Civic Tech Spotlight: State Matters

Have you always wanted to understand governmental systems better?

Your opportunity to stop wishing and start learning has arrived. Meet the team that wants to help make civic engagement and being informed fun and part of your everyday life. State Matters is a non-profit founded in an effort to create engaging digital content that: explains the most impactful, state legislation being proposed in Springfield, the legislative process and how government operates, and informs constituents on how to engage with state legislators.  

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The system has evolved to serve the needs of those within the system, so the responsibility to change it falls on us.

Meet the State Matters Team:

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sleeping Village – 3734 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Grab your ticket for the first annual fundraiser and launch party HERE.

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New Study Shows Women and Minorities Dominate Tech For Good

According to a new study by Fast Forward, “Most traditional tech company founders are white and male, while comparatively far more women and minorities go the social good route.”

As reported by Fast Company:

  • 47% of all tech nonprofit founders are women
  • Minorities make up 30% of all tech nonprofit founders

Co-author of the report, Cristina Shatzen said, “We classify a tech nonprofit as a tech company building original software or hardware, but leveraging a nonprofit business model so they can focus 100% on social impact.”

Read more about the accelerator for tech non-profits and the study here.

Cooperative Capital is Redefining Community Investment

A new startup is not only making community development cool, but profitable. Cooperative Capital is making it possible for anyone in Michigan that makes a $1,000 minimum investment to vote on a monthly investment in Detroit.

According to a recent Fast Company article, the new community-based fund will launch later this year. “The fund will allow a group to use the aggregated capital in the way they think is best–and will help focus that larger group on solutions,” said Kwaku Osei, CEO of Cooperative Capital. “We think the much bigger picture is the dots that will be connected by having this large group of people coming together and having this alignment around collectively investing in their community.” Read more about the new fund and startup here.

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Cooperative Capital is a cooperative private equity fund that empowers citizens to pool their money together to make promising investments within their community.