Leveraging New Sources of Capital

Leveraging New Sources of Capital

If you have all the capital you need for your org or business than this session is not for you. But if you'd like to learn about a non-traditional funding source that is being used by an increasing number of businesses and nonprofits, then this is the session for you! People in your backyard and around the world want to invest in economic drivers that engage communities in building themselves up, and they're doing it through crowdfunding. Learn what crowdfunding is, the different variations, and how to leverage it, and hear from a Pittsburgh business owner who has successfully utilized it.


Emily Keebler is the Kiva Pittsburgh Program Director at the Riverside Center for Innovation in Pittsburgh, PA.  For the past five years, she has helped business owners in Southwestern PA crowdfund 0% interest micro-loans through Kiva.org.  Kiva empowers small businesses around the world by connecting them to lenders who collectively fund loans and provide a network of support for each business.  Emily is proud to have helped over 250 businesses crowdfund a collective $1.4 million via Kiva.

George Cook is the Co-Founder and CEO of Honeycomb Credit, a Pittsburgh-based technology
company that allows locally owned small businesses to borrow expansion loans from their own
loyal customers and fans. George is a sixth-generation community banker and his family has
been running a community bank in rural Appalachia for more than 130 years. Prior to founding
Honeycomb Credit and in addition to his community banking experience, George worked for
TransUnion to develop state-of-the-art tools to help lenders use data analytics to more quickly
and fairly extend credit. George holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from
George Washington University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

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