Topics Under Category: "Ecosystem"

ImpactUS shut down

Impact Investing Marketplace ImpactUs Shuts Down

Locavesting Staff | January 16, 2018

ImpactUs launched last spring with a splash. Hatched out of the CDFI world and funded by heavyweights including the Ford and MacArthur foundations, the impact investment marketplace promised to bring new ease to connecting investors with vetted funds as well as direct investments in social enterprises. Its goal: $1 billion in transactions over five years. […]

In Maine, Local Funding and Talent Fuel a Thriving Textile Cluster

Anne Field | January 9, 2018

If you’re looking for signs of a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing, your first stop should be Maine. There you’ll find a burgeoning cluster of textile startups focused on making products in the state. You’ll also find a local ecosystem that brings together together the local funding, talent and training that make the cluster possible. A […]

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Techstars Launches New Social Impact Accelerator

Anne Field | October 30, 2017

When it comes to social impact entrepreneurship, it’s everyone into the pool. The idea of business as a force for good has been entering the mainstream, with Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital creating impact investment funds. Now Techstars, the Silicon Valley accelerator, is the latest high profile name to jump in. […]

Change Finance

New Products Bring Impact Investing to the Masses

Locavesting Staff | October 16, 2017

Many individuals would like to know that their investments are doing some good in the world. One recent survey found that 75% of investors were interested in impact investing. But the $114 billion impact investment market has traditionally been the domain of foundations, institutions and wealthy  individuals. That’s changing. “We are at a tipping point,” […]

SOCAP17

New Tools for Social Entrepreneurs Debut at SOCAP17

Locavesting Staff | October 7, 2017

Hundreds of impact investors will converge on San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center starting Oct. 10 for the 10th annual Social Capital Markets conference, or SOCAP as it is better known. Like bees to honey, the pricey event also attracts social entrepreneurs seeking capital, including 140 entrepreneurs from around the globe who are attending thanks to […]

Global Crowdfunding Convention

The Global Crowdfunding Convention Marks its Sixth Year With Focus on Diversity

Locavesting Staff | September 28, 2017

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—except if it’s the Global Crowdfunding Convention. This big tent crowdfunding conference brings together experts and novices from around the world to network and learn about all forms of crowdfunding. The maestro behind the event is crowdfunding authority and entrepreneur Ruth Hedges. She is the founder of CrowdfundingCRM.com, a marketing […]

Bay Area Black owned Business

Helping Dollars Circulate in African American Communities

Rani Langer-Croager | August 21, 2017

August is Black Business Month. But we would be honored to run this interview with YaVette Holts any month of the year. Holts is founder of  the Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses (BAOBOB), a network for black-owned businesses and customers who want to keep dollars circulating within the African-American community. BAOBOB’s directory lists […]

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 […]