About Alex Budak

Hi, I’m Alex!

I’m currently building and encouraging the field of social entrepreneurship in Sweden through my position with Reach for Change, where I run an incubator for 12 wonderful social entrepreneurs, helping them scale their organizations and their impact.  

I co-founded and now advise the crowdfunding site StartSomeGood.com, which has supported the launch of over 200 social ventures and has raised over 1 million USD for social change projects. I’ve spoken to groups about social entrepreneurship (one of my very favorite things to do) in venues small and large around the world and have written on social innovation for The Guardian and US News.

In addition to my passion for entrepreneurship and empowering others to discover their inner changemaker, I’m a travel writer and photographer. Some of my travel adventures have been published on the Huffington Post, Lonely Planet and Shutterbug.  

Prior to StartSomeGood, I hosted a podcast for Ashoka and conducted research on the intersection of new media and politics.

I graduated with a B.A. in Geography and Political Science from UCLA and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University.  

I’m a California native currently living in Stockholm where I co-lead Sweden’s Sandbox Network hub.  I can be found in search of a city’s best burrito, cheering on my UCLA Bruins or exploring new places, camera in hand.  

Get in touch

Want to swap travel tales? Chat about social entrepreneurship? Work together? Just say hello? Email Me — I’d love to hear from you!

Featured Interviews

If you still want more of me, you’re probably my Mom (Hi Mom!), but here are a few of my favorite interviews I’ve done that shed a bit more light on who I am and what I’m passionate about: 

ABC News - SaveOne.net | IdeaMensch.com | In The Capital LonelyPlanet |  MTV.com | 

Why UnpoppedCollar?

I went to graduate school at Georgetown University where I came face-to-face with the horror that is not just single popped-collars, but cantaloupe-and-grapefruit-colored-double-popped (in case one gets unpopped?) polo shirts.  The name of my site is a reminder to myself to resist the urge to conform to the pastel-polo mafia, and keep my collar properly — and permanently — unpopped.  

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