Rachel Goor: Aligned4Good Founder

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How did you get involved with social entrepreneurship? I had toyed around with launching a couple different social ventures earlier in my career, but this most recent leg of the journey started while I was in grad school for City Planning at MIT. The School of Architecture and Planning launched their own startup accelerator program, and a classmate and I decided to apply. We threw around ideas for a month or two before seizing upon the one we decided to pursue. Everything essentially snowballed from there; we ended up being accepted into the accelerator, and went on to win multiple other competitions and accolades while still in school. We went full-time immediately after graduation, and the company is still thriving today. We were extremely lucky to receive international attention and press as we were focused on the two hot button issues of housing and aging, and that really boosted our progress. It was really hard in a lot of ways but ultimately it was a great experience. I think I learned more lessons about myself in those couple of years than I had during the entire rest of my life up to that point.