MCN Outreach to Net Impact

Dear Net Impact Chapter Leader: Greetings and Salutations. My name is Ian Fisk, and I am a longtime member (lifetime member #3!), supporter, and former chapter leader (Yale SOM & …

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MCN Update: 20 October 2015

The Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation) has launched our 2016 program. We are always learning, and we have made a few tweaks. The main tweak …

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MCN Update: 22 September 2015

Greetings and Salutations.The Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation) has opened our application process for our 2016 program. If you are, or know of, an entrepreneur …

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MCN Update: September 2015

I participate in many conferences on social enterprise. It is where I find many of the  entrepreneurs and mentors and investors in our community. Also, they usually let me lead …

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MCN Update: 28 May 2015

We are making a real difference, but we need your help The Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation) has the honor of supporting companies that are …

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MCN Update: 9 May 2015

We want your brains  I believe that you’ve got the brains, skill, and perspective to help social entrepreneurs turn amazing ideas into a scalable businesses with measurable impact.  And we want …

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MCN Update: 19 March 2015

Greetings and Salutations. We’re excited to be underway with the 2015 Sustainable Business Plan Competition — check out the amazing companies we are working with here.   I am pleased to announce …

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Interview: UpSpring

UpSpring (http://upspringassociates.com/) is a socially responsible consulting firm, enabling entrepreneurs to achieve their vision and implement their goals. Consultants specialize in growing values-based ventures in the U.S. and around the world. Since …

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MCN Updates: 5 January 2015

The Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation) is getting ready to launch our 12th annual Sustainable Business Plan Competition. This is a excellent  opportunity for for-profit social entrepreneurs — …

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MCN Updates: 19 December 2014

The Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation) is getting ready to launch our 12th annual Sustainable Business Plan Competition. We use that competition to engage our pool of more …

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MCN Updates 1 December 2014

Mentor Capital Network Call for ApplicantsApply by January 5th at www.mentorcapitalnet.orgThe Mentor Capital Network (formerly known as the William James Foundation) is now accepting applications for our 2015 Sustainable Business Plan Competition. We …

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MCN Update: 28 October 2014

Greetings and Salutations! I’ve just come back from convenings of StartingBloc and the Social Venture Network, two organizations that have played a major role with the WJF/Mentor Capital Network.  StartingBloc has been an excellent …

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MCN Updates: 6 August 2014

A Family AffairThank YOU! Our 11th Annual Gathering which took place July 24 – 26 was a great success because of YOU – our strong network of supporters, mentors, entrepreneurs, …

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Green Grab: 9 July 2014

On Friday, July 25th, these three companies will present at our 2014 Green Grab:2ArmadillosKuli KuliWash Cycle Laundry Come to the Annual Gathering and watch them pitch! What is a Green Grab? Green Grab connects high-growth sustainable …

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MCN Update: 2 July 2014

Annual Gathering Opening Reception & Local entrepreneurs WIN Coworking Space  Join us on for the Opening Reception of the Annual Gathering to network with the entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and guests.  Are you with a company …

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2014 Finalists

Come to the Annual Gathering and see the top 3 finalists of our Biz Plan Competition compete! Gham PowerSMEFUNDS -GE BIOFUELSSOL VISTAPlease join us July 24 – July 26 as we come together …

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MCN Update 19 June 2014

We are having a busy month! Getting ready for the Annual Gathering, transitioning to Mentor Capital Network, and boosting MCN momentum with Mentor Calls have all been at the top of …

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WJF Update: 24 January 2014

William James Foundation and Bethesda Green Partner To Launch a Mentor Capital Network Program for Green Businesses in the Greater DC-Area!  WJF is excited to announce our new partnership with …

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WJF Update: 22 December 2013

You are a very important part of the WJF family. Thanks to you, 2013 was an incredible year for WJF and the global investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs in our network. …

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WJF Update: 18 December 2013

Thank you for being a part of our community in 2013. It has been an exceptional year for us. We supported 71 companies from 20 countries.Our annual gathering (held at the …

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WJF Update: 16 September 2013

Dear Ian, Two quick things: 2014 Sustainable Business Plan Competition Program is underwayThe William James Foundation is in the feedback business. So when we get some, we listen. Because of …

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WJF Annual Gathering Recap

WJF Gathering Recap This past weekend we had our 10th annual Gathering. Over the course of three days we were able to see top notch entrepreneurs present their businesses, hear …

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2013 Annual Gathering Overview

This past weekend we had our 10th annual Gathering. Over the course of three days we were able to see top notch entrepreneurs present their businesses, hear two wonderful keynote …

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WJF Update: 15 July, 2013

WJF Things that are Going On  Washington, DC | July 18-20, 2013Each year The William James Foundation brings together entrepreneurs, mentors, and funders who are working to make the world …

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WJF Update: 1 July, 2013

For the past several years, we have worked with the Stiefel Family Foundation to identify and support the best new companies that will move the world away from dependence on fossil fuels. …

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WJF Update: 17 June, 2013

It’s my annual week in Boulder, to spend time with Hub Boulder, The Impact Investment Collaboratory, The LOHAS Forum,, and the Unreasonable Institute. We’ve had a LOHAS prize in our competition …

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WJF Update: 4 June, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Finalists in the William James Foundation’s Sustainable Business Plan Competition. Four of the six category finalists have been announced. They are listed below, in alphabetical order …

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Convening Thoughts

There are two parts of my job that I really enjoy. 1) listening to social entrepreneurs, and 2) finding mentors for those entrepreneurs. To do those things well, I go …

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WJF Update: 13 May, 2013

Greetings and Salutations. I hope all is well with you. It’s an exciting month here at the William James Foundation — the full plans have come in, and been sent out …

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WJF Update: 22 April, 2013

It’s that time of year again. Time for the WJF to bring together the sharpest minds in social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and mission-focused accelerators to learn from each other at …

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WJF Update: Our 10th Anniversary

Greetings and Salutations. I hope all is well with you.  This year marks the William James Foundation’s 10th anniversary. In ten years, we have worked with more than 750 for-profit social impact start-up ideas. More …

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WJF Update 25th March, 2013

I’m always blown away at the number of people who jump to support us when we ask for their help whether it be judging our competition, offering an in-kind prize, …

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WJF Update: 27 February 2013

I have returned, once again, from Central America, where I had the opportunity to work with the Latin American Impact Investment Forum to set up the Latin American version of the Impact …