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Government Funding and Programs

Federal, state, and local governments offer a variety of programs to support green and social enterprises, including incentive programs for businesses to implement energy efficiency and clean energy measures. To suggest an addition to this list send an e-mail to info [at] greenvc.org


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last updated 1/23/09

President-elect Obama Announces Selections for Transportation, Labor, SBA and USTR

President-elect Barack Obama recently announced that he intends to make the following nominations:

  • United States Congresswoman Hilda Solis - Secretary of Labor
  • Former United States Congressman Ray LaHood – Secretary of Transportation
  • Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk – United States Trade Representative
  • Karen G. Mills - Administrator of the Small Business Administration

These members of President-elect Barack Obama's team will be contributing to economic recovery efforts.  The following video is of the press conference announcing these appointments:

— cross posted from Green Collar Blog

President-elect Obama Announces Selections for Energy and Environment Team

President-elect Barack Obama recently announced the following members of his Energy and Environment team:

  • Dr. Steven Chu – Secretary of Energy
  • Lisa Jackson - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator
  • Nancy Sutley – Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
  • Carol Browner – Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
  • Heather Zichal – Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

The following video is of the press conference announcing these appointments:

— cross-posted from Green Collar Blog

Green and Social Entreprenuership Resources

Green VC is developing a comprehensive collection of resources for entreprenuers working on socially- or environmentally-focused ventures.  This list was just launched — feel free to send suggestions for additional sources to info [at] greenvc.org

Green and Social Venture Credit and Lending

One potential source of funding for green and social entrepreneurs is through loans and credit.  Some banks and other institutions that include a focus on supporting green and social entrepreneurs are listed below.

To suggest an addition to this list send an e-mail to info [at] greenvc.org

last updated 9/30/2011

Green and Social Venture Capital

One potential source of funding for green and social entrepreneurs is venture capital (VC).  Venture capital firms generally make equity investments in enterprises beyond the seed stage of development.  In addition to financial resources venture capital firms can provide business guidance and other resources to entrepreneurs.

Many traditional venture capital firms now have dedicated funds and staff that focus on one or more aspects of environmental or social responsibility.  In addition, some VC firms (sometimes known as “social venture capital firms”) explicitly incorporate additional investment criteria, such as social or environmental benefits, in their mission and investing activities.

This page also includes links to some relevant “angel investors.”  Angel investors generally provide capital at an early stage of an enterprise’s development, prior to the period of investment by traditional venture capital firms.

This list is a work in progress — to suggest an addition send an e-mail to info [at] greenvc.org

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Green and Social Entreprenuership Awards, Competitions, and Fellowships

One potential source of funding for green and social entreprenuers is through an award, competition or fellowship.  These program vary and include cash prizes for one-time contests, seed funding for new ventures, and later-stage funding for existing organizations.  Note that some of these program provide funding for non-profit ventures only. 

The amount of funding provided by these programs vary, but can be as large as $1 million.  These programs also can provide a variety of other resources beneficial for entreprenuers, including technical assistance and connection to a network of other entreprenuers.

To suggest an addition to this list send an e-mail to info [at] greenvc.org

Green and Social Entreprenuership Awards, Competitions and Fellowships:

Green and Social Venture Business Plan Competitions

One potential source of funding for green and social entreprenuers is through a green or social venture business plan competition.  These programs are organized by business schools and other organizations and are generally geared to ventures that are at an early stage in their development. Eligibility varies from event to event, but most school-based competitions require participation by students. Prize levels vary, but can exceed $50,000.

To suggest an addition to this list send an e-mail to info [at] greenvc.org

Competition Links

Green Funding Sources

Green VC is developing a comprehensive resource of funding sources for entreprenuers working on socially- or environmentally-focused ventures.  Please visit the pages below for some initial funding sources and feel free to send suggestions for additional sources to info [at] greenvc.org

 


About

Green VC connects entrepreneurs interested in environmental or social responsibility with information and resources to help them succeed. The Green VC website currently features a directory of funding sources, events calendar, and news on investments in enterprises that focus on environmental or social responsibility.  Green VC was founded in 2007 by Leonard Adler and is a service of Green Economy Media.

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