Vancouver+Acumen to host DIGNITY Vancouver event

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On May 15, 2013, Vancouver+Acumen will host its 3rd annual DIGNITY Vancouver event at the Electric Owl in Vancouver. The evening will revolve around celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship, while raising funds and awareness for the Acumen Fund. The event promises “a night of photography, wine, food, mentor auction and inspiring speakers,” so stop by to “meet prominent leaders, discuss breakthrough ideas (and) expand your potential!”

The event will feature a presentation by Joel Solomon of Renewal Funds and Social Venture Institute, Sam Goldman of d.light design and Darrell Kopke of institute B, silent mentorship and photography auctions, live entertainment and amazing hors d’oeuvres. DIGNITY Vancouver 2013 supports and raises funds for the Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty.

The Cause

DIGNITY Vancouver is hosted by VANCOUVER+acumen and supports and raises funds for Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. To date, DIGNITY has been hosted over a dozen times in 20 cities and has raised (more than) $150,000 for Acumen Fund. In 2012, DIGNITY Vancouver raised $13,000 and was attended by more than 250 Vancouver-based professionals interested in social innovation, international development, photography and art.

Information about the photography auction

Stunning photographs, taken locally and internationally will be featured and auctioned at the event. DIGNITY Vancouver is curated by the Nuru Project – a non-profit organization that leverages photography as a medium for social change, Hope in Shadows, a Vancouver charitable organization creating positive social change for people and communities impacted by poverty and marginalization and Cate Cameron of Cameras for Change.

The Acumen Fund

The Acumen Fund is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Founded in 2001, Acumen leverages patient capital, philanthropic investments comprised of loans or equity that yield both financial and social returns and deliver critical goods and services such as water, healthcare, housing and energy to the world’s poor. For example, Acumen invested $600,000 in WaterHealth International (WHI) which provides safe drinking water to people in rural India. Today, WHI has more than 400 systems which positively impacts (more than) 350,000 people.

DIGNITY Vancouver 2013 Event Details

DIGNITY Vancouver is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The event will start at 7 p.m. at the Electric Owl (928 Main Street). For more details please visit: www.vancouver.plusacumen.org, or Vancouver+Acumen’s Twitter or Facebook pages. If you have any questions feel free to send an email to vancouver@plusacumen.org.

Visit www.dignityvancouver2013.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.

Or go to the eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dignity-vancouver-tickets-10985849973

The Guest Speakers

Joel Solomon

Chairman of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest social venture capital firm. He is a founding member of Social Venture Network (S.V.N.), Business for Social Responsibility (B.S.R.), the Tides Canada Foundation, and is board chair of Hollyhock.

Sam Goldman

Sam co-founded d.light design in 2007 and served as the company’s founding CEO. Sam has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; he was also recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs.

Darrell Kopke

Darrell Kopke is currently the Principal of institute B, a Vancouver-based incubator and business accelerator firm. He also holds ownership positions in several growth companies and is considered a member of the group of founders of lululemon athletica, a Vancouver, Canada-based yoga-inspired athletic apparel (company).

The “Mentorship Masterminds”

In honour of this year’s theme, Celebrating the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, DIGNITY Vancouver will host our first-ever Mentorship Auction featuring prominent business leaders in Vancouver’s Social Entrepreneurship space. The audience will get an opportunity to bid on mentorship time with some of the leading entrepreneurs in our city.

Joel Solomon

Chairman of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest social venture capital firm. Renewal2 Investment Fund launched in 2010 with $35-million focused on organic food, green products and environmental innovation. Joel serves as a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance and speaks frequently throughout North America. He is a founding member of Social Venture Network (SVN), Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the Tides Canada Foundation, and is board chair of Hollyhock

Between pure charity and pure financial return, there is an unexplored space with tremendous opportunities for innovation, social impact and lasting change.

Jacqueline Novogratz

Founder & CEO, Acumen Fund

Ryan Holmes

Ryan Holmes is the CEO of HootSuite. Thought leader, dog lover and serial entrepreneur, he has redefined the face of social media – bringing Twitter, Facebook and other social networks out of the dorm room and into the boardroom. Holmes has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with 6 million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies.

Mark Brand

Mark Brand is one of Vancouver’s most recognized entrepreneurs. After opening his first restaurant, Boneta, in 2007, he went on to open an independent clothing label and storefront called ‘Sharks + Hammers’, followed by The Diamond tapas restaurant and lounge, Seamonstr Sushi, Catalog Art Gallery, PortSide Pub and lastly, his largest undertaking to date, Save on Meats.

Madeleine Shaw

Lunapads and Pads4Girls co-founder Madeleine Shaw is a social entrepreneur well known for her longstanding commitment to green products, progressive business practices and women’s entrepreneurship. In her almost-20 years as an entrepreneur, Madeleine has developed expertise in sewn products design and manufacturing, marketing, strategic planning, blogging and social media, ecommerce and public speaking.

Sam Goldman

Sam co-founded d.light in 2007 and served as the company’s founding CEO. During his tenure as CEO, he raised over $11 million in funding, started the India sales and marketing division, and oversaw multiple launches of products, including the award-winning S250 and S10. Sam has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; he was also recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs.

Kate Storey

Kate joined the Renewal2 investment team from CIBC World Markets where she spent four years as an Associate working in both the equity and debt capital markets. During her time at the investment bank, Kate was involved in (more than) $120-billion of public and private financings for corporate and government clients. Kate is responsible for assisting with Renewal 2’s investment screening and analysis, deal sourcing, due diligence and deal execution.

Samantha Reynolds

Samantha Reynolds is the president and founder of Echo Memoirs, a premier custom book publishing company in North America. Samantha was named one of Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2005, is a sought-after speaker on the topic of the power of storytelling. Samantha and her company have been profiled in (more than) 150 news stories in print, radio and television, including the New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Canada AM, Maclean’s and Canadian Business.

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