Opportunity International provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to over three million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in over 20 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net for the future.
Through its community banking network and innovations like mobile banking and biometric fingerprint technology, Opportunity banks on the spirit of people and on their hopes and dreams, and stands alongside its clients as equal partners in the fight against poverty. For more information, visit www.opportunity.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
Signature Partners are leading entrepreneur support organizations that have demonstrated effectiveness and achieved notable results. Our database of Signature Partners offers Pledgers looking to give back their time and money the ability to see where they could have the largest impact on the areas that are most important to them.
Signature Partners are chosen based on the following criteria:
- Track Record
- Current Size
- Vision/Theory of Change
New Signature Partners are considered through an application process judged by a panel of existing Pledgers.
Media. Signature partners will be featured in all media outreach around the pledge. Furthermore, online and offline public relations will be conducted around new signature partners and entrepreneurs.
Syndication. The Pledge is in the process of partnering with entrepreneurship media outlets to syndicate pledges. In those pledges, entrepreneurs will be able to recognize signature partners they work with or would like to work with.
Access to Entrepreneurs Online Throughout the Year. Based on your organization profile, you will be matched to pledgers who best fit your organization’s wants and needs.
Networking Opportunities at Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit with Entrepreneurs. In order to bring together all top leaders in the field, the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit will be held in Washington, DC at the US Chamber of Commerce on November 17-19, 2011. The Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week and is the world’s largest, invite-only event that convenes top leaders from the entrepreneurship ecosystem (government, foundations, education, corporations, media, entrepreneur support organizations, and entrepreneurs).
- Attend VIP events during the Summit to expose entrepreneurs to their program.
- Invite up to three members of their team to the Summit. Additional members beyond the one will be able to register at the discounted attendee price.
- Have a unique ribbon added to their name badge to set them apart from typical attendees.
- Reserved seating next to pledgers during Summit.
- Have special opportunities to be highlighted during the Summit.
Networking with Other Signature Partners. There will be quarterly webinars and a listserv during the year where participants will be able to explore collaborations (referring participants and jointly approaching funders, measuring impact, and approaching clients).
Page on Pledge & Summit Web Sites. Each signature partner will have a page on the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Pledge and the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit websites and be listed in the signature partner directory.
How to Apply
Complete the Signature Partners Application.
How to Nominate a Signature Partner
The entrepreneurship education field is rapidly growing and evolving. We need your help to make sure we involve the organizations as signature partners.
Do you know an entrepreneurship education organization doing innovative work who should be invited? Please recommend the organization name and URL in the comment box below. If you already see the organization, please ‘like’ it so that it is featured.