includes founding EnergyLab, which he chairs, and Boomerang Labs, as well as publishing Junkee and the satirical news site Bettoota Advocate, said their ambition is to enhance what Dawkins, van Diest and their team have built. 

“I have long admired the work StartSomeGood has done in the social entrepreneurship space,” he said.

“It is a privilege to continue and expand upon this remarkable legacy. Together, we will strive to create even more avenues for changemakers to bring their visions to life.”

Dawkins said StartSomeGood’s mission to provide emerging changemakers with the necessary tools, education, coaching, and support will continue under General Good.

“StartSomeGood is more equipped than ever to realise its vision of a world where every person has access to the resources to make a difference, and where community-led social change can flourish,” he said. 

 

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