SJF Ventures

Community development through venture capital

Venture

Challenge

The Williamsburg High School of Arts and Technology in Brooklyn wanted to cultivate the next generation of computer engineers—creative, innovative thinkers with both the hard and soft skills necessary to become leaders of the future. To get there, they wanted students to become co-creators in their own education, rather than passive recipients of it, but they weren’t sure how to engage students in this way.

Outcome

To guide WHSAT’s efforts to engage students in co-creation, the Openbox team first immersed ourselves in the school, observing and interviewing students and staff. We used learnings from this round of research to design three experiments, involving real issues around the school, that would bring students and staff together as thought partners. These experiments ran live across the school for a week, exploring variables such as decision moments, roles, location, and timing. The experiment insights allowed us to develop a set of practical co-creation principles that the school can readily build upon for future co-creation activities—amplifying the equitable, arts-based, and experimental ethos of the school.

Full case study coming soon.

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SJF Ventures

Community development through venture capital

Venture

Context

SJF (originally known as the “Sustainable Job Fund”) is a community development venture capital fund that proactively targets investments in the sectors of reuse & recycling, sustainable agriculture & food safety, efficiency and smart infrastructure, education, and health & wellness. Within these sectors, SJF invests in companies and entrepreneurs where business growth for the company’s product or service inherently drives social or environmental impact.

Partnership

Openbox invests in funds like SJF Ventures as another vehicle to support entrepreneurs who create extraordinary outcomes.

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Impact

Openbox’s capital investment has contributed to SJF’s investment in over 60 ventures. This has led to over 8000 jobs created, over 2 billion in financial aid offered to students from colleges partnered with RaiseMe, over 50 million wireless devices collected for reuse or recycling, and over 300,000 items diverted from landfills, among many more positive changes in society.

Impact

Openbox’s capital investment has contributed to SJF’s investment in over 60 ventures. This has led to over 8000 jobs created, over 2 billion in financial aid offered to students from colleges partnered with RaiseMe, over 50 million wireless devices collected for reuse or recycling, and over 300,000 items diverted from landfills, among many more positive changes in society.

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Impact

Openbox’s capital investment has contributed to SJF’s investment in over 60 ventures. This has led to over 8000 jobs created, over 2 billion in financial aid offered to students from colleges partnered with RaiseMe, over 50 million wireless devices collected for reuse or recycling, and over 300,000 items diverted from landfills, among many more positive changes in society.

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Impact

Openbox’s capital investment has contributed to SJF’s investment in over 60 ventures. This has led to over 8000 jobs created, over 2 billion in financial aid offered to students from colleges partnered with RaiseMe, over 50 million wireless devices collected for reuse or recycling, and over 300,000 items diverted from landfills, among many more positive changes in society.

Press
EdLinks
MobiHealthNews
PRNewswire
Awards
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