Topics Under Category: "Ecosystem"

Florida social enterprise

Move Over Mickey: Central Florida Builds a Hub for Social Enterprise

Anne Field | July 17, 2017

Central Florida’s economy depends a lot on tourism—think Mickey Mouse and performing dolphins. But a growing number of movers and shakers in the region are trying to diversify by turning the area into a social entrepreneur-ship hub. The latest step in that direction: a new Orlando-based accelerator for social enterprises. The Central Florida Social Enterprise […]

social impact accelerators

Incubating Change: Startup Accelerators Help Social Enterprises Grow

Lynn Freehill-Maye | June 17, 2017

On Bank Street in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, a stylish loft occupies the sixth floor of a nondescript building. The bright, open space teems with art, from splashy graffiti to elegant sculptures. A diverse crowd — including 20-something hipsters and business-casual boomers — gazes at laptops and clusters around tables, chatting and sipping from mugs. At first glance, this could […]

A Program for Budding Social Entrepreneurs in Need of a Mission

Anne Field | May 1, 2017

`There is no shortage of accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces geared towards social entrepreneurs. But what about the person who wants to use a for-profit business model to do something that matters—and doesn’t quite have the right idea yet? There’s not much available for those pre-idea individuals. A new pilot project aims to fill that […]

Red Bull Baltimore

Red Bull Academy for Social Entrepreneurs Comes to Baltimore

Anne Field | April 12, 2017

More and more successful companies are giving back by helping fledgling entrepreneurs get their ventures off the ground.  Boston Beer (aka Sam Adams) offers loans and mentoring through its Brewing the American Dream program. Yogurt superstar Chobani runs an incubator for food startups. Now Red Bull is the latest to join the party. The energy drink seller is […]

Integrated Capital

A Fellowship for Finance Professionals Creating Positive Change

Locavesting Staff | April 4, 2017

RSF Social Finance has been a leader in sustainable funding, with more than $450 million in loans, grants and investments since 1984. Along the way, it has mastered the art of creative financing, marshaling the right mix of funding tools to meet the unconventional needs of social enterprises. With a new Integrated Capital Fellowship, RSF […]

Black business owners

A New Accelerator Sets Black Business Owners up for Success

Sarah Trent | March 30, 2017

The wealth disparity between Black and White Americans is widely documented—Black households across the country average about one tenth the median net worth of White households. In Washington, D.C., that gap is more like a chasm: White households have a net worth 81 times greater than the District’s Black households. The reasons for the national […]

coal mining economy

Teaching Coal Miners to Code in Eastern Kentucky

Anne Field | March 8, 2017

With coal mining at a 35-year low, coal regions have been struggling with job losses and stagnant local economies. One new venture in Kentucky offers a solution: teaching coal miners how to code. It started three years ago when Rusty Justice and M. Lynn Parrish, the owners of a Pikeville, Kentucky excavation and engineering company […]

climate change ventures

New Startup Accelerator Seeking Climate Change Ventures

Anne Field | February 23, 2017

A new accelerator is looking for entrepreneurs fighting climate change. Called Climate Ventures 2.0, it’s run by GoodCompany Ventures, a Philadelphia-based social enterprise accelerator, and will accept 10 startups aimed specifically at addressing climate-related threats to agriculture and the resilience of water systems. Private initiatives have become even more important in recent weeks. As balmy […]

Fresno community investment fund

Four Ways to Create a Community-Scale Investment Fund in 2017

Brian Beckon | December 27, 2016

Community capital is about empowerment of communities. It is a set of strategies that allows ventures to raise capital from their ideal investors within their own community, allows anyone of virtually any economic class to invest in their community, and allows communities to build wealth though a cycle of investment, growth, profit, and reinvestment. Community […]

financial advisors and local investing

What Do Financial Advisors Have Against Local Investing?

Angela Barbash | November 27, 2016

I was on a panel earlier this year at the ComCap conference in Portland, discussing how my colleagues and I manage to do what other financial advisors seem incapable, unwilling, or downright frightened to do. Audience members recounted tales of bringing this taboo investment subject up to their financial advisors, only to be rebuked, scolded, […]