In conventional wisdom, technology firms exit to an acquisition by somebody bigger than them, or to IPO. Neither of these strategies is particularly interesting for impact-first tech firms. This is a placeholder for the alternative exit we are contemplating, with resources to some pertinent examples.
Neighborhood Economics Solutions
The flexibility of the Brick Pop Up Shops allows brands to create temporary shops to pitch new products or just an opportunity to test products without the time and financial commitment of an entire store launch. Brands have the option of reserving either the entire space for an exclusive shop set up or half of the space to utilize BrickOTR as a shared shop experience. The floor and window display spaces are fully customizable to the preferences of individual vendors, and MORTAR will work with vendors to assist in creation of a marketing plan.
Ours To Own is a growing movement of people making small investments — $20 or more — to strengthen the cities we live in and love. We are reclaiming the basic concept of investing: pooling together smaller amounts of money to create bigger impact, for the common good. Over the past 20 years, we have raised more than $1 billion in support of community development efforts, providing resources that have reinforced and launched new businesses, and expanded services that people need. Now in the Twin Cities, Denver and Baltimore, Ours To Own is rolling out across the country as new investors join the movement, and as we deepen relationships with local lenders and community leaders, to identify the enterprises we can best support.
This solution addresses Lack of local investment dollars for local organizations and intitiatives in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Denver, Baltimore for small businesses and nonprofits that aren’t strong candidates for traditional investment
- Small Investments in Local Entrepreneurs and Organizations
- Partner with community organizations to identify best use of funds
- "Investment" Money is Provided as Loans
- Investors share in the returns, financially and socially
- Vested.org micro-investment - Platform Technology Supporting Social Outcomes
- Local Funding for Twin Cities, Denver, Baltimore
This solution addresses finding loans for businesses that don't fit traditional lending profiles in California (primarily Bay Area) for small businesses who also are located in or are hiring from low income communities
This solution addresses growing successful social enterprises in Providence, RI for social entrepreneurs and the communities where they do business.
- Venture Development: 101 Workshops - Building Blocks for Social Entrepreneurs
- Venture Development: Social Enterprise Accelerator
- Venture Development: Social Enterprise Forum
- Venture Development: "Huddle" for Later Stage Social Enterprise
- Access to Capital for Social Enterprise
- Social Enterprise Partnering with Universities
- Financial Management Support for Social Enterprises
This solution addresses entrepreneurship training in Cincinnati for nontraditional Entrepreneurs in redeveloping neighborhoods
This solution addresses limited support for place-based food ventures in Detroit for triple bottom line food businesses
This solution addresses Helps women build their first savings accounts and assets in North Carolina for single mothers, children, child care providers