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.

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

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.

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/

CONSERVATION X LABS

Technology and innovation company

 

Conservation X Labs use technology, entrepreneurship, and open innovation to source, develop, and scale critical solutions to the underlying drivers of extinction.

https://conservationxlabs.com/

Conservation X Labs launch Grand Challenges, which are global competitions that reward cash prizes to the best solutions for specific conservation problems. They focus a community around a wicked conservation problem, influence perception of the problem, legitimize the field solving it, and create or stimulate markets.

Learn more about Grand Challenges: conservationxlabs.com/grand-challenges

US COALITION ON SUSTAINABILITY / SUSTAINCHAIN

Unifying and accelerating progress toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

The US Coalition on Sustainability is a nonprofit organization established in collaboration with the UN to unify and accelerate progress toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The organization deploys digital technology and machine learning to integrate, expand and scale up the private sector’s ability to achieve these goals, by mapping global efforts and providing insight into hotspots to accelerate efficiency and speed.

The USCS launched SustainChain™, a technology solution that connects people on a mission to accelerate action to save humanity. It is a free platform that activates a community of change-makers who believe unified action is the only path to true sustainability.

MADE NOBLE COMPANIES

Connect, empower and build

 

Made Noble is a boutique accelerator that invests in and partner with conscious consumers, passionate educators, thought leaders and social entrepreneurs and mentors founders through the purpose launchpad methodology.  This is a holistic and sustainable approach to business development and strategy.  MadeNoble takes early initiatives through an evolutionary process that transforms them into purpose-driven businesses that are making massive impact.

PLAYBOOK INVESTORS NETWORK

A conduit between minority-,women-, LGBTQ- and veteran-owned businesses and the financial institutions

Playbook Investors Network (PIN) provides a platform for business evaluation, education and access to capital.  It was created to foster the engagement of minority-, women- and veteran-owned enterprises, government businesses and the LGBTQ community with institutional and private investors.  Among those investors are sports figures and entertainers who are committed to getting educated on how to invest in business as well as own and operate them.

For more information, please visit https://www.playbookinvestorsnetwork.com/

AltoIRA

Invest through your IRA

 

AltoIRA® is a fintech that helps individuals access and execute investments in alternative assets using their retirement savings. This access benefits investors by helping them diversify their portfolios using tax-advantaged funds – all via Alto’s cost-effective and hassle-free platform that streamlines the process for companies, funds, borrowers, and investment partners. Alto gives investors the tools and resources they need to build the financial futures they want. Learn more at www.altoira.com.

HEALTHTECH 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/

BETHESDA GREEN

Sustainability innovation lab

 

Bethesda Green’s Innovation Lab supports leaders who are building for-profit business models around innovative and sustainable solutions to tackle environmental and social challenges, particularly in the areas of Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Food Systems. Bethesda Green welcomes founders to a community built collaboratively through citizen engagement, environmental education, government and academic partnership, and innovative business development. The Innovation Lab currently offers four distinct programs, supporting idea through seed stage companies and directs founders to the program that best meets their needs. Learn more at www.bethesdagreen.org.