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All Day Buffet
Social Entrepreneurship Event Brings Together the Best
For-Good For-Profit Ideas
Quick pitch competition brings together most innovative individuals to share, act, and invest in long-term change.
New York– (September, 2009) – On October 2, New York-based company All Day Buffet will assemble the world’s most socially minded investors, venture philanthropists and press for a cutting edge quick pitch competition in New York. The Kitchen will feature the most innovative for-good for-profit entrepreneurs looking to make the world a better place. Each venture will be have five minutes to pitch in front of industry-leading judges, speakers and an audience full of investors, entrepreneurs, and press.
An event the focuses on solving the world’s problems through creativity and business, The Kitchen is a part of Feast Social Innovation Conference – a cross disciplinary event that highlights the most creative ways of addressing the world’s most pressing issues. Part of the new social entrepreneurship movement, The Kitchen seeks to bring together leaders in the burgeoning space of socially responsible investment and business.
“For much too long, there’s been an irrational divide between doing business and doing good,” said Jerri Chou, Co-founder of All Day Buffet. “We want the world to see that sometimes, you can actually do more good and see more returns—social and otherwise—by investing in inherently good companies than by traditional “giving.”
Speakers, Judges and Presenters at The Kitchen include:
Nathaniel Whittemore is the co-founder of Assetmap Strategies, a company that builds web tools to better help people leverage and share the resources that exist within their personal and professional networks. Previously, he was the founder of the Center for Global Engagement, a global service learning program design center at Northwestern University, from which he graduated in 2006. He writes about social entrepreneurship and innovation on Change.org and is fascinated by the ways in which the net generation are reshaping activism, careerism, and the pursuit of meaning.
Diana Ayton-Shenker, Fast Forward Fund
founder of Fast Forward Fund (FFF) and of Global Momenta, Diana Ayton-Shenker, focuses on accountability and impact through strategic philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and private-nonprofit partnerships. She brings 20 years of experience working with international organizations, private and corporate foundations, the U.N. and academia, to help leaders be more effective in affecting social change. Ms. Ayton-Shenker has held senior positions with Mercy Corps, PEN, Human Rights Watch, and has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations.
David Blumenstein, Hatchery.vc
David Blumenstein has made his mark as a technology strategist with broad skills across diverse technology platforms. David brings his unparalleled network of technology leaders to The Hatchery and as well as his extensive experience in strategic and tactical deployment of new technologies, and background in advertising, marketing and finance. Prior to The Hatchery, David was the Managing Director of Tekworks, specializing in Talent Management and Recruitment, CTO of EURO RSCG/MVMBS, Director of Technology for Ogilvy Interactive and Systems Analyst for Salomon Brothers.
Eric Friedman, Union Square Ventures
Eric Friedman is a net native originally from New York City. Eric has a background in information technology and advertising and has blended this skill set within his entrepreneurial pursuits. Eric began his career with his own IT consulting practice in high school, followed by joining an Internet Startup in 1999. Soon after graduating from George Washington University in 2004 with a B.B.A. in Marketing, Eric joined Grey Advertising. In 2006 Eric joined Reprise Media as an Account Manager specializing in SEM, SEO, and Social Media services. Eric can be found blogging at www.marketing.fm
Bryan Birsic, Village Ventures
Prior to joining Village Ventures in 2007, Bryan started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company’s New York office. While at Bain, he advised Fortune 500 clients in the healthcare, financial services, consumer products and media industries on a variety of strategic issues including M&A, competitive positioning and adjacency growth. Bryan also worked in Bain’s private equity group performing due diligence on potential buyout targets. Bryan holds a B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Bryan lives in New York, NY and is active with local community organizations Big Brother Big Sister and City Year. While at Bain, Bryan founded and led an organization to significantly reduce the environmental impact of Bain’s operations that was featured in Forbes. He remains active in the organization in an advisory role and has also consulted other services companies on aligning responsible environmental practice with positive brand and financial outcomes. Bryan is a board observer for Babble and Extreme Reach.
Josh Cohen, City Light Capital
Josh Cohen is the Managing Partner of City Light Capital. Prior to creating CLCM, Josh co-founded City Light Capital (the predecessor fund to CLCM), which invested in and managed a portfolio of double bottom line companies. He is currently on the Board of Rotomotion and is an Observer to the Boards of Shotspotter and ImageSpan. He was formerly an Observer to the Board of Arxceo before it was acquired by JCI Group. Josh had previous venture capital experience working with a family office in St. Louis and the SV Group, a private debt fund.
Deb Parsons, Investors’ Circle
Deb currently serves as Co-Director for Investors’ Circle, emphasizing on Business Development, Membership, and Strategic Partnerships. Deb joins IC after being a member for 4 years at two member funds, SJF Ventures and Good Capital. For the past two years, she was Vice President at Good Capital, launching and managing the fund’s operational aspects, investor relations, and deployment of capital. Deb was an associate at SJF Ventures during business school, a community development venture fund focusing on cleantech and the LOHAS sector. Prior to school, she spent six years in business development, marketing, and partner management at WGGH, Intuit, and the North Face. Deb received her MBA from Kenan Flagler Business School, UNC_Chapel Hill, where she was a Carolina Venture Fellow with a focus on sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship. As the Net Impact chapter leader, Deb launched the Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC), an event that puts MBA student teams in the role of VCs evaluating real business opportunities of socially-responsible businesses actively seeking capital. Raised in St. Louis, MO, Deb now calls San Francisco home.
STARTUP FINALISTS (MORE TO COME):
Michael Mossoba, Goodness500.org
Goodness500 makes it easy for people to learn which corporations are the most socially responsible.
Nicole Betancourt, Parent Earth
Connects busy parents to the newest and best ideas for raising healthy children on a sustainable and equitable planet.
Jose Serrano-Reyes, Trust Art
Trust Art is a social platform that is commissioning ten public artworks over the next year.
Marco Puccia, International Transperency Solutions
International Transparency Solutions is a startup company designed to connect investors and the developing world.
Monaqui Porter Young, Srina
Srina tea is 100% organically grown, hand-plucked, packaged and produced on a small scale farm in a rainforest in Sri Lanka.
Eli Halliwell, VotaVox
VotaVox collects opinions from voters around the world on issues that are meaningful to them.
Breatt Beach, Madecasse
Madécasse chocolate is the only chocolate produced bean to bar on the island of Madagascar.
Regular Ticket $99.00
Startup Ticket $50.00
Purchase online at http://feastkitchen.eventbrite.com/
Friday, October 2, 2009
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Tribeca Grand Hotel
2 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY
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About All Day Buffet:
Changing the world through creativity and business. We put things into the world that make it a better place. For more information, visit www.alldaybuffet.org.
About The Feast:
The Feast is a cross-disciplinary series of programs addressing social innovation and new ways to make the world a better place. Culminating in a conference on Oct 1. The Feast Conference gathers the world’s greatest innovators from across industries and society to empower, inspire and engage each other in creating world-shaking change. For more information, visit http://feastongood.com/