Re: Venture capital advice for weatherization SE?
- Here are the responses to the following question from Darlene Tyndal:
"I work for Community Services Employment Training (CSET) in the Central
Valley, California. My agency is looking for venture capitalists to help
launch our Green Training Facility as a social enterprise. We are a
nonprofit that has provided training to California Community Corps members
in weatherization for over a decade. We have excellent experience and are
looking forward to furthering our mission of helping communities and people
by providing more advanced training, including HERs rater and BPI
certification, to these Corps members, as well as the target population of
unemployed construction workers."
(1) From Zac Mutrux <zmutrux@...>
You might check out the Rudolf Steiner Foundation.
[Moderator's note: I believe this reference is to RSF Social Finance, which
provides loans to nonprofit and for-profit social enterprises that meet a
combination of financial, operational and impact criteria. FMI http://bit.ly/aJhM1a . Borrower Criteria at
http://bit.ly/bgxxM5 . Incidentally, at the recent SEA Summit in San
Francisco, I attended a presentation by Ted Levinson, their senior lending
officer, and was quite impressed with their approach. So much so that I'm
considering investing some personal money into their Social Investment Fund,
which others on this list might consider also to support social enterprises.
More info on that at http://bit.ly/d9M4Lf .]
(2) From Debra Fine <dfine@...>
There are venture capital groups (ours is SEN) that have "fast Pitches"
coming up over the summer. You work with them and then "pitch" your venture
to their group for potential funding.
[Moderator's note: From a quick Google search, we were unable to find
information about SEN, so you might want to contact Debra directly to get
more information about that and other "fast pitches" through various venture
(3) From Stacey Murphy <stacey.murphy@...>
Sadly, I have no advice to give you. I would, however, welcome any
information you might be willing to share on your training structure.
We're also a weatherization provider that has a job training program running
in our not for profit (CAP agency). For the last year we've been hosting
youth, 18-24, in our organization providing on the job training, and where
possible, sending them to our state Association that provides lots of
formalized training. (Incidentally you could find them at www.nyswda.org
and they might have some venture capitalist ideas - though they get most of
their funding from government sources right now, I believe) I am wondering
about your in house training structures for Corps members - do they
accompany weatherization crews to homes, or work as a crew unto themselves?
Do your crew leaders act as trainers or do you have a separate trainer and
if so what's your ratio?
(4) From: Darian Rodriguez Heyman <darian@...>
Thanks much for reaching out. My firm specializes in strategy, messaging,
and fundraising for the green economy, and we're based in San Francisco.
We're currently working on an integrated sustainability plan for the state
of California among other projects, and it'd be great to connect and explore
(5) From Jerry Hildebrand <jhildebrand@...>
Greetings, Darlene. We have a program to provide training to nonprofits in
the Central Valley that are interested establishing social enterprises to
generate operation costs and ensure program sustainability (see attached).
Please check out our webpage (www.globalctr.org). Please feel free to
contact me for more details.