• Balancing Competing Concerns in a One-Pocket Portfolio

    In pursuit of a consciously-constructed portfolio, each investment is scored according to its function. Like any investor, we weigh the merits of each investment carefully. Some of these characteristics may seem relatively familiar to traditional investors, such as risk and return profiles, liquidity options, and time horizon. But as a mission-driven investor, we also weigh…

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  • VSCO Voices – Lauren Vied Allen

    Creative expression is a powerful tool for sparking change and creating dialogue. And together with VSCO, we believe that creators are amongst the best equipped to spread and awaken diverse perspectives. For the second year in a row, our program, VSCO Voices, will support five creators with mentorship and $20,000 of funding to make art that empowers…

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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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  • Five Questions: Jay Lipman

    At Access Ventures, we strive for 100% mission alignment across all of our investments, including our public portfolio. But how can we know what we are investing in and whether or not it actually aligns or hurts our mission? Is it possible to filter your investments based on your values? The process of creating a public market…

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  • Financial Advisors, Investment Managers Must Evolve to Maintain Relevance

    In the last few blogs, we’ve explored the upcoming and ongoing trends of wealth management and one-pocket investing. From millennials cautiously beginning to invest to women confidently seeking to expand their role in the financial sector, there’s a growing need for an evolved financial advisor. Amplifying this need is another emerging trend: the rise of…

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  • Ben Terry

    Ben Terry is a Partner at Access Ventures. He joined the team in early 2014 to lead the creation and development of the Access Ventures brand. As a human-centered design enthusiast, Ben provides creative support to our portfolio companies and initiatives. He leads the creative team to create empathetic stories that highlight the impact of…

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  • Our Favorite Books

    Whether you are an avid reader or someone resolved to become an avid reader, you may be in need of inspiration for that next book. Let Access Ventures help by sharing some of our favorite reads. Our organization places a great emphasis on learning and development, for which books are a critical component. Over the…

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  • Three Ways To Tell The Story Of Your Organization

    Storytelling can move, mobilize, and motivate people toward change and action. However, learning where to start using storytelling in your organization might feel like a challenge. The reality is you’ve already done the hard part. You’ve created or landed a job at an organization that is doing amazing work in your community. You are proud…

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  • What Is Fair Chance Employment?

    Fair chance employment is a way to improve our communities by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record and creating a pathway for a second chance. Practices like “Ban The Box” have been a national rallying cry for civil rights groups for some time, which represents the initiative to persuade employers to remove the section…

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  • The 9th Kiva City In America

    Kiva announced the launch of Kiva City Louisville on November 24, 2014. Access Ventures was one of the many strategic partners in launching Louisville as the 9th Kiva City in America. Kiva is an initiative that brings crowd funded microloans to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Louisville area. The launch began with a special…

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