Mission Edge, a San Diego nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofit organizations and social enterprises maximize their impact, has accepted nine early stage companies for its City Social Enterprise Accelerator and Impact Lab (SAIL) virtual accelerator program.
The accelerator program is in partnership with the City of San Diego and will last 14 weeks. In particular, City SAIL provides mission-driven enterprises with help in creating sustainable, revenue-generating business models. Throughout the workshops, nonprofits learned business fundamentals, including financial modeling, identifying customers, and knowing what value their business brings.
To date, Mission Edge has graduated five cohorts and 50 organizations through its accelerator programs, including NAMI San Diego and Blue Star San Diego.
“Since 2012, we have provided strategic and operational support in finance and HR services, while running the largest fiscal sponsorship and start-up nonprofit program in San Diego,” said Ken Davenport co-founder and CEO of Mission Edge. “We have worked with more than 125 nonprofits in every sector, providing them with access to top quality people and best-practices at a fraction of the cost of full-time employees or comparable services from for-profits.”
This group of nine companies is the second cohort to complete the new City Sail program.
Mission Edge, a registered 501c3 organization, is currently supported through membership fees, as well as donations. The SAIL is sponsored by Qualcomm, The San Diego Foundation, Mitchell International, Union Bank, Cox, and Procopio.
The nine participants include:
• Strategic Employment Solutions, which helps businesses create more inclusive workforces.
• Heroes Helping Heroes, which aims to empower and provide purpose to homeless veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
• Black Gold Commercial, a company using block-chain technology to provide real estate services.
• One Digital World, a nonprofit that is using technology to provide access to education in refugee camps.
• Docfully, a company helping the underserved receive healthcare services outside the hospital.
• Conexa, which offers training to counselors and therapists using the Conexa model to empower people within their community.
• Healers with Heart, which offers a self-care platform to provide a more holistic healthcare system.
• Cook Casa, an on-demand chef marketplace for customers who want gourmet meals cooked in their homes.
• BrilliantBiome, which provides personalized treatments for patients suffering from addiction and other mental disorders.