Reminder: Echoing Green Deadline is January 5, 2015

Echoing Green

A brief reminder — January 5, 2015 is the deadline for applying for the 2015 Echoing Green Fellowship. Echoing Green provides seed funding for social entreprenuers to launch new organizations.  Thusfar, Echoing Green has invested more than $36 million in seed funding to more than 600 social entrepreneurs and their organizations. 

Here are some helpful links for those considering applying:

* Learn more about the Echoing Green Fellowship Programs: echoinggreen.org/fellowship

* Sign up to receive information and application support: echoinggreen.org/appsignup

* Visit the Echoing Green Application Guidance page to prepare: echoinggreen.org/fellowship/application-guidance

MIT Club of Northern California Presents “Clean Tech Investing in 2015: Novel Ways to Fund Your Start-Up” on December 4

MIT Club of Northern CA

On December 4, the MIT Club of Northern California will present Clean Tech Investing in 2015: Novel Ways to Fund Your Start-Up. Presenters will be:

  • Jeff Byron, Band of Angels
  • Kacy Gerst, ARPA – E
  • Scott Jacobs, EFW Partners
  • Mark Pacelle, Philips
  • Oliver Janssen, MVP Renewables
  • Mark Perutz, DBL Ventures
  • Moderator: Eric Wesoff, Greentech Media

This event will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Ave, Santa Clara CA 95054. Additional program information and registration is available here.

Social Entrepreneurs Can Receive Up to $90,000 with Echoing Green; Apply Starting December 2, 2014

Echoing Green

December 2, 2014 is the date that applications open for the 2015 Echoing Green Fellowship. Echoing Green provides seed funding for social entreprenuers to launch new organizations.  Thusfar, Echoing Green has invested more than $36 million in seed funding to more than 600 social entrepreneurs and their organizations. 

Here are some helpful links for those considering applying:

* Learn more about the Echoing Green Fellowship Programs: echoinggreen.org/fellowship

* Sign up to receive information and application support: echoinggreen.org/appsignup

* Visit the Echoing Green Application Guidance page to prepare: echoinggreen.org/fellowship/application-guidance

Below are videos that provide some background on the Echoing Green Fellowship.

Think Beyond Plastic Business Accelerator Announces Executive Officers

Think Beyond Plastic

The Think Beyond Plastic Accelerator which was launched last month at the Our Oceans conference, announced the following executive officers yesterday:

  • Daniella Russo, a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Russo’s executive experience with high-tech, Fortune 500 businesses, and NGOs has helped elevate plastic pollution in the global, social and environmental discourse. “Demand is growing for sustainable alternatives to the conventional disposable plastic products. Think Beyond Plastic Accelerator will play a pivotal role in connecting the urgency of global plastic pollution crisis with breakthrough solutions,” says Ms. Russo.
  • Destin Joy Layne, a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Layne brings over fifteen years of experience leading innovation projects intersecting food, technology and sustainability, and executive management with nationwide philanthropic, political, and education initiatives.
  • Gregory T. Baxter, Ph.D., a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Baxter is a published author with 20+ patents, who brings a wealth of expertise in biochemistry, nanotechnology and entrepreneurship. Dr. Baxter is on the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator and was a Fellow with The Innovation Accelerator, a public-private partnership with NSF.
  • Michael P. Washburn, Ph.D., a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Sustainability Officer. Dr. Washburn works at the intersection of science, policy, politics, and program development. He is former VP of Sustainability at Nestle Waters North America, and one of the country’s most respected sustainability experts. 
  • Pam Marcus, P.T., has been appointed Senior Director of Consumer Products. Ms. Marcus is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Lifefactory, Inc. She is an outspoken advocate for health and environmental issues.

This accelerator is a Public Benefit corporation that aims to address plastic pollution through innovation and entrepreneurship. Additional information on this new accelerator is available here.

Free Expo Pass to Intersolar North America 2014

Intersolar North America 2008

Intersolar North America will take place from July 8-10, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. This event will include informative conference sessions and exhibit hall with hundreds of exhibitors. New in 2014, ASES will hold their annual conference in conjunction with Intersolar. Until May 10, 2014 you can obtain a free Intersolar exhibit hall pass by registering here.

[cross-posted from Green Collar Blog]

Coming in Q1 2014: A New Crowdfunding Platform for Social Good

Green VC is currently working on a new crowdfunding platform to support entrepreneurs working to make a positive social impact. If you are interested in being one of the first organization on this new platform send an e-mail to leonard [at] greenvc.org

Look for future updates on Green VC in the coming weeks!

Echoing Green Announces Fellowship Finalists

A brief note — Echoing Green has recently announced finalists for the Echoing Green Fellowship and Black Male Achievement Fellowship. You can view all 53 finalists (selected from more than 3,000 applications) here.

You can also view pitches from 2012 finalists below: