Entries by Accelerator

Michael Welchel

Co-Founder/Partner, Watershed Capital, Asheville, NC/International: Watershed Capital Group is a specialty consulting firm assisting sustainable companies and fund managers in seeking strategic and financial partners and in executing M&A transactions. Watershed Capital is proud to be a founding B Corp member.

Ross Baird

Charlottesville, VA/International: As the Founder and Executive Director, Ross has led Village Capital in providing opportunity to entrepreneurs across the globe building solutions for a better world. To date, VilCap has operated peer-driven educational programs from more than 30 countries, with top enterprises, as selected by the participants themselves. In the past four years, Village more »

Rosa Lee Harden and Kevin Jones

Swannanoa, NC & San Francisco, CA: Dynamic Duo leading in the world of social enterprise and investing for good! Co-Founders: SOCAP, HUB Bay Area. Rosa Lee: Founder and Convener of SOCAP: Soul, and Canon for Money and Meaning with the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, NC (Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina) with the more »

Julie Jensen, Echoview Farm and Fiber Mill

Echoview Farm and Fiber Mill, in Weaverville, NC, provides quality fiber processing from washing to, yarns, felted fabrics, and anywhere in between. We make sure that the fiber you send us is the fiber we return to you, and that every batch receives individualized attention. Our Mill is a LEED* certified processing facility which means more »

Daniel Goldman – Ignition Angels

Berkley, CA & International: Daniel is a visionary on the untapped power of technology to engage and transform since he started building games and apps on a calculator at age 7. He founded the most popular online community, Inner Circle, before the public Internet. He was senior developer on SimCity and CEO/founder of Total Entertainment more »

Village Capital, our mentoring accelerator

We could  not have gotten where we are now without our mentoring accelerator, Village Capital. They are the ultimate in collaborative open source sharing, and we look forward to continued partnership as we move forward with Accelerating Appalachia. Here’s a great article on VilCap, that gives you something of an idea how our model will more »

Asheville Citizen-Times highlights importance of Accelerating Appalachia to WNC region

The Asheville Citizen-Times recognized Accelerating Appalachia as a key player in the continuing development of a nature-based economy in Western North Carolina. By working with innovative entrepreneurs and investors from across the world, Accelerating Appalachia is seen as an opportunity for long-term sustainable growth in the region. http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130331/BUSINESS/303310029/Building-businesses-around-nature

Sustainable Development Goals

As a United Nations working group negotiates a set of “sustainable development goals,” 10 scientists and development analysts, in a commentary published today in Nature, have proposed a fundamentally different way to frame this concept. (Click here for relevant Dot Earth posts.) Over the last several decades, sustainable human development has been conceived largely as the outcome more »

James Watson

Atlanta, GA/International: As Program Director, James has helped Village Capital provide opportunity to entrepreneurs across the globe building solutions for a better world. To date, they have operated peer-driven educational programs from more than 30 countries, with top enterprises, as selected by the participants themselves. In the past four years, Village Capital has launched seventeen more »