Happy Friday VenCaf community! We hope your weekend plans are full of sunshine and good weather! Incase you missed our gathering yesterday here are some highlights from our Funding The Mission: Mistakes, Military Tech & Mobilization event!
We had the pleasure of hearing from several different speakers and leaders in the community about how mistakes can materialize into success stories, how business ventures can achieve funding sources by leveraging technology developed by the Department of Defense, and how you can quickly mobilize to secure funding for your social venture!
To kick things off we heard from LaKecia Ligon, Owner of LaKecia Veal Ligon Consulting. She led our new monthly program called Funding Faux Pas. This was a session dedicated to hearing how she – and others – turned a past failure into a lesson learned with rewarding benefits to their respective ventures! She and others in our community came together to share these stories, and help one another grow from these experiences.
Next, we heard from David Scott of TechLink. His session was dedicated to sharing knowledge and information on how he’s leveraged over $1 Million Dollars in Government Funding! David specifically honed in on leveraging technology used by the Department of Defense, and insights into accessing SBIR grant funding. He was a very engaging speaker; in fact, I might’ve dropped in for a second or two to hear how one could go about achieving these foundational resources!
Finally, we had heard from Benjamin Singer, LaShana Lewis, and Alderperson Christine Ingrassia! These three led our panel Raising Money For Your Social Venture. They shared stories regarding how their collective efforts transformed the St. Louis civic landscape using untraditional, innovative fundraising techniques to raise more than $100,000 of seed funding in less than a month in support of resident led initiative petitions.
As you’re aware, this month’s theme is centered around Funding The Mission, and we’ve been pleased to curate these sessions around the mission-driven work our community engages and supports. Stay tuned to our website and social platforms to find out how you can Fund YOUR Mission at the next Venture Café Thursday Gathering! Until next time VenCaf Community!