While there’s often a funnel pushing students into careers with big, established companies, opportunities with social innovation companies often aren’t immediately visible.
I gave a presentation about fundraising at a Team Austin event on August 29th. The goal of this presentation is A) to help the reader determine which fundraising option is right for her business, if any; and B) once that determination is made, provide some practical advice about how to complete the desired raise.
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The quality of the applications for Philanthropitch and Mission Accelerator this year blew us away. Our selection committee was challenged to narrow down the pool of exceptional organizations to only eight finalists who will compete for $125,000 and acceptance into the Mission Accelerator. These finalists really do represent some of the most exciting and innovative social impact efforts in Austin right now.
As someone new to venture, what can I do to be the most helpful I can be to founders and their companies?
Goodbye, Josh. I don't know that I can remember the last time I've cried for multiple days in a row. One part grief, one part futility and three parts rage. Fuck cancer.
Co-founder and CEO of Tiff’s Treats, Leon started Tiff’s Treats in 1999 in partnership with his wife Tiffany while sophomores at The University of Texas. Since then, the company has grown to over 350 employees and 20+ locations in Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, with national expansion plans in the works. In addition to running Tiff’s Treats, Leon was a former Director at Epic Brands, which sold to General Mills in January 2016. He has also been involved in SKU, an Austin based consumer packaged goods incubator. His volunteer work includes being the past Chair of the Small Business Council, on the Board of Directors at The Austin Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of The Fifty and being on the board at the Foster Angels of Central Texas.
Eight nonprofits from greater Austin will come together on May 2 to pitch their innovative and scalable program in front of a panel of business leaders and an audience of more than 400 individuals. The fourth annual Philanthropitch Austin will be held at ZACH Theatre where nonprofits will have the chance to receive more than $100,000 in cash grants and entrance into the Mission Accelerator, a five month program designed to fast-track the growth and impact of nonprofits in Greater Austin.
We are thrilled to be joined by Meg Erskine, Co-founder and Executive Director of Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) and 2015 Philanthropitch finalist. Last year alone, Austin resettled more than 1,500 refugees from 25 countries. MRC is helping these families build a life of self-sustainability and successfully integrate into the Austin community.
Colin’s Hope, a water safety awareness program to prevent children from drowning, received $28,500 from Philanthropitch Austin in 2015. We wanted to check in with Colin’s Hope to see how the money impacted their organization and where they are now. I met up with Alissa Magrum, the Executive Director of Colin’s Hope, at the YMCA of Austin to see their Pre-K prevention program in action.
Are we the only ones who think it’s crazy that 2015 is coming to a close? We’ve hit some big milestones through Philanthropitch this year and have some pretty exciting plans in place for 2016! But the real story here is the awesome work our finalists continue to do long after their involvement in Philanthropitch.
You’ve been told that Philanthropitch is a one-of-a-kind “Shark Tank” style fast-pitch forum for high-potential nonprofit organizations. But…what does that really mean? What does the event look and feel like? What kinds of questions do judges ask during the Q&A session? What do some of these pitches actually sound like?
Every once in awhile you see something that makes you think "oh wow. This is going to change the world," but that rarely happens and even more rarely does it happen in the form of a social enterprise. I was privileged to be at the Mayor's office recently to experience such a thing last week called Vision for a Nation when Hong Kong's James Chen came to visit.
It has been a few weeks now since the City Council voted 9-2 to implement fingerprinting requirements on Uber & Lyft (TNCs) drivers on an initiative driven by Councilwoman Ann Kitchen. It has also been about that long since Uber and Lyft declared their intent to leave Austin should fingerprinting be made mandatory.
Way back in middle school, once a year our school counselor would come by our class to discuss possible careers. I remember a whole list of jobs based on the kind of interest you had. Doctor, Engineer, Technician, Real Estate Agent, etc. I vaguely knew what some of them were at the time, like obviously a doctor were those terrible people who stuck me with needles. Or pilots, who wore clear shield helmets and shot down the guys in dark shields.