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Halcyon Releases 2019 Ranking of Best Cities for Social Entrepreneurs

October 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston is ranked the number one U.S. city for social entrepreneurs followed by San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver, according to a new report by Halcyon, home of Halcyon Incubator. The report, “A Step Forward: Social Enterprise Ecosystems in the U.S. (Volume 3),” ranks the top cities in the U.S. based on four categories: funding, human capital, quality of life and support systems. The findings will be released today in San Francisco at SOCAP 2019, the leading gathering of global changemakers addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions.

“Halcyon’s Social Enterprise Ecosystems Report allows founders at the vanguard of our economy to voice their experiences on what makes a great ecosystem for impact,” said Halcyon Chief Innovation Officer Ryan Ross, an author of the report. “We’ve combined our survey data with publicly available information to provide a comprehensive, insightful look at ecosystems across the country.”

“The Bush Foundation is pleased to support Halcyon in creating The Social Enterprise Ecosystems Report,” said Allison Barmann, Bush Foundation Strategy and Learning Vice President. “The report is showing how, over time, this space is evolving. That’s information that is useful to everyone from policymakers to funders to social entrepreneurs themselves.”

The new report details how the social enterprise sector has evolved. For instance, today, some of the top performing companies such as Beyond Meat and their record-breaking IPO this year are social enterprises. Universities are rushing to add programs to support the growing wave of students demanding social entrepreneurship programming and cities are rapidly expanding their support systems for founders. With Business Roundtable’s recent declaration that business must move away from shareholder primacy and commit to all stakeholders, the momentum in this space necessitates a deep look at the ecosystems driving this growth.

Key Findings
By surveying 624 social enterprise actors to understand what makes a great ecosystem, the report revealed:

Cities surveyed include Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

For the full report visit SEER.

About Halcyon
Halcyon is a new kind of nonprofit organization that lifts up innovators and creators, giving them the tools and opportunities they need to bring their ideas to life. Its longest running program, Halcyon Incubator is helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures and serves as a catalyst for measurable social outcomes. Halcyon’s other signature programs include Incubator Intensives, Halcyon Arts Lab, By The People arts and dialogue festival and Halcyon Awards. Since its founding, Halcyon has built programming around the core tenets of space, community and access, continuously evolving to identify and provide a haven for big dreamers and risk-takers the world over. Halcyonhouse.org

Contact: Janice Kaplan, j.kaplan@halcyonhouse.org or 202-277-5461

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