• Shelby Park – Five Years In

    We can no longer afford to be thoughtless in our approach to ideas about finance and investment. As a major agent of change, capital drives evolution in global economies as well as in local communities and individual opportunities. But for too long, we have not asked the difficult questions that complex financial systems require, choosing…

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  • Access Ventures Summer Intern Experience

    We value internships at Access Ventures because the problems we are trying to solve are too big for us to solve on our own, and the change we desire to see will require a movement of like-minded entrepreneurs, creators and investors sharing in an active and vibrant vision for their communities. We love sharing our…

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  • The Balancing Act: Mission and Fit

    At Access Ventures, our mission is at the center of our investment strategy. From that core value system, we make decisions about program-related investments, mission-related investments and strategic partnerships. Furthermore, we seek alternative places to invest that are employing creative strategies to drive positive change in our world. We invest in companies, initiatives and ideas…

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  • Five Questions: Rodney Foxworth

    In this Five Questions video we talked with Rodney Foxworth, the CEO of Common Future in Oakland, CA. Rodney’s career has focused on social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, impact investing, and economic development. Most recently, he founded Invested Impact, a consulting firm and intermediary, to help individuals and institutions better invest in promising ideas and social change leaders…

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  • Five Questions: John Lettieri of EIG

    Opportunity Zones are a hot national topic and there are varying opinions on what will happen with them. Access Ventures is hoping opportunity zones can focus investment strategy and help answer questions we have been asking for the last decade. How can you build an investment strategy that helps entrepreneurs across the country from all…

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  • Access Ventures Launches Reconstruct Challenge

    Across the nation, only 35 affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low income renter households. It is impossible to look at this stat and deny the fact that we have an affordable housing crisis in our country. But a shortage of livable units is only one part of the problem. Many…

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  • A New Opportunity Zone Platform: Blueprint Local

    We are excited to announce today the official launch of Blueprint Local, a platform built help entrepreneurs access capital in their own communities. At Access Ventures, we have been pioneering “one-pocket investing” in communities for the last five years. For the past six months, we’ve been testing the water on interest, direction and potential partnerships…

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  • When Individuals Control Their Data, Businesses Get Healthier

    Individual control over data is not only a moral imperative, but also creates economic value that improves overall business health. It does so by reducing costs and liabilities, and creating new markets and innovation. Yet, data ownership remains one of the most hotly debated issues in data governance. Early on, the inventor of the internet…

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  • The History of Lending and Unnecessary Exclusion

    The problem with lending money is that “borrowers know much more than lenders about their own ability and willingness to repay,” yet, history (and present reality) would demonstrate lenders do not believe this to be true. No one disputes a person or organizations right to protect their wealth or financial interests and their right and/or…

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  • The Vision for Access Ventures in 2019

    Access Ventures exists to open doors that would otherwise be closed. By promoting a one-pocket investment mindset and inviting entrepreneurs, creators and investors to share in an active and vibrant vision for their communities, we are all enriched as we build something together. As we start this new year off, we wanted to assess what’s…

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