On Tuesday of last week I received an email letting me know that Ethix had been selected to present at the Social Enterprise Alliance Pitch Night in San Francisco. I had been eagerly awaiting the news as it had been some time since I had completed the lengthy application to be included in this event. I was excited and started to think about what I wanted to say about our company.
Social Enterprise Alliance is “An alliance of leaders across sectors advancing social enterprise to benefit communities.” This is very much in our wheel house here at Ethix and I was looking forward to the opportunity to get feedback and insight from this audience. Thursday came around and I headed over the bridge from our Oakland office and into the city. On arriving, I was welcomed by Antonio Aguilera, President of the SEASF Board and Jan Cohen, a veteran social entrepreneur and SEA Board Member who spoke with myself and the other pitchers about how to make an effective presentation on our young companies. We picked numbers to determine the order of our pitches and settled in with a packed house to commence the contest.
I pitched second of five and was inspired by everything I heard that night. It is really amazing to be a part of the Bay Area’s vibrant community of changemakers. At the end of the evening the audience was asked to vote. Ethix and Yellow Leaf Hammocks came out in a dead tie for first place in the first vote. It was very exciting. In the run off vote, Ethix took the day!
This has been such a powerful validation for myself and my amazing team of partners who are working to build this company. We know that we are doing something powerful through re purposing a much maligned model in financial services to make it work for communities but it is really meaningful to share that and have it validated by an organization like Social Enterprise Alliance. I feel very appreciative of the opportunity and pretty psyched about the results.