Mozambikes

Interview: Mozambikes

“WJF was so amazing is that it was broad enough and yet specific enough to allow Mozambikes to shine…Presenting one’s business in front of some of the world’s prominent social …

RUR Greenlife

Interview: RUR Greenlife

Mentor Capital Network interviewed Monisha Narke, Founder and CEO of RUR GreenLife, a participant in the 2016 Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration in June of 2016. RUR GreenLife’s vision is to …

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Interview: Viva Green Homes

The Mentor Capital Network interviewed Kari Klaus, CEO and Founder of Viva Green Homes, a participant in our 2016 Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration. Viva Green Homes is the largest and …

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Interview: Vayando

The Mentor Capital Network interviewed Jason Seagle the CEO and Co-founder of Vayando on March 30, 2016. Vayando was a participant of the MCN’s Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration in 2015. …

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Interview: Union Kitchen

The Mentor Capital Network interviewed Davita Louie, Director of Development for Union Kitchen, and a participant in the Mentor Capital Network’s 2016 Spring Cohort, on April 15, 2016. Union Kitchen …

Interview: iNotForProfit

“iNotForProfit is innovating the way non-profit organizations and social enterprises connect with their constituency.  Philanthropy 2.0 is here – and every organization should be able to leverage the mobile channel!” …

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Interview: Intoxicating Designs

This interview was conducted in 2009 with Angie Allen, Founder of Intoxicating Designs. Are you currently running / working with a mission-driven business? What is it called?Yes. Intoxicating Designs, Inc. …

Lumeter

Interview: Lumeter Networks

Dorrit Lowsen from the Mentor Capital Network interviewed Mitra Ardron, the CEO of Lumeter Networks on August 9, 2016.  Company Overview Mechanisms for getting paid have been a significant hurdle …

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Interview: Maendeleo

Conrad Cheeks talked with Abraham Kamarck, founder and CEO of Maendeleo Agric, to ask him about his business. Mr. Abraham Kamarck founded Maendeleo Ventures, LLC in 2009. This interview was …

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Interview: Ignitia

Interview with Lizzie Merrill, Project Manager of Ignitia, Ghana, Accra. Conducted by Henry Tanjong on Thursday April 6th 2017 Ignitia sells daily weather updates via SMS to farmers and organizations that support …

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Interview: AlterNative

Brenda Quiroz-Maday entered a plan for “AlterNative” into our competition in 2009.Interview conducted in 2009. Are you currently running / working with a mission-driven business? What is it called? Yes. Business Development and Management, …

Interview: Anovo Consulting

Interview with Jen Boulden, who entered as “Anavo Consulting” in 2004.   Her current firm is called “Ideal Bite.” Interview conducted in 2009.   Are you currently running / working with a …

Back To the Roots

Interview: Back to the Roots

Erin Jones caught up with Jared about Back to the Roots, and their success in reconnecting people to the food they’re eating. When did you meet WJF?  Back to the …

Interview: BioDiversity and Co.

Courtney Consulting Solutions (2009 Interview) Interview with Erica Courtney, Co-Founder of Biodiversity and Co, and CEO of Courtney Consulting SolutionsAre you currently running / working with a mission-driven business? What …

Interview: Drive Alternatives

This interview was conducted in 2009 with Kavi Turnbull of DriveAlternatives.com Are you currently running / working with a mission-driven business? What is it called?Yes. DriveAlternatives.com. Is it for the …

Interview: Jitasa

This interview took place in 2009 with Jeff Russell. “Easy Office” is now called Jitasa. Jeff Russell submitted a plan for Easy Office to our competition in 2008. Easy Office …

Interview: Electric Feel

Dorrit Lowsen from the Mentor Capital Network interviewed Farah Brunache, Founder and CEO of Electric Feel, on August 18, 2016. Company Overview Electric Feel is working to mitigate the impact of …

Evaptainers

Interview: Evaptainers

The Mentor Capital Network interviewed Spencer Taylor Co-founder and CEO of Evaptainers, an MCN Alumnus from 2014. Evaptainers’ mission is to provide affordable refrigeration solutions to address the unique needs …

Interview: Fredsense

The Mentor Capital Network interviewed David Lloyd, Cofounder and Chief Operating Officer of FREDsense Technologies, on April 14, 2016. FREDsense technologies participated in the MCN Sustainable Business Plan collaboration in 2014. …

Interview: GivKwik

The Mentor Capital Network interviewed Jason Rosado, the CEO of Givkwik, on April 18, 2016. Givkwik participated in the Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration Program in 2013. Givkwik helps companies give …

Dreaming Out Loud

Interview: AyaFarms

“The judges’ feedback helped me to think through the next iteration of my business plan, it helped me find the answers to the questions that I had, and most importantly, …

Interview: Boom Algae

Mentor Capital Network spoke with Philip Calabrese, Co-founder of Boom Algae (formerly SuperiorEcotech) to catch up on how the business has been since participating in the Mentor Capital Network’s 2014 Sustainable …

African Chicken

Interview: African Chicken

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN KIYARA C.E.O OF AFRICAN CHICKEN By Henry Tanjong, Mentor Capital Network, April 3rd, 2017 African Chicken is a Tanzanian business that fights unemployment, poverty, and hunger, with …

Clean Decisions

Interview: Clean Decisions

Interview Conducted by: Fred D Fundo Research Associate at Mentor Capital Network Candidate, M.A. in Sustainable Development Interviewee:               Charlie Curtis Organization:             Clean Decisions Date:                           April 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM …

Interview: 1000 EcoFarms

INTERVIEW WITH MR MARK MEYTIN, CEO of 1000ECOFARMS. Conducted by Henry Tanjong April 4th, 2017 1000Ecofarms is an online community that connects sellers and consumers of organic, local natural fresh food. …

Interview: Axios Impact Investment

Peacefully indomitable may sound like an oxymoron, but that is exactly how I would describe Aaron & Abigail Sebesta’s calm but determined attitude and presence. Immediately intrigued by their life stories they spoke about during our house hunting together, I wasn’t surprised when less than a year later they took a huge step in pursuing their dream of moving to South America to help farmers finance their operations. Now in Cusco, Peru, their business–Axios Impact Investments–is embarking on a true social enterprise mission to solve one of the world’s biggest problems.
https://thatsdurangoblog.wordpress.com/axios-impact-investment-interview/?fbclid=IwAR3UDc6cThCUAjx36oQJSRigsniHT1TuI-IW2LeNZr_fg86RCo5MpDlffJU

Interview: Tala

In emerging markets and the developing world, access to banking, capital, and financial resources is far more difficult than here in the U.S., due to a less developed financial system, lack of credit tracking, and oftentimes and informal economy. Santa Monica-based Tala, backed by Google Ventures and Lowercase Capital, has developed a tool that allows anyone with a cell phone to build a financial track record, specially for people in emerging markets.
http://www.socaltech.com/interview_with_shivani_siroya_tala/s-0068771.html

MilkCrate

Interview: MilkCrate

“MilkCrate is an app that simplifies living more sustainably by making it fun and easy for users to connect with the local, sustainable businesses and resources in their community.” 2015 …

Runa

Interview: Runa

“We built a supply chain entirely from scratch in the middle of the Amazon so we had to go through all the heavy lifting of immense amounts of R&D, bureaucracy, …

Interview: Clovest

“The judges’ feedback has also been really valuable in that I have eight different sources of approval and constructive criticism regarding my business plan. It’s basically like having a board …

Interview: Ellie Fun Day

“I see the work being done with Ellie Fun Day as a way to provide a particular group of talented and hardworking women with a safe and positive work environment. …

Interview: Colectivo 1050

“Ceramics as a craft is an incredibly important aspect of indigenous culture in Mexico….Colectivo 1050 will be successful in Mexico only if we can pass that mission on throughout Mexico …

Juabar

Interview: Juabar

“Our solution is an electrified pop-up charging kiosk and service distribution point designed to be run as a local business. As a product it is a charging and connectivity hub …

Access Afya

Interview: Access Afya

Updates: 01/31/2018 : Pharmacy lifeline in Kenya 12/21/2017: Urban Health In Slums Between Addis Ababa And Nairobi 12/31/2016: 2016 Annual Report Interview from 2013 by Madeline Parrish: Access Afya is bringing quality affordable …

Interview: Tonle

“This time around it was very beneficial to enter with our plan because we had completely changed it. I also found it valuable to get outside perspective on our work …

Interview: Day One Response (2012)

“For social enterprises that are in that early stage prior to taking on investment, I really think that all companies should be involved with the WJF competition because it provides …

Malo

Interview: MALÔ

The [MCN] feedback by far is the most comprehensive, detailed feedback we’ve had, and we have participated in a lot of competitions. And the fact that judges are willing to have …

LaborVoices

Interview: LaborVoices

“LaborVoices is a scalable, crowdsourced alternative to conventional inspection-based certification models. We source actionable, real-time intelligence on employers around the world from the real experts—the workers, themselves.” – Kohl Gill, …

Komaza

Interview: Komaza

“The whole reason we do it though is not to grow wood for contracts, but to serve our clients and producers, the really poor farmers” Interview with Tevis Howard from …

Interview: Chaka Marketbridge

“We got into this because we were working in microfinance and saw people taking out microloans to invest in their production capacity…we found a demand side marketplace to help them …