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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Indiegogo Partners with Ingram Micro Commerce

Shipping & Logistics Provider Offers Indiegogo Entrepreneurs New Services to Quickly and More Reliably Deliver their Campaign Perks to Backers

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, November 15, 2017Indiegogo, the platform for entrepreneurs to launch innovative and groundbreaking products, and Ingram Micro Commerce, a strategic business unit of Ingram Micro, the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor, today announced a new partnership to help entrepreneurs on Indiegogo deliver their products to backers quickly and reliably.

Through the partnership program, which will be fully integrated on Indiegogo’s platform, campaign owners can take advantage of special bulk shipping discounts, world-class supply chain capabilities, kitting and packaging and a first of its kind service that allows all Indiegogo products manufactured in China to be aggregated in a centralized warehouse, pre-kitted, then batched together for overseas freight shipping, offering entrepreneurs significant savings over retail pricing.

Ingram Micro Commerce will offer preferred pricing discounts on order fulfillment, shipping services, packaging and warehousing solutions, as well as a suite of commerce enablement and growth services for qualified entrepreneurs on Indiegogo. Access to Ingram Micro’s expansive global network of warehouses and distribution centers will support Indiegogo entrepreneurs in shipping products to their backers around the world.

Throughout the fulfillment process, Ingram Micro’s Shipwire Platform, the company’s cloud-based order management technology, allows campaigners to connect to warehouses, integrate with online sales channels via robust APIs, review order and inventory data in real-time and more.

“This new partnership is another step toward Indiegogo empowering entrepreneurs to fulfill and deliver their products to backers with ease, whether they’ve just launched their first product or are scaling their business,” said David Mandelbrot, CEO of Indiegogo.

“Backers of the innovative products from the entrepreneurs in this program will now be able to receive their items more quickly and more reliably thanks to the myriad of resources offered to entrepreneurs from Ingram Micro.”

“As a company that values innovation, it is a priority for us to invest in entrepreneurs and help them grow their businesses. We are delighted to partner with Indiegogo and support their innovative approach to successfully shipping new and exciting products around the world,” said Ken Beyer, executive vice president at Ingram Micro. “We look forward to making enterprise-class shipping and logistics more accessible to these fast growing brands.”

In addition to enabling faster shipping and valuable discounts to Indiegogo campaigners, the partnership with Ingram Micro also provides qualified entrepreneurs with consultation opportunities to help them scale their businesses, from fulfillment through distribution.

This new partnership is a continuation of Indiegogo’s efforts to support product entrepreneurs throughout the lifecycle of their projects. As a one-stop destination for startups bringing their projects from concept to market, Indiegogo works with entrepreneurs beyond the crowdfunding stage of their businesses. With offerings like a new marketplace, a storefront for business owners to sell products that are shipping now, and exclusive collaborations with Arrow Electronics, IBM, and Brookstone, Indiegogo helps entrepreneurs get their products to broad markets faster and easier than ever before.

Learn more at: https://enterprise.indiegogo.com/ingrammicro

About Indiegogo

Indiegogo is the place to discover clever and unique innovations in tech and design before they go mainstream, including hundreds of products shipping right away. Indiegogo’s crowdfunding campaigns are where new and groundbreaking ideas take flight. With thousands of campaigns launching every week, there’s ingenious tech, creative design, and much more around every corner — often with special pricing for early backers as well as equity opportunities. Indiegogo’s marketplace is loaded with clever and surprising innovations in tech, design, and more — all with guaranteed shipping – with many products sourced from successful crowdfunding campaigns. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. For more information, visit Indiegogo.com and follow us at Twitter.com/indiegogo and Facebook.com/indiegogo.

About Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro works with brands and retailers to provide on-demand and custom fulfillment solutions that meet their needs today and into the future. With 154 distribution centers across 45 countries, Ingram Micro has the stability and scale to help its customers reach new markets around the world, and its cloud-based order management platform, Shipwire, enables customers to connect with warehouses, integrate new sales channels and access real-time visibility into their orders and inventory.


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Solar Finance Pioneer CleanCapital Closes 3.7M Investment Round to Help Investors Tap Solar Market

Funding round led by leading equity crowdfunding platform, SeedInvest, will be used to accelerate technology roadmap and scale operations

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY- [Nov 14, 2017]CleanCapital, an innovative online marketplace for clean energy investing, announced today that it closed its Series A with a total investment of $3.7 million. This investment came through 50 investors to include FinTech and cleantech leaders as well as SeedInvest’s Selections Fund in this latest round.

Over the past five years, the solar market grew an average rate of 72% per year, fueled by regulatory stability and reduced install costs. CleanCapital allows investors to capitalize on that explosive growth by connecting them with investment-ready solar portfolios of projects across the United States. To date, the team has financed over $50M of solar projects and more than 20 MW in operating solar assets. CleanCapital reduces barriers for institutional investors to access projects, and allows project owners to seamlessly exit their current portfolios. The typical timeline for new entrants to source, evaluate, underwrite, and close clean energy projects can take up to a year. CleanCapital is bringing efficiency to this process by significantly reducing the timeline on transactions.

“There is a sizeable opportunity to provide investors with access to new types of alternative investments and we were impressed with CleanCapital’s solar platform,” stated Ryan Feit, SeedInvest CEO and Co-Founder. “Our Selections Fund invests alongside our broader investor base in some of the most promising companies on our platform and we were excited to back CleanCapital,” he continued.

CleanCapital competed to be featured on leading startup fundraising platform SeedInvest which historically has accepted just 1% of startup applicants. In addition to SeedInvest, cleantech leaders including Jeff Phillips, Treasurer and Co-Founder of the Corporate Climate Alliance and Barney Schauble, Managing Partner of Nephila Advisors join FinTech pioneers Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace, Jon Barlow, Founder of Eaglewood Capital Management, and Bradley Pattelli, Former Chief Investment Officer of LendingClub with investments in CleanCapital.

The new investment will allow CleanCapital to accelerate its technology roadmap and scale operations, growing its team with leading industry experts. Recent hires include seasoned finance expert, Matt Eastwick as Head of Capital Markets and award winning Creative Director, Jurgen Altziebler as Head of Design.

“To accelerate clean energy growth we need to create a marketplace that provides all investors with simpler, understandable ways to invest in this asset class. We are thrilled that SeedInvest recognizes the value CleanCapital brings to the clean energy marketplace,” said Thomas Byrne, Co-founder and CEO of CleanCapital. “CleanCapital is committed to attracting more investors to the space by creating a new marketplace for clean energy, one that is driven by transparency, efficiency and accessibility.”

“As clean energy market grows as an asset class, mitigating risk will be a key component in attracting new investors,” said Barney Schauble, a Managing Partner at Nephila. “I believe CleanCapital can grow substantially by leveraging technology to address market inefficiencies and increasing the flow of capital throughout the clean energy marketplace.”

About CleanCapital:

CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. CleanCapital allows accredited investors—including institutional investors, family offices, and investment funds—to invest in secure and diversified clean energy projects. Investors can monitor investments in real-time using our seamless online platform. We were founded in 2015 and are headquartered in New York, NY. Stay up to date on the evolving market of clean energy finance by signing up on our website, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting via LinkedIn. Learn more at http://www.cleancapital.com.

About SeedInvest:

SeedInvest is a leading equity crowdfunding platform that provides individual investors with access to pre-vetted startup investment opportunities. SeedInvest has funded over 160 startups and boasts a rapidly growing network of over 200,000 investors. SeedInvest has had over 20,000 startups apply to raise capital since inception and has only accepted 1% of those companies to feature on the platform. For more information about SeedInvest, visit www.seedinvest.com.


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First-Ever Clean Energy Credit Union Raises Critical Start-up Funding

Leading national non-profit E4TheFuture provides financial backing to credit union as it gets ready to open for business

Press Release – The nation’s first-ever Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU) today announced that it has received critical startup funding from E4TheFuture, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing clean energy to all Americans. E4TheFuture has granted a $50,000 seed funding and an initial savings account for $100,000 to help capitalize and accelerate the implementation of the new and exciting CECU.

As part of its purpose, CECU aims to enable consumers to make energy efficiency and clean energy upgrades to their homes when they otherwise may not have been able to. See a two-minute video.

E4TheFuture President Steve Cowell said this award is an investment in the future of energy efficiency as well as other distributed energy resources such as wind and solar power. “We are supporting this organization because we believe it will help remove barriers to widespread adoption to clean energy and energy efficiency,” said Cowell.

“This decision fits our mission to bring the energy efficiency industry to greater success,” according to Cowell. “We are collaborating to bring benefits to a broad spectrum of Americans who want clean energy and energy efficiency but may not have the available cash to invest in improvements.”

“Support from E4TheFuture will allow the CECU to leverage more funding and will strengthen our ability to help people participate in the clean energy movement,” said board chair Blake Jones. “People are seeking new ways to make a difference to help our environment and usher in a clean energy economy. Our new credit union provides an easy way for people to be a part of the solution.”

“As a new organization committed to the common cause of building a robust clean energy industry, the CECU is proud to be a recipient of E4TheFuture funds,” said CEO Terri Mickelsen. “These dollars will go a long way toward helping all of us unite the clean energy participants to help consumers finance clean energy resources.”

The CECU received its federal charter from the National Credit Union Administration in September 2017, and plans to open its (virtual) doors by the end of 2017. A crowdfunding campaign (see video) is under way through November 12, 2017. Initial membership recruitment is targeting members of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES); impact investing and Socially Responsible Investing communities; consumers interested in purchasing a solar PV system, electric vehicle, or home energy efficiency retrofit; and credit unions with underutilized funds available to deposit in CECU and/or who are interested in participating in its loan portfolio.


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“Helpings from the Heart” to Serve More Than 20,000 Meals at 25th Annual Thanksgiving Feast in Orlando

Golden Corral Will Host Event at Salvation Army on Thanksgiving Day

Press Release – ORLANDO, FL (Nov, 2017) – For the 25th consecutive year, Golden Corral, along with the generous support of several Orlando-area businesses, will once again serve free meals to the public on Thanksgiving Day as part of the annual “Helpings from the Heart” program. The event is expected to serve more than 20,000 meals to deserving residents in Central Florida on Thanksgiving Day.

The event will take place beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 23, in the Salvation Army gymnasium located at 440 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. The dinner is a collaborative effort between Eric Holm, owner and president of Metro Corral Partners, and several area business partners and community groups.

Giving Back

Holm founded “Helpings from the Heart” in 1992 as a way to give back to the community and thank The Salvation Army, which provided a Thanksgiving meal to the Holm family when he was a child. Holm experienced the need for help first-hand. He grew up in a single-parent family and worked to help support his mother as a busboy in a restaurant where she was a waitress. This annual event now gives Holm the opportunity to help others who may not be able to afford a full Thanksgiving meal.

“This year’s Helpings from the Heart event takes special significance in that it is the 25th straight year we have had the privilege to organize it,” said Holm. “It started off years ago as an opportunity to share the holiday with others and give people a good meal on Thanksgiving. Although the event has grown considerably over the years, the purpose remains the same and we look forward to spending time with everyone that comes out that day.”

The dinner is a joint venture between Holm and area nonprofit organizations, corporations and local businesses, including The Salvation Army, Cheney Brothers, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McLane, Ardent, Mills, Harvill’s, Bubbalou’s, Puff n Stuff, Universal and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which provides protection for all guests and volunteers. More than 1,100 Salvation Army volunteers will arrive throughout the day to assist with serving the meal this year.

“The Helpings from the Heart event is something we look forward to all year,” said Jason Gronlund, Executive Chef of Helpings from the Heart. “A lot of preparation goes into it, but it is a team effort that brings a lot of joy to many people. We look forward to being able to serve a great meal that day to so many deserving people in the Orlando community.”

Gronlund and his staff will prepare more than 3,000 pounds of turkey and 3,000 pounds of ham along with plenty of mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, corn, pie, fruit and beverages. Meals are also available for carry-out or will be picked up and more than 8,000 meals will be delivered to nursing homes, shut-ins, local churches and other facilities throughout the Orlando area.

“The Salvation Army is proud to partner with Golden Corral to serve up thousands of Thanksgiving meals for people in the Orlando area,” said Major Ted Morris of The Salvation Army, Orlando Area Command. “More than 1,000 volunteers will assemble at The Salvation Army to serve good food, love and compassion to area residents and make this a true day of giving thanks.”

Those wishing to donate to The Salvation Army to fight hunger year-round are encouraged to text “Helpings” to 41444 to continue feeding the disadvantaged men, women and children in their shelters.


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Need Your Help to Protect Vulnerable Children in Colombia

Crowdfunder: Mercedes Fernandez of Primero Lo Primero

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link: https://www.caringcrowd.org/protect-1920-children-exposed-violence-colombia

Twitter: @PLPCOL

Goal: 10,000

Progress: 1,690

Project: Our project will help victimized mothers, primary caregivers, and children affected by the armed conflict in Colombia through mental health intervention.

Use of funds: The funds raised will be used to implement the Semillas de Apego mental health program in Tumaco, Colombia. It is a 15 week curriculum which provides tools that victimized mothers and primary caregivers need to process their own trauma. Then, the program focuses on allowing a proper understanding of the child’s development trajectories and how they are silently being affected by the experience of adversities. Finally, the curriculum works towards fostering child-rearing good practices. Together, Semillas de Apego aims to foster the healthy child-parent attachments that promote appropriate emotional development.

Anecdote: The Colombian people have suffered decades of violence, and displacement. The Semillas de Apego program is the only program in place that works specifically with the victimized caretakers and children.


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Support This Project to Provide Borneo People with Ultrasounds

Crowdfunder: Trina Noonan of Health In Harmony

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link: https://www.caringcrowd.org/provide-120000-people-ultrasounds

Twitter: @HIHngo

Goal: $18,000

Progress: $13,500 (75%)

Project: 120,000 people living around a rain forest in Indonesia by providing them with access to an ultrasound machine.

Use of funds: We will buy three new ultrasound probes and the software for a new ultrasound system for our hospital.

Anecdote: Our Indonesian-run hospital provides high quality health care for 120,000 people who live around a rainforest in Borneo. We are the only clinic that has ultrasound technology in the entire region. Maternal health care is one of the highest needs of this community, and one man we know, Pak Sofian, had to cut down 60 huge rainforest trees to sell to pay for an emergency c-section. At ASRI, not only do we provide high-quality care that is not available elsewhere, we also give discounts to villages not involved in logging and allow alternative payment methods like seedlings, so no one is ever turned away and no one ever has to destroy the forest in a health emergency. We have been in the region for 10 years, but now that we have a new hospital building we are able to provide a new suite of care, and in the last year 10 babies have been born at ASRI!


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Support National Parks and A Student’s Education

Crowdfunder: Brigham Cheshire of Atlas Learning Academy  

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link: https://www.gofundme.com/atlaslearningacadamy

Twitter: @ATLAS_Learning

Goal: $3,500

Progress: $165

Project: I am raising money for my independent study/ outdoor education school, and to raise awareness of overcrowding in National Parks. This project is helping me earn high school graduation credits and real life skills. The money going to my school will help supply us with the gear and means to get students outdoors and into nature.

Use of funds: I will use the money I am raising to hold a photo gallery to support my school and national parks. Most of the money will be donated directly to my school and national parks.

Anecdote: I have personally been helped by this project. It has allowed me to complete my high school in a non traditional way and has really opened up my eyes to new ways of learning as well as other students. The trips we go on as a school range from 5 day backpacking trips in Yosemite to simple snowshoe walks in the winter. Going on these trips give students more freedom and can give people new opportunities.


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RE-volv Wins Prestigious Green Power Leadership Award

Innovative program recognized for making significant advances in training America’s youth to spearhead local solar energy projects

Press Release – San Francisco, CA (November 2, 2017)RE-volv – an organization that manages crowdfunding campaigns to help nonprofits switch to solar energy – has won the 17th annual Leadership in Green Power Education Award for its innovative and effective Solar Ambassador Program. The award, given by the Center for Resource Solutions, was presented at the Renewable Energy Markets 2017 conference in New York on October 23rd.

“RE-volv has created an exciting new model of solar education and implementation, focusing on students as a catalyst to expand solar in their communities,” said CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin. “We are pleased to be able to present them with a Green Power Leadership Award this year for their commitment to giving young people a leadership role and solid foundation in the transition to clean energy.”

RE-volv’s Solar Ambassador Program has been in action for three years and has engaged over 100 students representing 12 universities in eight states. The year-long fellowship trains college students to spearhead a solar project in their community. Students attend a leadership summit, receive training on how to manage a successful crowdfunding campaign, and engage their communities to bring clean, affordable solar energy to a local nonprofit.

“We are thrilled to receive an award shining light on our Solar Ambassador Program,“ Executive Director of RE-volv Andreas Karelas said. “Now more than ever, it is vital to engage, empower and train the next generation of clean energy leaders.”

Founded in 2011, RE-volv is the first and only U.S. nonprofit to employ a revolving fund to finance solar energy installations for community-serving nonprofit organizations. Through RE-volv’s web platform, users can donate to specific nonprofit solar projects that pay RE-volv back over time through a solar lease agreement. Each month, donors who gave to a particular project receive their share of the lease payment in their portfolio, through which they can continually reinvest in new solar projects on the RE-volv platform. This pay-it-forward model helps to accelerate solar energy deployment in local communities around the country.

RE-volv, a two-time U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative awardee, has received its largest grant to date from the personal foundation of Academy Award winning actor and outspoken climate change activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Of the $120,000 grant, $60,000 will be used to support RE-volv’s operations and the remaining $60,000 will be used to match RE-volv’s upcoming solar energy crowdfunding campaigns dollar for dollar.

About RE-volv

RE-volv empowers people to take direct action on climate change by crowdfunding solar energy projects for nonprofit organizations. Donations made to RE-volv’s crowdfunding campaigns grow a revolving fund that provides solar financing for nonprofits across the nation. RE-volv raises awareness about solar energy through its flagship Solar Ambassador Program, which trains college students to solarize nonprofits they care about. RE-volv is an inaugural member of the White House National Community Solar Partnership and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Learn more at RE-volv.org.

About the Green Power Leadership Awards

The annual Green Power Leadership Awards (GPLAs) are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. By choosing green power instead of conventional electricity, consumers, businesses, and organizations can support increased deployment of renewable energy technologies that will reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation and increase energy security. The GPLAs are presented by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. Learn more at www.greenpowerleadershipawards.com.

About Center for Resource Solutions

Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is a national nonprofit with global impact. CRS brings forth expert responses to climate change issues with the speed and effectiveness necessary to provide real-time solutions. Its leadership through collaboration and environmental innovation builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets. For more information about its programs, visit www.resource-solutions.org


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Help AIDS Orphans Become Self-Reliant

Crowdfunder: Tanya Weaver of American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link: https://www.caringcrowd.org/empower-these-risk-hiv-orphaned-girls

Twitter: @AFCAids

Goal: $10,000

Progress: $2,100

Project: This will support girls orphaned by HIV/AIDS and who are wanting to learn how to become self-sufficient.

Use of funds: We will purchase and set up a greenhouse in a girls’ home in Zimbabwe. This will be a training ground for girls to learn how to prepare land, set up drip irrigation systems, grow and transplant seedlings, grow and harvest vegetables, mulch, etc.

Anecdote: Our greenhouse project is growing! What started as a dream to educate girls in farming, marketing, selling, and budgeting is growing from one greenhouse to, hopefully, 10. Fourteen young ladies, who lost parents to AIDS and also sustained abuse in the hands of their guardians, did the huge job of moving manure and dirt into our first greenhouse, making it ready for planting. After their seedlings grew and were planted, they expectantly waited for their yellow and orange peppers to grow. And, grow, they did! While providing their home with food, they sold extra veggies in the open market, earning some money for their savings accounts while saving money for the next crop. Each girl was tired at the end of their work days, but they were excited to learn and to know that once it is their time to leave the home, they are able to farm and to start small businesses, due to the training received.


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How You Can Support Survivors of the California Wildfires

Crowdfunder: Stephanie Bowers of Jake’s Diapers

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link: https://www.caringcrowd.org/help-wildfire-victims-relief-children-women

Twitter: @jakesdiapers

Goal: $6,037

Progress: $3,012

Project: The California wildfires have left thousands homeless and in dire need. We are working to provide vulnerable women & children survivors with basic hygiene needs: diapers & feminine care items. These items are often overlooked, both in disaster relief and traditional poverty alleviation. No disaster relief or federal safety net programs (WIC, food stamps) cover these much needed items.

Use of funds: This fund will provide relief to children & women in the form of cloth diapers & re-usable feminine hygiene items as part of longer-term recovery assistance to help those impacted meet basic hygiene needs. All donations to this fund will exclusively support relief and recovery efforts from these fires.

Anecdote: “We lost our home and my husband’s job. Thank you for helping. “ ~ Tubbs Wildfire Survivor, after receiving a kit of cloth diapers from Jake’s Diapers to last from birth to potty training.


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