Marrying Purpose and Profit: Yoshiyama Entrepreneurs

by Network for Good Specialist on ‎11-01-2013 3:00 AM, EDT

By Allison McGuire | @CaliMcG


Ready to be inspired? Check out this year’s Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs winners!


2013 Yoshiyama AwardeesThese young entrepreneurs are making a difference and Hitachi is bolstering their work through a $40,000 grant and access to business mentors via its Investors' Circle and B Lab.


The 2013 Yoshiyama Awardees are an impressive bunch. From using mobile tech to create a relationship between low-income patients and healthcare companies to providing inner-city youth financial education, these young entrepreneurs are helping lift their communities out of poverty.


This is truly a commendable corporate responsibility strategy, because Hitachi wins when the community wins.


“When you see a Yoshiyama entrepreneur, you see a person with the vision that a creative artist has, the passion of a social-change agent, and with the competency of a great business leader,” explained Barbara Dyer, president and CEO of The Hitachi Foundation.


“[T]hese entrepreneurs are bringing to life is a quality that has always been there in American business, it’s just been subordinated by short-term interests. And that’s the quality of marrying purpose and profit.”


Check out the video to learn more about these inspiring Millennial entrepreneurs and how Hitachi is supporting their work.




Question for discussion: Does your company support entrepreneurship? How?



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