SIF Selects Six Startups for Social Business Accelerator

Entrepreneurs focused on profit AND purpose receive mentoring and support to grow
  • By Marissa Silapaswan
  • Published on January 12, 2016
2016 Impact Entrepreneur Logos

The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) has selected six companies for its 2016 Social Business Accelerator, a 12-week program designed to give social purpose businesses access to knowledge, connections, and growth capital that generates both social and financial returns.

SIF selected the six finalists from a pool of over 50 applicants through an intense and highly competitive screening process. Starting January 19, these “Impact Entrepreneurs” will participate in workshops, guest speaker sessions, and one-on-one advising with mentors from the business and startup communities. The program will culminate with pitches to potential investors at SIF’s 4th annual Impact Investing Forum on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

2016 Impact Entrepreneurs
Lead Sponsor: The Devonshire Foundation

ClearGov empowers citizens with easy to understand government financial data to help drive positive change and collaboration with government.

EnergySage offers an online platform that enables consumers to compare solar quotes from pre-screened solar installers.

KinderLab Robotics provides educational toys and products to schools and families that expose young children to technology and STEM concepts in a uniquely age-appropriate way.

PlenOptika has created the “QuickSee,” a low-cost handheld device that provides eyeglass prescriptions at the push of a button.

PSM Clean Energy’s online platform enables individuals to make direct impact investments in local solar projects developed and managed by PSM’s team of solar experts.

WiCare has created the “Wound-Pump,” a low-cost and simplified negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device that is used to treat open wounds.

Seeking Mentors

If you have the skills and experience relevant to mentoring the companies described below, or if you would like to refer someone who does, please contact Marissa Silapaswan at We would like to set up a conversation to further understand your interest and background.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2016 Entrepreneur cohort and save the date for SIF’s 4th annual Impact Investing Showcase on Thursday, April 7, 2016, where each of our six Entrepreneurs will deliver a five-minute pitch for their business.

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