THE CENTER FOR ADVANCING INNOVATION

“Tinder for Startups” (Nature Biotechnology)

The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) is a global public-private partnership, non-profit focused on creating a virtuous circle of innovation and driving growth breakthroughs through novel, creative paradigms and models. CAI’s mission is to accelerate and increase the volume of technology commercialization to ignite entrepreneurship, bolster the global economy, and maximize the potential of promising inventions. CAI’s award-winning challenge-based accelerator, rigorous evidence-based due diligence, and capital-efficient lean management models serve to hyper-accelerate “gazelle” high-performing startups for outsized investor returns. Named as the “Tinder for Startups” by Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt0417-294), the “Kickstarter for IP” by Wired, and a “Powerful Innovation Toolkit” by the White House, CAI launched 300+ startups and trained 3500+ entrepreneurs in 100+ cities worldwide since 2014.

For additional information about CAI, please visit http://www.thecenterforadvancinginnovation.org.

IMPACTASSETS

Invest in breakthrough solutions to the world’s biggest global challenges: combine impact investing and charitable giving to maximize your impact, your way.

 

In 2010, ImpactAssets was spun out of Calvert Impact Capital in recognition of the growing need to increase flows of capital to the world’s greatest challenges.

The ImpactAssets Donor Advised Fund was created “of, by and for impact investors” to provide a flexible solution for the innovative and creative impact investing that philanthropists were seeking.

To this end, their aim has always been to provide unparalleled access to investment into top entrepreneurs and fund managers best positioned to tackle these challenges.

Since its inception, ImpactAssets have become the leading facilitator of direct impact investing within donor advised funds. Their portfolio represents more than 568 impact investment positions and $1 billion in assets. They connect donors to a rotating offering of private impact funds, as well as a broader asset platform, all fully aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goal framework.

RESONANCE PHILANTHROPIES

Donor advised philanthropic fund

​Resonance Philanthropies is a donor advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation with the primary funding interests in Children’s Health and Plastic Pollution. The Fund supports the interests of its co-founders, Sheri Sobrato and Eric Brisson.

Resonance Philanthropies founded the Digging Deep Project, which supports the emotional health of adolescents globally, through Shadow’s Edge, the first-ever free mobile game designed to build resilience in teen and young adult patients and those facing adverse life circumstances or difficulties of all kinds.

http://www.shadowsedge.com

HEALTHTHECH ARKANSAS

Accelerator and investment fund.

 

HealthTech Arkansas (HTA) is an accelerator and early stage investment fund that guarantees at least two pilot projects or clinical trials for each early stage company admitted to the program. These pilots are conducted by the eleven provider organizations in their statewide coalition.

HTA targets three areas of healthcare innovation: digital health (software), medical devices and diagnostic platforms. Their program is for providers and by providers, so they seek technologies that can improve their providers’ operations by improving quality of care, enhancing efficiencies, reducing costs, etc. In fact, HTA’s providers choose the companies invited to participate in the program each year.

The program is virtual, so there’s no requirement to be in Arkansas other than working with provider partners on your pilot projects or clinical trials. In addition to the guaranteed pilots, participating companies receive $75,000 of investment capital through a SAFE or convertible note.

https://www.healthtecharkansas.com/

OPENGRANTS.IO

Democratizing access to grants

OpenGrants empowers startups, nonprofits, grant writers, foundations, and government agencies to participate in a new paradigm of funding. The OpenGrants platform is a search engine and expert marketplace that unlocks non-dilutive U.S. funding for organizations around the world. OpenGrants also offers precious expertise and grant writing services to tech companies.

https://www.opengrants.io/