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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 30, 2016) - SourceFunding.org 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.
- Businesses Assisted
- Funding Facilitated
- Jobs Created
- Economic Impact
In 2017/2018, our team at SourceFunding.org is helping at least 1,000 small businesses access low-cost financing from transparent and responsible community lenders. In 2019, with the help of additional technologies and growing market awareness, SourceFunding.org will help 10,000 small businesses access low-cost financing
In 2017/2018, SourceFunding.org will facilitate access to low-cost financing with a collective origination value of over $100 million. In 2019, the platform will facilitate access to low-cost financing with a collective origination value of roughly a billion dollars. The "funding facilitated" metric is measured and reported in keeping with our 2016 Clinton Foundation sponsored initiative known as a "Commitment to Action."
Assuming an economic impact multiple of $3 of economic impact for every $1 in low-cost financing facilitated via the platform to underserved small businesses, SourceFunding.org will generate $300 million in economic impact nationally in 2018 and $3 billion in economic impact nationally in 2019. As the platform grows, so too will the platform's significant and compounding economic and community impact.
The number of jobs created by funding facilitated by our platform will grow from 540 jobs in 2017/2018 to 5,149 jobs in 2019. The job creation metric is based on US SBA data showing that, on average, 5.4 new jobs are created for every $1 million in financing received by a small business in the US.
NEW YORK CITY (November 14, 2016) - 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. Developed by the Global Social Enterprise Institute (GSEI), SourceFunding.org uses a proprietary common application and matchmaking software to help it connect individuals, businesses and other organizations with a national network of partner community banks, credit unions and economic development organizations.
NEW YORK CITY (November 11, 2016) - SourceFunding.org, a new low-cost lending platform developed by the Global Social Enterprise Institute (GSEI) and entrepreneur W. Michael Short and backed by the Clinton Global Initiative, announced it is inviting participants in its beta testing phase. The platform has also been highlighted at the White House.
The platform is using a proprietary application and matchmaking software to connect individuals, businesses and organizations with a national network of partner community banks, credit unions and economic development organizations.
SourceFunding will generally serve small businesses and “non-traditional entrepreneurs” still struggle to get access to low-cost capital along with real-time technical assistance.
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (October 13, 2016) - SourceFunding.org 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 SourceFunding.org.
Joining Short on the "New Public Diplomacy" panel was Corri Zolli, director of research at the Institute for National Security & Counter Terrorism.
"The prestigious Public Diplomacy Program at Syracuse University is so incredibly impressive and the students and faculty are world class," said Short. "We've had over 250 SU students engaged in our efforts to date and we look forward to building on this strong partnership."
Excerpt from the SU Daily Orange (click here for link to article):
The “New Public Diplomacy” panel features Michael Short, founder of Short Enterprises. The company focuses on utilizing “market based solutions” to solve problems related to a wide range of topics, from green infrastructure to urban revitalization and STEM education, Short said in an email.
Short said each of these initiatives involves creating and sustaining “public-private-nonprofit-foundation partnerships, which are a key aspect of public diplomacy.”
The symposium is being held in both Newhouse and Maxwell over the course of two days. The two schools offer a joint public diplomacy program, in which Short is an alumnus.
Short said he was specifically invited to discuss the public diplomacy related aspects associated with launching their financial technology platform, called SourceFunding.org. The platform works to connect small businesses with $100 million in funding by the end of 2018, according to its website.
“I credit my education at Newhouse and Maxwell with providing me with the skills and experiences necessary to launch and grow my firm and our initiatives,” Short said.
NEW YORK CITY (August 1, 2016) - SourceFunding.org was featured for socially responsible "FinTech Innovation" in the August 2016 Business & Management Review. The paper, titled "Exploring Corporate Social Responsibility with the Global Community," was presented at the International Conference on Business & Economic Development in Paris.
Excerpt from the Business & Management Review:
"W. Michael Short, founder of Short Enterprises and the Global Social Enterprise Institute, spoke on the importance of building dynamic and cross-sector public-private-nonprofit-foundation partnerships in advancing economic development, inclusive entrepreneurship, and innovation. In order to demonstrate this, Mr. Short highlighted the national financial technology (FinTech) initiative that he is spearheading in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation, Ashoka U Commons Accelerator, the White House, various universities, a national network of small business technical assistance providers and financial institutions, among others. The initiative, a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) sponsored “Commitment to Action” developed in the Ashoka U Commons, is focused on addressing a major barrier to growth cited by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs): access to low-cost financing. This will be accomplished with the launch of the nation's first FinTech platform focused on community businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs with a social-impact, mission-driven, or workforce development focus."
SourceFunding.org Founder W. Michael Short, president of the Global Social Enterprise Institute (GSEI) who at the time was serving as Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Le Moyne College, was specifically focused during the Commons on student entrepreneurial pathways and inadequate access to small business funding throughout GSEI's global network of 250+ collaborating universities and institutions.
The Ashoka U Commons, described as a "virtual accelerator for changemaking education," is an online professional development program for universities engaged in social innovation education initiatives. Over the course of a semester, accelerator participants are grouped into university cohorts as they work to advance a core component of social innovation education such as creating a new course, curriculum, or mapping student pathways at their institution.
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (October 24, 2014) - 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 SourceFunding.org, 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.