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Outreach Partners

The William James Foundation is dedicating to supporting not just impact entrepreneurs, but our entire field of those who would support impact entrepreneurs. This includes business plan competitions, incubators, accelerators, conferences, co-working spaces, impact investors, and many other types of organizations. We are helping to coordinate the Impact Accelerator Network, a loose confederation of organizations that support the same kind of entrepreneurs that we do. If you are interested in joining or learning about the Impact Accelerator Network, please contact our executive director, Ian Fisk, via email at ian.fisk@williamjamesfoundation.org.

The William James Foundation has formal partnerships with other organizations that share our goals of supporting new and established sustainable businesses. These organizations actively helped the William James Foundation to recruit both entrants and judges, and we have promoted their opportunities to our community.

Membership in or affiliation with one of these organizations entitles entrepreneurs to discounts for our fee-based programs.

2012-13 Outreach Partner List (will be updated for 2013-14 shortly)

Affinity Lab provides a collaborative culture, business tools, and creative office space, to people looking to launch their dream business in a fun and effective community. Fast Company Magazine selected the Affinity Lab as one of America’s 51 bold and brilliant urban ideas to enrich our cities and our lives.
   
Agora Partnerships Agora Partnerships works to create a dynamic, global community of impact investors, volunteers, supporters, and exceptional small business entrepreneurs united around one goal – to accelerate the growth of small businesses in poor countries that have the most desire and potential to create positive change for their communities and the world. They are focused on Central America at this time.
   
DC Angel Venture Forum The Angel Venture Forum is a group of angel investors, mentors, entrepreneurs and professionals with a shared vision to encourage the growth of emerging business. The mission of AVF is to discover and develop strong companies and to connect them with human resources, both financial and experiential, who will assist the companies in becoming ultimately more successful in the attraction of capital and positive exits. The Angel Forum is a new and efficient, as well as effective, way of looking at and building early stage companies.
   
Catapult Design Catapult Design is a product and process design firm with an expertise in human-centered design for the Base of the Pyramid. We specialize in thoroughly understanding needs and context and then designing the product or process that can have the largest positive impact on lives. We guide social enterprises, non-profits, and progressive for-profit companies through the design process. From concept generation to distribution strategy, Catapult’s team of designers, anthropologists, engineers, and business strategists have the on-the-ground experience to offer a comprehensive systems approach to product and service development centered around the end-user.
   
ChangeMatters is a Maryland-based social enterprise consultancy that works to increase the effectiveness of both tax-exempt social enterprises and not-just-for-profit socially-responsible businesses in the US and abroad. We are connectors, communicators, and problem solvers with an extensive network of colleagues in the field. We’re the first recognized Benefit LLC, a new designation for triple-bottom line companies that balance financial, environmental, and social change objectives. We’re committed to strengthening healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities where everyone has the ability to fully participate in economic, social, and cultural development.
   
Compass Partners Compass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business. They offer campus-based social entrepreneurial incubators and training programs that employ creative methods of education and make a deep investment in each student.
CSRwire CSRwire is the leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events and information.
   
FYSE enables social entrepreneurs to achieve their utmost impact. They identify needs and develop innovative solutions that enable social entrepreneurs to effectively tackle our societies most pressing social and environmental challenges while expanding their business and creating jobs in Hong Kong.
   
Hub Ventures helps high caliber entrepreneurs build their world-changing startups better and faster. They operate 12-week cohort cycles at Hub Bay Area, during which participating companies receive up to $20,000 in seed funding and engage in best-in-class mentorship, purpose-drive community, and content tailored to impact startups. They also connect companies with their extensive network of investors during the program and at Investor Day, an opportunity to pitch to hundreds of investors.
   
Investors’ Circle Investors' Circle is a network of over 150 angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations and family offices that are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Since 1992, Investors' Circle has facilitated the flow of $146 million into 225 companies and small funds addressing social and environmental issues.
   
Invest2Innovate, or i2i, is an intermediary organization that supports early-stage enterprises and strengthens access to capital in new & untapped markets, beginning in Pakistan. i2i provides capacity development services to accelerate high-potential entrepreneurs, and connects them to the resources and capital to further build their businesses.
   
NetCito What happens when you put 10 entrepreneurs in a room and give them a framework for sharing experiences and ideas? You get a magical combination of inspiration, advice, and accountability.Through peer advisory groups, Netcito brings transformative experiences and proven results to a wide range of entrepreneurs, innovators and startup founders.
   

The Relay Foundation is a Bay Area based organization dedicated to empowering undergraduate student, social entrepreneurs. They run three programs to accomplish this goal: a yearly business plan competition, a crowdfunding website, and P2P loans to expand existing student-run ventures. Their goal is to provide funding, insight, and hands-on experience to the future leaders of our country.
   
Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) focuses on entrepreneurs with innovative businesses in the following areas: Outdoors, lifestyle and recreation; Natural, organic products, food and beverages; Health and healthy living; Tourism; and Impact investing – energy, water, education, food.
   
Portland State University’s Social Innovation Incubator (SII) strengthens and accelerates nascent ventures designed to address local and global social problems. The SII provides promising early stage social entrepreneurs and their teams with business coaching and access to experienced mentors and investors. In 2011, Fast Company Magazine selected the Social Innovation Incubator as one of America’s 51 bold and brilliant urban ideas to enrich our cities and our lives.
   

Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners, to support America’s 28 million small businesses. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with our rapidly growing network of small business owners across the country to ensure their voices are an integral part of the public policy debate.

   
Social Enterprise Associates is a consulting firm offering business acumen, managerial experience, financing opportunities, and practical research to business and community efforts seeking social good. We foster 'triple bottom line' solutions supporting entrepreneurs, their organizations, and the industries in which they operate.
   
Social Innovators Collective The Social Innovators Collective is a network of founders, leaders and individuals who work in the social enterprise and nonprofit sectors. The Collective was formed by a group of New York based social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders who realized they were struggling with similar challenges and saw the value of sharing resources, garnering support and peer-mentoring each other.
   
Social Venture Network Social Venture Network connects, supports and inspires business leaders and social entrepreneurs in expanding practices that build a just and sustainable economy.
   
Since 2005, StartingBloc has been training the next generation of leaders on how to do well and do good. Through the StartingBloc Fellowship, they select the brightest young leaders and provide them with access to the resources they need to address the most pressing global challenges of our time. The most critical resource that Fellows gain access to is a tight-knit community of social innovators based around the world.
   
Unreasonable Institute The Unreasonable Institute provides intensive training, effective collaboration, international exposure, and expert guidance from the world’s best ensure that the ventures we work with take flight.
   

Village Capital uses the power of peer support to build enterprises that change the world. Inspired by the concept of the “village bank” in microfinance and peer support groups such as YPO and EO, Village Capital puts the hard tasks of building companies–criticism, strategy, feedback, and legwork–in the hands of entrepreneurs themselves. Village Capital organizes cohorts worldwide and runs education programs focused on intensive peer review. At the end, entrepreneurs assess one another, and do so in an astoundingly collegial way. Entrepreneurs even sit in the investor’s seat: the top ranked can receive pre-committed capital from partner investors. In Village Capital programs, entrepreneurs leverage help from their peers: individuals rooted in practical experience and gain a network of like-minded leaders to reach scale.