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Social Entrepreneurship at RISE

By Nell Edgington

It’s RISE time in Austin again. The annual RISE (Relationship and Information Series for Entrepreneurs) conference was started by entrepreneurs Roy and Bertrand Sosa (brothers) and Roy’s wife Suzi in 2007 to inspire and empower entrepreneurs.

The brothers immigrated from Mexico in 1986 and started NetSpend, selling prepaid credit cards to recent immigrants.  NetSpend went on to be very successful, and they sold the company in 2006 to launch MPOWER , a double-bottom-line venture capital fund whose mission is to empower the world’s underserved, and MPOWER Labs a research and development incubator and business accelerator.

The Sosas launched RISE as a way to ensure that “Austin continues to be a leader in developing top level entrepreneurs who transform their vision into successful businesses that greatly contribute to our local, national and global economy.”  This year they have expanded the scope of RISE from the original format as an Austin-centered un-conference to a year-round international program dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs.

As social entrepreneurs themselves, the Sosas have always included social entrepreneurship in RISE and last year they made it an official track at the conference. This year is no different with a great line-up of social entrepreneurs. You can check out the entire RISE lineup of sessions this year here.

I am leading two sessions at this year’s conference. The first is Finding Capital for Social Entrepreneurs and the second is Planning for Nonprofit Growth. The details and links to sign up are below.

I hope to see you at RISE!

Finding Capital for Social Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, March 8
10:00am – 11:30am
Austin, TX

This session will provide nonprofit and for-profit social entrepreneurs a strategy and tactical plan for finding and going after potential funders, at any stage of the enterprise. The session includes how to create a compelling pitch, how to find funding prospects, how to break down your capital goal and much more.

Click here to sign up.

Planning for Nonprofit Growth
Wednesday, March 9
10:00am – 11:30am
Austin, TX

Nonprofit organizations that want to break out of the incremental growth pattern of the sector and strive for and achieve exponential growth in people served need a growth plan. This session will help organizations understand what significant growth in the nonprofit sector looks like, how to create a plan for growth, how to get your board engaged in the process and much more. Willing participants can bring their growth challenges and goals to the session to be discussed.

Click here to sign up.

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About the Author: Nell Edgington is President of Social Velocity (, a management consulting firm leading nonprofits to greater social impact and financial sustainability. Social Velocity helps nonprofits grow their programs, bring more money in the door, and use resources more effectively. For more information, check out Social Velocity consulting services and clients.

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