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Throughout San Francisco, Oakland and the rest of the East Bay, local companies are taking new approaches to finance and venture capital. Explore these and other organization this week at #NewCoSF and #NewCoOAK. Get your tickets today!

With more than three decades of business under their belt it’s clear that OBDC Small Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 12.53.58 PMBusiness Finance’s “roots are in Oakland. They’re deeply committed to the neighborhoods, businesses, and people that make up this vibrant city. On October 8th, “Join OBDC’s team to learn about existing local small businesses demonstrating incredible value for our community and the ways in which small businesses power economic and community development.”
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Kiva.orgconnects people through lending to alleviate poverty. By leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.” After 10 years, and over $750 million in international lending, Kiva is now focused on bringing character based lending to the United States with Kiva Zip. On October 7th, join Kiva and “learn how Kiva Zip plans to scale the Bay Area program and reach 1000 micro-entrepreneurs with 0% interest, crowdfunded loans by 2017.”
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Beneficial State Bank “builds prosperity in our communities through beneficial banking services delivered in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.” On october 7th, join Beneficial State Bank and “explore banking as the original crowdfunding model— and as a way to heal our world and work FOR the people.

Amplifier Strategies offers “a fresh approach for creating an impact through making Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 12.43.24 PMmeaningful connections that last.” See the work they’re doing to end extreme poverty. Founder Allison Duncan leads “innovation in strategy, finance, communications, and digital—all to create breakthrough solutions for mission-driven organizations.” On October 7th, join Allison at Amplifier Strategies HQ and learn how you can be part of projects and partnerships that are making a difference in some of today’s most urgent global challenges.

Cutting Edge Capital realizes that “mainstream models for raising capital leave out vast, Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 12.44.39 PMuntapped numbers of people who want to invest in the businesses and organizations that provide real value in the real world. We are leading a movement that is bringing new capital — by directly engaging more people as investors — to the new economy.” On October 8th, “join Cutting Edge Capital Vice President Brian Beckon as he takes you on a tour-de-force presentation of our broken public and private capital markets, and how the Direct Public Offering, or DPO, provides a capital funding solution that benefits everyone.”
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Lend Street Financial is mission-driven “to create products that help people live a happy and healthy financial life.” Can technology be used to eliminate bankruptcy? On October 8th, walk with Lend Street Financial and learn how they’re “leveraging technology to help consumers live a happier financial life.”

SoFi “is reinventing personal finance by leveraging online Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 12.47.03 PMtechnology platforms, while at the same time building strong personal relationships with customers for the long haul. From career assistance if you lose your job, to face-to-face customer events in communities all over the country, SoFi is rethinking a technology company’s role in personal finance. On October 7th, “join SoFi Co-Founder Dan Macklin on “an in-depth discussion on the limitations of technology and the need for a personal relationship with customers.”

“Want to leave a truly lasting impact in the world? Ever wonder if you could quantify and measure the impact of your philanthropy? Join group of the world’s most innovative Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 12.47.57 PMcompanies who power their social good with Bright Funds. San Francisco-based Bright Funds was founded to help leading companies and their employees change the world through impactful social good programs, and in doing so, make their businesses more successful. Bright Funds uses technology to bring maximum value to people and organizations working together to build a better world.” On October 7th, explore the future of giving with Bright Funds.

The Green Light Fund asks “What if there was an organization nimble enough to address Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 12.49.04 PMpressing Bay Area needs and seize new opportunities as they arise? What if we could work with social entrepreneurs from across the nation and focus their efforts where they’re needed the most? What if we could help low-income families thrive in cities that are rapidly evolving?” The GreenLight Fund offers an answer. They “transform the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating local infrastructure and a consistent annual process.” On October 8th, “get an inside look into venture philanthropy through the lens of a funder focusing investments locally in the SF Bay Area.”
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Barnraiser “is the best funding option for food products, farming, & healthy living.” At Barnraiser, you’ll “discover people changing the way we farm and eat.” On October 7th, “join Barnraiser Founder Eileen Gordon Chiarello and her successfully funded food innovators to discuss why food is the next big trend, our emerging modern-day heroes, and the power of millions to determine how we farm and eat, via crowd-funding, storytelling, community and social engagement.”

From October 5th-8th, roll up your sleeves and explore the philanthropic initiatives impacting local, national, and international communities at #NewCoSF and #NewCoOAK. Get your tickets today!

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