Startgrid Announces Formation of At Impact During SOCAP14 Conference in San Francisco

At Impact consortium of accelerators, mentoring programs and other organizations serving social enterprise will use Startgrid to harness power of online community

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At Impact will be a global community on Startgrid where those on a shared mission to solve the world’s greatest challenges, from financial inclusion to clean water to sustainable food systems, can come together to collaborate and share wisdom.

BURLINGAME, Calif. (PRWEB) September 02, 2014

Startgrid, an online platform for entrepreneurial communities, announces the formation of At Impact during the SOCAP14 conference held Sept. 2-5 at historic Fort Mason in San Francisco. The At Impact community will be launching on Startgrid in October 2014.

Startgrid has partnered with a consortium of organizations serving entrepreneurs to create At Impact, a forum for strengthening relationships and increasing collaboration throughout the social enterprise community. Key strategic partners in At Impact include Agora Partnerships, Artha Platform, the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), Inner City Advisors (ICA), Mentor Capital Network, MicroMentor, Pacific Community Ventures, SOCAP, Startgrid, Unreasonable Institute, and Village Capital.

Startgrid founder Peter Gardner says the focus of At Impact is to create a community where people building social enterprises can come together in one place to grow their ideas.

“At Impact will be a global community on Startgrid where those on a shared mission to solve the world’s greatest challenges, from financial inclusion to clean water to sustainable food systems, can come together to collaborate and share wisdom,” Gardner says. “Our shared vision is to harness the expertise of all these different organizations so that we can strengthen our collective support for social entrepreneurs. Working together, we can help social enterprises succeed, making a bigger impact on some of the world’s major social issues.”

Startgrid also has been named the official platform for scholarship entrepreneurs invited to SOCAP14. Scholarship entrepreneurs — promising entrepreneurs invited from around the world by event organizers to attend SOCAP14 — can connect with the broader impact community on Startgrid before, during and after the event. By using Startgrid, the scholarship entrepreneurs can build awareness of their enterprises, benefit from feedback from Thought Leaders and others in the impact community, and forge the key relationships that ultimately help them achieve their goals.

Elizabeth Krueger, Director of Content, SOCAP14, chose Startgrid for the conference because of its ability to foster stronger ties between entrepreneurs and the people who can help them grow.

“Startgrid is a great way to provide pre- and post-conference engagement for our SOCAP attendees. Our scholarship entrepreneurs need a way to make connections and tell their stories ahead of the event so they can maximize the value of in-person meetings during the conference and build relationships which will continue afterward,” Krueger said.

Media Contact: Abbi Whitaker, abbi(at)theabbiagency(dot)com

Company Contacts:
Startgrid: Janet Dulsky, janet(at)startgrid(dot)com
SOCAP: Heather Faison, heather(at)socialcapitalmarkets(dot0net

About Startgrid: Startgrid is a free online community for entrepreneurial communities. It is a place where dreamers, doers, innovators, and disruptors are sharing knowledge, creating new markets and building great enterprises every day.

About SOCAP: SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) is a world-renowned conference series dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. SOCAP's annual flagship event in San Francisco is the leading gathering for impact investors and social entrepreneurs. Our unique approach emphasizes cross-sector convening and gathers voices across a broad spectrum to catalyze unexpected connections. From the leading edge to established players, SOCAP brings together global innovators, investors, foundations, governments, institutions, and social entrepreneurs to build the world we want to leave to future generations. We actively seek out opportunities to accelerate the market at the intersection of money and meaning and, in pursuit of that goal, have convened more than 10,000 people since our founding in 2008.


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