Topics Under Category: "Ecosystem"

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 […]

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 […]