Impact Hub hosted a Seed Spot 2-Day Launch Camp March 8 and 9 in downtown Santa Barbara to help social entrepreneurs start new enterprises.
Entrepreneurs included Seattle-based Foreverly, a group that provides a support platform for those who have lost a loved one. A panel of judges recognized Foreverly founder Keara Kindelynn for the enterprise highly likely to succeed.
David Anaya was honored for his proposed enterprise, called Endwell, that would take the many palm fronds that crash down on South Coast streets during heavy winds and recycle them into packaging material.
Recognized as the company that has made the most progress was that of Johnny Orrica, whose enterprise supplies socks that help children learn stories.
Chief Impact Officer Michael Lewis said Impact Hub hopes to host another similar event soon.
Similar to Start-up Santa Barbara Weekends held in past years, the Launch Camp brought together entrepreneurs to brainstorm and develop new business ideas with the help of coaches and mentors.
However, the Launch Camp showcased more ideas about businesses or nonprofits that help deal with social and environmental issues.
Pideas where pitched at mixer March 8 and the top ideas were awarded with more support for their ventures. Coaches and mentors helped participants refine their ideas and pitches.
Seed Spot is a 501c3 nonprofit that supports social entrepreneurs who are creating a product, service or technology that improves lives or makes the world a better place.
The organization supports entrepreneurs by surrounding them with the right access to resources, mentors, business fundamentals, community partners, capital sources and what they might need to succeed.