A local organization, Ocean Accelerator, is widening its sea of business connections, resources and enrichment opportunities.
Ocean Accelerator is a Cincinnati based non-profit focused on entrepreneurship and service in the community. It is an independent business accelerator that is uniquely faith-based and focused on “building into the founder,” therefore encouraging and supporting new leaders develop their own business ideas.
Their mission is driven by belief, stating that with a strong understanding of what it takes for an entrepreneur to succeed and a belief in God, humans can help the community not just surviving, but thriving in the business world professionally and spiritually. The programs offered also help those seeking success to maneuver the obstacles of business and to help them grow in the face of adversity. Through their events, trainings, accelerators, and tribe, Oceans teaches, mentors, and invests in those who have a strong faith in God and a passion for success.
Making its debut this Thursday, June 21, the Social Impact Speed Networking event is a special night for individuals to connect and network with other passionate counterparts in social impact. This event will provide bright individuals with the chance to meet other business leaders and employers with the same mindset. This event offers the perfect opportunity to expand your business, or social and enterprise contacts, whether you are a social entrepreneur, small business owner, non-profit professional, or someone just wanting to connect with other individuals doing good in the Cincinnati area.
“The Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, or S.E.A., actually approached us and were interested in doing a sort of partnership or event with us,” says Courtney DeGeorge-Allen, one of the event and outreach coordinators for Oceans Accelerator.
“As an organization,” DeGeorge-Allen adds, “the S.E.A. is definitely something that is near and dear to our hearts because making the world a better place through your work is a pretty awesome thing to strive to do.”
The S.E.A. is a national organization that provides resources and connections for social enterprises. The vision for S.E.A. as a whole is for social enterprise to reach its potential as a force for more effective and sustainable social impact. They empower social enterprises and social entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work to foster a social enterprise ecosystem in which they can thrive.
At the core of the non-profit, the Ocean community thrives among the concepts of Faith and Entrepreneurship. They have honed seven “continents” of Faith as the backbone to their mission: purpose, perseverance, bravery, discipline, creativity, truth, and community. “This is why it was very natural to partner with S.E.A. for this event,” explains DeGeorge-Allen. “They have such similar values and a fantastic purpose.”
Oceans Accelerator is unique in that they aid new high-techstartups in accelerating and eventually launching a new business. Each young entrepreneur goes through a series of programs including the Harbor Small Business Training in which members toil through nine weeks of once a week sessions followed by six monthly group coaching sessions. The program is led by an experienced business owner and entrepreneur catered to the startup.
They host several events throughout the year, such as this one, focused on combating “founder loneliness” and increasing founding skills.
Throughout the evening, there will be time to speak with other business leaders as well as a presentation from the President and CEO of S.E.A Network, Kila Englebrook. Englebrook will be talking briefly about her company, as well as sharing some stories from other S.E.A. chapters around the country that highlight the power of networking and community.
In addition to this groundbreaking event, there will be even more happenings like this one. “There won’t be a repeat of this event any other time this year, but we will be continuing with our monthly events every second Tuesday,” says DeGeorge-Allen. “There are two scheduled already for July and August that focus on entrepreneurship.”
In addition, S.E.A. Cincinnati holds quarterly events that are similar in nature and hosted in partnership with other social enterprises throughout the city.
“Each event has a networking purpose,” she says, “but some may be focused on providing education and resources for social enterprises as well.”
The event will be held this Thursday, June 21, from 5:30- 8:30 PM with Ocean Accelerator, located at 1100 Sycamore Street, 4th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202. It is free for S.E.A. members and $10 for non-members. Light refreshments will be provided.
To learn more about Oceans Accelerator, visit http://www.
To learn more about Englebrook and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Chapter of S.E.A., visit, https://
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