GoodMap Founder Paul Sorenson named to St. Louis Business Journal's 30 Under 30

Yesterday, Paul Sorenson was named to the 30 Under 30 Class of 2014 by the St. Louis Business Journal. This annual honor recognizes "the future leaders of the region and those who someday might appear on the cover of the Business Journal." Paul was honored both for his work on GoodMap and at Grace Hill Settlement House, promoting healthy collaboration across the region. 

You can read more about this year's 30 Under 30 honorees here

Paul joins GoodMap co-founder Matt Menietti, who was a member of the 30 Under 30 Class of 2012. 

GoodMap Graduates from The Mission Center Social Enterprise Incubator

GoodMap graduated this week from a year-long social enterprise incubation program at The Mission Center, L3C. As an inaugural incubate, GoodMap received mentoring, coaching, and technical assistance as it grew from its $30,000 award at the YouthBridge Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition (SEIC) to develop the GoodMap prototype.

The Mission Center, L3C, led by Chris Miller, has championed social entrepreneurship in St. Louis through such resources and support. Its role in providing back office accounting, HR, legal and evaluation services to nonprofits across St. Louis allowed the Mission Center to expertly guide such startup development.

GoodMap joined Big Heart Wines, The Disruption Department and Dancing Classrooms in a graduation ceremony on May 22, 2014. You can read more about this social enterprise incubator here

GoodMap Wins $30,000 in Social Enterprise Seed Funding

Washington University’s Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial studies has awarded $164,000 to four entrepreneurial ventures with a social twist.

GoodMap, a website that allows social agencies to help people find, organize and share information about community resources, won the Skandalaris Award of $25,000. The organization, led by Paul Sorenson, Matt Menietti, Liz Pund, and Natalie Clay, were the recipients of an additional $5,000 (for a total award of $30,000) for submitting the strongest social impact measurement plan. 

GoodMap was joined by several other social enterprises who also received awards. They included Independent Youth, Circus Harmony Flying Trapeze Center, and ArchCity Defenders.

“This year’s social entrepreneurs came up with lots of ideas and concepts that were new and fresh for St. Louis,” said Skandalaris Center Direction Ken Harrington “All the finalists will have high impact on our community as they move forward,” he says. “We are particularly excited about how past and current competitors are collaborating to build a community culture supporting social entrepreneurship. These are exciting times in St. Louis.”

Law firm Polsinelli Shughart will also give $3,000 prizes of in-kind legal service for up to three of the teams in the competition, according to the statement.

The SEIC competition has its roots in a 2005 partnership between the Skandalaris Center and the YouthBridge Community Foundation and has awarded more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes to 36 social ventures since then.