Thursday November 30, 2017 0 comments
DENVER -- Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) received the first-ever Impact Catalyst Award at the CO Impact Days event presented by CO Impact Initiative.
CEF was recognized with the award for its ongoing contributions as a nonprofit generating awareness about impact investing throughout Colorado.
For the second year, 100 social ventures convened in Denver for CO Impact Days, showcasing their investment opportunities to more than 200 investors and philanthropists with offers to provide both a financial return on investment, and solutions to some of today’s most pressing issues.
“We are honored to receive this award,” said CEF President and CEO Ceyl Prinster. “For over 40 years, we’ve had the opportunity to serve small businesses throughout the state, which in turn makes a positive impact in advancing economic opportunity and prosperity in our Colorado communities.”
Created by the Impact Finance Center, the CO Impact Initiative is a three-year strategy to elevate and accelerate impact investing, catalyzing the flow of $100 million in investment capital into Colorado social ventures that deliver positive impact on the state’s communities, economy and natural environment.
Founded in 1976, Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) provides loans up to $500,000 to finance small businesses and startups unable to obtain funding through traditional banks.
With a mission to accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, CEF has provided more than $65 million in loans to more than 2,000 businesses to help create or retain more than 18,000 jobs in the state.
A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CEF is based in Denver with a satellite office in Fort Collins. CEF’s lending and consulting services are available statewide. For more information, visit: www.coloradoenterprisefund.org.