In early 2021, Microsoft launched the Global Social Entrepreneurship Program to accelerate the pace of change by enabling social enterprise startups to build and scale their companies globally. threshold.world is proud to announce it has been selected by Microsoft to join the program to scale transformative impact through the Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit and b.world, threshold's program design and storytelling platform for nonprofit and social impact teams.
One key to this effort is threshold's alignment to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Each team member (or thresholder as they call themselves) is aligned to one of the 17 SDGs to serve as a reminder of the role we each must play in making this world inclusive for all. In addition, b.world enables nonprofit and social impact teams to easily align their programs and results to the Sustainable Development Goals, Targets and Indicators.
"Around the world, innovators and entrepreneurs are finding new ways to harness technology to fuel purpose-driven social enterprises that measure success not just by the profit they generate, but by the good they do. At Microsoft, we are deeply inspired by the commitment of these social entrepreneurs, who are focusing their passion for positive change on improving human health and the environment, advancing social and economic equity, and much more.
But these are huge, complicated problems and far too large for any single organization to hope to solve alone. So to empower social entrepreneurs, Microsoft is launching a new Global Social Entrepreneurship program to offer qualified startups access to technology, education, customers and grants.
Our global initiative is designed to help social enterprise startups build and scale their companies to do good globally. The program is available in 140 countries and will actively seek to support underrepresented founders with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. The criteria to qualify for the program include a business metric that measures impact on an important social or environmental challenge; an established product or service that will benefit from access to enterprise customers; and a commitment to the ethical and responsible use of AI."
- Jean-Philippe Courtois
EVP and President of Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations