SunFunder is solar finance business based in San Francisco and Tanzania that connects investors to high-impact solar projects that improve the lives of low-income communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The company focuses on providing short-term, working capital and project finance loans forsolar lighting, phone charging, micro-grids and commercial solar projects. It raises and aggregates capital to finance solar projects from accredited and institutional investors through its SolarEmpowerment Fund (SEF) note issuances. Since 2012, SunFunder has launched 12 solar customer relationships, facilitated $1.2 million of project loans with zero defaults, and impacted more than 140,000 people in 6 countries with affordable solar energy.
Sun Cups mission is to create great tasting snacks that are allergen-friendly,made with responsible ingredients,and everyone can enjoy.
UClass imagines a world where schools don't guess. They know what curriculum is increasing student achievement. In August 2014, UClass raised 1 million dollars to launch a scientific study in 30 districts to answer the question: is your curriculum working? UClass CEO, Zak Ringelstein was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education.
DevEquity aims to help improve the lives of people living in low-income countries by investing in private companies that can make a positive social and environmental impact. By providing long-term capital and direct support, DevEquity helps innovative companies in select Latin American countries expand their growth, profitability and impact. Recently, Dev Equity, L.L.C. was approved as a Certified B Corporation.
JGD Ventures is a General Partner
ADAP (A Different Approach to Poverty) Capital takes a solutions-based investment strategy, leveraging both the enormous power of the markets as well as directed intellectual capital focused on deepening the value of social enterprises in their pursuits to eradicate global poverty.
This two-part ADAP model is designed to identify and assist the most effective business strategies aimed at eradicating extreme poverty around the world. While ADAPCapital focuses on implementing innovative, market-based financing solutions for social enterprises, ADAPAdvisory Services provides intellectual capital to entrepreneurs, deepening the value of their companies as they look to raise their first, formal qualified financing – the Series A. Ultimately, ADAP’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs, and their approach is designed to ignite change across multiple social sectors and to be catalytic in the development of a newer, purpose-driven economy.
Unleesh is a simple and powerful mobile app that publishes any existing curriculum in redefined social learning space. Using a structured path building framework and an expert path builder’s network, content becomes accessible, and in turn more successful, because users will learn the way millennials want to engage (in bite-size modules), on their mobile devices, and with each other. In the Unleesh platform, learners will become teachers by sharing their experiences with others and screen time is effectively balanced with face time. It is truly the new frontier in education.
Jim G. Davidson is a Board Member
LearnZillion is dedicated to championing teachers and supporting their ongoing professional development. Teachers develop expertise and insights while working with students, and have exceptional ideas for how to improve classroom learning. However, they have never been able to integrate that expertise into a curriculum that keeps getting better. LearnZillion believes that empowering teachers to collaborate and share best practices creates new possibilities for students, and the profession.
ThinkImpact is a social impact study abroad company that connects students with local community members in Rwanda, South Africa, and Panama. ThinkImpact approaches its work with both students and community members with the express purpose of transforming access to education and to opportunity. With the communities where ThinkImpact works, it seeks to open up new avenues to economic development and growth propelled by creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
ThinkImpact’s curriculum has been shaped by over a decade of experiences learning from the power of student ingenuity, the failure of traditional development models, and the success of social entrepreneurship in helping people create opportunities for themselves. An investment in ThinkImpact has meant the chance to support a forward-thinking approach to international education in the U.S. and economic empowerment at the base of the pyramid.
Jim G. Davidson is a Board Member.
Copia Global improves the quality of life for consumers at the economic Base of the Pyramid by providing easy, affordable access to trusted, reliable goods.
Copia Global is a for-profit, catalog order and delivery service for the peri-urban and rural populations of the developing world. By making accessible a wide range of trusted, reliable consumer goods - from rice to motorcycles, from mattresses to hammers, from soap to solar lights - Copia improves the quality of life for consumers at the economic Base of the Pyramid.
Copia recently received a big grant from Gates Foundation to fund the development and growth of their e-catalog, which is a part of Copia's business that JGD Ventures has been an active supporter of.
Babytime! by Episencial is the #1 organic brand of skincare in hospital birthing centers.
Episencial makes baby-safe, all-natural skincare products that support skin immunity and help treat common skin conditions, like eczema, cradle cap and common dehydration. With clinically effective formulas designed to support the health and development of both the skin and body, Episencial provides a protective barrier to insulate vulnerable skin, offset environmental contaminants, and help keep children safe.
Komaza is a micro-forestry company based in Kenya working to get rural African dryland families out of poverty. Komaza creates life-changing income for poor farmers by helping them grow trees on their idle land for sale as high-margin wood products. Farmers are provided with comprehensive farm inputs, training and support to grow high quality trees, which are then harvested and sold by Komaza. Komaza aims to supply East Africa’s booming urban centers with sustainable, high-quality wood products at competitive prices, all grown by dryland families.
Recently Komaza was featured on Fast Company's Co.Exist and Tevis Howard received the Forbes 30 Under 30 award.
DailyWorth is a content publisher focused on connecting a community of women around the topics of money management and personal finance.
DailyWorth stands out as the smart woman’s go-to source for everything money-related. In 2009, Amanda Steinberg founded DailyWorth to build a trusted platform for women to learn how to earn, manage, and love their money. DailyWorth gives practical expert advice, translate financial news, and share honest, personal stories.
Everyone Counts has uniquely built a team of industry-leading, internationally recognized election administration, computer security, and usability experts to bring modern election administration and voting systems to election officials. Everyone Counts uses technologies, processes, and best practices that have been proven in other mission-critical industries throughout the world for decades. Their eLect® voting solution allows election administrators to cost-effectively ensure that every person in every democracy or membership organization in the world with the right to vote can easily do so privately, independently, and securely—and with full confidence that their vote is counted.
One thing Everyone Counts is currently excited about is being selected as a finalist for Colorado’s new voting system.
Kickboard is an innovative, collaborative classroom management tool that allows teachers to track and share behavioral and performance metrics of students in their classrooms with other faculty and parents. Some of the features offered include:
• Track and share behaviors in real-time • Analyze classroom and school culture • Standards-based grade book and mastery tracker • Easily customized to meet any curriculum • Track all phone calls, conferences, and home visits • Record detailed comments