MCN Update: 8 June 2016

Attention DC-Area Entrepreneurs, Mentors, and Investors
Our next Investor Fishbowl will be June 20, 2016, in Rockville, MD. It is an opportunity for entrepreneurs behind pre-selected social enterprises to pitch in front of real investors who share their honest reactions and concerns with one another – in front of the entrepreneurs and the audience. All participants get an incredible behind-the-scenes peek into the mind of an experienced investor.
We’ll hear pitches from the following companies:
Kent Biodiesel.  They recycle used cooking oil from restaurants and hotels into cleaner burning BioDIESEL fuel and distributes the fuel to local customers.
Locals, LLC. A precision based farming company that grows organic produce using ecologically sustainable methods while maximizing our growing capabilities.
Manta Biofuel. They produce renewable algal crude oil that is cost competitive with traditional crude oil.Each presenter will have an opportunity to give a 5-10 minute pitch in front of investors and the audience, followed by approximately 30-45 minutes of Q&A. After that, the investors will discuss the presentation as though the entrepreneur is not in the room, covering topics such as what they linked or didn’t like, what further information would they want to see, and the all-important question of whether or not they would invest in the company.
When: June 20th, 12pm – 5pm.
Where: Montgomery County Red Brick Courthouse at 29 Courthouse Square. Rockville, Maryland
This event is free to the public. 
Join us for our 2016 Annual Gathering This September, we’re excited to host our Annual Gathering in Washington, DC. 
During this event, we will hear from many of the top performers of our Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration and the mentors who are helping to support these teams address the world’s biggest challenges. Join us for two days of intimate networking opportunities, focused small-group conversations, and behind-the-scenes views into the minds of investors. 
Early bird tickets are now available through July 15, 2016. 
Alumni in the News
Congrats to MCN Alumnus Lisa Curtis, CEO and Founder of Kuli Kuli Foods, in Oakland, CA, for being listed in the 2016 GreenBiz 30 under 30. Her energy bars and drinks use the leaves of the moringa tree, enabling her to sustainably source a key ingredient all while growing lots of trees and empowering women. 
Check out this great list of sustainability professionals here.  

Upcoming Deadlines
kraftwerk city accelerator Bremen is an international accelerator program run by swb, a regional German utility. 
It offers up to €150,000 in support to start-ups and founders that are developing solutions for the city of the future. In particular, kraftwerk – in cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen – is looking for start-ups and founders devoted to the business areas of new energy, smart energy, mobility and recycling & waste.

The program provides selected start-ups with up to €150,000 in benefits including:Up to €54,000 in cash investment, with potential follow-on investment activity after the program has endedA hand-picked mentor with expertise in your sector to support you throughout the programAccess to expertise and/or facilities within the swb utility infrastructure and Mercedes-Benz factory in BremenFree office space for your teamA comprehensive start-up educational programAccess to tax, patent, and company establishment expertsApplications are open until 10th July.
How are you creating market driven solutions to the world’s problems? 
Apply today to our Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration! 
The Mentor Capital Network is actively seeking outstanding for-profit social enterprise start-ups and growing companies who are using their mission to drive their financial margin. 
Are you developing ways to combat the world’s dependence on fossil fuels with Clean Energy projects? Are you changing the way people in your community handle waste? What about finding new ways to meet the problems of food and water scarcity that impacts so much of the planet?

Deadline: August 3, 2016
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