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RISE Partners and Sponsors

RISE is pleased to thank its generous partners and sponsors:

Columbia Business School hosts RISE and provides ongoing support in a myriad of ways. The Social Enterprise Program and the Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship directly support RISE within Columbia. Columbia, the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and London Business School are also partners, with the Goldman Sachs Foundation, on the Global Social Venture Competition, and the competition’s student organizers from those schools have been invaluable to RISE's work.

B Lab envisions a new sector of the economy which harnesses the power of private enterprise to create public benefit. This sector, sitting between the for-profit and non-profit sectors, is comprised of a new type of corporation – the B corporation. B corporations are unlike traditional responsible businesses because they 1) meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards; 2) institutionalize stakeholder interests.

Known for offering the largest family of socially-screened mutual funds as well as award winning tax-free investment products, Calvert Group, Ltd. has quickly evolved from a single-fund management company in 1976 to become one of the Washington D.C. area's largest mutual fund management firms with more than $8 billion in assets under management for over 220,000 investors.

Commons Capital LP is a venture capital fund seeking strong financial returns as well as significant social and environmental impact. Commons Capital invests in "double bottom-line" early-stage companies whose products, services or corporate cultures promote a sustainable economy by delivering market solutions to major social and environmental challenges.

Expansion Capital Partners (EXP) is a venture capital firm that invests in expansion-stage clean technology enterprises, which present compelling risk-return profiles and are outstanding corporate citizens.

Investors' Circle is a leading social venture capital intermediary whose mission is to support early-stage, private companies that drive the transition to a sustainable economy.  Founded in 1992, IC has become one of the nation's oldest and largest investor networks, and the only one devoted specifically to sustainability.  In its first decade, network members invested over $90 million into 147 early stage private companies and venture funds working to deliver commercial solutions to social and environmental problems. 

The Rockefeller Foundation is a knowledge-based global foundation with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world. The foundation also runs a small double bottom line investment fund, ProVenEx, which has investments in arts, workforce development, health, and agriculture initiatives internationally.

Founded in 1987 by some of the nation's most visionary leaders in socially responsible entrepreneurship and investment, Social Venture Network (SVN) is a nonprofit network committed to building a just and sustainable world through business.

The Surdna Foundation was established in 1917 by John Emory Andrus to pursue a range of philanthropic purposes. The foundation manages programs in Environment, Community Revitalization, Effective Citizenry, Arts, Nonprofit Sector Support, and Organizational Capacity-Building. The foundation is interested in fostering catalytic, entrepreneurial programs, which offer viable solutions to difficult systemic problems. It seeks, as well, high quality, direct service programs which advance its philanthropic goals.

SJF Ventures helps build great companies. SJF is a community development venture capital fund that uses the tools of venture capital and in-depth management assistance to accelerate businesses whose successes are shared by employees, communities, the environment, management and investors. SJF invests in expanding ventures that create excellent employment opportunities in the Eastern United States.


Underdog Ventures has developed a new model of customized community venture capital funds, combined with a model of customized philanthropy. Underdog Ventures partners with a group of investors committed to financial, community and environmental results. We create innovative and customized investments to meet the specific needs of each of our investors, each of whom has a dedicated fund that invests in areas that they choose.