Be a GEM
Help your career. Help the World. Be a GEM! GEMs earn their Social Entrepreneur Certificate by creating and leading a philanthropic mission. Grassroots Entrepreneur Mission provides inspiration, training, support and validation.
Social Entrepreneurs enjoy the dual benefits of being an entrepreneur and the joy of philanthropy. “Entrepreneurs really are happier than other people” according to Forbes Magazine in their article titled “Survey: Entrepreneurs are Happiest People on Planet”. Business News Daily puts it this way: “Want to be happy in your career and personal life? Become an entrepreneur.”
Help your career
Earning your GEM Certificate shows that you are a caring person who is well integrated into the local or global community. It also proves that you have initiative and creativity and that you possess skills for leadership, communication and business.
GEMs create and lead a philanthropic Mission.
The Grassroots Entrepreneur Mission provides a free service to support GEMs and issues GEM Certificates.
“A GEM Mission is like an Eagle Scout Project for Adult Entrepreneurs. Everyone should do it.”
Master Commander Alden Mills – US Navy Seal
Inventor & CEO, Author, Speaker
“The GEM Mission establishes a new career paradigm.”
Frank LeCates – Founder, Silverpoint
Educational System Innovator & Entrepreneur
New York, NY
“The GEM Certificate proves that a job candidate is a community leader.”
Rich Pearson – SVP UpWork, CMO Elance
Pioneering Freelance Career Expert
San Francisco, CA USA
Your Mission must demonstrate creativity and leadership along with business planning and execution.
Be more inventive than just volunteering or fundraising.
Social entrepreneurship requires developing and implementing a solution to a social or environmental issue.
Your volunteer Mission must meaningfully benefit people, communities, and / or the planet.
Your Mission’s Website must receive 100 Facebook Likes plus the endorsement of 3 Members of the GEM Certificate Committee plus a letter from a sponsor representing the Beneficiaries.
1. Join the GEM Social Entrepreneur Community.
Take the first step and register now. When you have completed your profile and participated in the Forums you will earn the “GEM Member Badge”. We issue Mozilla standard Open Badges that you can use on your social media profiles such as LinkedIn.
2. Develop your idea and business plan.
Do you see a philanthropic need and have a truly entrepreneurial solution, an idea beyond just volunteering or fundraising? Seek inspiration and support by participating in the Forums.
You need to complete a business plan and a Website. The Website is created for you automatically and you can edit it by simply pointing and clicking. The GEM Committee and GEM Community are hear to help you with your GEM business plan, which includes your Mission Statement, Quantified Goals, and a Budget.
When you have received approval on your Mission Plan from the GEM Committee you will earn your “GEM Approved Missionary” Badge.
Make it happen. After you have received approval on your Mission it’s “Go Time”. The GEM platform makes it easy to manage your mission including integration of crowdfunding services such as GoFundMe.
You need the following items in order to receive your Certified GEM Social Entrepreneur Certificate and Badge: