Looking for donors for your venture? Wondering how you go about finding which individuals, foundations, or companies will fund your venture? We go through how to sleuth out the folks most likely to donate to you. Once you’ve got a lot of rows in that spreadsheet of possible donors, we give you techniques to prioritize outreach. This workshop is meant to be tactical and hands-on: You should come out of the workshop with a set of things you can do which will land you with a list of high potential donors.
Speaker Name: Rebekah Emanuel and Leo Guyshan
Rebekah Emanuel is the Head of Social Entrepreneurship. A McKinsey alum and HBS grad, Rebekah has started flagship organizations across the private, public and social sectors. While herself at HBS she incubated a start-up at the i-lab, took her start-up to a residency at MassChallenge, and was invited to the second class of the Harvard LaunchLab.
Alongside start-ups, Rebekah has also spent significant time guiding mature organizations. As a Director at the City of Boston, Rebekah wrote the long term plan for Boston outlining where and how the city will grow– including exciting plans for the Allston area where the iLab is situated. The first long term plan completed in 50 years, she helped solicit and integrate over 14k constituent voices, and align the city’s budget against the strategic priorities. The metrics she designed to track progress attracted media attention for their cutting edge public accountability.
Rebekah holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an LLM in Law from the National University of Ireland Galway as a Mitchell Scholar, and a BA from Yale University. She also serves as a chaplain.
Leo Guyshan is the Director of Programs and Engagement at Harvard Innovation Labs. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Open Avenues, a social impact startup driving narrative change around immigration. Leo has worked throughout the Boston startup ecosystem. He was the Program Director at MassChallenge Boston, where he helped design the accelerator while streamlining operations for the Boston program and site.
Before MassChallenge, Leo worked at the Harvard Business School Rock Center for Entrepreneurship where he managed the HBS Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, developed alumni entrepreneurship programming, and supported the New Venture Competition and Rock Accelerator. Leo graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Politics and Russian Language & Literature.