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Impact Investing Track Highlight: Why Social Enterprise Associates and Drew Tulchin are Coming to SOCAP10

Cameron Campbell September 17, 2010

We at Social Enterprise Associates are very excited to be a part of SoCAP10. The conference year in and year out receives high marks from investors and socially motivated entrepreneurs, so we know this is the place to be! It is important for us to see friends, hear what others are doing, exchange ideas, and foster a community to increase impact investing towards a bigger marketplace and a better world. The partnership with the SEEP Network  Value Initiative Business Planning Program highlights the need to link international social enterprises to sources of investment capital to achieve sustainability and scale.

Social Enterprise Associates is a registered ‘B Corp’ providing triple bottom line management consulting. Consulting work extends throughout the U.S. and around the world to more than 30 countries. Via a consortium of consultants, the firm is dedicated to maximizing market efforts that drive social, community, and environmental betterment – fostering sustainable initiatives that lead to a better tomorrow. Sector focus includes microfinance, social enterprise, renewable energy and green construction. Project specialization includes market research, community economic development and market driven environmental advances.

drew-tulchin_headshot1Andrew ‘Drew’ Tulchin is Founder and Managing Partner. He has more than fifteen years of experience in social enterprise and microfinance. He has contributed to impact investing for more than a decade, before it was even a term. He speaks and writes frequently on the topic. He was a Researcher for the book, Compelling Returns, published by TIAA-CREF. And, he recently co-authored the paper, “Environmental Mortgages.”

Previous to consulting, Tulchin was Grameen Foundation’s Capital Markets Group founding staff person. There, he developed risk assessment for investing and contributed to the launch of the first product, Growth Guarantees. He has also directed a U.S. microfinance institution in Washington DC.

Tulchin has helped launch 15 social enterprises to date. His work has led to raising more than $100 million for “triple bottom line” efforts. For example, his co-written business plan for Prisma Finance at the Global Social Venture Competition received a cash prize and was used to raise $1.2 million in private equity.

Tulchin holds an MBA from the University of Washington (Seattle), and received his BA, cum laude, from Washington University (St. Louis), which included a year abroad at Sussex University in England. He serves on the boards of the Permaculture Credit Union, Better World Credits, Global Social Enterprise Competition, and Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Future Santa Fe. His interests include hiking, local food and bad jokes.

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