Spark Workshop with Chris Blauvelt, Patronicity
Moderated by Rachel Jacobs '02, Inzenka
Patronicity is a localized crowdfunding platform that enables anybody to make a difference in their community by supporting local businesses, organizations and events, while simultaneously offering consumers incentives to do so. We accomplish this by helping these local entities – for example a small business – raise small amounts of capital through online donations for specific growth-related projects. In return for their support, the business offers value-adding rewards to the donors. In this way, we create a series of win-wins – the business wins because it is able to raise money to grow, the donors win because they receive a valuable incentive for their support, and the community wins because businesses are thriving and patrons are walking the streets!
Session Discussion information coming soon!
Patronicity was nominated to participate in Spark by Detroit Nation. Detroit Nation, in support of some of Detroit's up and coming social enterprises, works with entrepreneurs who are not only improving the city by adding to its economic bottom line but have an environmental, civic or other community enhancing focus to help make Detroit a better place.
Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures, by tapping the collective knowledge within Columbia University, and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community in the New York area and beyond.
This workshop is open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that these social innovators aim to address.
Save the Date for upcoming Spark Workshops:
(More information coming soon!)
International Social Entrepreneurship with Selen Ucak, American Turkish Society
Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Defy Ventures with Catherine Rohr
Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
If you are unable to attend the above events but would like more information on Spark, please register for our mailing list.
For more information, or if you would like to suggest a future Spark workshop, please contact:
Diana Rambeau: ddr2121columbia.edu
This event is supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.