Alex Budak, Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility
“Substantive social change will not come from one or two large organizations, but rather from lots of people creating new futures for their own communities. There is no shortage of great ideas in the world, nor changemakers that are ready to make those ideas a reality. But what is needed is a shift in thinking to a world where anyone, anywhere with a great idea for having social impact feels empowered to do so.”
With a clear purpose to empower others to become changemakers, Alex Budak is making waves in the social entrepreneurship field. He co-founded and now acts as advisor to the crowdfunding site StartSomeGood.com. This platform has supported the launch of over 500 social ventures and has raised over $5 million and counting for social change projects. For his work Alex was named one of 100 “visionary leaders leading us towards a better world” by Real Leaders. Currently, he heads up Reach for Change’s incubator in Sweden for 11 leading social entrepreneurs where he helps them scale their organizations and their impact.
Alex was recognized as one of the Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders by the Diplomatic Courier (2012), one of ten “amazing millennials who are saving the world” by Take Part (2014) and is a 2012 International Youth Foundation Fellow (2012).
He has spoken on the topics of social entrepreneurship and leadership in venues around the world including the White House, the World Bank, Universities, conferences, corporates and coworking spaces from LA to the Arctic Circle.
A Silicon Valley native currently living in Stockholm, his writing on social innovation has been published in The Guardian and US News and his writing on entrepreneurship and leadership has been featured in Fast Company and Huffington Post.
Launching a social venture
Corporate Social Responsibility 2.0
Leadership for the 21st century