Social Innovators Collective
This workshop will cover where to find startup capital and how to create a strategic plan to help you grow your business in its first year. We will discuss crowdfunding, competition grants, friends and family support, self-funding strategies as well as angel and VC funding.
Shana Dressler is the founder of the Social Innovators Collective, an international network of emerging founders and professionals who work in the social enterprise and nonprofit sectors. The Social Innovators Collective’s mission is to train and nurture the next wave of social change leaders so that they can demonstrate both measurable impact and achieve financially sustainability. In addition to producing workshops on nonprofit and social enterprise business development at General Assembly, Shana has designed bootcamps hosted at Parsons School of Design, produced panels of social good industry experts at Social Media Week and created classes for Internet Week NYC, Skillshare’s Penny Conference and School of Visual Art’s program, Impact Design for Social Change. This fall she will be launching an education platform for changemakers. Prior to the Social Innovators Collective, Shana founded the Global Giving Circle, a nonprofit organization which created opportunities for people of all income levels to support hybrid grassroots social enterprise and philanthropic initiatives focused on poverty alleviation. An expert on ethically sourced cacao, she was recently appointed as a judge for the International Chocolate Awards.