About Flywheel

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Our History

Flywheel launched in 2011. Our purpose? Form an innovative social enterprise hub like no other in the United States.

Since then we have mined hundreds of best practices in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. That’s helped us identify the characteristics most essential to a social enterprise becoming successful and sustainable.

Today, Flywheel is a dynamic organization with two fundamental missions. They are:

  • Supporting our nonprofit clients at every stage of their development of a social enterprise.
  • Developing an ecosystem of resources that can help social enterprises throughout the Tri-State Area to flourish and sustain for years to come.

We enjoy partnering with a nonprofit regardless of whether it is considering a social enterprise, designing a social enterprise or already operating a social enterprise. Our clients turn to us for master-level insights regardless of where they are in the development of their venture. By accessing our knowledge of best practices and effective troubleshooting techniques, they reduce the time they spend getting from exploration to launch. As a result, they save both time and money.

At the same time, we connect them to individuals, institutions and other innovative social enterprises. They learn from their peers and share their knowledge with those organizations whose social enterprise journey is just getting underway.

 

Timeline

  • 2006
    Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Miami University started
  • 2007
    Health Foundation issues RFP for social enterprises
    Social Venture Partners launches in Cincinnati with 14 partners
  • 2008
    Community Wealth Venture kicks-off collaborative class
    Social Enterprise Summit convened in Cincinnati
  • 2010
    Funders release RFP for Social Enterprise Hub and Flywheel wins
    X-Lab at Xavier University launches including social ventures
    United Way and Strive receive Social Innovation Fund funding
  • 2011
    Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub launches
    Cincinnati social entrepreneurs represent the largest community group attending the Social Enterprise Summit in Chicago and subsequently hosted Summit Update” for the nonprofit community
  • 2012
    Workshops of Flywheel’s provide social enterprise training to over 160 individuals
    Flywheel’s consulting social enterprise assists nonprofits with feasibility assessment and business planning
    With support from Flywheel, a chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance begins to form engaging 70 individuals
  • 2013
    The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance is granted provisional status
    Flywheel monthly email reaches 600 subscribers
    Nonprofits turning to Flywheel for assistance with social enterprise increases thirty percent
  • 2014
    Increasing community impact by educating and coaching, supporting new social enterprises, accelerating existing social enterprises, and building networks
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