To Our Donors,

You are the reason we are able to provide Santa Cruz social entrepreneurs with the resources, community support, and seed funding they need to succeed. We are committed to lowering barriers for entrepreneurs focused on solving social and environmental issues so that new, innovative, and lasting solutions may emerge from the rough.

Because of you we can provide a free service to our beneficiaries.

You might be wondering: what did you do with the money you received in 2015?

  • We incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
  • Co-hosted the 1st annual Cruz Cares: Pitch Contest for Social Ventures
  • Lead a workshop series called Be Part of the Change where we covered Homelessness, Water Issues, Sustainability, and Housing in Santa Cruz County.
  • Executed a 12-week pilot accelerator program with 2 startups, 16 mentors, and 36 New Leaf salads.

And 2016 is shaping up to be a big year. We are hosting the 2nd Annual Cruz Cares pitch contest on April 6th, we will host a 2-week Dream Your Start-up Ideation Course, and the second Accelerator Program. We need all the support we can get.

Last year, the 5 startups we gave direct support to were able to scale their startup idea, pursue a new offering for their beneficiaries, or launch their idea from scratch. Read about the Cruz Cares 2015 winners and Pilot Accelerator Program graduates on our Alumni Network page.

We encourage you to donate $25, $50, or $100 today to keep our momentum growing and build the social entrepreneur coalition in Santa Cruz County. Please donate today!


Thank you!

The Inspiring Enterprise and Santa Cruz Social Entrepreneurs


Our 2015 Donors Made It All Possible:


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