What We Do
AT DO GOOD X, our goal is to help you bring your business ideas for good to life. To do that, we’ve developed a collaborative approach with three components to jump start and develop your venture.
A community of early-stage entrepreneurs in an 8-week accelerator that will experience an interactive curriculum and gain tools to develop and scale business ideas for meaningful impact.
Entrepreneurs to advance business ideas that leave behind a social good footprint—a positive impact and legacy on people, communities, and the environment.
DO GOOD X is an 8-week accelerator designed for early-stage social entrepreneurs passionate about developing ventures that do good in the world. What do we mean when we say “do good?” For us, doing good means that these entrepreneurs want to make a positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.
We provide underrepresented social entrepreneurs with a community of peers and mentors, an interactive process to clarify the focus and purpose of their business, and access to resources and technical assistance to advance their business.
We are driven by faith-rooted values that fight against the rapid growth of inequality and social inequity in communities around the world. And DO GOOD X supports leaders who are faithfully pursuing entrepreneurship to transform systems for the good of all people. Visit our FAQs for additional information.
These change agents are committed to their faith, passionate about creating a just world, and driven to do good.
- 2018 FELLOWS
- 2017 FELLOWS
Village Life Reentry SupportBrooklyn, NY
“I want to heal our communities and reduce recidivism by creating a holistic support system for returning citizens that addresses the trauma of mass incarceration, police brutality, and gun violence.”
Bourgeois BabyPhoenix, AZ
“I am inspired to develop environmentally safe, quality, and affordable baby products to close the access gap for low-income parents.”
She Tried ItSan Leandro, CA
“I want to build womxn’s courage and confidence by providing opportunities to try unconventional experiences curated with the intention of breaking social norms and challenging gender stereotypes in a safe space.”
JULIUS JESSUP PETERSON
JULIUS JESSUP PETERSONDecatur, GA
“I believe that I am called to teach, facilitate, and build in response to the violence that is occurring in our world.”
Mending Life Concepts Empowerment GroupCartersville, GA
“I want to help people work past trauma toward resilience by mending wounds and relationships that are detrimental to the healing process.”
GoHealth Kids Fitness DeckDetroit, MI
“I believe the greatest responsibility of any productive society is stewarding the lives and futures of the next generation.”
Cross-Continental ConnectionsLebanon, PA
“I desire to bridge the gap among women of the African diaspora to improve social, cultural, and economic relations and to create sustainable models of engagement.”
VELMA LOVEYork, SC
“I want to leverage the power of storytelling for social change initiatives that addresses social division and disconnect in our communities.”
Backyard FarmsMinneapolis, MN
“I pragmatically envision how diverse neighborhoods can grow food abundance where all people are nourished and embraced.”
“I stand within a tradition that has long attempted to work toward justice in the present as guided by Jesus’ ministry of inclusion and rejection of Empire.”
DWIGHT FORDDavenport, IA
“My wife, Kit, and I want to create a space of hope for women healing from violence and abuse.”
Valley Learning LabSan Antonio, TX
“I am passionate about the local church and exploring creative ways to sustain work in ministry.”
Creative WeekendsDallas, TX
“I want to create space and a healthy model for communities to come together to exercise creative muscles and discover new abilities.”
Little Sisters SpeakWashington, D.C.
“I am committed to manifesting a world where women, particularly Black Women, are free.”
Joseph Kitchen ProjectWashington, D.C.
“I am driven by my deep passion to connect to and support those who often are ignored and seen as a threat or the source of a problem instead of the solution.”
KIT EVANS-FORDDavenport, IA
“I am driven to bring forth love, hope, and peace to women healing from violence and abuse.”
LAKISHA LOCKHARTRichmond, VA
“The young people I work with inspire me to create a world in which they are represented, reflected, and have their voices, bodies and entire beings matter.”
LYVONNE BRIGGS PICOU
LYVONNE BRIGGS PICOUOakland, CA
“I am fiercely committed to addressing the taboo and stigma attached to childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in the Black community.”
NEICHELLE GUIDRYAtlanta, GA
“I want to curate safe, supportive and empowering spaces for Black women.”
“I want to build eco-justice oriented tiny houses for lower socioeconomic African American families.“
SHONDA GLADDENIndianapolis, IN
“I want to cultivate communal spaces, curate stories and create resources to inspire ALL—particularly marginalized people—to live fully into their best selves.”
Backyard FarmsMinneapolis, MN
“I am dedicated to making sure that neighborhoods can become safer and greener without displacing the poor and people of color.“
J. HOWARD KUCHER
J. HOWARD KUCHERBaltimore, MD
“My work in social enterprise stems fully and completely from my conviction that it is a better way to live out my faith in caring for my fellow human and restoring human dignity.”
JERMAIL SHELTONAtlanta, GA
“I have a strong desire to empower people to believe in their wildest dreams and goals while standing up to their internal fears and self-doubts.”
KEVIN L. NICHOLS
KEVIN L. NICHOLSOakland, CA
“Given my commitments and Catholic background, I want to support and empower faith-based entrepreneurs who want to create a positive impact.”
KHALIL & NICOLE THOMPSON
KHALIL & NICOLE THOMPSONAtlanta, GA
“As entrepreneurs, we are driven by our faith, serving others, and being an example to our children so they see us living a life of purpose and a life without regret.”
KIMBERLY BUTLERAtlanta, GA
“I help creative entrepreneurs define their mission and vision, set goals, and refine business/personal rhythms and processes to promote healthy work-life patterns.”
LINDA KAY KLEIN
LINDA KAY KLEINBrooklyn, NY
“It is a deep honor for me to hold space for world-changing social entrepreneurs to chart their paths forward and advance. I do it because if they are successful, the world advances, and all of us with it.”
LUKE KELLERClarkston, GA
“From an early age, I was taught that it is the responsibility of those who have access to means to serve those faced with injustice. Ultimately, what I create—in business or for pleasure—will come from my desire and commitment to serve.”
MATT ELSBERRYAlpharetta, GA
“Life is too short to separate the good you want to do in the world from the paid work you do to sustain yourself.”
DO GOOD X Startup AcceleratorAtlanta, GA
This 8-week accelerator includes a 3 ½-day Jump Start, a 6-week online course, and concludes with a 5 ½-day intensive Boot Camp and a final pitch event. During this transformational experience, Fellows will complete an interactive curriculum that taps into core motivations to launch a venture for good and provides tools needed to succeed. Applications are due May 3, 2019!
DO GOOD X MentorsAtlanta, GA
Mentors support early-stage entrepreneurs participating in the DO GOOD X 8-week Startup Accelerator. Mentors participate throughout the 8-week accelerator and provide expertise, guidance, and encouragement.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
DO GOOD X Pitch for GoodAtlanta, GA
Hear DO GOOD X Fellows pitch business ideas that address a problem people or communities face. Here, money isn’t the only form of investment. Join a community of investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders ready to pledge resources, connections, or expertise to support.
Please check back soon to register for the 2019 Pitch for Good!
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