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2014 Annual Gathering

Washington, DC | July 24-26, 2014 |  Tickets | Logistics 

Our Annual Gathering is a global convening of innovative, social entrepreneurs, mentors, inventors, investors, researchers and experts that you don't want to miss! We will have entrepreneurs pitching to investors, we will have mentors coaching entrepreneurs, and will be awarding prizes to the top scoring companies in our business plan competition!

This year's Annual Gathering will again offer the opportunity to network, learn, listen, share, participate, mentor, invest and coach. It will result in new investments of mentor and financial capital, new relationships and more social enterprises that are ready to scale. It will result in a stronger community and field to support sustainable business. 

Register now at www.williamjamesfoundation.org/AnnualGathering2014

Please join us July 24 - July 26 as we come together to celebrate these world-changing entrepreneurs as well as the rest of our Mentor Capital Network.

 

Annual Gathering Agenda 

Thurs, July 24th @ Affinity Lab  5:15 pm to 8 pm

Neighborhood Netwalk  5:15 pm - 6 pm
U Street and Logan Circle 
(Brought to you by our partners Netwalking LLC and GoshMob)

Kick-off Party & Cocktail Reception  6pm - 8pm
920 U St. NW(U Street Metro, Green/Yellow Line) Parking? Food? Logistics? Click here!

Have a drink, network + DC biz plan companies, past and current, can win *free* coworking space


Fri, July 25th @ Arent Fox  9 am to 5 pm
1717 K Street, NW (Farragut Metros, Red/Blue/Orange Lines) Parking? Food? Logistics? Click here!

Keynote: Cheryl Campbell, Managing Director, Eileen Fisher Community Foundation
EILEEN FISHER has a story to tell about sustainability efforts. Eileen talks a lot about: “business as a movement,” the power to create positive change by making thoughtful choices. Entrepreneurship plays a big role in this movement.  The creation of GREEN EILEEN, a recycled clothing initiative, takes seriously the environmental responsibility of our company as well as our social responsibility by earmarking profits to support women and girls programs.

Morning: NexGen Prize

Top-scoring 2014 biz plan companies Led or Co-led by an entrepreneur 30 or younger present

SunSaluter - India
The first solar panel rotator specifically designed for the developing world to optimize energy collection and provide clean water, using the power of water and gravity, for rural off-grid customers at a significantly lower cost.

Superior Ecotech - Denver, CO
Reducing GHG emissions at breweries by converting CO2 waste from beer fermentation into algae rich in omega-3 oils and other high-value natural products.

Teysha Social Enterprises - Guatemala
Allies crafting a global culture of action, opportunity, and respect for People and Nature; one hand-made, quality creation at a time. They bring together customers and skilled artisans to create beautiful goods which empower people to connect and create together.

Structured Networking: MCN Speed Dating and Opportunity Tables

Neighborhood NoonWalk 12:15-12:40

Lunch plus Impact Accelerator Network/Conveners.Org Meeting

Afternoon: Investor Green Grab

2Armadillos - Washington, DC
2Aramdillos sells crispy roasted Chickpeas to hungry people looking for a healthy snack option. 

Kuli Kuli - Oakland, CA
Kuli Kuli sells moringa-based nutritional products to health conscious and globally aware consumers in the US in order to help reduce malnutrition in West Africa. 

Wash Cycle Laundry - Philadelphia, PA & Washington, DC
Wash Cycle Laundry is a sustainable laundry and dry cleaning service that delivers by bicycle to homes and businesses in the Philadelphia and Washington DC areas.

Neighborhood Netwalk  5:15 pm - 6:15 pm from Arent Fox to Garden Party

Evening: Garden Party and Dinner Reception 6 pm - 9 pm 

All Gathering attendees are warmly invited to join us for a hosted Garden Party and Dinner.  


Sat, July 26 @ World Resources Institute  9 am to 5 pm
10 G Street, NE #800 (Union Station Metro, Red Line) Parking? Food? Logistics? Click here.

Morning: Mentor Capital in Action

Midday: Networking and Neighborhood Netwalking Lunch

Afternoon: Venture Prize Presentation

Top-scoring 2014 biz plan companies present for prizes! 

Gham Power - Kathmandu, Nepal
Gham Power provides complete solar project development and EPC services for businesses and rural sites - from intitial feasibility study and design to system installation and ongoing support.

SMEFUNDS-GE BIOFUELS - Lagos, Nigeria
This biofuel gel venture provides a cleaner, safer, and cheaper alternative to kerosene and other harmful cooking fuel for people who earn below $4/day in Africa 

SOL VISTA - Silver Spring, MD
SOL VISTA makes commercial building efficiency simple and profitable through a combination of onsite services and a subscription based building performance monitoring and reporting platform. 

Register here for the 2014 Annual Gathering