On Saturday, October 3rd, SVP Tampa Bay founder Rebekah Heppner was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by TiE Tampa for her work, along with a group of founding partners, to establish Social Venture Partners in Tampa Bay. The award was presented following a day-long conference, TiECon Florida.
In accepting the award, Heppner pointed out the similarities between the two organizations, “We both seek to support leaders of innovative organizations through financial and human capital. For SVP, we choose leaders in the not-for-profit sector, while TiE focuses on for-profit start-ups.”
SVP Tampa Bay is the only Florida affiliate of the SVP network, which links 3,500+ individual donors in 39 cities around the world. SVP Partners are professionals who wish to leverage their expertise and resources to make strategic investments in their local community. SVP builds a dynamic connection between entrepreneurial energy and grassroots innovation, and links professionals with nonprofit organizations to make a hands-on difference. SVP employs a venture capitalist model – but with social returns as the goal. Social Venture Partners has a dual mission – creating a community of informed and inspired donors and building the long-term capacity for innovation in our nonprofits. www.svptb.org
TiE Tampa is part of a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. They believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through five pillars: mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. TiE was founded in Silicon Valley in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization. www.tampa.tie.org