Venture GreenHouse – Impact Business Accelerator

By Barbara Strickland and Matt Gaulding

Venture GreenHouse Venture Greenhouse 2.0 relaunched in San Rafael, CA in July 2014 to welcome its first cohort of 11 entrepreneurs representing various industries.

Venture Greenhouse 2.0 is a Marin County-based business accelerator, helping entrepreneurs from the greater San Francisco Bay Area launch and scale their start-up businesses to make significant impacts in their industries. Venture Greenhouse 2.0 provides entrepreneurs with a full spectrum of resources, business expertise and access to capital.

Venture Greenhouse 2.0 has developed and refined a rigorous, milestone-driven, one-day-a-week, 12-month acceleration program over the past three years. It provides entrepreneurs with an expert team of mentors, advisors, professional service providers and MBA interns, as well as access to investors, – with one focus – a company’s success. The common thread among all of our client companies is that an element of their product, service, business process, or operations is changing the status quo of their industry and/or market to become more sustainable. Further, we help companies integrate resource-efficient strategies and processes to enhance revenues, increase bottom-line profitability, and make the company more attractive to investors and customers.

Venture Greenhouse 2.0 has strategic partnerships with a variety of organizations that share its vision of building economic vitality in Marin County. Some of their strategic partners include: MarinLink, Renaissance Center Marin, and North Bay Investors Circle.

MarinLink identifies and fulfills unmet community needs, strengthening Marin communities through innovation and collaboration. Renaissance Center is an organization that empowers and increases the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, thereby strengthening their communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency. North Bay Investors Circle promotes the transition to a sustainable economy by increasing the flow of capital to enterprises that are addressing social and environmental challenges.

Cheryl Page and Elizabeth Yvrot, two of Venture Greenhouse 2.0’s current clients, share their experiences:

Cheryl Page, founder of California Team Wear provides a turnkey solution for schools, students and sports teams to easily customize and order spirit and team wear in an online store. Cheryl explains, “I had never heard of an accelerator program and was overwhelmed with trying to start my business on my own. I came to the application information presentation and was impressed with the curriculum outline, community support and structure.” Website- www.californiateamwear.com

Elizabeth Yvrot, founder of Argana Vita,an organic skin and hair care line made of the finest and most potent raw natural ingredients, explains, “When starting a business you know what you want to have, but you are not clear on how to get there. Venture Greenhouse 2.0 offers a path while learning the investor language.”

Article by Barbara Strickland, and Matt Gaulding, Venture Greenhouse

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