North Carolina has a growing community of impact investors and a rapidly expanding social entrepreneurship ecosystem. Some local and national resources that we leverage include:
Investors’ Circle is the nation’s largest and oldest network of angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices that are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Since 2011, Solidarity Capital Group’s managing director is an IC member and the founding convener of the IC North Carolina local network.
SJF Institute connects, inspires and accelerates impact entrepreneurs and the fields that support them. SJFI merged with Investors’ Circle in 2011 and is a collaborator in the IC NC local network.
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good(TM). Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. Solidarity Capital Group is a Certified B Corp since 2013, a founding investor in the affiliated B the Change Media company, and a very active participant in the North Carolina and global communities of Certified B Corporations.
The NC Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. The NCCDI is a founding institutional member of the Investors’ Circle NC local network.
The NC Rural Center works to develop, promote and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians. It serves the state’s 85 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources.
Slow Money NC builds resilience in our local food economy by facilitating the making of low-interest loans to local, sustainable food and farming businesses.
The Council for Entrepreneurial Development identifies, enables and promotes high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerates the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina.
Bull City Forward is a Durham based social entrepreneurship accelerator that works to dramatically increase the creation, scale, and impact of social enterprises in North Carolina.
The Research Triangle chapter of NACD sponsors directors’ educational programming, networking, and a local directors’ registry. Solidarity Capital Group team members attended NACD’s Directors College, and NACD graciously performed the initial directors search for our advisory board.
Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise. In 2011 CASE launched its Initiative on Impact Investing (i3).
UNC’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) creates leaders for the world we envision using business to innovate for global change.
SOCAP is an annual event series that connects leading global innovators – investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs – to build the capital market at the intersection of money and meaning. SCG’s managing director has attended annual SOCAP events in San Francisco since 2009.
The Angel Capital Association (ACA) is the North American trade association of angel groups and private investors that invest in high growth, early-stage ventures. The Angel Resource Institute is its education and research affiliate. SCG team members have attended a number of ACA/ARI sponsored offerings.
The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) is the premier organization of lower middle market private equity funds and investors that hosts the annual Venture Capital Institute. SCG’s managing director is a 2009 alum of the VCI.