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Monthly Archives: October 2015

1000 Angels Disrupts The Venture Capital Industry With New Platform

New York, NY October 26, 2015. Onevest announces the launch of 1000 Angels, the world’s largest digital-first, invitation-only investor network that allows members to build a venture portfolio free of management fees, carried interest, or large capital commitments.

1000 Angels is reinventing the traditional venture model by providing members with the ability to create their own venture portfolios from a constantly updated selection of high quality, exclusive investment opportunities in some of the most exciting high-growth, early-stage companies in the world.

However, unlike traditional funds, 1000 Angels allows members to build their portfolios with no management fees, carried interest, capital commitments, or unpredictable capital calls. 1000 Angels is creating a venture asset class without the costs and frictions that have historically resulted in poor performance.

1000 Angels membership is open by invitation to accredited investors only. Members receive access to private founder presentations, member networking events, educational seminars, and VIP access to conferences and events. 1000 Angels also offers members the opportunity to access advisory board and board of director roles where there is a fit.

About Onevest

The Onevest ecosystem supports founders and investors in building successful ventures. Onevest provides technology products to connect founders, investors, advisors and influencers in the entrepreneurship community seamlessly and easily.

University Of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law And Policy Program Enrolls Record Number Of Native Students, Doubles Fundraising Goals

The Huerta Scholars Program, Powered by its Global #GivingTuesday Campaign, Helped Boost Native Enrollment to Record Numbers

TUCSON (Oct. 22, 2015) — Alumni, friends and supporters of the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program have helped recruit a record-breaking class of Native students through the Huerta Scholars Program’s #GivingTuesday 2014 scholarship campaign. This year, for its #GivingTuesday 2015 campaign, IPLP’s goal is to double the $60,000 donated to the scholarship fund last year. On Giving Tuesday 2015, which falls on December 1 this year, lawyers and other supporters of American Indian legal rights and legal education will be asked to donate the first billable hour of their day to the Huerta Scholars Program to support the law college’s efforts to raise at least an additional $120,000 in scholarship funds for Native law students.

The record-breaking class of 19 new Native American students entering the law school this year (triple the numbers from just two years ago) was made possible in large part by the successful fundraising campaign launched by the law college’s #GivingTuesday campaign. The Huerta Scholars Program was established by Arizona Law in 2014 in honor of Judge Lawrence Huerta, a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe and the first Native American to graduate from the University of Arizona’s law school (Class of ’53) and to practice law in Arizona.

“The Huerta scholarship funds allowed us to provide the strong levels of financial aid and scholarship support needed by our Native students to help them realize their dream of becoming Native lawyers,” said Professor Robert A. Williams Jr., IPLP faculty co-chair. “We admitted nine new Native JD students to our first-year JD class. We are particularly pleased that three of those students are enrolled members of Arizona tribes, along with three additional Arizona tribal members admitted into our graduate law programs.

Meet the 2015 Huerta Scholars

“The first student to receive the Huerta Scholar Program’s full tuition scholarship and matching financial aid award for 2015-16 is Francisco Olea, a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe,” said Williams. “He will be the first member of his tribe to grow up on the Pascua Yaqui reservation and attend the College of Law. With his outstanding academic achievements and extensive record of service to his community and people, he perfectly embodies the values and ideals exemplified by Judge Huerta during his distinguished career as a lawyer, Indian rights advocate and proud member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.”

Besides the JD entering class, IPLP was able to attract a large and diverse group of indigenous students from around the world to its graduate degree programs. IPLP is the only law school program in the world that offers all three law degrees (JD, LLM, SJD) along with the newly established MLS (Masters of Legal Studies) degree.

“Seven of our nine new IPLP, LLM and SJD students come from Native communities, three from the U.S and four from foreign indigenous communities,” said Professor James Anaya, faculty co-chair of the IPLP program. “And both of our two new Native MLS students are enrolled tribal members from U.S. tribes. Along with the great diversity they bring to our program, these students bring with them incredibly strong qualifications.”

Anaya cites Miriam Matinda from the Masai tribe in Tanzania, as an example of the diversity and strong qualifications of this year’s entering graduate law class. Miriam is enrolled in the IPLP SJD program this year, after a very successful year in IPLP’s LLM. program. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tanzania and is the recipient of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Anaya personally recruited Antonio Q’apaj Conde to become one of IPLP’s new LLM students this year. Q’apaj is an Aymara indigenous community member from Bolivia who received a bachelor in law from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz and a master’s in human rights, democratization and security from Seville University in Spain. Between 2013 and 2015 he served in Geneva as a WIPO indigenous fellow.

For this year’s Huerta Scholars Program #Giving Tuesday scholarship drive, law alum (‘00) Gabe Galanda, of the law firm Galanda Broadman in Seattle, will serve as the national co-chair once again, along with Williams. Galanda believes there is good reason to support Native scholarships at Arizona Law: “It’s the impact of those scholarship dollars combined with other sources of financial aid and the strong academic support that IPLP can provide that make it possible to recruit and enroll such a large and diverse group of Native students,” says Galanda. “Think of it. In one single year, the law school recruited and admitted a total of 19 Native students, six who are from Arizona tribes. That’s never happened before. The Huerta Scholars Program is a key factor in the success of those recruitment efforts. We have to keep it going. It’s why we are doubling our efforts this year to reach $120,000 for Native scholarships at Arizona Law.”

Along with the Huerta scholarship funds, an intensive recruitment effort involving the admissions office, Arizona Law’s Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) and Dean Marc Miller’s personal involvement were key to the law school’s success in its strategic, targeted and personalized approach to Native student recruitment.

Classy Expands Collaborative & Awards, Sets Sights on Boston for 2016 Social Innovation Showcase

The sixth-annual event, produced in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, convenes thought leaders and decision-makers tackling the world’s greatest challenges

SAN DIEGO, CA and BOSTON, MA – October 22, 2015 — Today Classy announced the 6th Annual Collaborative and Classy Awards will be moving from its San Diego location to Boston’s Seaport Innovation District, taking place June 14-16, 2016. The Collaborative, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, is a biennial, three-day experience that convenes top leadership from across the social sector and showcases the most innovative solutions to today’s global problems. The event culminates with the Classy Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award of its kind recognizing excellence in social innovation.

“Boston is a city known for its creative ideas, technological advancements and a deep-rooted history of driving social change. As we continue to establish ourselves as a global hub for social innovation, we are proud to host the 2016 Collaborative,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The Collaborative will showcase innovative programs and technologies that are helping address our greatest challenges – from education to public safety, economic opportunity to sustainable development – and we’re excited to welcome this experience to the city of Boston.”

The Collaborative convenes an array of thought leaders and experts in the social sector, including top NGOs, international agencies, institutional investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and academics. Classy has also announced it will be expanding the Collaborative portion of the experience, to include curated sessions, debates and a strong emphasis on product showcases.

Programs featured at the Collaborative and recognized by the Classy Awards address a wide variety of pressing global issues such as resilient cities, early health detection, agriculture technologies and criminal justice reform. Last year, more than 3,600 programs in 115 countries worldwide were evaluated for participation. Classy Awards winners are then selected from those programs through a rigorous, data-driven evaluation process by the Leadership Council, a diverse 100-person panel comprised of executives and subject matter experts from organizations such as the World Bank, UNICEF, International Medical Corps, Teach for America, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Virgin Group, World Wildlife Fund, Goodwill Industries, National Geographic, CARE USA, Oxfam America, ASPCA and more.

“Individuals and organizations are developing creative strategies and technologies to combat some of our greatest challenges. The recent announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals has placed a heightened international focus on these challenges, and emphasizes the need to build greater transparency and visibility into emerging solutions,” said Classy Co-founder Pat Walsh. “We designed the Collaborative to shed light on those solutions, and connect them with key influencers, media and investors in the sector.”

The event’s new venue, “The Warehouse” at Cruiseport Boston, is a historic World War I era warehouse recently renovated by the Massachusetts Port Authority. Classy is also partnering with two important community organizations to execute this year’s event – the Kendall Square Association, an association representing the Kendall Square business community, and City Awake, a Boston social enterprise Hub.

About Classy

Classy is a technology company that helps organizations mobilize their community to solve social problems more effectively and efficiently. Since launching in 2011, Classy has helped more than 1,800 social enterprises including Oxfam, The World Food Programme and National Geographic to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Classy also hosts the Collaborative and Classy Awards to recognize excellence in social innovation. Based in San Diego, CA, Classy employs a staff of 130 people and is backed by investors including Mithril and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit www.classy.org or follow Classy on Twitter: @Classy.

Funding Circle Launches Across Europe With Deal For Rocket Internet-Backed Zencap

Leading global marketplace for business loans expands into Germany, Spain and the Netherlands

Funding Circle, the world’s leading online marketplace for business loans, today announced it has joined forces with Zencap, to create the first truly global marketplace lending platform. The deal sees Funding Circle expand into Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, alongside its existing operations in the UK and US.

The announcement follows Funding Circle’s successful growth over the last five years, helping 12,000 businesses access more than $1.5 billion of finance in the UK and US. The deal will combine Zencap’s established home-grown team with local knowledge and a strong track record across Europe, with Funding Circle’s proven experience and industry leading technology.

The market opportunity across continental Europe is larger than both the UK and US markets combined, with more than €1 trillion of outstanding loans for small businesses. As continental Europe’s leading marketplace for business loans, Zencap has experienced strong growth over the past 18 months with more than €35 million lent to approximately 520 businesses.

As part of today’s deal Zencap will now operate as Funding Circle across Europe.

Launched by Rocket Internet in March 2014 the business will be led by Matthias Knecht and Christian Grobe, founders of Zencap.

Commenting on today’s news, Samir Desai CEO and co-founder of Funding Circle said: “Our vision is to help millions of businesses across the world sidestep the outdated and inefficient banking system and borrow from investors. Today’s news is the next exciting stage of this journey. We have been hugely impressed with what the Zencap team have achieved so far. By coming together we combine Funding Circle’s leading position in the UK and US with Zencap’s deep understanding of local markets to create the first truly global marketplace lending platform.”

Co-founder and MD of Zencap, Christian Grobe, who will become Co-founder and COO of Funding Circle in Continental Europe said: “Our companies share one common mission: to create a better financial world. Today’s announcement sees us become a truly global player under the strong Funding Circle brand, allowing us to leverage synergies, professionalize processes and grow even faster. This is exciting news for millions of business owners in Europe and thousands of investors who will substantially benefit from these advantages in the short and medium term.”

Following significant growth over the last 18 months, Zencap recently announced a €230 million agreement with Victory Park Capital, who will lend through its marketplace. As an existing investor across Funding Circle’s UK and US businesses, today’s news will see Victory Park Capital become the first global investment vehicle for marketplace lending.

The lending revolution

Launched in 2010, Funding Circle is sparking a global revolution in the way small businesses access finance, disrupting the traditional model of banking. By bringing together industry leading risk management policies and cutting edge technology, Funding Circle’s proven model strips out the need for inefficient bank processes, enabling businesses to access finance in a matter of days from investors.

Since launching Funding Circle has raised $273 million in equity funding from investors such as DST, BlackRock, Temasek and Index Ventures. In April, Funding Circle announced its Series E round for $150 million, one of Europe’s largest fundraising rounds this year, and announced that Jerome Le Luel, previously head of credit analytics at Barclays will join the team as global Chief Risk Officer.

Indiegogo Launches ‘Generosity by Indiegogo’

Biggest Fundraising Platform for Nonprofits, Personal Funding & Social Causes Without Restrictions or Platform Fees

SAN FRANCISCO, October 19, 2015 – Indiegogo, the world’s largest online funding platform, today announced the re-launch of Indiegogo Life as ‘Generosity by Indiegogo’, the easiest way for people worldwide to directly support nonprofits, social causes and others in need. Generosity has zero platform fees, allowing fundraisers to keep all the funds they raise.

Generosity by Indiegogo is the new home for all personal cause and charitable fundraisers powered by Indiegogo’s powerful, global crowdfunding engine. Using the best tools in the industry and building on Indiegogo’s commitment to social impact funding, the new Generosity by Indiegogo offers:

  • No platform fees: Completely free for personal and social cause fundraisers.
  • No deadlines: Fundraisers can run indefinitely, without an end date
  • Fundraising tools: Robust, cause-tailoredfundraising tools
  • Flexibility: Indiegogo’s industry-leading API enables nonprofits to mirror Generosity fundraisers on their own website
  • Simple fundraiser set-up: A streamlined setup process enabling people to start a fundraiser in just a few minutes
  • Massive reach: The global Indiegogo platform reaches 15 million visitors a month

“Generosity by Indiegogo is the perfect way to make sure anyone, anywhere can support the nonprofits and social causes that matter to them,” said Slava Rubin, CEO of Indiegogo. “Whether it’s in response to a natural disaster, humanitarian crisis or for an important charitable cause, fundraising on Generosity by Indiegogo is literally changing lives for the better.”

Generosity’s unique and powerful offerings have already proven popular with the nonprofit community, and will launch with four major and very diverse nonprofit campaigns. Positive Planet has partnered with local NGO partner Makhzoumi Foundation in Lebanon to help Syrian Refugees transition and thrive by starting small businesses; Khan Academy Lite, a branch of Khan Academy will raise funds to bring learning networks and educational content to people with no internet connection. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is fundraising to provide 100 Bay Area blood cancer patients a stipend to help with treatment-related costs including lodging and transportation. And finally, Project Scientist is creating Summer Academies STEM Expeditions for girls to explore, learn, and be inspired by female STEM professionals. Existing indiegogo Life campaigns will seamlessly transition to Generosity.com with no interruption to the fundraiser.

Indiegogo launched in 2008 as the world’s first crowdfunding platform. The company is the worldwide leader in crowdfunding campaigns across a wide variety of areas, including entrepreneurial ventures, creative projects, tech/hardware, social initiatives and personal cause. Indiegogo has hosted more than 300,000 campaigns in 224 countries and territories, five currencies and four languages.

About Indiegogo

Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is an open platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com and follow us at http://www.twitter.com/indiegogo and www.facebook.com/indiegogo.

Chance Encounter Between Israeli Musician And Palestinian Peace Activist Sparks Global Musical Project Of Hope And Inspiration

The SONGMAN project is creating songs telling the stories of inspiring people in areas of conflict or social injustice.The first episode (Israel-Palestine) has just been created.

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Daniel Dor, an Israeli musician, crossed the Israeli Palestinian border with one purpose, to search for inspiration. Here he met Antwan (a former key member of “One Voice” and currently the Deputy Director of the “Holy Land Trust”) who he developed an instant connection with, eventually creating a song through his eyes. This event is documented in the SONGMAN first Chapter, a project that sets out to create songs telling the stories of brave inspiring men who promote positive change in areas of conflict or social injustice.

“As an Israeli, I never had the chance to meet and enjoy friendship with someone from the West Bank and this experience alone was comforting and mind opening. We spent time together in India, forming a friendship that put aside all conflict related tensions, enjoying each other’s company while traveling. That’s how Antwan begun sharing his vision and perception of the conflict. Antwan’s optimistic ideas and devotion towards creating a solution were so powerful; they inspired me to write Antwan’s song, hoping to spread his vision and ideas”.

The next chapter will see Daniel and his team travel to South Africa to meet Moses, a former drug mule who spent nearly two years in prison after he was caught smuggling marijuana into Heathrow Airport. On his return, amongst other achievements, he founded the Nonprofit Aga Sechaba community Project, fighting the increasingly damaging effects of drugs and creates job opportunities for rehabilitated drug users.

The journey started when Daniel was invited by Leaders Quest social enterprise to perform in India. After returning to Tel Aviv in November 2014, Daniel teamed up with UK based creative entrepreneurs Jamie Anley and Simon White and together they established the broader Idea of Songman, aiming to create more songs and documentaries of inspiring people around the world.

Daniel is now promoting the project on the kriticalmass, a social impact platform based in London, enabling projects to not only find funds, but skilled volunteers and well-aligned brands to join the journey.

Dor welcomes anyone who feels passionate about his cause to reach out and join the Songman story.

KidsConnect, New All-In-One Smart Tracker Cell Phone Keeps Kids Incredibly Safe And In Touch!

iCrowdNewswire – Oct 19, 2015 – ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Wearable Cell Phone is a parent’s “All In One Security Solution”. It is the best way for parents to obtain peace of mind while their children are away from home. The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Wearable Cell Phone is equipped GPS/LBS Location which allows real time tracking of the phone via the Android or iOS App or on any web enabled device.

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Parents can also see where their children have been with the location history feature. The SOS feature when activated will send a text message with the GPS/LBS location to up to 4 cell phone numbers and then it will autodial the numbers on the SOS list until one is answered.

The GeoFencing feature allows parents to set a predetermined area and receive an alert if the phone enters or leaves the area.

The Voice Monitoring feature allows parents to send a text message to the phone and within a minute the phone will call them back, allowing them the ability to monitor the child’s surroundings.

The KidsConnect Phone is equipped with 4 Speed Dial Numbers as well as a 20 number phone book. These preprogrammed numbers are the only numbers that the child can call as well as being the only numbers that can call the phone.

And so much more….

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When it comes to your child’s safety, you want to make sure you have the best tracking device ever. That’s why we developed the KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone.

The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone is an all-in-one device that lets your child safely explore their world without the anxiety of losing contact. Unlike other GPS trackers and simple Bluetooth tags, The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone allows parents to set custom perimeters (GeoFencing), track three days of location history, voice monitoring, four pre-programmed speed dial numbers, an S.O.S. button for emergencies, parental control of all incoming and outgoing numbers, no texting or Internet, program rich calling and alert features and so much more! Plus with our intuitive Free App, you can monitor everything from your smartphone, tablet or computer. The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone is easy to carry with the included neck lanyard and service plans are available for as low as $8.33 a month with an annual plan, giving parents total piece of mind for an affordable price.

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According to the FBI there are over 800,000 children in the USA reported missing every year that equals one child every forty seconds. It’s time to change these statistics!

Learn more about the KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone on Indiegogo at http://igg.me/at/KidsConnect/x/12239470 or www.mykidsconnect.com or view our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUHTMjIJ0d4

iCrowdNewswire Expands International Distribution With Deals In Canada, Brazil, Mexico, United Kingdom And Spain – Adds Regulatory Disclosure Services In European Union

iCrowdNewswire – Oct 16, 2015 – MIAMIiCrowdNewswire continues expansion of its distribution footprint and product options by adding regulatory compliance services in key financial markets. With this latest expansion, iCrowdNewswire now offers regulatory compliance services in Canada, the European Union, United States and United Kingdom.

“The market for regulatory disclosure services is perfect for disruption,” said Hector Botero, President and CEO of iCrowdNewswire. “A quick evaluation of the market and service providers shows we can have very substantial margins and offer retail rates at 1/3 of those offered by traditional vendors.”

This is the second large distribution footprint expansion announced by iCrowdNewswire in 60 days growing reach into key global financial markets and offering an effective, efficient and cost-effective option for listed companies to meet required disclosure obligations. The distribution network is comprised of well-established services with the necessary approvals, relationships and technology to provide regulatory disclosure services. “Our partners are all tier-one organizations with years in operations serving a large amount of customers,” said Botero. The network includes FSCwire in Canada; the Regulatory News Service of the London Stock Exchange in the United Kingdom; and Euronext exchanges and NASDAQ OMX in the European Union.

In addition to adding regulatory compliance products, iCrowdNewswire continues its expansion of global and international public relations, investor relations and consumer reach products. As part of this latest expansion, agreements with Comunicae in Spain and Mexico, and Dino in Brazil expand the global reach now available to customers globally through iCrowdNewswire. In some cases these new relationships are two-way agreements that provide partners with access to iCrowdNewswire’s competitive product set for sale in their markets.

About iCrowdNewswire

iCrowdNewswire is a marketing technology, content marketing and press release newswire company focusing on the alternative finance, crowdfunding, SME and small cap markets globally. iCrowdNewswire was launched by a team of senior executives from Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, Business Wire, PR Newswire and Marketwired based in Berlin, Hong Kong, Miami, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Singapore. http://icrowdnewswire.com

Fundraising Campaign Begins For Web-Course On Dismantling Racism: Designed For White People

(PR NewsChannel) / October 16, 2015 / HAMILTON, New York / The Sum is a non-profit (501c3) that is launching a month-long crowdfunding campaign to raise 59k to produce and disseminate a web-course designed for white people called Dismantling Racism from the Inside Out (www.gofundme.com/thesum).

“This web-course will break new ground in three major ways,” says Co-Executive Director, J. Elliott Cisneros, “First, it’s designed specifically to meet the needs of white people–based on the stories, concerns, patterns, struggles, and confusion we have heard in our workshops over many years. Second, the course is individualized. Our experience and research has taught us that we are all at very different places related to issues of race and racism. This course will allow participants to determine their needs and interests through a brief questionnaire and then The Sum’s educational software will automatically provide a series of tailored supportive learning modules. Lastly, while many people might be interested in doing this work, workshops and trainings can be cost and time prohibitive. This web-course will make the work accessible to everyone on a sliding scale.”

Dr. Carla Sherrell, The Sum’s other Co-Executive Director says “The web format will provide an opportunity for participants to work in their own time and space. They will have a chance to ask questions and share their stories, explore communication models, some history, and any underlying feelings of guilt, fear, anger, and grief–all essential foundations necessary before cross-racial bridges can be effectively built. Participants will develop a deepened value for racial difference, increased communication skills, greater clarity about who they are, and a better understanding of their impact across race. Wherever you are in relationship to race, this web course will provide you with critical content and experiences to support you in doing the work to dismantle racism and a racialized world.”

“In some ways issues of race in 2015 are different than 50 years ago. In other ways they are the same–only mutated. Like so many white ancestors did historically as part of the abolition movement here in the United States and voter registration in the 60’s in the South, white people today can take action to help cultivate an environment where meaningful change is possible…and it begins by working on me. This not only serves the greater community, it gives me an increased sense of connection to my own integrity, strength, and gifts.”

The Sum has facilitated diversity workshops since its inception in 2006 in education, business, government, and human services. Naomi Tutu, daughter of Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu is quoted on The Sum’s website as saying, “These offerings of The Sum are the finest I have seen in my years of doing this work.” The Sum’s mission is “to unleash the power of our differences: race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, and socio-economic class.”

People are invited to support the campaign in two ways. “First, give a donation! A thousand dollars or just one, if that’s what you can,” says Cisneros, “And second, share the crowdfunding link with your networks through Facebook, email, tweeting, texting, and carrier pigeon!” Because The Sum is a non-profit all donations are tax deductible.

Dr. Sherrell says, “So many people wonder what they can do about racism and our racialized society. Just by supporting this crowdfunding campaign, you can do something that is profoundly meaningful and help to unleash the power of our differences for a world where no one stands alone!”

The campaign will run from October 16th to November 16th. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/thesum, or find more details at www.thesum.org.

Female Entrepreneurs Unveil Nepalese Business Owners To A New Wave Of Tourists

Dedicated to the cause, social entrepreneurs Luna Shrestha Thakur and Catrin Froehlich are empowering small business heroes by giving tourists the opportunity to witness a different side to traveling Nepal. Their Hidden Journey’s tours provide a chance for these small business owners to reach a new audience and share knowledge with like-minded travelers from across the globe.

It’s no secret that Nepal is in a rebuilding phase following the earthquakes earlier this year. However, prior to this setback the two had been working hard on their Hidden Journey’s program, and after a hiatus have witnessed a pick up in the interest of the tours again. They both hope that this will be a catalyst to allowing their great work to flourish once more and to accelerate the rejuvenation of the entrepreneurs of the area.

Shrestha and Froehlich founded Hidden journeys after they traveled Nepal in 2011 and were amazed by the passion and determination of the individuals they met. They spent days listening to stories of struggles and of great triumphs.

“We learnt about means to empower rural communities and the ways widows would overcome stigma through cooperatives. We learnt about the transformation of a Maoist supporter into an entrepreneur and how an abused housewife started a knitting business” Says Froehlich

This experience confirmed their believe in self-empowerment through social enterprises as opposed to the typical aid message that the country is so often subject to.

“The Hidden journey’s idea stems from the knowledge that economic marginalization was one of the root causes of conflict in Nepal. So through social entrepreneurship promotion we want to contribute to more economic inclusiveness, and to the development of Nepal.” Says Shrestha

The program has been an inspiration to all who have traveled over the past two years with over a dozen different tour routes organized and many other events for empowerment staged.

Former visitor and founder of The Edulift Academy Tenzin Sonam Gonsar said “I was inspired by people encompassing the spectrum of social entrepreneurship, from early stages to acceleration of sustainable enterprises. The tour has allowed me to network, connect and be inspired by other entrepreneurs.”

The ’10 day tour’ on November 18 will offer participants a chance to experience eco-building and traditional farming, learning about natural systems and architectural heritage conservation, to name a few. Culminating in a two day international enterprise conference where they open to discuss the concepts around Social Entrepreneurship with practitioners, academicians and other experts.

Hidden Journeys are selling tickets and other supporter material on positive impact crowdfunding platform kriticalmass ,with the project live for another three weeks. To learn about the tour and book yourself in visit kriticalmass.com/p/hiddenjourneysnepal

Links:

Hidden Journeys – http://www.hiddenjourneysnepal.com/
Tour Details – http://www.hiddenjourneysnepal.com/index.php/upcoming/10-days-nov-2015
kriticalmass – https://kriticalmass.com

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