Social Enterprise Cohort

2016 Cohort Overview

Here are a few highlights from the 2015 Cohort Graduation/Pitch Day
September 2, 2015

The Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange (the Exchange), a project of JVoyles Nonprofit Consulting and interSector Partners, L3C, seeks innovative, entrepreneurial minded nonprofits to participate in our third Social Enterprise Cohort.

Created to support nonprofits in understanding, developing and capitalizing social ventures, the Social Enterprise Cohort offers a comprehensive capacity building program within a peer learning network. The program includes curriculum designed for Colorado nonprofits, current media/resources, panels of subject matter experts and site visits with existing social enterprise/advisors to create a truly comprehensive learning and development experience.

Thanks to the generous support of collaborators and funders of The Exchange, the program cost to area nonprofits is significantly reduced. Fees cover full participation in the 2016 cohort experience as well as the second year of business launch and implementation support services.

Created to support nonprofits in understanding, developing and capitalizing social ventures, the Social Enterprise Exchange Cohort offers a comprehensive capacity building program within a peer learning network designed to take you from business idea to business launch!

What you’ll get: What this means for your nonprofit:
7 monthly deep-dive sessions with knowledge, tools and hands-on experience developing a social enterprise from the ground up Your nonprofit will see dramatically increased capacity to create, analyze and design new earned income and social enterprise strategies
Engagement in a peer learning setting with other nonprofit social innovators, funders, guest speakers, advisors and business mentors You’ll develop a strong and lasting network of support; a true community of colleagues, trusted advisors and potential customers for your new venture
A well-conceived, fully researched, strategically developed business concept and plan You can hit the ground running: funding the business, building your customer base and business launch
Access to funders, impact investors and donors You’ll have a pipeline to the funding/financing you need to launch and capitalize your venture
A second year of technical assistance and mentoring as you launch and run your business You aren’t alone; you’ll have access to the people and support you need to help your business succeed and thrive
A social enterprise that leverages your assets in support of your social mission With a successful model and social venture, your nonprofit will realize a source of unrestricted revenue and a business that creates jobs for your clients or community


Social Enterprise Exchange Cohort Application Process
June 15—September 25, 2015; Cohort acceptance decisions by October 23, 2015

Social Enterprise Exchange Cohort

January—September 2016 (total cost of $8,000 for Years One and Two; minimum $5,000 payable to join the cohort in January, $3,000 may be deferred to Year Two)

A nine-month program supporting nonprofits in the development and completion of their social venture business and business launch. Each organization selects a team of 3-4 key leaders to participate in the process. *Monthly trainings (8 hours each), hands-on and significant “homework” assignments that engage the whole organization (15-30 hours/month), as well as ongoing technical assistance with The Exchange team and business mentors (2-4 hours/ month).

November 30, 2015 Orientation, Meet Your Mentor and Social Gathering
January 14, 2016 Setting the Stage: Why Social Enterprise, Why Now, Why You and What Your Market Needs
February 11, 2016 Assets, Competencies and Social Enterprise Ideas
March 10, 2016 Narrowing Your Social Enterprise Ideas through Feasibility Scans
April 14, 2016 Full Feasibility Study on Your Top Social Enterprise Concept
May 12, 2016 Business Planning Part 1: The Marketing Mix
June 9, 2016 Business Planning Part 2: The Company; Tax/Accounting, Financing/Funding and Legal Issues
Summer 2016 Technical Assistance and Business Plan Development, ½ day Pitch Development Session and ½ day Pitch Practice Session
September 8, 2016 Graduation and Pitch / Presentation Session
*Dates subject to change due to space availability; topics subject to change/adjustment, as well

Social Enterprise Cohort Pitch Practice

Social Enterprise Launch and Implementation Support

October 2016—September 2017

Largely to be designed by the cohort itself, ongoing launch and implementation support may include topic-focused education sessions and gatherings, networking among the cohort nonprofits, and one-on-one technical assistance.

 “For any nonprofit leader or entrepreneur considering a social enterprise,
I would encourage them to engage with the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange to learn more.
Julie, Caryn, and Rick are passionate experts who provide a rich and valuable learning experience.
Well worth the investment of time and resources.”

Stacy Poore, Chief Development Officer
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
[Cohort #1 Graduate]

The Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange is made possible through the generous support of the following funders, sponsors and partners. We are currently seeking funding for the 2016 cohort from foundations, companies and individuals seeking to support nonprofits in exploring new ways to provide economic opportunity and enhanced nonprofit sustainability through social enterprise.


3G             The Denver Foundation                                   The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments


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“The Gathering Place has wanted to pursue a large scale social enterprise but felt the investment of time and money was too daunting. Having access to three national experts at an affordable price, along with going through the journey with 7 peer nonprofits makes this an incredible opportunity.”

Brenda Roush, VP of Development
The Gathering Place
Denver, Colorado
[Cohort #1 Graduate]