Impact Foundations – in Portland, Erie, Nairobi, and Boulder

Impact Foundations: for Social Ventures & Impact Capital

TenX, in association with Northwest Social Venture Fund is helping four communities – Portland, OR; Erie, PA; Nairobi, Kenya, and Boulder, CO – this fall to take strides in starting, scaling, and funding social enterprise across public and private sectors.

Impact Foundations, a series of interactive workshops and talks with seasoned impact practitioners, will explore start-up, intrapreneurial and non-profit models that combine the best of business and technology solutions to expand impact in our communities.

Access to capital and social venture finance models will be discussed as a key component to catalyzing the social impact sector, and attendees will leave Impact Foundations having actively engaged in taking their own impact endeavors to a next level of development.

Tooling-up for Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Capital

Philanthropic investors seek new ways to spur positive social change beyond donations, with the possibility of an upside. NGOs and non-profits, in partnership with governments, impact investors and private and corporate foundations, explore how to de-risk and develop self-sustaining enterprises that can solve major social and environmental issues.

Innovators and social entrepreneurs are developing innovative products and services to meet the needs of communities that have previously been overlooked, while simultaneously improving the outlook for future generations in a way that is measurable.

What does each player bring to the table and how can new financing models and collaborative “intrepreneurial” initiatives increase the reach of social enterprises? Come find out, at Impact Foundations

Meet the Facilitators

Join Carolynn Duncan, Allison Deverman Vietor, and Daniel Claussen this Fall for Impact Foundations, in Portland, Erie, Boulder, and Nairobi

Carolynn Duncan is the Founding Partner of the Northwest Social Venture Fund and TenX, an impact venture fund and startup accelerator that focuses on reducing suffering in the world through maximizing social & financial returns, by investing in scalable social businesses. Carolynn has assisted businesses raise capital from $10K to $8MM, and has mentored TenX teams in generating more than $25MM in revenues and funding. A popular speaker and thought leader, Carolynn has been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times,, Read Write Web, GeekWire, Sustainable Business Oregon, Oregon Business Magazine, Portland Business Journal, and has spoken, mentored, or judged at events for Keiretsu Forum Impact, TEDx, Elevating Impact, Mercy Corps, Tech4Change, Startup Weekend, The Indus Entrepreneurs, the White House Business Council, Startup America, WebVisions, and IMN Impact Investing Summit. She is passionate about humanitarian work and the intersection of impact capital + scalable social entrepreneurship.

Allison Deverman Vietor’s career in impact investing began as an intrapreneur at Mercy Corps, a internationally known non-profit disaster relief and economic development organization with 4,000+ employees, a $300MM+ annual budget and operations in over 40 countries. She has helped raise $42M for a Mercy Corps fund and startup development in Egypt, formed dozens of Mercy Corps subsidiaries and social enterprises, and managed governance on a portfolio of over 35 related entities including microfinance and banking institutions. Allison founded Tech4Change, a Mercy Corps + Startup Weekend partnership, sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs, to help nonprofit program managers, social enterprise founders, and tech founders understand how to take a social impact idea from pitch to execution, in a fast-paced, experiential learning environment. Allison co-founded Audioname, the Startup Weekend Portland 2011 winner, and co-organized Startup Weekends in Portland, OR and Harare Zimbabwe. She is a Board Member for Voice for Oregon Innovation and Sustainability (VOIS), serving double and triple bottom line businesses, and holds an MBA from the #1 U.S. university for entrepreneurship, Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Daniel Claussen is well-known as an enviropreneur, and has advised investors, foundations, non-profits and social ventures on impact investing, impact strategy and communications. A mix of cross-sector expertise, entrepreneurial acumen and exceptional EQ, his work encompasses leading high-impact programs to helping start-up ventures launch and scale to structuring and fund-raising impact investment transactions. Daniel has demonstrated expertise in spearheading projects with rigor and creativity, resulting in the placement of $35M in the fields of the environment, health and education. Be it developing bottom-of-the-pyramid investment strategies or helping early-stage social ventures with strategy and seed funding, Daniel works tirelessly to advance social change through helping the innovators of this generation to thrive, and has had a catalytic

role to drive impact investment and innovation at Impact Driven, Living GREEN Foundation, Arsenault Family Foundation, Prize Capital and XPrize Foundation, and Ayzh.

Locations & Time

We would love to see you this fall, as we work with communities in Portland, Oregon; Erie, Pennsylvania, Nairobi, Kenya, and Boulder, Colorado, to take social impact work to another level.  Join the conversation at the dates/venues below!

Please RSVP by contacting to confirm participation and event registration.

Portland, Oregon:    October 8th, 2-5pm at NedSpace, $50 for current entrepreneurs, $65 for general attendance.

Erie, Pennsylvania:     October 13th, 5-9pm at Non-Profit Day Conference, $89 for NPP members, $129 for general attendance.

This session is planned and sponsored in conjunction with the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority. Registration is available at

Nairobi, Kenya:     October 22nd, 1-4pm, event registration by invite only – please contact

Boulder, Colorado:    November 6th, 5-8pm, Hub Boulder, $50 for current entrepreneurs, $65 for general attendance.

Get Involved In Tech + Impact for Good, with TenX & Northwest Social Venture Fund

Impact Foundations is preliminary to the upcoming Hacking Social Impact Unconference hosted by TenX & Northwest Social Venture Fund. Come to meet peer founders and learn how YOU can get more involved in social change opportunities with Northwest Social Venture Fund or by launching / scaling social ventures in your community.

If you’re interested in participating as a volunteer, partner, or funder in “Hacking Social Impact” as we work to advance social impact in our communities, please complete our interests registration, or contact to discuss.

And stay tuned for more info coming soon!

TenX & Northwest Social Venture Fund