SJF Institute and Investors’ Circle Announce Merger

SJF Institute and Investors' Circle

SJF Institute (SJFI) and Investors' Circle (IC) today announced a merger.  Effective July 1, 2011, SJFI has taken over management and governance roles for Investors' Circle. Bonny Moellenbrock, Executive Director of SJF Institute, has also assumed executive leadership of Investors' Circle. Two of IC's board members will join SJFI's board, and Suzanne Biegel – IC's Acting CEO and longtime IC member – will transition to serve on IC's Advisory Board.

Since 1992 Investors' Circle has built a network of over 150 angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations and family offices who are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. During that time Investors' Circle has facilitated the flow of over $145 million into more than 220 companies and small funds addressing social and environmental issues.

SJF Institute was founded in 2001 as an independent nonprofit affiliate of SJF Ventures, a leading national impact investment venture capital fund. SJFI develops national and regional programs to connect, inspire and accelerate impact entrepreneurs and the fields that support them. SJFI has provided direct technical assistance to over 1,500 impact entrepreneurs and has helped hundreds of others through its programs, including Getting Ready for Equity, CleanLinks networking events, the SJF Cleantech Mentorship Program, the Green Jobs Award, and reports such as Employees Matter: Maximizing Company Value Through Workforce Engagement.

"IC and SJF Institute are completely mission aligned – we believe that entrepreneurship is key to addressing the world's greatest social and environmental challenges and supporting the economy," said Suzanne Biegel of Investors' Circle. "Early stage impact investors are looking for investment-ready companies led by passionate, capable entrepreneurs, and to align their investments with their values."

"We see a great deal of synergy in bringing together our entrepreneur and venture networks with the IC investment network," said Bonny Moellenbrock of SJF Institute. "We want to build a vibrant capital marketplace to put more impact entrepreneurs on a clear path to strong financial growth and measurable social and environmental impact. We know this is the pipeline that later stage institutional investors are seeking. When this happens, everyone wins: the entrepreneurs, the investors, communities, and the planet."

Application Deadline for Investors’ Circle 2010 Fall Venture Fair is July 30, 2010

Investors' CircleInvestors' Circle (IC) is an angel investor network that focuses on enterprises that address social and environmental challenges.  According to IC, since 1992 it has facilitated the flow of more than $134 million into more than 200 private companies and small venture funds focusing on energy & environment, food & organics, health & wellness, media & education, and community development.

Each year IC holds two venture fairs that bring together investors and entrepreneurs - a Spring event in San Francisco and a Fall event in Boston.  IC is currently accepting applications from entrepreneurs interested in presenting at its 2010 Fall Venture Fair, which will take place from November 10-12, 2010. The application deadline is July 30, 2010.

Complete application details are available in the Call for Applications section of the Investors' Circle website.  You can also review summaries of prior IC events.

For more information:

Investors’ Circle 2010 Spring Conference and Venture Fair is April 18-20 in San Francisco

Investors' CircleInvestors' Circle (IC) is an angel investor network that focuses on enterprises that address social and environmental challenges.  According to IC, since 1992 it has facilitated the flow of more than $133 million into more than 200 private companies and small venture funds focusing on energy & environment, food & organics, health & wellness, media & education, and community development.

Each year IC holds two conferences and venture fairs that bring together social entrepreneurs, investors, business professionals, foundations, non-profits, and others dedicated to fostering a sustainable economy. IC's 2010 Spring Conference and Venture Fair will take place from April 18-20 in San Francisco. Speakers at this event will include:

  • Chip Conley, CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality
  • Amy Dickie, CEA Consulting
  • Andrew Kassoy, B Lab
  • Dara O'Rourke, GoodGuide
  • Paul Rice, Transfair USA
  • David Brodwin, American Sustainable Business Council
  • Mark Campanale, Social Stock Exchange
  • Nick Flores, Green For All
  • Jenny Kassan, Katovich Law Group
  • John Katovich, Katovich Law Group
  • Sky Lance, Patient Capital Collaborative
  • Deb Nelson, Social Venture Network
  • Paul Richardson, Renewal Partners
  • Wes Selke, Good Capital
  • Mathieu Senard, Alter-Eco Americas
  • Fran Seegull, Funk Ventures
  • Jonathan Storper, Hanson Bridgett
  • Marie Trexler, NESsT
  • Mike Van Patten, Mission Markets
  • Joan Varrone, HIP Investor
  • Casey Verbeck, Touchpoint Trust Group

You can also review summaries of IC's 2009 Fall conference as well as its prior events.  For more information:

Investors’ Circle to Present “Getting Ready for Angel Funding” Workshop on January 6, 2010

Investors' Circle

As a follow-up to the previous post Application Deadline for Investors' Circle 2010 Spring Venture Fair is January 13, 2010, Investors' Circle (IC) will be holding a workshop in Berkeley, California on January 6, 2010.

This workshop is open to those seeking funding for early-stage for-profit social enterprises.  Investors’ Circle representatives will walk through IC’s funding criteria, process and venture fair opportunity.  The workshop will also feature a recently funded IC company and an IC angel investor member.  This program will be particularly useful for companies that are interested in applying for the IC 2010 Spring Conference & Venture Fair.

This event will take place from 6:30 p.m – 8:00 p.m. at Hub Berkeley, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 400, Berkeley, CA 94704. For additional event information and to RSVP please visit http://icworkshop.eventbrite.com/

Application Deadline for Investors’ Circle 2010 Spring Venture Fair is January 13, 2010

Investors' Circle

Update: Investors' Circle is holding a funding workshop on January 6, 2010.

Investors' Circle (IC) is an angel investor network that focuses on enterprises that address social and environmental challenges.  According to IC, since 1992 it has facilitated the flow of more than $133 million into more than 200 private companies and small venture funds focusing on energy & environment, food & organics, health & wellness, media & education, and community development.

Each year IC holds two venture fairs that bring together investors and entrepreneurs - a Spring event in San Francisco and a Fall event in Boston.  IC is currently accepting applications from entrepreneurs interested in presenting at its 2010 Spring Venture Fair, which will take place from April 18-20, 2010. The application deadline is January 13, 2010.

Complete application details are available in the Call for Applications section of the Investors' Circle website.  You can also review summaries of IC's 2009 Fall conference as well as its prior events.

For more information:

Application Deadline for Investors’ Circle 2009 Fall Venture Fair is July 31

Investors' Circle

Investors' Circle (IC) is an angel investor network that focuses on enterprises that address social and environmental challenges.  According to IC, since 1992 it has facilitated the flow of more than $130 million into more than 200 private companies and small venture funds focusing on energy & environment, food & organics, health & wellness, media & education, and community development.

Each year IC holds two venture fairs that bring together investors and entrepreneurs.  IC is currently accepting applications from entrepreneurs interested in presenting at its 2009 Fall Venture Fair, which will take from November 15 – 17 in Washington, DC. The application deadline is July 31, 2009.

Complete application details are available in the Call for Applications section of the Investors' Circle website.  You can also review summaries of IC's past conferences and companies that presented at these events.

For more information:

Application Deadline for Investors’ Circle 2009 Spring Venture Fair is January 15

Investors' Circle

Investors' Circle (IC) is an angel investor network that focuses on enterprises that address social and environmental challenges.  According to IC, since 1992 it has facilitated the flow of more than $130 million into more than 200 private companies and small venture funds focusing on energy & environment, food & organics, health & wellness, media & education, and community development.

Each year IC holds two venture fairs that bring together investors and entrepreneurs -  a Spring event in San Francisco and a Fall event in Boston.  IC is currently accepting applications from entrepreneurs interested in presenting at its 2009 Spring Venture Fair. The application deadline is January 15, 2009.

Complete application details are available in the Call for Applications section of the Investors' Circle website.  You can also review summaries of IC's 2008 Spring conference as well as its prior events.

For more information: