As Regulation Crowdfunding Turns One, Progress For Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

As its first full year draws to a close, Regulation Crowdfunding is making progress in breaking down barriers to capital for a wide range of entrepreneurs. But the flow of capital to women, minorities and rural entrepreneurs who stand to benefit the most from the new law is still just a drop in the bucket. […]

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For Impact Investor Kristin Hull, There Are Many Ways to Effect Change

The California Bay Area has a well-developed impact investing ecosystem. But trace any one initiative, and chances are it will lead back to Kristin Hull. A Bay Area native and former educator, Hull drew on her insights from education, grad school and the family investment business to become an influential voice and leader in the […]

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For Impact Investor Kristin Hull, There Are Many Ways to Effect Change

The California Bay Area has a well-developed impact investing ecosystem. But trace any one initiative, and chances are it will lead back to Kristin Hull. A Bay Area native and former educator, Hull drew on her insights from education, grad school and the family investment business to become an influential voice and leader in the […]

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Impact Investing Marketplace ImpactUS Launches First Four Offerings

Impact investors often complain they can’t find enough viable social enterprises to invest in. And entrepreneurs bemoan a lack of available funding. A recently introduced online impact investing marketplace hopes to address that problem. ImpactUs, a Washington, D.C.-based platform, aims to provide a place where investors can find out about, research and connect with funds, […]

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A Program for Budding Social Entrepreneurs in Need of a Mission

`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 […]

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Raising Capital While Female: Women Investors Offer Advice

Raising capital while female. It comes with a unique set of challenges, not least of which is that the investors you’re pitching are likely to be white males with a certain sort of background. Given the tendency of people to invest in and generally gravitate towards others similar to them—a trait known as homophily—women and […]

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A Fund Where Investors and Homeowners Both Win

The mortgage crisis might seem like a distant memory, but in some ways, American families are more vulnerable than ever. More than 83,000 new families are impacted by foreclosure every month. Nationwide, one in every 200 homes goes into foreclosure. Jorge Newbery is out to change that. His company, American Homeowner Preservation (AHP), buys distressed mortgages […]

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Red Bull Academy for Social Entrepreneurs Comes to Baltimore

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 […]

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Dear Founder, Your Business is Not a F*&@#ng Unicorn.

DEAR FOUNDER, YOUR BUSINESS IS NOT A FUCKING UNICORN. A unicorn is a mythical animal. You created a real business. Regardless of your company size or promise, you took a significant risk, saw something others didn’t and acted on it. I find it borderline insulting to call your business something that isn’t real (sorry 7-year-olds). […]

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North Carolina Forges Ahead With Intrastate Crowdfunding

It might have seemed like an April Fool’s Day joke, but, after four years of stop and go efforts, North Carolina’s intrastate crowdfunding law finally went live on April 1st. To date, 33 states and the District of Columbia have adopted local crowdfunding rules. But North Carolina’s law breaks new ground by creating a flexible […]

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