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Thank You: Index In-Depth Recap

Daniel Epstein February 12, 2010
As you probably know, one of the major reasons we publish this blog is to map the social enterprise and impact investment space. And for that reason, we believe it’s important, from time to time, to get a sense of where we are by zooming out. So this week’s blog post consists of a summary of all the investors and entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed so far. Though it’s only a handful of the number of people in this space, it’s a powerful group of incredibly caring, impact-driven changemakers, who we would like to thank sincerely for their time in sharing their thoughts, but also the enormous steps they’ve taken to create lasting change and progress in our world.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch the interviews listed below and are hungry for inspiration, here’s your chance:
Kjerstin Erickson – The Founder and Executive Director of FORGE explains how the organizations has enabled over 70,000 African refugees to rebuild their post-conflict communities.
Joy Anderson – The Founder of Criterion Ventures (and one of the Co-Founders of SoCap) talks a bit about legal structures for social enterprises.
Casey Verbeck and Rick Frankenheimer – The Founders of the Touch Point Trust Group talk about driving awareness and capital to triple bottom line (TBL) companies
Elizabeth Scharpf – The Founder and Chief Instigating Officer of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) explains how helping women make their own sanitary pads leads to new income, education, and opportunities for women around the world.
Elmira Bayrasli – The head of policy and outreach and Endeavor shares a little bit about how Endeavor has created over 90,000 in emerging markets, over $3 billion in revenue, and maintained a 96% success rate with the entrepreneurs it has supported.
Ross Baird – the Investment Analyst of First Light Ventures tells us about the brand new Village Capital investment model they’ve launched, enabling a close-knit group of entrepreneurs to allocate an amount of committed capital amongst each other.
Tyler Valiquette – the Co-Founder of Catapult Design tells us a little about creating affordable products for low-income customers.
Wes Selke – the Investment Manager of Good Capital, which invests in social ventures focused on poverty alleviation, education, and health.
Paul Polak – a social entrepreneur who has lifted over 17 million people out of poverty through affordable irrigation,
Pål Dale – an impact investor launching Voxtra, financing market-based approaches to solving poverty,
Dennis Whittle – a social entrepreneur who started Global Giving, which funds over 1600 impact-driven projects in over 100 countries,
Diana Ayton-Shenker – a social entrepreneur and impact investor launching the Fast Forward Fund, a fund for peer-to-peer social investment,
Tim Bauer – a social entrepreneur who manages the operations of Envirofit, an organization combatting the deadly threat of indoor air pollution and fighting poverty by engineering and selling affordable clean cookstoves,
Robert Fenwick-Smith – an impact investor funding green companies in Boulder, Colorado through Aravaipa Ventures,
Pamela Hawley – a social entrepreneur leading Universal Giving, an online platform aiming to make giving and volunteering a natural part of everyday life,
Elnor Rozenrot – an impact investor with Innosight Ventures, financing disruptive innovations that serve overshot customers.
written by: Teju Ravilochan (Unreasonable Institute)
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