Every October in Tucson, IdeaFunding brings together the best of the Southwestern startup ecosystem for a full day of pitch competitions, panels, discussions, speakers and networking around best practices, key lessons and next steps to launch a company.
The goal of Ideafunding's morning sessions is to look at capital for social and public causes. Afternoon sessions are focused on start-ups and early stage.
The following sessions at Ideafunding are presented by the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. Visit http://ideafunding.org/ to see the full event schedule.
Strategies for Funding and Venturing for Social Impact at Microsoft
Corporate Funding and Venturing for Social Impact at Microsoft Featuring TJ DiCaprio
As part of Microsoft’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, Microsoft created a carbon fee that charges internal business units a fee based on their project emissions. By making the cost to achieve carbon neutrality a line item in the operating budgets, business units have a powerful incentive to find lower-carbon alternatives. The funds collected are then invested into efficiency projects, renewable energy, and carbon offset community projects. Join this session featuring Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft to learn how the company fund internal innovation projects and external venture partnerships to achieve their carbon neutrality goals.
The Future of Community Impact Grants
Join a cross-sector panel a roundtable discussion with the audience of how corporations and foundations are working on new impact grant strategies in communities across the globe. Discussion will center around recent initiatives, successes, and challenges in current funding models, and how organizations are beginning to shift models and metrics for impact. Panelists will also emphasize how nonprofits and social ventures can better position themselves to receive funding in the future.
Connecting Impact Investing Opportunities to Southern Arizona
How can philanthropists and impact investors identify and connect to opportunities and deals that generate a measurable and beneficial social or environmental impact along with a financial return? How do nonprofits and social ventures position their opportunities and prepare their due diligence to meet impact investor expectations? Join this panel for a rich dialogue about how impact investing strategies that can promote social impact. Session features:
Attracting and Deploying Capital for Southern Arizona's Nonprofits and Social Ventures featuring Maura Grogran of the Nonprofit Loan Fund, and Michael McDonald of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
A consistent challenge for many rural communities and urban core neighborhoods is limited economic opportunity. How can Southern Arizona create more access to capital, philanthropy, and impact investment – especially for those that are underserved? How can the region better promote nonprofit and social venture deals that will attract outside capital? The panel will discuss why Southern Arizona has the ability to better position themselves for impact and growth. Panel features:
1:00 PM Keynote: How to Raise Capital for Your Startup
Manny Fernandez, Co-Founder of DreamFunded
IdeaFunding Keynote Speaker
How can you achieve your dreams by leveraging the internet to attract backers no matter where you live? Whether you are raising capital for a startup or for a social cause, your success is going to be based on merit and on your skill in communicating. In 2015, the Security and Exchange Commission signed off on new regulations under the JOBS Act allowing average investors to buy equity in startups on crowdfunding platforms. To get a sense of how startups stand to benefit from equity crowdfunding and new opportunities such as ICO, blockchain and bitcoin, join us for this keynote session with serial entrepreneur, Silicon Valley Angel Investor, and DreamFunded co-founder, Manny Fernandez. Recently named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 33 entreperneurs to watch in 2016, Manny is an equity crowdfunding thought leader whose platform, DreamFunded, provides pre-screened and proven investment opportunities for investors. Manny will share what entrepreneurs need to know to raise capital from this new crowd of investors.