The Perfect (Eco) Pitch to Investors

I’m a fan of The Funded, an online community of entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. It’s a great example of a venture that promotes transparency and allows entrepreneurs to help each write business plans, share ideas and ultimately obtain funding. A recent post discussed what the entrepreneur seeking funding should bring to an investor meeting. Answer: a deck that will take no more than 20-30 minutes to get through and cover the following points: The ten…

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In Tough Times Cobranding May Be Best Bet For Non-Profits

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of ProformaGreen, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry. Well, I am certainly not a doomsayer. However it does look like the economy is going to slow down over the next few months if not longer. Often it is marketing and giving that get hit first as companies focus on their core costs. This especially hits those…

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Does ‘Joe The Plumber’ Represent The Ecopreneurist’s Ideals?

Entrepreneurs all over America identify with Joe the Plumber which is why he has clearly become the talk of the town. But what about the Ecopreneurists? To me you folks are the entrepreneurs of the New Economy who have the potential to not just to rebuild…but rebuild a sustainable economy. What are your thoughts on Joe The Plumber ? Does he represent you?

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Tip’d: A Social News Site For Business and Financial News

In the current business climate, readers are increasingly scouring the web for business and financial news from around the world. Tip’d is here to deliver the best business stories recommended by other readers like yourself. Tip’d ( is a community for financial news, ideas, and tips. Given the important political decisions ahead and the evolving state of the economy, this social news site is perhaps more of a necessity rather than merely a convenient online news destination.

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Under 25? Got A Green Project? Check Out These Grants.

If you’re under 25 and need some cash to get your green project to the next level check out the grant offerings at Do Something. They have three grant programs: Green Grants James Patteron’s Maximum Ride Boys are sponsoring 10 $500 grants to support green projects. The grants are for “anyone with a great idea or existing project focused on issues affecting the environment.” Deadline: September 30, 2008 Check out this PSA, outtakes and all, about the Green Grants: [youtube=]…

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Financial Crisis: What Will The Collapse of Investment Banking Mean For CSR?

 From Green Options’ The Inspired Economist In view of the current financial crisis, it is hard to grasp the fact that overnight investment banks once regarded the kings of Wall Street, are teetering on the edge of stability. The bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers has threatened the survival of Morgan Stanley in spite of the fact that it has just declared great earnings. All eyes are on Morgan and Goldman Sachs, the two big I-banks left standing. Will they go next?…

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Ideal Bites’ B.I.G. Awards Recognize Green Favorites

Have a favorite green company or product that you want to spread the word about? The folks over at Ideal Bite have created a way to recognize the best of the best in green products with their first-ever Best In Green (B.I.G.) Awards. You guys know Ideal Bite, right? They’re the ones sending you those simple tips to greening your life direct to your e-mail. They’ve gathered info on all the products and companies they’ve recommended during the life of…

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Ecomugs Bury Styrofoam Cup Use Once and for All

Editor’s Note: This post was provided by one of our paid sponsors, Ecomugs, a company that offers lead-free mugs as a green alternative to disposable cups, while at the same time providing a healthy work environment and support system for recovering alcoholics. Here is good news for offices taking steps towards going green – a blossoming company in California makes eco-friendly coffee mugs featuring your logo and employee name. There’s no minimum order required, so even the smallest startups can…

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How to Pitch Your Green Business to a Venture Capital Firm or Other Investor

In my last post I talked about the pitch-to-pitch, that is, how to even get a potential investor to listen to your pitch for funding your green business. In this post, I’m going to assume you have a good plan for networking and outreach to venture capital firms and/or angel investors. The next question is how to distill all of the supporting points for your tremendous chances for success into one paragraph or a brief conversation. If you are like…

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