The [i4c] Campaign builds better cities by investing in and rallying communities behind impact entrepreneurs.
What is the [i4c] Campaign?
Each year, impact entrepreneurs at an [i4c] city will have the opportunity to apply for investment, marketing, and mentorship from the [i4c] Campaign.
After successfully beginning as a national campaign launched in 2010, the [i4c] Campaign is now following a city-specific model. Starting in Denver in 2012 and spreading to other cities in 2013 and beyond, the [i4c] Campaign builds better cities by investing in and rallying communities behind local impact entrepreneurs.
This year, the Denver [i4c] Campaign will open applications for all impact entrepreneurs in Denver (or surrounding metro areas such as Boulder) on May 22nd. After a month-long application process, 10 will be selected to pitch their companies at the Summit to a crowd of up to 2,000 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Three winning entrepreneurs will be announced the same night.
Who are Impact Entrepreneurs?
Impact entrepreneurs improve communities through a business model that solves social or environmental problems.
The [i4c] Campaign invests in early-stage impact companies that create a better future for our community (or have the potential to).
How does it work?
The [i4c] Campaign uses cities as a “canvas” to build better entrepreneurs.
Through a public-private partnership, Denver’s public venues are used as the foundation for a citywide platform that showcases local impact entrepreneurs and supporting sponsors.
To qualify for a $50,000 investment and a place in the Galvanize community, entrepreneurs must have built an early-stage company that improves communities through a business model that solves social or environmental problems.
Winning entrepreneurs will have created an innovative model that creates (or has the potential to create) a better future for communities.
All qualifying entrepreneurs must be based in the Greater Denver area (or surrounding metro areas, such as Boulder).
Why better cities?
Better entrepreneurs create better cities, and better cities in turn create better ecosystems for entrepreneurs.
The entrepreneurial ecosystem within a city is crucial for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship does not happen in a vacuum. Great ideas are not born in isolation – great ideas are co-developed, sprouted from bad ideas, and hacked together from interdisciplinary teams. Furthermore, entrepreneurs are bolstered by the energy of a group and the inspiration of like-minded innovators.
The [i4c] Campaign builds this ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ within the [i4c] city by investing in and celebrating local entrepreneurs, integrating local sponsors into the platform, and rallying the community behind our entrepreneurs that are creating a better future for our city.