EvolvED is a committed team of social engineers who serve as the market catalyst to connect the doers, educators and policy makers from both the for-profit and nonprofit community with one another. We are committed to advising, educating and delivering strategies to create sustainable enterprises. In this, we take inspiration from the exceptional people who want to have a meaningful impact in the world around them.

ABOUT US

The core of EvolvED is entrepreneurial innovation. Based on years of rigorous research in the social innovation field, our team created the Periodic Table of Social Entrepreneurial Elements (SEE). We use these elements as a baseline for all of our work.

The Periodic Table of Social Entrepreneurial Elements (SEE)

Sustainable: As a key driver for social sector funding, social enterprise sustainability and social venture capability is the single most important factor to master as a social entrepreneur…
Acquiring: Acquisition and mergers are a common business practice in the social sector...
Organizational Development: There are few business sectors on the planet that are fraught with such significant business risk than the rapidly emerging social sector...
Leadership and Governance: Just as in the mainstream private sector, governance and leadership of social enterprise is critical in safeguarding the mission and vision of the social enterprise...
Strategy: Social enterprises depend on solid business strategies to provide direction and guidelines to achieve a desired end state for the enterprise and it’s stakeholders...
Finance and Accounting: Social enterprises have unique finance and accounting demands that require creative solutions due to limited financial resources...
Impact and Investing: Impact investing is becoming increasingly more important as a proponent for social enterprises...
Capital Development: In the complex landscape of a wide array of funding mechanisms in the broad definition Impact Investing, securing financing is a daunting hurdle for social entrepreneurs...
Technology and Management: Technology and Management is essential for social enterprises especially those that operate their own Information Technology (IT) support...
Operational Value: The operational value in social enterprise is the value from the assets owned by the enterprise...
Scalable Business: As an emerging sector over the past decade, successful business models have been fragmented and isolated..
Culture and Methods: A business culture is the set of values and beliefs within an organization and it is key to the overall business strategy...
Evidence: Social entrepreneurs must continuously seek to measure the impact of their organization...
Research Questions: Developing research questions are essential to measuring the impact of a social enterprise...
Data and Evaluation: Social enterprise evaluation is a foundation to organizational learning, performance improvement, accountability and overall long term intended impact...
Data Synthesis: After a social enterprise presents evidence, develops research questions and evaluates data, they must turn that data into insights...
Recognizable: Social enterprises aspire to gain recognition from society to garnish support for their organization and their cause...
Marketing: Social enterprises aspire to gain recognition from society to garnish support for their organization and their cause...
Media Relations: Social enterprises aspire to gain recognition from society to garnish support for their organization and their cause...
Network: A network is a key success for any social impact organization...
Ethical Behavior: Ethical behavior refers to the ways in which an organization operates with the common moral principles of integrity and honesty...
Ethics: Ethics is how an organization puts policies and procedures in effect to comply with the regulations, policies and laws that govern business...
Transformation: The social impact sector aims to transform society with innovative and unique ideas to improve social and environmental issues...
Motivator: Social enterprises influence society by acting as motivators to transform social and environmental issues...
Leader: Social entrepreneurs are innovative thinkers that are posed with the question of how to solve the world’s most challenging social and environmental issues...
Global Social Impact: The mission of a social enterprise is to create innovative and transformative ideas that will have a positive impact on society at large...
Innovation: Among the early success stories in social entrepreneurship little exposure has been given to bridging concepts of the innovation theory to innovative practice...
Design Thinking: Design Thinking is a method of problem solving and solution seeking that employs a human-centered approach in business development...
Policy Shifts: Policy shifts refer to the change in a set of ideas that govern a social enterprise...
Social Policy and Planning: Social Policy is about doing something for the good of the people...
Social Policy Development: Social Policy is developed in order to define how a social enterprise is going to conduct business for the good of the people..
Legislative Planning: Social Policy is developed in order to define how a social enterprise is going to conduct business for the good of the people...

The idea is simple—entrepreneurial innovation occurs whenever a group of energized and motivated people come together to implement a new idea, and such ideas can improve the lives of those who suffer from poverty and inequality. Our goal is to encourage an element of entrepreneurship in everything from social undertakings to business development to strategies. We want to empower people to think differently and to lead entrepreneurial lives.

WHO WE ARE

EvolvED focuses on how organizations, cities and corporations engage actively in the collective whole. We believe that social entrepreneurship has the potential to change the world. Radically. For the better.

EvolvED emphasizes the effective use of social capital and social network structures. We pay particular attention to how strategic social entrepreneurship plays out in the area of education, as we believe that encouraging entrepreneurship in schools directly translates into encouraging entrepreneurship in the workplace. There is no more important role for leaders than to define an organization’s strategic direction to instill a sense of urgency, and then to roll out that strategy.

WHAT WE DO

EvolvED is passionate about developing businesses and making connections that lead to growth. Virtually every enterprise in existence today has unlimited potential in its organizational, legal and technical space. We enjoy working with people who want to solve social or business problems or create a new market. We believe that professional service firms can harness innovation and entrepreneurship to improve their businesses and unlock their full potential.

EvolvED has spent years working with challenging industries and has assisted at every level of the entire value chain product development. From this experience, we have developed a simple philosophy: Grow the business, and the rest will fall into place.

HOW WE DO IT

What is it like to work with EvolvED?

Every good client relationship begins with an assessment. Many organizations have methodologies for doing assessments and reporting back, but at EvolvED, we do not buy into conventional ways of collecting data. Instead, we believe in spending a significant amount of our time getting to understand our clients and what they are truly trying to accomplish. We ask the questions that need to be asked, and we will even bring up the ones that other people are not asking.

Forget death by PowerPoint; we will conduct the assessment by leaving the office behind to focus on the questions at hand. This could be done while meeting for coffee, drinks, or even a walk. This assessment helps us ask the tough questions, identify the gaps, then customize our approach. And we do this fast.

EvolvED also strives to live by a few basic principles. These core commitments allow us to work successfully in innovative and entrepreneurial environments by encouraging us to be forever flexible and always curious.

Here are some of the principles we live by when working with our clients:

  • We focus on impact and outcome, not on deliverables. This gets results.
  • We ask questions early and often; this assures we get quickly to the core of the matter.
  • We bring in other experts when we need them. We recognize what we don’t know and leverage our vast network of resources for their expertise when needed.
  • We research and collect data before we make predictions. That data becomes meaningful information.
  • We believe all innovators in our community should build knowledge based on People, Processes and Technology.
  • We believe in the strong use of visuals, as they help clients and employees understand concepts and “see” what they are saying.
  • We focus on energy and build on it.
  • We believe social innovation and fiscal viability are not mutually exclusive concepts.
  • We excel in the efficient delivery of practical solutions to intricate and unique problems.

OUR FOUNDER

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Amanda Antico

Founder and CEO

EvolvED is led by Amanda Antico, who has served as an educational, organizational, financial and business development strategist for more than 30 years. As a consulting firm devoted to creating and sustaining entrepreneurial and innovative communities, EvolvED combines business acumen with a passion for social value creation.

SERVICES: OUR OFFERINGS

Our Work is divided between the sides of the Periodic Table of SEE. We focus on delivering new, specific, measurable and, of course, customized solutions to the challenges that the social impact field faces on a daily basis. We do this by using the assessment and strategic consulting tools that we have built over the years. We are storytellers and creators, we are researchers and finance, and we combine the right side of the brain with the left side of the brain in everything we do. If we didn’t, nothing would evolve.

We like to help the organizations we work with go beyond.
We start by asking two very simple questions (which we know are really hard to answer):

Regarding Impact
What impact do you want to make? Why? How?
Regarding Innovation
What innovations do you want to be known for? Why? How?

During all of our engagements, we are committed to building out competencies that will improve our core product, our SEE table. Mixed together with the right elements, we believe that we can always bring the organizations we work with together to continue in the path they describe when they answer our two “simple” questions. Here are some of our offerings and current work; we often create new services while we are working closely with our clients, and one industry not listed here, because of the preliminary nature of the project, is television production.

Competency Creation

We are working with the educational industry to create the most relevant competencies for our field. In this area, our vision is to pursue our mission through strategic public/private partnerships with selected Higher Education Institutions in co-creating competency-based blended eLearning experiences on a global scale. Many institutions have started or plan to create new learnings that will guide their students to save both time and money. EvolvED is here to work with institutions and professional organizations to help learners in the field of social entrepreneurship to assure success as they start to plan and create the new endeavors. This way students can master these important skills at their own pace.

Assessments (Big and Small)

Sometimes taking a good long look is all an organization needs to get to the next level. We have built our careers on assessing the situation. We conduct our assessments by doing a “quick look” focused on the “Long View.” We have proven methodologies that work through the use of interviews and analysis of available data. In the end, we provide leaders with a greatly enhanced view of their organization, its strengths and weaknesses, an evaluation of its strategy, and high-level threats and opportunities in the value chain where they thrive.

Strategy and Organization Change

Everyone talks about “organization change,” but we combine it with an action plan. When doing strategic work with our client organizations, we start by defining the impact and outcomes that they want to achieve. We next combine the needs of every level of an organization by understanding its people, technology and history. Deliverables include a complete strategy, leadership buy-in, a plan to roll out the strategy to the organization. We also include a “learning agenda” and “communications craze” for the rest of the organization so that everyone can get behind the work, not just the top tier. Everyone matters and we know it, we build our strategies that way.

Data Analysis and Financial Modeling

As odd as it sounds, sometimes the very last thing a new organization thinks about is how to make money. Literally any action, process or output can be dollarized and the EvolvED team excels in the development of financial models—from the simple to the sophisticated—that can justify funding requests, valuations and so on. Deliverables can include revenue projection estimates, profit and loss models, breakeven and sensitivity analyses, and various other assessments that can assist the management team.

OUR WORK

We work in the industries that have the most power and influence over our lives.

  • Education

    Social media proliferation, online collaboration demands and the impact of the Millennials and Generation Z have more than raised the bar for higher education; they’ve moved it into another dimension. Young people also care a heck of a lot about being the change they want to see in the world.

    The Challenge

    The client, North Carolina Association for Independent Schools (NCAIS), wanted to create a “virtual environment” for 80 members within its large independent school system.

    The Solution

    What would have been a simple online portal became so much more after EvolvED encouraged the client to think more like an entrepreneur. Together, we worked to create an entire virtual community and a Master Teacher Academy. We provided the teachers of NCAIS with the means to learn an abundance of technical and subjective skills. We expanded our resources by partnering with industry leaders to develop and provide complementary online tools. As a result, more than 50 schools enrolled in the Academy, and 18 teachers participated in training.

    The Results (and Beyond)

    Today, NCAIS’s Master Teacher Academy is held up as a model and NCAIS esteemed as a market leader in the Independent School Space because of it. Usage grows every month.

  • Social Impact

    This evolving industry helps connect the dots between the place where we live and those who are committed to generating substantial yet sustainable financial results alongside vitally important social and environmental benefits. Everyone on the EvolvED team has been doing this kind of work for some time; the industry is now mature enough to have a name.

    The Challenge

    A 501(c)(3) committed to developing business for struggling individuals and communities was looking to scale. It had major success in the state of New Jersey, but was looking to expand.

    The Solution

    Like most ambitious and successful nonprofits, it was impossible for the founders to stop and pull together all of their work products. The EvolvED team worked with the cofounders and the entire staff of this amazing organization to bring clarity to what they were doing and build a product that could be “replicated” beyond one state.

    The Result (and Beyond)

    The replication initiative brought the Rising Tide model to Chicago as the first of many future “Rising Tide Cities." Today, thanks to EvolvED, they are also a part of the Aspen Institute of Urban Cities pilot program in Washington, DC.

  • Pharma

    New medicines are an integral part of the healthcare system, providing doctors and their patients with safe and effective treatment options, extending and improving quality of life. These benefits extend beyond the United States to people around the globe.

    The Challenge

    A global Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company needed to establish a new office that will be responsible for determining its corporate approach to inclusion of the patient’s voice within the drug discovery process.

    The Solution

    Through rigorous internal due diligence and comprehensive industry research, we provided the strategic guidance necessary for client leadership to optimally structure their inaugural launch-year goals, deliverables and key performance indicators so they were aligned with corporate objectives. The EvolvED team took it a step further by performing a comprehensive financial breakdown of industry-wide clinical trial costs and determined the potential financial impact and cost mitigation of the firm implementation of selected patient-focused drug development initiatives for specific therapeutic programs.

    The Result (and Beyond)

    Today, the Office of Global Patient Affairs has established itself as the integrating forum for internal guidance within the company and external collaboration with international agencies, allowing the cultivation of new processes, concepts and ideas that address key gaps in the drug discovery timeline. It has also given voice to the larger conversation by leading the movement on a global scale and sets an example for future discussions between industry leaders and policy makers.

  • Law

    In recent years, the historically changeless legal industry has begun to awaken to the demands of a changing world. Clients are demanding control, firms are looking to be more efficient and new entrants are innovating ways to respond to client expectations. Legal firms increasingly recognize the needs of the greatest companies and industry leaders, and can help them navigate our changing world with innovation that makes sense.

    The Challenge

    The client, a major law firm, needed a way to identify clients that cross industry lines and make change happen.

    The Solution

    Over a period of 18 months, EvolvED designed an innovative outreach model that worked with the busy lawyer lifestyle yet cut through the cluttered DC legal marketplace. We collaborated to discover new thought areas and develop a new methodology. We asked the tough questions and focused on what would resonate with potential clients in a competitive world. As a result of our work, the firm replaced galas and big dinners with small, intimate meetings. Attorneys and associates worked together to expand their thinking and seek out the right match in unusual places. They began to have serious conversations about how to create change together with potential clients.

    The Results (and Beyond)

    This methodology was replicated time and time again in many of the firm’s practice groups. The attorneys are collaborating more than ever. The firm now boasts a client list that is rich in entrepreneurial companies that are making a difference in their communities. The attorneys on K Street find innovation and increased profits in the work they are doing virtually every day.

OUR CLIENTS

OUR NETWORK

Our Network is our gold standard. NOTHING, and we mean NOTHING, can get done in the entrepreneurial conditions in which we find ourselves without our network. Our network has many layers, and we are fortunate to have many walks of life working with us. Technologists, academics, government officials, financial experts, designers, grant writers, students, facilitators, entrepreneurs, lawyers, photographers, even storytellers—you name it, we have someone in our network that makes us stronger in that area.

OUR PARTNERS

EvolvED firmly believes that while good consultants can work alone, excellent consultants have a wide support base that allows them to pull from a greater range of expertise. The most effective strategic partnerships involve entities with complementary strengths. EvolvED carefully selects partners that possess specific business assets—from intelligent collaborators to leading technology experts to amazing facilitators and, always the most fun, the creatives!

Innovista

EvolvED has worked with the legal minds at Innovista since the term Social Entreship became so popular. As the lines between nonprofits and for profits continue to blur, the country has seen rapid evolution of legal issues. Numerous states are passing legislation to create “benefit corporations” and other new legal structures that equip officers and directors with the legal tools to ensure that the social mission and profit motive can coexist.

Innovista’s lawyers have been at the forefront of the social innovation revolution for nearly a decade, helping to launch and direct one of the earliest statewide social innovation education programs. We are honored to collaborate with them before and during our projects!

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At EvolvED we pride ourselves on what good design does to tell the best story imaginable.  Our Graphic designer Miwa Patton and her company just makes us happy! She is our long-time artistic resource. With more than 15 years experience in multiple areas of graphic design, including graphic recording, Miwa pays special attention to color, layout, and design themes. She is passionate about collaborating with clients to bring their vision to light, and has taught courses and seminars on how to better incorporate good design into one’s work. EvolvED cherishes Miwa’s skills in translating complicated concepts into clear and concise graphics.

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The power of the badging movement is becoming more evident id education and EvolvED has chosen to work with the pioneers of this wonderful disruption. Credly empowers the recognition of lifelong achievement by offering the leading platforms for verifying, sharing and managing digital badges and credentials.

Thousands of organizations, including the New York City Department of Education, Adobe, SUNY, University of Central Florida, Dallas Museum of Art, MoMA, EDUCAUSE, Instructure, Training Magazine, Yale University, Harvard, the YMCA of Greater New York, Smithsonian, and NMC, use Credly to make achievements visible. We cannot wait until Credly is the power behind the our Badges.

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EvolvED is working closely with Mason to develop the first set of core competencies. Through 2016, working with the Learning Solutions team at Mason, we will unveil the groundbreaking competencies that will ensure the social entrepreneurs in the field have what they need.

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Kate keeps us honest — we have a million ideas and we love that about us. When we write something, Kate proofs it…she makes it better and the words dance off the page. We also know that it takes a village to run an organization that wants to change the world and Kate has dedicated her life to making sure that happens with the clients she chooses to work with. Her portfolio represents the best and brightest in education and like-minded organizations to what EvolvED does every day.