New Funders Volunteering To Help Innovation Accelerator Students

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Central to making it work are the fantastic funders, both nonprofit and for profit, who volunteer their time to coach the entrepreneurs at these events. Today we are delighted to announce some of our newest funders to volunteer! Our students get multiple chances to stand in front of the very people who can offer funding for their innovative, revenue-generating pilot programs at our Shark Tank events.

14 Funders Praise, and Critique, Newest Innovation Accelerator Graduates

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“ We talk to thousands of nonprofits every year and very, very few are able innovate the way you have over the past six months. ” ” — Graduation judge. Last week 14 executives from foundations, granting organizations, angel investor groups, venture funds, and loan funds judged the final presentations of Innovation Accelerator’s third cohort. They were joined by dozens of local business people who came to cheer on the graduates.


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Funders’ Network Report: Anchored in Place

Surdna Foundation

A new report issued this week by the Funders’ Network as part of its Anchors Institution Funders’ Group examines the potential these deeply rooted local enterprises hold to create lasting and sustainable change—and illustrates how funders are working with anchor institutions to create healthier, more equitable, and economically vibrant places to live and work. The post Funders’ Network Report: Anchored in Place appeared first on Surdna Foundation

[Bizzabo in Forbes] Women Founders And Funders Are Outperforming, So Why Is Gender Inequality Growing, And What Do We Do About It?


The post [Bizzabo in Forbes] Women Founders And Funders Are Outperforming, So Why Is Gender Inequality Growing, And What Do We Do About It? According to Bizzabo, the rate of female speakers booked for professional development declined from 33% to 32% between 2017 and 2018.

Funding Friday: NextMaker Box

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Regular readers will know that I am a huge fan and funder of teaching kids to code. I believe helping young people learn to think logically via coding exercises is helpful to their development in so many ways. So when I came across the NextMaker project on Kickstarter , I backed it instantly. NextMaker is a monthly box that comes with a project that your kids can do combining coding with making things.

Equitable Evaluation: Learning with the Frontlines of Racial Justice

Surdna Foundation

Together with grantees, stakeholders and funders, they developed a learning and milestones process that: engages communities closest to the problem. Takeaways for Funders. Funders should not see themselves as a separate entity, but rather a vehicle for change.

Virtual Town Hall: The State of Black Entrepreneurship

Ecosystem Builder Hub

– Formalized collaboration between funders, founders and ecosystem builders. – Consensus amongst funders and ecosystem builders as to what structural changes must take place for New Majority entrepreneurs to survive and thrive.

Clearing a Path Toward Equity Through Entrepreneurship


New Kensington, Pennsylvania had begun to attract interest from funders as a candidate for several revitalization projects. CASE STUDY. Forward Cities + The Corner. New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

Black Innovation Alliance, Village Capital team up to support founders of color


Resource’s “ESO Accelerator” will train startup ecosystem leaders on how to build a more financially sustainable organization, as well as help connect them to potential funders. Resource is supported by a national coalition of funders committed to supporting entrepreneurs of color.

There’s More to Funding than Grants


The making sense of the last three years financials in the specific format requested by the funder. Other Ways to Fund Your Nonprofit Idea. by Rebekah Marr, CO.STARTERS Director of Operations & Programs. Funding is one of the biggest issues identified by community builders.

Lesa Mitchell joins The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars to help startups disrupt legacy enterprises


With my background as an executive in a large scientifically focused organization, an entrepreneur and one of the lead funders and board members in the creation of the NSF iCorp, I’m excited to work with founders across scientific and technology fields to help them identify challenges and opportunities and grow their businesses,” says Mitchell.

Just Roots wins grant to innovate how we increase access to healthy, local food

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Members of the cohort will work together to turn their ideas into actionable plans for pilot programs and develop relationships with potential funders. Looking for help to turn those ideas into something you can execute and funders can get behind?

Standing up for Justice

Surdna Foundation

Finalizing the language of our mission statement was only the first step in answering the question, “What does it mean to be a social justice funder?”. Now in its 103rd year, the Surdna Foundation is, amazingly, still led by descendants of our founder, John Emory Andrus.

Innovation Grant won by Western Massachusetts Training Consortium

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Members of the cohort will work together to turn their ideas into actionable plans for pilot programs and develop relationships with potential funders. Check out our website for more details on our funders The best teachers never stop learning, they always seek how to teach better and reach more students.

Living Local wins grant to innovate how we connect to one another

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Members of the cohort will work together to turn their ideas into actionable plans for pilot programs and develop relationships with potential funders. Looking for help to turn those ideas into something you can execute and funders can get behind? Check out our website for more details on our funders Two awards in one week, wahoo! Kelly and I are thrilled to announce Living Local won a grant to be one of the nonprofits participating in our Fall Innovation Accelerator Cohort.

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem


The RAINMAKER has the credibility and ability to engage funders. By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary. As the ecosystem building approach to economic and community development gains interest and credibility, the title of “ecosystem builder” has emerged to represent a specific type of community leader. This title signifies important distinctions in the intended outcomes as well as the type of economic development activities a leader pursues.

Startup Pitching 301

Paul G. Silva

Entrepreneurs tend to explain to funders how they will spend money. This is the 3rd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. In this post we’ll go over advanced-level (301) techniques. The one (maybe two) number rule. Most people can’t hold multiple numbers in their head.

He Believes in Angels: The Story of a Company Backed by 400 Angel Investors

Angel Capital Association

The Angel Funders Report 2020 is the only source of verified data provided directly by active angel investing groups. The Angel Funders Report 2020 also includes initial perspectives regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the investing ecosystem.

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Beth Zimmer

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Today, I have asked some key funders to consider requiring ecosystem asks vs asks from individual organizations. To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? To me, an Ecosystem Builder is someone that is a servant leader who is naturally optimistic and focused on solving systemic problems.

Beveridge Family Foundation puts local nonprofits on fast track to investments through a partnership with Innovation Accelerator

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Mr. Caswell went on to share, “Funders like us have trained nonprofits to be very good at writing grants, and not at how to build sustainable business models. Each team that participates in the flagship accelerator program generates mission-aligned ideas, gathers concrete evidence, and receives direct feedback from the Beveridge Foundation and other funders. The Beveridge Family Foundation provides support to nonprofits within Hampden and Hampshire counties.

Spring Cohort's Second Shark Tank!

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Few things sharpen an innovator's mind as much as the prospect of standing in front of funders and having to pitch & answer questions. That is why Shark Tanks - events where students present to panels of potential funders - are a central part of my curriculum. Of course, it is also terrifying!

Frustrations and Challenges of Ecosystem Builders

Ecosystem Builder Hub

We work closely with angel investors, venture capitalists, technology transfer offices, federal and philanthropic funders, and other entrepreneurship support program providers. Dealing with resistive funders, however, is our biggest challenge.

12 ‘flexible VCs’ who operate where equity meets revenue share


Jonathan Bragdon , its CEO, describes Capacity as “a team of founders-turned-funders making non-dilutive, founder-aligned investments of $50,000-$300,000 in post-startup, post-revenue businesses planning to 2x revenues in 12-24 months. David Teten. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

Remind Me Why I Love You? (Why “In Person” is Everything)

Both Sides of the Table

Because you have a unitary focus on financing your company or you die you seem not to miss a beat in thinking about the last meeting and the funder has been whipsawed in 20 directions. You had an amazing meeting with an investor. Your product demo crushed. The dialog was great. They told you how much they loved your space. The meeting was only supposed to last 45 minutes but you ran 90. The assistant tried to end the meeting twice but was shoooshed away.

"Money is Local, Impact is Global" for Angel Investing


Studies show that over 80% of funding at Angel groups and Series A VCs goes to businesses in the same city/region as the funders. By Michael "Luni" Libes In the traditional world of early stage, Angel and VC investing, money is local. Over in the impact investing space, this rule is not true.

Innovation Accelerator Trains Mature Nonprofit Organizations with the help of the Beveridge Foundation

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Step three is Funder Ready, where teams get support from mentors to build a business model around ideas, design a pilot product, then prepare a pitch to funders. The final step is graduation where teams present everything learned to a panel of funders and business executives in the region. Innovation Accelerator – Innovation. Revenue.

Wahoo! ServiceNet wins grant to develop new, unrestricted revenue stream

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Members of the cohort will work together to turn their ideas into actionable plans for pilot programs and develop relationships with potential funders. Check out our website for more details on our funders ServiceNet is one of our region’s largest and longest-lived nonprofits. Are they resting on their laurels? Heck no!

Research Assistant (Full Time – 6 months)

Forward Cities

The position will also support the preparation of outgoing reports for various audiences including local project funders and key stakeholders, individual Entrepreneur Support Organizations, and public presentation of key indicators in data dashboards. POSITION SUMMARY. Forward Cities is seeking applications for a temporary (six-month) full-time Research Assistant to join our team.

Professional development for tomorrow’s ecosystem builders

Ecosystem Builder Hub

I’d like to understand how to build effective multi-year plans that inspire and engage both funders of my own organization (and/or myself!) Expanding understanding and deepening genuine co-creation with policy-makers, academia & research, and funders (foundations & investors). This post is part of a series featuring highlights from the Unsung Heroes of Ecosystem Building campaign which shone a spotlight on 40+ entrepreneurial ecosystem builders from around the U.S.

YC Bio Tour – 2020

Y Combinator

Since 2014, YC has funded over 250 bio, healthcare, and life science companies, making us one of the largest seed stage bio/healthcare funders in the world. This year, for the first time, we’ll be visiting universities and institutions to meet founders who are focused on building biotech and healthcare companies.

4 Startup Myths That Hold Innovation Back (and How to Overcome Them)


Investors and venture capital firms should prioritize funding startups founded by diverse funders, while also encouraging majority founders to diversify their teams in order to get better returns on investment.

Developing Rapid-Response Plans for Cities to Help Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses in This Time of Economic Crisis

Forward Cities

At Forward Cities we are committed to being a resource for cities ready to take these steps and fostering opportunities for shared learning and collaboration between cities, and we are keen to collaborate with funders and other regional and national organizations who share this commitment.

Practical Metrics and Methods: ESHIP Goal 5 – Part 1

Ecosystem Builder Hub

I asked them to treat me like a funder. Note: This is part 1 of a 2 part series on ESHIP Goal 5. Part 1 focuses on practitioners. Part 2 will focus on academic researc hers.

Investing in Capacity Building: The Overhead Pledge

EntreWorks Consulting

Folks in the business of community building know the story when it comes to outside funders. Let’s hope that other foundations and other funders embrace this message as well. They fund projects, not organizations. This policy has meant that many local organizations are starved for funds. They can raise money for specific projects, but can’t invest in their people or in building up their organizations.

Case Study: The Dan River Region Ecosystem Development

Ecosystem Builder Hub

We are also grateful for the flexibility from our funder in terms of adjusting to change in strategy to address challenges related to COVID-19,” Eva adds.

Thriving Companies Listen and Adapt


I had a great conversation with Troy Vosseller from gener8tor to hear how their accelerator programs and funders are staying relevant in this season. A point made by my coach, Brian Howard, has stuck with me throughout the COVID-19 season. nabs $7.7M seed to remove barriers between public clouds


million seed round from TA Ventures, DNX, Florida Funders and other unnamed angels to keep building on that idea.