We enable social entrepreneurs to build & scale social enterprises
Equipped 41 social enterprises with the tools & skills needed to expand their impact through our workshops
439 consulting hours
141 coaching hours
We empower social entrepreneurs & build community
Elevated the story of social enterprise to 679 people at 19 community building events
126 community building hours
67 pro-bono consulting hours
we advance social entrepreneurs in the region’s only social impact accelerator
56% of our enterprises have a female founder
16 social enterprises
$128,000 time/talent investment
2 startups returning this investment
our enterprises are impacting
our enterprises are strengthening the community
Social OTR provides a one-of-a-kind communal dining experience with a socially-minded mission. Social OTR serves as an internship site for 80 students annually in the Findlay Culinary Training program where they will work alongside professional staff to prepare them for a career in the culinary industry. Social OTR students are members of our community who are currently unemployed or underemployed and looking for a new start.
During and after the program, students will receive robust soft-skill training, as in life skills, conflict resolution, problem solving, and financial planning, with hard-skill culinary training. Elevator helped Social OTR clarify their mission and implement their goals while providing them with necessary resources and connections for growth. Social OTR found community through Elevator and now are cultivating community in Cincinnati.
From her experience in the Elevator, Villedge founder Kate Nzekwu gained valuable insights, mentorship, community connections, resources, and pitch training for her social enterprise. Villedge partners with schools, family services agencies, and behavioral health centers to provide wraparound services and sponsored opportunities for community engagement for at-risk teens.
Villedge has helped over 30 teens and decreased psychiatric hospitalizations on at-risk teens by 75% as well as increased their school attendance by 50%. Through programs like Elevator, Flywheel gives social enterprises the assistance they need to understand their opportunities, strategize for future growth, and maximize their impact in the community.