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The Center For Advancing Innovation

The Center For Advancing Innovation

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The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) is a non-profit in the DC metro area with a unique challenge-accelerator program that marries promising tax-payer funded inventions with talent and capital. CAI has been named as the “Tinder for Startups” by Nature.

Ignite Social Impact

Ignite Social Impact

Ignite Social Impact is the first funding portal to democratize impact investing. Through Ignite, anyone can invest as little as $100 in Reg CF offerings from private US-based companies committed to delivering positive social and environmental impact.

About The Center For Advancing Innovation

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CAI is a US-based 501c3 nonprofit that matches entrepreneurial talent with breakthrough inventions to launch startups and connect them with capital – a trifecta – innovation + talent + capital. Startups advance inventions from 120+ research institutes, partnered with CAI. CAI cultivates entrepreneurs, providing them with rigorous business education and guidance from 650+ thought leaders through a virtual challenge model. CAI’s mission is to advance “Tech for Good”.

CAI has been coined the “Tinder for Startups” by Nature and “Shark Tank on Steroids” by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). CAI earned numerous awards and recognition from Health and Human Services, the White House, the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and more. CAI is featured in the Washington Post, Wired, Huffington Post, Nature, and several other publications. CAI received funding from the Walton Family Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Arnold Ventures, MedImmune (now AstraZeneca), the Avon Foundation, Heritage Provider Network, and more. This funding enabled CAI to orchestrate nine innovation challenges, through which CAI directly created 900+ new jobs, scaled 10X in five years, trained 3500+ entrepreneurs, and launched 300+ companies.

Key differentiators:

  • Inclusion: ~60% of CAI’s startups are co-founded by minorities, more than 40% are co-founded by women, demonstrating CAI’s ability to empower minorities and women to found technology companies that can rapidly create knowledge-based jobs
  • Proven Turnkey Model: CAI has conducted 9 challenges; 3 place-centered challenges and scaled its model by 10X leveraging 170,000 inventions across 120+ research institutes
  • Community: CAI cultivated relationships across key stakeholder groups, including entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors, industry, academic, and federal labs in the DMV. Examples include but are not limited to: MedImmune/AstraZeneca, Emergent, NASA, NIH, GWU, CONNECTpreneur, and Children’s National Hospital

Website: https://www.thecenterforadvancinginnovation.org/

Contact: 202 438 2208

Email: [email protected]

About Ignite Social Impact

Key Partner

Ignite Social Impact (“Ignite”) is the first crowdfunding portal dedicated to impact investing. Through Ignite, anyone can invest as little as $100 in Regulation Crowdfunding (Title III) offerings from private US-based companies (“issuers”), committed to delivering positive social and environmental impact.

Ignite is now accepting applications from potential US-based issuers and signing up investors from around the world, no matter their income or net worth.

The first cohort of issuers will benefit from new Reg CF rules adopted by the SEC in November 2020 and in effect on March 15th, 2021; these new rules allow issuers to raise up to $5M online, use Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) to simplify the management of cap tables, and gauge investors’ interest by “testing the waters” ahead of an offering.

Our differentiators:

  • Ignite Social Impact is the first impact investing funding portal, allowing everyone to do good by investing in technology companies with social impact: we democratize impact investing
  • Our impact due diligence framework is based on the IFC Operating Principles and Impact Management Project standards: we will provide a “social/environmental impact label” to companies we select to raise with us
  • We provide a high-touch, concierge model, and we will not bill additional fees for marketing and connecting the dots
  • We have a unique foundation of impact investors (e.g., backed by ImpactAssets, network of high-net-worth individuals and family offices) and mentors to accompany the issuers beyond their fundraise
  • A fantastic group of advisors has joined our team: Chris Lee, Managing Director of Strategic Growth at Palladium; Maurice Jones, Chairman of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); Neil St-Clair, Philanthropist, Founder and CEO at NES Impact; and Dr. Aenor Sawyer, Founder/Director at the UCSF Space Health Innovation Center

Website: https://www.ignitesocialimpact.com/

Contact: 202 438 2208

Email: [email protected]

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