Topics Under Category: "Raising Capital"

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Can You Raise Capital and Stay Independent? Ask This Company.

B the Change | July 27, 2017

What do you do if you’re a mission-driven company that would like to raise outside capital, but have no intention of selling the company?  That’s the dilemma faced by a growing number of indie-minded entrepreneurs that want to grow their companies while staying true to their values. Traditional Medicinals, a pioneering maker of organic herbal […]

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Employee-Owned Companies: Where are the Impact Investors?

Anne Field | July 10, 2017

For social entrepreneurs concerned about growing income inequality in the U.S. and around the world, one way to spread the wealth is through employee ownership. With that in mind, you’d think impact investors would be clamoring to invest in such companies. But, not so much. They may be missing out. “Companies with meaningful ownership and […]

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The Social Innovator’s Dilemma: Raising Capital

Anne Field | June 30, 2017

There’s a lot of talk these days about impact investing. But ask any social entrepreneur, and they’ll tell you that raising capital is their number one challenge. Impact investors tend to regard these early-stage social enterprises as too risky, even as they complain about a lack of high quality investment opportunities. Call it the social innovators’ […]

Raising capital while female

Raising Capital While Female: Women Investors Offer Advice

Locavesting Staff | April 24, 2017

Raising capital while female. It comes with a unique set of challenges, not least of which is that the investors you’re pitching are likely to be white males with a certain sort of background. Given the tendency of people to invest in and generally gravitate towards others similar to them—a trait known as homophily—women and […]

Food unicorns

Dear Founder, Your Business is Not a F*&@#ng Unicorn.

Douglas Raggio | April 10, 2017

DEAR FOUNDER, YOUR BUSINESS IS NOT A FUCKING UNICORN. A unicorn is a mythical animal. You created a real business. Regardless of your company size or promise, you took a significant risk, saw something others didn’t and acted on it. I find it borderline insulting to call your business something that isn’t real (sorry 7-year-olds). […]

Cheryl Clements, crowdfunding platform PieShell

PieShell Helps Food Entrepreneurs Raise Funding, Step by Step

Amy Cortese | February 27, 2017

Food and crowdfunding: a winning combo, right? Actually, many food-related campaigns fail. On Kickstarter, for example, just 25% of crowdfunding campaigns for food-related projects are successful. Food ventures can get lost on big platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where tech gadgets, video games and art projects rule. And many food entrepreneurs are not prepared for [...]
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When it Comes to Funding, This Social Enterprise Gets Creative

Anne Field | January 27, 2017

Opening a grocery store in a food desert in West Oakland is not easy—just ask Brahm Ahmadi. Despite strong community support, he’s had to get creative to when it comes to funding and building his social enterprise. After several years, he’s finally nearing his goal, having raised money from the community and partnered with a […]

Why It’s a Great Time to Start and Grow a Product Company (Sorry, Unicorns!)

Krista Morgan | November 15, 2016

Mention the word ‘startup’ and it’s sure to conjure images of young engineers hunched over laptops, feverishly coding the next Facebook or Twitter. While tech startups tend to get all of the glory, not to mention the lion’s share of venture funding, consumer products companies are establishing a solid track record of returns—and gaining new interest […]

Blended Capital Fund Helps Small Scale Farmers in Arkansas

Anne Field | October 6, 2016

The funding world used to be fairly straightforward: there was philanthropy for nonprofits, venture capital for startups and bank loans for existing businesses. But in the age of social enterprise and impact investing, those lines are blurring. As more businesses combine a social mission with a for-profit business model, finance is adapting, giving rise to […]

For Social Entrepreneurs, Measuring Impact is Key

Anne Field | September 6, 2016

Are you a social enterprise looking for impact investors? Better start measuring your impact. Good impact metrics not only help attract impact investors, they can also boost your performance and your long term viability. Those are the conclusions of The Business Value of Impact Measurement, a study published recently by the Global Impact Investing Network […]