Change Generation: Mike Del Ponte and Sparkseed Help Social Entrepreneurs Grow

Mike Del Ponte is the founder of Sparkseed. Del Ponte had been traveling the world, involved in various activist and charitable projects. As he saw social entrepreneurship take off, he decided to create Sparkseed, "We identify the most promising social entrepreneurs, we help them launch their ventures, connect with capital, and scale their impact."

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About Mike Del Ponte: Mike ran his first national organization at the age of 18 and has since served as a humanitarian on four continents, most recently as a microfinance consultant in Nepal. Mike received his B.A. from Boston College and an M.A.R. from the Yale University Divinity School. His interests include social entrepreneurship, public speaking, and spirituality. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Sparkseed.org: Sparkseed is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that exists to develop the next generation of social entrepreneurs and increase their impact on society. Each year Sparkseed selects up to ten student-led social ventures. The social innovators who lead these for profit and nonprofit ventures receive six months of high-impact support from Sparkseed. Regional chapters of volunteers and partnerships with firms like Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP allow Sparkseed to compliment virtual support—like webinars—with in-person workshops, mentoring, and training.

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