Angel Capital Summit: Financing Colorado Social Entrepreneurs
The Angel Capital Summit (ACS) is scheduled for November 17th, with last week’s call for presenters, and an application deadline on October 15th. The ACS runs on a more-or-less traditional pitch format, with 40 organizations pitching in a day. Dozens of partner organizations nominate businesses into the semi-final judging round (run on Business Catapult services) that identifies the 40 organizations who will pitch live at the event.
Setting aside the vagaries of what social entrpreneurism is and isn’t (we discuss that at the dedicated meetup), the ACS is encouraging both non-profit and for-profit mission-driven organizations to apply for the opportunity to present their enterprise at the event.
The ACS sets aside four of the forty presentation slots for earned-income non-profits to present.
Non-Profit organizations should apply through the Black Tie group.
For the first time this year, we are encouraging for-profit sustainable / triple-bottom-line / mission-driven businesses to apply as well. Although there is no formal set-aside of presentation slots like there is for non-profits, we would like to see roughly 25% of the remaining 36 slots filled by companies with sustainable profiles, assuming the rest of the business stacks up to the others who apply. We will be working hard to balance the needs of investors, traditional entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.
For-profit social entrepreneurs should apply through the W1SD0M group
We are using early elements from the Whole Systems Risk Management survey instrument, which is in the late stages of an iterative development. The application process includes additional questions that address sustainable enterprise principles, and the screening process was designed with sustainable metrics in mind.
A vast majority of the questions that occur are well-documented and addressed on the ACS call for presenters page. If that’s not the help you are seeking, please let us know in the comments here.