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SocialVentures creates and connects community resources to businesses that create social impact.

SocialVentures advocates for, develops, and funds businesses that address social problems in our community.

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How we Advance Social Enterprise

SocialVentures offers resources, programs, accelerators on social enterprise and acts as a primary network for social enterprise activity in Central Ohio.

Outreach
We expand public awareness and support of social enterprise through public speaking, monthly columns in Business First and The Metropreneur, blogs and social media. We also publish an annual report, The State of Social Enterprise in Central Ohio.
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Communication
We enhance the connection of social entrepreneurs to the consumer, volunteer, investor, and nonprofit board member through our online Marketplace, a listing of Central Ohio social enterprises and their products, services, and impact.
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Training
We offer accelerators, workshops, and programs to give entrepreneurs knowledge, skills, and advice to help their businesses thrive. We also offer an eight-month intensive accelerator for nonprofits interested in developing a social enterprise to support their nonprofit missions.
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Access to Capital
We introduce social entrepreneurs to impact investing basics and appropriate sources of capital (angel and early-stage investors). We manage Social Ventures Fund, LLC, a member-based private fund for accredited individuals, companies, and foundations. We also run an investment account with Kiva Columbus.
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Our Mission

SocialVentures advances remarkably good businesses—businesses that intentionally integrate social impact as a non-negotiable component of their business model. SocialVentures supports these nonprofit and for-profit businesses so that entrepreneurs, consumers and beneficiaries of their mission-driven endeavors are all better positioned to prosper.

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Advisory Board

Tom Katzenmeyer
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Michael Bills
Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Nichole Dunn
The Women's Fund of Central Ohio
Alex Fischer
Columbus Partnership
Dale Heydlauff
American Electric Power
Doris Korda
Hawken School
Eric Lloyd
Otterbein University Graduate MBA Program
Craig Marshall
Ernst & Young
John Rush
CleanTurn
Bruce Soll
L Brands
Marty Sweterlitsch
Benesch
Tony Wells
The Tony R. Wells Foundation