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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. …

Peer-To-Peer Call: Market Data

How do you collect market data in regions or industries where it’s not easy to do? Ian Fisk:The idea is that everybody on this call has something to teach and …

Worker Cooperative Ecosystem (By Organization)

(USA – By Organization) Sorted by: Organization / State / Category Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives Oakland CA Industry Associations The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, founded in 1996, develops democratically run …

Worker Cooperative Support Ecosystem

(USA – By Category) Sorted by: Organization / State / Category Bronx Innovation Factory Bronx NY Consultants The Bronx Innovation Factory is a technology and advanced manufacturing program focused on …

Worker Cooperatives (USA – By Industry)

Sort by Organization / State / Industry Organization City State Industry Community Network Solutions Oakland CA Arts & Entertainment Manos Unidas Creando Arte Santa Ana CA Arts & Entertainment Roundabout …

TOGO: Soleva launches ‘Cizo’ project for rural electrification

It is within this context that Soleva is entering the solar kit market. The company is part of the Paygo Ventures consortium, formed by Wawa Energy Solutions and Aphelion Energy, two companies based in the United States and Ivory Coast respectively. Soleva’s activities were launched in Vogan, located in the Maritime Region in southern Togo, in the presence of the Togolese authorities.
https://www.afrik21.africa/en/togo-soleva-launches-cizo-project-for-rural-electrification/

Grameen and Acumen raise Rs 10 Cr credit facility for social impact companies via SDG bonds

Grameen Impact Investments and Acumen announced India’s first sustainable development goals (SDG) bond. The LIFE SDG Bond provides a credit facility of Rs 10 crore to five for-profit social impact enterprises. These organisations – LabourNet, Empower Pragati, Edubridge, iSTAR, and iPRIMED – work towards enabling sustainable livelihoods for youth across India in both rural and urban areas.
https://yourstory.com/2019/06/investment-bonds-social-impact-grameen-acumen-labournet

2019 ‘Best Lantern for Backpacking’ Helps Protect Survivors of Disaster and Conflict

The partnership between LuminAID and ShelterBox gives light and hope to people displaced around the world. The features that make LuminAID’s products popular among backpackers also make them an essential aid item delivered by international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox.
https://www.prweb.com/releases/2019_best_lantern_for_backpacking_helps_protect_survivors_of_disaster_and_conflict/prweb16345297.htm

Multi-tasking electric stove sparked in Cedar Valley

A new Cedar Valley-based company is hoping to bring sustainable, safe access to electricity to those who need it most. The company, Terraoak, has created a patented smokeless cookstove that is able to convert heat energy into electricity and output it through a USB outlet.
https://clayandmilk.com/2019/05/29/multi-tasking-electric-stove-sparked-in-cedar-valley/

Sustainable packaging: Five solutions Dell has introduced

Chakr Innovation pitched the idea to Dell, resulting in the tech company now using the ink on 1.5 million Dell packaging boxes across India each year. At the time of launch, Dell estimated that the process would help clean the same amount of air breathed annually by about 110,000 people.
https://www.packaging-gateway.com/features/dell-sustainable-packaging/

How Ecopreneurs Alleviate Poverty in Africa

With African populations projected to continually increase over the upcoming decades, waste production and management will equally be an increasing area of concern. Uncollected or improperly managed waste is a public health concern as it causes diseases and environmental degradation from the polluted land and water. Only 40 percent of waste is generally collected by the government in Nigeria, and, of that, only 13 percent is recycled.
https://www.borgenmagazine.com/how-ecopreneurs-alleviate-poverty-in-africa/