This week, meet Kaison Tanabe, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of IWOB making sure we develop and stick to our milestones. A serial entrepreneur, he's served as Program lead for the San Diego Startup Leadership Program, is a StartingBloc fellow and also a growth consultant for tech companies. In his free time, you can find him cooking for friends, rock climbing, doing jiu-jitsu, or cycling around town.
Kaison, why did you join the IWOB Team?
In early 2014, I moved from Boston—where I was running a local food social enterprise—to San Diego, in order to help out an education startup founded by classmates who had just raised angel funding. For us to raise more money, recruit team members, learn and apply various skillsets, and gain the advice of experienced mentors and advisors, I sought out a community of social entrepreneurs.
I found these like-minded individuals—those who care about pursuing social and environmental change alongside financial returns—in the local startup ecosystem. I began learning and practicing human-centered design, picked up and implemented growth strategies from some of the best marketers in the world, founded a company with people I met at a Startup Weekend, and even served as a program lead for the San Diego Startup Leadership Program.
Even though the startup ecosystem provided many of the resources needed for social enterprises to succeed, the need for an organization to serve the specific needs of social entrepreneurs—entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, for-profits, non-profits, cooperatives, activists, artists, and investors committed to positive, sustainable change—became clear. I joined the local community effort for an Impact Hub, spearheaded by BH, and quickly met the founding team of what was first Impact San Diego, and eventually, Impact Without Borders.
It is a privilege to learn from so many organizations and individuals—both regional and international—in order to provide social entrepreneurs access to the people, capital, and resources that can assist their efforts.
As we've grown this past year, so has our team! This month we'll start introducing you to a different team member every week.
This week, meet Bong Hwan 'BH' Kim. BH is the CEO and Co-Founder of IWOB. Prior to pulling together the founding IWOB team, BH got his start in the social sector including non-profit management, government, and philanthropy. He's now spearheading IWOB fundraising efforts and is an avid paddleboarder and certified yoga instructor.
BH, why did you join Impact Without Borders?
I became involved in Impact Without Borders because I see a great need for more innovative and impactful ways to solve social problems which are only growing in scope, speed, and complexity. Charitable dollars are not designed to grow anywhere near the rate at which out social, economic, and environmental problems are growing. Non-profits solely reliant on grants and contributions must devote a significant chunk of time to fundraising which drains valuable resources from their mission
Contrast this with social entrepreneurs who solve social, financial, environmental problems alongside a financial return. At IWOB we teach people who want to solve social problems with scalable solutions that empathetically engage with the lives of those who need the most help. Partnering with nationally recognized programs like Unreasonable Institute, we are growing social entrepreneurs.
Impact Without Borders invests in the social capital of our communities and our binational region by educating aspiring impact makers, equipping emerging leaders with tools and technologies to drive innovation and change, and accelerating the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
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