Accelerating Women in Social Impact
HI – HERImpact is designed to help female social entrepreneurs scale their enterprises in order to increase their impact and long term sustainability. The program was initiated in the fall of 2018. The Initiative is comprised of an Entrepreneurship Summit, which is designed to build community and increase the capacity of female social entrepreneurs through advice from experts, online tools and networking. The Initiative also includes a Pitch Competition, designed to invest in early and growth stage companies in the region.
Powered by Ford Fund
HI – HERImpact is powered by the Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund), the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company. Established in 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $1.5 billion to strengthen communities and help make people's lives better around the world. Ford Fund invests in innovative programs that support education, promote safe driving and enlist employee volunteers to help improve the community. Working with dealers and local partners, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help all people reach their full potential.
A day-long entrepreneurship (ESHIP) summit comprised of keynotes, panels and workshops. Attendees learn about best practices in the social impact space, metrics and evaluation, financing and much more.
UPDATE: Join us on June 27th for the second HI – HERImpact DC Entrepreneurship Summit at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Hariri Building, Fisher Colloquium. Register to guarantee your place at this engaging and educational event.
Statistics show that female entrepreneurs receive less than 1% of venture capital in this country and are more likely to be declined for a loan. The HI – HERImpact Pitch Competition is designed to provide much needed capital and coaching to female social entrepreneurs in the region. Cash prizes up to $50,000 and in-kind support in excess of $100,000 are provided up to three winners representing emerging and growth social enterprises.
UPDATE: Apply [launch] for the second HI – HERImpact DC Pitch Competition Finals on September 10, 2019.
Coming November 2019
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