If you’re an entrepreneur who would like to present your business plan to a set of potential investors, let me make a suggestion. Look into the California Coast Venture Forum (CCVF), a non-profit whose mission is to advise and promote growing companies in markets in California. I’ve had a series of meetings with these folks, and here’s a group that gets it. Their tagline? “Where Socially Responsible Investors and Service Providers Meet Socially Responsible Entrepreneurs.”
Something that impresses me greatly about CCVF is its results; the statistics speak for themselves. Private equity, venture capital and angel investors have made over $110 million in capital investments over the previous 12 years into emerging growth and later stage companies participating in the California Coast Venture Forum events.
Jerry Knotts, the group’s CEO, an engaging and super-energetic fellow who’s been around the block once or twice, tells me that he sees increased investor interest in clean tech, ethical, green, socially responsible, and sustainable enterprises. The main event each year is Clean Business Investment Summit, which aligns the power of capital and clean business principles to build viable, attractive, cleantech, green, socially responsible, sustainable enterprises.