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Makers Institute Class: Startup Funding for Social Entrepreneurs

Join Sang Lee, CEO & co-founder of Return on Change, Tuesday, April 22nd for Makers Institute Class: Startup Funding for Social Entrepreneurs.


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Social entrepreneurs are continuing to explore new and innovative ways to spark change through business, including the creation of for-profit entities as a vehicle for impact. If you are thinking of launching a for profit social venture, one of your early concerns will likely be: “How do I fund this company?” While social enterprise development relies on a number of best practices from the non-profit sector – like mission development, impact measurement, and multi-stakeholder engagement – for profit companies are participating in a distinct marketplace when it comes to financing. This guide will provide an overview of the for-profit investment ecosystem, help you think about what types of financing are appropriate for your business, and begin preparing you to pitch.


Funding options for startup social entrepreneursHow to get into the mind of an investorHow to understand what investors are looking for and what they are motivated byThe steps a social entrepreneur can take as they prepare to raise capital


Early stage entrepreneurs or those considering starting a socially-minded ventureProfessionals who have an idea for a project, organization or business that will drive social change



Sang Lee is the CEO and founder of Return on Change, an online crowd investment platform connecting startups and investors. He is a recovering investment banker who strives to use his background in finance for good. Sang's mission is to bring the fundamentals back into the world of early stage investing ensuring that both investors and startups are focused on the importance of weaving a social mission into the DNA of business to ensure long term sustainability while promoting the future democratization of startup finance.  He has received the Young Entrepreneurs to Watch Award from Under30CEO NY, is serving as the Executive Director of CF50, a global crowdfunding think tank, and is also a guest contributor for Crowdfund Insider where he regularly shares his thoughts and insights on the crowdinvesting industry.

Return on Change (RoC) is an online crowdinvesting platform connecting startups and investors. Targeting socially innovative companies in the Life Science, CleanTech, EdTech, Tech and Social Enterprise industries, RoC strives to democratize and digitize the capital raising process so entrepreneurs can spend less time looking for funds, and more time growing their businesses.

You can learn about his current work here and his background on his LinkedIn page here.



• The Power of Purpose & Your Personal Mission - Thursday, March 20th

• Lean Startup for Social Good 5-Class Series - Thursdays, March 20- April 17th

• Intro to Social Entrepreneurship - Tuesday, March 25th

• Pro Bono Services: Branding + Identity + Design - Monday, April 7th

• How Long Is Your Financial Runway? Bootstrap Year 1 - Monday,  April 7th

• How To Become a B Corp - Wednesday, April 9th

• How To Choose a Legal Structure - Monday, April 14th

• What's Strategy Got To Do With It? - Thursday, April 17th

• Startup Funding for Social Entrepreneurs - Tuesday, April 22nd

• The Modern Social Venture Business Plan - Thursday, April 24th


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The Centre for Social Innovation is a Founding Partner of the Makers Institute and a home for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs in New York City. They’re building a movement of passionate people committed to a better world. Learn more at


The Makers Institute is the social good business school of Be Social Change focused on equipping founders, professionals, and creatives with the entrepreneurial skills needed to build sustainable startups, nonprofits, and purpose-driven careers. Through applied learning and practical training we help people develop 21st century business skills needed to create positive and sustainable impact. We offer classes, workshops, and boot camps in the following areas: business foundations, funding, communications, technology and professional development.

Learn more about the Makers Instistute at

Refund Policy: Refunds can be issued in full up to 48 hours prior to the start of the class by contacting Be Social Change.

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