New Case - ReadWrite Digital: Improving Student Outcomes Through Educational Innovation

Authors: Bala Mulloth, William Carden, Elizabeth Carden

ReadWrite Digital is an education technology startup that offers software to K–12 schools in the United States to provide education analytics and personalized education planning. Founded in 2012 by Rob Simms, the current President and CTO, ReadWrite Digital built, developed, and launched two unique products, Integrator and Analytics, providing an end-to-end solution for data collection from disparate systems creating rich analytics for student performance in one place. 

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Exploring Social Business Pathways: Green Map System as a Case in Point

Authors: Bala Mulloth

Social entrepreneurship holds promise as a way for organizations to create value for both individuals and communities. The objective of this paper is to observe and analyze the ways Green Map System, a not-for-profit social venture, supports sustainable community development and local leadership by sharing tools, icons, and technology for mapping eco-sites around the world. The role of technology and digital networks, as well as the impact of global linkages, is also observed and emphasized. 

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Charlottesville Works: Harnessing Social Networks to Promote Employment and Fight Poverty

Authors: Bala Mulloth, Stefano Rumi

Ridge Schuyler believed that social networks were a unique and innovative way to fight poverty through sustainable employment opportunities. This case study describes how Ridge scaled up Charlottesville Works locally around a formalized social network model that connects unemployed individuals living under the federal poverty line to promising jobs through word-of-mouth, at little cost. 

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iThrive Games: Championing Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Games

Authors: Bala Mulloth, Susan E. Rivers

This case aims to study the growth, evolution, and social innovation of iThrive Games, a socially minded initiative that aims to create meaningful opportunities using technology for teens to enhance the knowledge, mindsets, and skills they need to thrive through development and across the continuum of mental disorder to wellness. iThrive’s focus has been on creating “meaningful games” that is, games that promote health and well-being of teen players. 

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The University of Virginia Pay-for-Success Lab: Jump-Starting University-Based Pay-for-Success Research Labs

Authors: Bala Mulloth, Stefano Rumi

This case study gives an overview of the creation of the Pay-for-Success (PFS) Lab at the University of Virginia (UVA). It promotes discussion of how other university institutions can scale up their own research labs with a limited budget, and also introduces students to the PFS concept and the role university research institutions can play in the social impact process.

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Revitalizing the Yamuna River: Social Entrepreneurship Approaches

Authors: Bala Mulloth, Bharat Rao

New Delhi, India’s capital city, with a population of almost twenty-two million faces a daunting challenge: Its sacred river, the Yamuna, is one of the most polluted in the world. In fact, within the city limits, the Yamuna is primarily constituted by treated and untreated sewage and other toxic effluents. The water is rendered “dead” with zero oxygen, thus posing serious health hazards to the citizens of New Delhi. Might there be a way to cleanup and revitalize the river plain using social entrepreneurial approaches?

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Habitat for Humanity and the Mixed Income Housing Market in Charlottesville

Authors: Bala Mulloth, Matthew Ericson

This case addresses how the nonprofit, Habitat for Humanity, handled commercialization through mixed-revenue, mixed-income programming in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. Four elements contributed to the successful adoption of mixed-revenue practices in the organization: the organization’s prior business model; its relationship with the private sector; its programming; and its ethos.

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