William James Foundation

The William James Foundation (WJF) supports entrepreneurs and for-profit companies that have measurable social and/or environmental goals. The WJF identifies for-profit entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place and connects them to industry experts and impact investors to enhance the likelihood that their ideas scale into sustainable ventures through our sustainable business plan competitions, events, Green Grabs, and mentor capital. We have worked with 700 companies from over 50 countries. Just in the past 3 years we have provided more than 10,000 pages of feedback to our entrants. Our Work Supports * Socially Responsible Entrepreneurs receive extensive business plan feedback, ...

William James Foundation
920 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
202 365 4570
http://www.williamjamesfoundation.org

Board of Directors

Ian Fisk, Florence Navarro, Stephan Friedman, Berit Oskey, Aaron Lamstein, Linda Welch, Allie Armitage, Wayne Curtis, Kerri Murphy

Project Leaders

Ian Fisk

Mission

The William James Foundation (WJF) supports entrepreneurs and for-profit companies that have measurable social and/or environmental goals. The WJF identifies for-profit entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place and connects them to industry experts and impact investors to enhance the likelihood that their ideas scale into sustainable ventures through our sustainable business plan competitions, events, Green Grabs, and mentor capital. We have worked with 700 companies from over 50 countries. Just in the past 3 years we have provided more than 10,000 pages of feedback to our entrants. Our Work Supports * Socially Responsible Entrepreneurs receive extensive business plan feedback, connections to mentors and investors, and a chance at cash and prizes. * Senior Executives who serve as Reading Judges are able to contribute their advanced career skills to projects they find personally meaningful. Many stay connected to the start-up teams as mentors, vendors, customers, and/or investors. Every year, most of our reading judges ask to read again. * In-Kind Donors build relationships with the next generation of sustainable businesses by donating products or professional services to our top teams. * Prize Partners get economies of scale. Our partners provide prizes for teams that fit their specific interests (e.g. Sustainable Agriculture, African-based, etc.). These partners benefit from our network of reading judges who are committed to providing constructive criticism to sustainable business entrepreneurs; a finely tuned back-end database and logistical system for processing, judging, and scoring multiple-bottom-line business plans; and nine years of partnerships with and connections to industry leaders in the venture capital and sustainable / socially responsible business world. Our entrants benefit by being able to submit one document at one time to multiple competitions. Both the sponsors and the entrants are saved from spending time and money on administrative work that does not directly benefit the new businesses. * Investors get early-stage opportunities presented to them before they are highly visible to the rest of the field. Our competitions narrow the field and identify the leaders who have innovative ideas that they can execute with the professionalism that will create excellent investment vehicles.

Programs

The WJF's primary programs are designed to give entrepreneurs the right AIM - advice, investment, and mentorship - so they can improve our world. They are: 1) Our Sustainable Business Plan Competition offers entrepreneurs around the world a chance to receive high level reviews of their business plan. The WJF provides every entrant an average of 20 pages of feedback per round. This feedback comes from teams of reviewers drawing from our pool of more than 650+ bankers, VCs, professionals, practitioners, and CEOs of multiple-bottom-line organizations. The best teams from the final round divide up cash and in-kind prizes worth more than $100,000. 2) Our Events offer a gathering point for social entrepreneurs who are seeking both specific knowledge and networking opportunities. These events (both online and in person) include our one-minute pitch events and our sustainable business tours. 3) Our Green Grabs feature accredited investors who make on-the-spot angel investments in sustainable start-ups during a public event similar to the television shows Shark Tank or Dragon's Den. 4) Our Mentor Capital program coordinates mentorship opportunities between 650+ advisors -- who have built, managed, invested in, or studied sustainable businesses -- and more than 200+ active companies we work with.

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