CISE Completes First Year of Operations

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The Center for Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship (CISE) 2011 Year End Report

December 31, 2011

As the Center for Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship nears the completion of its first full year of operations, we have an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the past twelve months and the opportunities that lie ahead in the New Year.

First, we want to acknowledge and thank our clients and colleagues for their support this year. Launching a new venture is challenging, even in the best of times. In the current climate of economic uncertainty, social upheaval, and political conflict around the world, this is especially true. Our first year of operations, therefore, was devoted to identifying and pursuing a few strategic opportunities that will help cement CISE’s long-term business prospects.

During the first quarter of 2011, we focused on creating a solid foundation for doing business with the U.S. government. CISE collaborated with leading firms in the international development field to pursue several multi-year “flywheel” contracts with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). We anticipate award of several of those contracts in the first quarter of 2012 and through them, a basis for achieving strong growth over the next five years.

During the third quarter of the fiscal year, we worked to broaden CISE’s client base to include foreign governments, multilateral organizations, global businesses, and foundations. We met with senior government, business, media, and other leaders in Iceland, southern Europe, and Latin America. Our discussions focused on strategies that help promote national competitiveness, foreign direct investment, green building, agro-tourism, and other innovations where Social Entrepreneurship can play a significant role in fostering sustainable economic and social development.

Finally, in the fourth quarter we developed CISE intellectual capital to sharpen our competitive differentiation in the marketplace. In the first quarter of 2012, we will be unveiling two innovations that will serve as the springboard for next year’s business success. In the coming months, we will begin test marketing a low-cost technology platform and supporting methodology to provide essential learning and skills development to out-of-school children in impoverished communities around the world. We also plan to publish a methodology that promotes sustainable, market-driven basis for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our approach helps catalyze the formation and development of green building industries in developing nations as a near-term, cost effective response to the complex challenges of climate change.

Best wishes for 2012!

Mark D. Belcher - Director

mark_belcher@innovate-create.com 

Anne Marie Thurber - Director

annemarie_thurber@innovate-create.com

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