Appalachia Funders Network

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We are excited to announce the launch of Startup Appalachia, a pilot project of the Appalachia Funders Network. This initiative is designed to advance our Network goal to foster cross-sector investment partnerships that support the acceleration and growth of promising projects within the region.

Specifically, this pilot initative aims to (1) identify promising efforts that could produce larger results for the economic transition of Central Appalachia, (2) encourage direct organizing by foundations to fund around the most promising work in the region, (3) leverage additional resources to scale projects, and (4) offer funders insight on how to capitalize on the investments they have made to date.

The Startup Appalachia Committee consists of:

The Startup Appalachia Committee has selected five projects to collaborate with as part of  this initiative! Congratulations to:

Angel Investment Fund FormationCommunity Solar Initiative, Grocery Energy Savings Collaboration, High Country Seeds of Change and How$martKY. Click on each project listed above to read a summary.

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Startup Appalachia Overview below.