funding

Top Twelve Popular Podcasts 2018, Jeff Ochs, Venn Foundation

The Venn Foundation uses Program-Related Investments in surprising new ways. This week, we’re talking to Jeff Ochs of the Venn Foundation. Jeff is an experienced entrepreneur and investor. He invented and commercialized an educational party game that was licensed by Hasbro. He started a successful nonprofit, Breakthrough Twin Cities. And he was the Executive Director of an angel investing network. In each of these instances, Jeff saw the difficulty of getting the right investments to the right startups at the right time. Jeff explains that today there are two types of capital: Charitable donations, which support causes we care about with no expectation whatsoever for financial return. For-profitinvestments, which are…

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Find Your Funding, Part 2, Cathy Clark, CASE Smart Impact Capital

CASE Smart Impact Capital is a toolkit that helps you to raise capital that aligns with your needs. In 1992, Cathy Clark had a conversation with Lloyd Morrissett, the co-founder of Sesame Workshop. Lloyd told her “Change happens when the right people with the right idea and the right capital come together at the right time.” This idea stuck with Cathy and has guided her career since. When Cathy first appeared on Social Entrepreneur in January 2016, she said. “It isn’t enough to have a good idea, to want to help people, but you have to have an organization to do it, and eventually that organization needs capital. And that…

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Find Your Funding, Part 1, Jeff Ochs, Venn Foundation

The Venn Foundation uses Program-Related Investments in surprising new ways. This week, we’re kicking off a two-part mini-series how to fund a business that does social good. We did something similar in April 2016 in a series called Founding & Fuding. In May 2017, Ned Tozun generously shared the story of how he and co-founder Sam Goldman funded d.light. Next week, Cathy Clark is going to be here to talk about CASE Smart Impact Capital, an online resource to help social entrepreneurs figure out how to find the right capital at the right time. This week, we’re talking to Jeff Ochs of the Venn Foundation. Jeff is an experienced entrepreneur…

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088, Mike Gabriel, RSF Social Finance | Financing Social Enterprises

RSF Social Finance has an innovative approach to financing social enterprises. They bring social entrepreneurs and funders together in regional meetings where loan rates are negotiated. Entrepreneurs help funders understand the impact of higher rates, while funders help entrepreneurs understand the impact of lower returns. In the end, they set the rates. How did Mike Gabriel come to join RSF? From 1997 to 2002, Mike Gabriel was an investment banker in San Francisco. “There was the dot-com boom and bust,” Mike told me. “There was a lot of froth – a lot of greed. That took a toll on me. Like many young people do, I questioned, what is it…

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088, Mike Gabriel, RSF Social Finance | Financing Social Enterprises

075, Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation | Civil Society in a Time of Transformation

Civil society is often referred to as a third sector of society, with business and government being the other two. The very nature of civil society is undergoing transformation – from how we gather information, to how we engage in debate to how we support one another. Alberto Ibargüen has a unique perspective on the rapidly changing nature of civil society. He grew up in a family that practiced impassioned political discussions in two languages. He practiced law, worked in the Peace Corps, spent a career in journalism and now heads the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation works to create informed and engaged communities. They do so…

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075, Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation | Civil Society in a Time of Transformation

074, Founding and Funding, Part 3 | Sonja Rossteuscher, Triple S Advisory & Consulting

Today’s founding and funding series dives into the area of funding a social venture. I am honored to be joined today by Sonja Rossteuscher of Triple S Advisory & Consulting. Having served as the Chief Financial Officer of the African Development Corporation, Sonja brings a great deal of experience in funding social enterprises at all stages of growth. Sonja took the time today to answer several questions today. In fact, I almost called this episode, “Everything you wanted to know about funding your social venture, but were afraid to ask.” Here are some questions that she tackles: What are some forms of funding that social entrepreneurs can consider? [spp-timestamp time=”6:32″]…

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074, Founding and Funding, Part 3 | Sonja Rossteuscher, Triple S Advisory & Consulting

068, Founding and Funding, Part 1 | Jackie Biederman and Tony Loyd

Founding and funding a social enterprise: how do you start and what do you do? Every Friday in April we’re going to talk about practical tips to help you become a startup founder and how to fund your dreams. Today, we’re going to kick it off by discussing the series with practical advice. The series will touch on 10 different themes: Personal Development – Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management Determine my aspirations – Social impact, freelancer, join a company, found a startup, create a small/medium enterprise, system-wide change Design the business – Customer empathy, ideation, problem definition, rapid prototyping, minimally viable products, field testing Define the business – Business…

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068, Founding and Funding, Part 1 | Jackie Biederman and Tony Loyd

018, Tom Dawkins, StartSomeGood | Building Platforms of Social Good

Special Announcement for this week: Because of all of the people who have subscribed, rated and reviewed Social Entrepreneur, we are trending in the iTunes store. We are New & Noteworthy in the following categories: Business Podcasts: #10 Career Podcasts: #6 Marketing & Management Podcasts: #5 Government & Organization Podcasts: #1 Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have subscribed, rated and reviewed Social Entrepreneur. As a thank you gift, I’d like to send you a special report, 5 Key Traits of Successful Social Entrepreneurs. To receive the report, you can text the word SOCENT to 44222. This only works if you are in the US or Canada….

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018, Tom Dawkins, StartSomeGood | Building Platforms of Social Good