Did You Know Florida’s Social Entrepreneurs are Changing Lives

By: Melissa Roberts

If you’re not yet familiar with the term social entrepreneurship, you will be soon. Social entrepreneurs are both visionaries and ultimate realists that transform ideas into action, becoming agents of large-scale change and finding creative solutions to future problems instead of relying on the government. There are a growing number of social entrepreneurs living in our own back yards, devoting themselves to a cause and building a generation of innovators who use their skills and passion to improve the world around them.

A perfect example of this is Limbitless Solutions of Orlando, a non-profit organization that provides bionic limbs at no cost for children in need. The company, which was recently featured at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum, uses open source 3D printing technology at high schools all over the country in order to change the lives of families in our state. Limbitless founder and University of Central Florida graduate and Ph.D. candidate, Albert Manero, was recently presented with Volunteer Florida’s Champion of Service Award at the December meeting of the Florida Cabinet.

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What social entrepreneurship programs have you seen in your community and how are they enacting change? Share your story by emailing the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Chief Economist Dr. Jerry D. Parrish at jparrish@flfoundation.org.