venture capital

How to Find Your Funding, with Ned Tozun, d.light

Ned Tozun talks about how to find your funding as you start and grow your social enterprise. Social entrepreneurs take on intractable problems. To tackle global challenges, you’re going to need to find funding. One such massive problem is global energy poverty. According to the International Energy Agency, globally 1.2 billion people are without access to electricity. To light their homes, they often depend on kerosene, which is expensive, consuming precious resources from those who can least afford it. Kerosene fumes are hazardous to breathe. When families gain access to solar lights, their expenses go down, their health improves, and often children in the home study later into the night,…

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109, Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund and Tumml | Creating an Ecosystem

Clara Brenner is creating a startup ecosystem for urban innovation. More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Globally, 512 cities have at least 1 million inhabitants. With urbanization comes unique challenges, from transportation to public health. To meet these challenges, entrepreneurs need a unique blend of business and political savvy. Clara Brenner and her co-founder Julie Lein are dedicated to solving core urban problems. Together, they co-founded the Urban Innovation Fund and also Tumml. Tumml is an accelerator whose mission is to empower entrepreneurs to solve urban problems. Their 33 portfolio companies have raised over $35 million in investments. They have created more than 300…

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084, Luni Libes, Aviary | Venture Capital Seed Fund for Impact Companies

Aviary is a new venture capital seed fund, focused on mission-driven, for-profit conscious companies. It is run by Luni Libes. Luni was first a guest on Social Entrepreneur in Episode 3. He is our first returning guest. The last time Luni was with us, it was to describe how Fledge, the conscious company accelerator, works. Fledge has graduated 52 companies from their accelerator. They have 7 more in the program right now. As part of our #MoneyMonday in May series, we talked to Luni about several topics: The challenge of finding early seed capital for impact entrepreneurs. Why he started a venture capital seed fund. Luni’s plans to expand Fledge…

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084, Luni Libes, Aviary | Venture Capital Seed Fund for Impact Companies

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

036, Teju Ravilochan Unreasonable Institute | Providing Entrepreneurs What They Need to Scale Impact

In many ways Teju Ravilochan’s story is the story of many immigrant families. His parents were born in India, but he was born in the United States. His parents learned how to adapt to their new culture through their own experience but also through the experiences of their children. Teju also learned about the world through the eyes of his parents. It was on a trip to India as a young man when Teju saw someone around his age who was begging for money. He was confronted with the sad reality of the “birth lottery,” the fact that the circumstances in which a person is born can influence the economic…

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036, Teju Ravilochan Unreasonable Institute | Providing Entrepreneurs What They Need to Scale Impact

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

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