Topics Under Category: "Prototype"

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Revitalizing Local Communities With Popup Shops

Anne Field | March 3, 2017

Local retail is a crucial to a community’s economic health and vitality. Local stores invest more of every dollar they receive back into their neighborhood. They also increase the perception that a block is less vulnerable to crime and, as result, boost safety, says Sarah Filley, the founder of Popuphood, a startup that incubates small businesses […]

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Can Tax Incentives Jumpstart the JOBS Act?

Chelsea Eddy | January 24, 2017

Investing in local businesses, rather than in publicly traded corporations, is an idea generating interest globally. But until recently, that was hard to do in the U.S., thanks to federal and state laws that have impeded such investments by average citizens. The JOBS Act, passed in 2012 and fully implemented last May, has lowered many […]

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Venture Funding With a Twist: Founders Have to Give Back

Anne Field | December 13, 2016

Social entrepreneurship and venture capital are often an uneasy fit. The emphasis on fast growth and outsize returns can push founder to stray from their mission. Now, a new venture fund is marrying social impact and Millennial values with early stage investing—and redefining the term sheet in the process. The fund, Aera VC, is a […]

Five Cities Will Test New Muni Bond Crowdfunding Platform

Amy Cortese | October 13, 2016

Music venues, affordable housing, fire trucks and public parks. These are some of the first public works that will be funded on Neighborly, a new funding platform that combines crowdfunding and municipal finance. San Francisco-based Neighborly began its life as a civic crowdfunding platform, but two years ago shifted its focus to the multi-trillion dollar […]

Chicago Looks to Social Enterprise to Address Urban Challenges

Anne Field | July 11, 2016

Chicago has more than its fair share of urban woes. Cook County, a county of more than 5.2 million of which Chicago is the county seat, has a poverty rate of 17%. It is plagued by violence and crime. And the county suffered the biggest population decline last year of any county in the U.S. […]

Spurring Rural Entrepreneurship: 8 Innovative Business Models That Don’t Break The Bank

Becky McCray | June 3, 2016

Starting a business in a small town or rural place isn’t easy. Financing can be a major roadblock. In some small towns, local banks may not support unproven business owners. In other towns, the formerly-local banks are now owned by out-of-town conglomerates with far-away loan approval committees. In still other rural places, there simply aren’t […]

Reimagining B-School: At Etsy.org, Love & Community Top the Syllabus

Amy Cortese | March 31, 2016

Since its founding in 2005, Etsy has helped lead a revival in crafts and DIY culture, providing an alternative to soulless, mass manufactured goods. When the company, a B Corp., went public in 2015, it used some of the proceeds to endow a separate foundation, Etsy.org, to further its mission of “re-imagining commerce.” As the […]

Social Impact Bonds: Something Republicans And Democrats Agree On

Anne Field | March 3, 2016

Democrats and Republicans don’t seem to agree on much in this fractious campaign season. The exception may be Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), an innovative new financing model that is being welcomed with a warm bipartisan embrace. Also known as pay for success, SIBs are a new mechanism for financing initiatives aimed at addressing social ills, […]

BDCs: An Untapped Tool for Local Investing?

Michael Sauvante | February 15, 2016

Take a look at this Presidential signing statement: “This new law will facilitate the financing of small businesses by providing needed reform of the Federal securities laws. Small businesses are essential to economic growth and to innovation. No effort is more difficult for small businesses or more crucial to their success than raising investment capital. This […]