Join Bull City Forward on December 10th at the new American Underground on Main to celebrate and support social entrepreneurship in Durham and the Triangle. We will be featuring our inaugural class of Forward Fellows (via mini three minute TEDx style talks!) and the great social impact work they’re doing across sectors from revolutionizing the way we think about food to engaging PTSD combat veterans in entrepreneurial ventures. We will also give you a quick snapshot of what’s been going on in 2013 and what to expect in 2014!

Emcee: Farad Ali, NC Institute of Minority Economic Development

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The North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (“The Institute”) is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to build the asset base of underdeveloped populations. We accomplish this mission through economic development strategies that build businesses, create jobs, and sustain institutions vital to economically vibrant and socially responsible communities.

Keynote Speaker: Keeva Kase, Bull City Forward Executive Director

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A veteran child advocate, community organizer, and small business owner, Keeva joined Bull City Forward this summer to lead our vision of a world in which our toughest challenges are solved through social entrepreneurship. Keeva envisions Durham and the Triangle region as a global thought leader for  innovative and profitable solutions to climate change, food and water access, unemployment, and health issues, among others.

Keeva has directed numerous community investment initiatives and championed education and child welfare reform efforts. He holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, owns a small truffiere, and serves as a director with Odell Education.

BCF Forward Fellows Mini TEDx Talks 

Jack Beuttell
Co-Founder | Venture Farming
 “We’re trying to change the economics for beginning farmers and, in turn, change the way people think about the value of farming and the food we eat.”
Tatiana Birgisson
Founder & CEO | Mati
 “I am working to make the world healthier and more energized one cup at a time.”
Rachel Lichte
Co-founder & Director of Mines | Clarity Project
 “I can’t imagine a product with a greater disconnect between the circumstance of its giving and the circumstance of its source.”
Keval Mehta
Founder & CEO | INRFOOD
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food, at the end of the day you are what you eat.”




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