Sponsors

Cicero Impact Capital solves both capital and capacity constraints in emerging markets to unleash human potential and to maximize social impact. Geoff Davis, Cicero Capital’s CEO & Managing Partner, has decades of experience providing essential products and services in emerging markets. Geoff was the president & CEO of Unitus in the early days of microfinance, co-founded the predecessor to Elevar, was on the founding board of Kiva, ran a global education loan fund providing higher-education loans in 100+ countries, and developed a microenterprise bootcamp that started 50,000 small businesses a year in 110 countries. He’s a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and advisor at MIT Solve & a member of the MIT Solve Fund Investment Committee, and a member of the Fast Company Impact Council. In addition to his role at Cicero Capital, he’s the Chairman of Align17, an impact investing platform that spun out of UBS. With Cicero Capital, Geoff had a vision of advancing the UN SDGs by combining world-class consulting services with flexible, entrepreneur-friendly revenue-based financing to unlock growth potential of small & medium enterprises serving poor and middle-class households. Revenue-based financing avoids the need for a traditional liquidity event for an exit and aligns all parties around growth in client outreach.

www.cicerocap.com

Plug and Play Tech Center (or “Plug and Play”) is early stage investor, accelerator and corporate innovation platform with global headquarters in Sunnyvale, California in the Silicon Valley.

Plug and Play operates two programs per year in each industry and location (totaling 50 accelerator programs per year) and has 300 corporate partners and 200 venture capitalists in its ecosystem.[1] It was recently named the ‘Most active Silicon Valley venture capital firm’ by Silicon Valley Business Journal.[2]

Plug and Play were early investors in Google, PayPal, Dropbox, LendingClub, N26, Soundhound and Guardant Health.

The company accelerated 1,107 startups in 2018 (562 in USA, 545 non-domestic), and made 222 investments in 2018

www.plugandplaytechcenter.com

The Wege Foundation’s main focus is Western Michigan, mainly in Grand Rapids.

Peter M. Wege, founder of the family foundation, felt strongly about keeping the mission local because it honored the wishes of his father Peter Martin Wege, who created the Foundation’s resources. Peter Martin Wege founded Metal Office Furniture, today’s Steelcase, in 1912.

Peter Martin Wege’s metal-working genius and entrepreneurial gifts started the company that became the world’s largest producer of office furniture. As his son Peter M. Wege put it, “Dad said the money was made right here in Grand Rapids by Steelcase and he wanted it to stay here to do all the good we can. I feel exactly the same way.

www.wegefoundation.com

EcoTech Visions is Miami’s first green incubator and makerspace.
We assist entrepreneurs in creating, planning, and launching innovative and “green” manufacturing businesses in South Florida. More than just some business workshop, we offer high-quality business resources, maker space, office space and event space to support the development of products made with recycled materials.

We built EcoTech to provide an intense incubation experience for entrepreneurs that greatly enhances the potential for success upon launching into the market. We will launch innovative and environmentally-conscious ideas that would otherwise remain dormant and inactive due to limited resource availability.

We are undertaking the creation of the first green city in America with goals of spreading the development framework globally. Our flagship location is within the Green corridor in Miami Florida. The Green Corridor helps focus economic development in order to encourage companies and entrepreneurs dealing with renewable energy, energy efficiency, and environmentally beneficial technologies to locate within Miami-Dade County.

www.ecotechvisions.com

World Tree was originally founded in 2002 as World Tree Technologies Inc. a US corporation based in Mesa Arizona. Wendy has traveled to Brazil, Paraguay, Australia, New Zealand and throughout the USA to learn how to successfully grow and manage Empress Splendor trees, and has over 20 years knowledge and experience working with these trees.

While the Empress Tree is known and greatly prized in Asia, it is relatively unknown in North America. World Tree has been an innovator, leading the way in researching the best way to plant and grow the tree, educate the public in the properties of the tree, and train farmers how to successfully cultivate it.

worldtree.info

Stakeholders Capital is a wealth management firm committed to integrating our clients’ values with their financial goals. Our clients are concerned with not just how their portfolio is doing, but what it is doing, to the environment, and to society.
Our team provides comprehensive financial planning and exceptional service.

We combine traditional investment strategies with in-depth knowledge of socially responsible investing. Our investments are carefully selected within a sophisticated framework of broad-based global diversification. Stakeholders Capital also provides access to high-impact, private and local investment opportunities to complement traditional investing.

www.stakeholderscapital.com

Richmond Community Foundation (now known as RCF Connects) is a leading motivator in Contra Costa County in the field of philanthropy and community change. Our mission is to mobilize the power of connection to build healthy, thriving communities. Our focus is on impacting the five areas of community building: Restoring Neighborhoods, Health, Community Growth, Quality Education and Public Safety. We truly live, work and breathe our motto: “Together, we are shaping the future!”

www.rcfconnects.org