Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?
In 2014, we plan to raise money for our feasibility study We will use Grand Aspirations' platforms to create summer youth leadership programs that become/incubate year-round profitable green businesses, and through our multiple local partnerships, we will combine resources to develop an impact hub.
Through Grand Aspirations, we've already done our first Summer of Solutions in DC, which we are transitioning out of to start our Local Initiative - the DC worker-owned food co-op. In February, we will propose to the national hub development working group/team that DC should be the next site for a hub to be created in partnership with Grand Aspirations.
Hub City/Impact Hub is coming to DC, and is headed by an Ecovillage DC member, Max Harper.
Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?
In DC, we will probably apply as an LLC because we intend to be a for-profit, worker-owned co-operative.
As a co-op, we will have many resources to support the business, which will act as a cushion for mistakes and experimenting with marketing during the start-up phase.
Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I have not pioneered any other previous profitable initiatives, so far. I'm corresponding with designers for the development of a sustainable fashion co-operative.
Mainly applying to start 3 new programs in DC in addition to this co-op through Grand Aspirations: one is a garage/bike-share year-round program, the second is an aquaponics summer working group/youth education program w/ CSA development, and the third is a girls empowerment program.