Partnership with to Provide Alternative to Predatory Lenders


University and foundation-backed recently announced a new partnership with to support small business growth and job creation in the US.

Serving as a Kiva Trustee, will be recommending entrepreneurs and small businesses for priority access to 0% interest small business loans.

The new partnership demonstrates growing momentum behind’s national campaign for the financial inclusion and empowerment of all entrepreneurs in the US.

The partnership also represents further expansion of’s Responsible Finance Network™, which has grown to include several thousand trusted, transparent, and low-cost community lenders within the last year.

“This is yet another exciting step forward in our commitment to level the playing field for all entrepreneurs and small business owners in the US so they can easily find and secure the quality, low-cost, and transparent financing needed to expand & create jobs,” said Sara Brainard, Brooklyn-based entrepreneur and VP of Corporate Operations for

One entrepreneur already benefiting from the new partnership is Ashley Warmington, a student entrepreneur at Medgar Evers College School of Business who is working on her MWBE certification with the support of the College’s nationally recognized Entrepreneurship & Experiential Learning Lab.

Using, Ashley’s AirBnB management and concierge company, Cozy Oasis, was matched with Kiva and recommended for funding. The funding will accelerate the company’s growth globally into three new countries, which will create several new jobs in the Brooklyn community.

"Our entrepreneurs and small businesses face significant barriers when seeking financing to grow and create jobs,” said JoAnn Rolle, dean of the Business School at Medgar Evers College. “Entrepreneurship is an an important self directed career pathway for many of our students after they graduate and access to funding is crucial.”

To learn more about the positive impact is having, click here. Founder Speaks at Brooklyn Navy Yard founder W. Michael Short spoke today on a panel at the Brooklyn Navy Yard about his work with CUNY Medgar Evers College School of Business (MEC) to support grassroots community-based ventures and entrepreneurs. The panel, part of Brooklyn Music Week, was planned by MEC, the Central Brooklyn Economic Development Council, and community-based organization Forever My City. Founder Invited to UN for Global Summit Hosted by MIT Founder W. Michael Short was invited to the United Nations to participate in a summit hosted by MIT's SOLVE Initiative. Highlighted for Economic Impact at White House was highlighted for economic impact and small business development at the Obama White House. During 2016, the Obama White House Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation advised on the platform's launch. Featured by SME Finance Forum

A new $100 million Clinton Foundation-sponsored platform bidding to take on predatory online lenders by offering America's underserved communities a low-cost alternative, is opening its doors for beta testing.

Can Level the Playing Field for Entrepreneurs?

Small businesses have the power to be a catalyst of transformation for our communities – and our economy. They also employ half of the nation’s private sector workforce and have created roughly two-thirds of net new jobs since 1995 Featured at #1 Ranked Maxwell School of Citizenship Founder W. Michael Short was invited to speak at a Public Diplomacy Symposium hosted by Syracuse University's #1 ranked S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and #1 ranked Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs. Short spoke about the public diplomacy related considerations, challenges, and lessons learned relating to the launch of Recognized for "FinTech Innovation" was featured for "FinTech Innovation" in the August 2016 Business & Management Review.

Ceremony at Le Moyne College Highlights Launch of

GSEI, founded at the Madden School of Business by Le Moyne College's inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence W. Michael Short, will highlight at Wednesday’s ceremony the launch of - the nation's first socially responsible, transparent, and low-cost financing platform for businesses and community organizations.

Pilot of World's First Socially Responsible Financing Platform Announced with Partners at #1 Ranked Newhouse School

The platform,, will streamline the small business loan application process and match entrepreneurs of all backgrounds with the qualified community banks and loan programs that are most likely to provide low-cost financing.

Newhouse School Facilitates Launch of

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“It’s a pleasure to be involved in these exciting endeavors spearheaded by Newhouse alumnus W. Michael Short that are now gaining traction around the world with the help of our students,” says Newhouse Professor Robert Kucharavy. “It’s also inspiring to see the high degree of collaboration that this initiative is inspiring globally, as well as locally, between Syracuse University and Le Moyne College.”

Click here to read the entire article via The Newhouse School. Partners with Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management

whitman2.png was developed through a rewarding partnership between Short Enterprises and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, with top MBA students collaborating to build the platform.  

"This project provides unique opportunities to engage with budding entrepreneurs across the world," second-year MBA student Aishik Barua said. "Mr. Short is a wonderful mentor who gives insightful feedback, generous encouragement and meaningful learning opportunities to help prepare students for future success."

Click here to read the entire article via the Global Social Enterprise Institute. 

Newhouse School, Clinton Global Initiative & Short Enterprises Develop Entrepreneurship Initiative


The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and Short Enterprises have partnered to establish the Startup Insider Initiative, a network supporting entrepreneurs throughout the United States. The Initiative's primary focus will be to design and launch, a new platform that will streamline access to business financing from trusted community lenders, providing the first alternative to the proliferation of predatory online lenders. The platform will be committed to financial inclusion, working with business owners in underserved communities who don't have access to low-cost financing. 

Click here to read the entire Newhouse School article.