Bay Area Medical Academy provides job-oriented training in high-growth, high-demand areas of the healthcare field, fulfilling the workforce needs of the medical facilities in the Bay Area. BAMA prepares individuals (predominantly women) from different socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds for successful, long-term careers in the field.
When I first met Simonida, I was thoroughly impressed with her mission to educate and help find employment for some of the Bay Area’s least advantaged women. I was blown away by the care and the professionalism with which she treats each of her students, as well as her dedication to building relationships with large hospitals and care centers. As an immigrant woman herself, Simonida has had many barriers to overcome and at the same time is effectively helping other women succeed. Debt. [Health] [Underserved Communities] [Education] [Local Business]
Better Ventures is a venture fund for technology startups building innovative solutions to big and important problems, from work and education to health and sustainability. Wes and Rick are currently pursuing opportunities in three investment themes:
Better Access - Companies leveraging technology to democratize access to essential services that equalize opportunity, including education and employment;
Better Information - Companies utilizing data analytics to produce positive societal outcomes, ranging from health & well-being to environmental sustainability;
Better Business - Companies building sustainable and ethical supply chains, including product re-use & up-cycling and sustainable production.
I met Wes when I first got involved with the HUB in 2010. I wanted to support his efforts and his fund of innovative tech startups. Equity. [Health] [Underserved Communities] [Education] [Sustainability]
Impact America Fund is a GIIRS rated private equity fund led by Kesha Cash. Its mission is to generate financial returns while enhancing the quality of life for underserved communities in America. IAF invests in high growth companies that are scaling solutions in the Health & Wellness, Education, Essential Services, and Financial Inclusion sectors. Equity. [Health] [Underserved Communities] [Education]
LaborX is a marketplace for talent with non-traditional backgrounds, matching employers with an untapped, skilled, and loyal talent. LaborX is the LinkedIn for the LinkedOut. Debt. [Underserved Communities]
Located in Old Oakland and launched in 2012, Miss Ollie's is an Afro-Caribbean restaurant owned by an amazing woman of color, Sarah Kirnon, who has years of experience and is well-known in the Bay Area food scene.
ProfHire helps colleges and universities save time, money, and improve hiring results. With a comprehensive and scalable solution ProfHire helps busy administrators attract, hire, onboard, and retain high quality part-time faculty. Using data analytics, the online platform quickly identifies pre-screened candidates that meet each organization’s criteria. Debt. [Education]
SJF Ventures is a venture fund focused on the resource efficiency, sustainability and technology-enhanced services sectors. Representative investment areas include efficiency and infrastructure, asset recovery including reuse and recycling, sustainable agriculture and food safety, health and wellness technology, education technology and digital media and marketing services.
Nia is invested with SJF because they are active in job creation.
While education is key to developing a vibrant American workforce, STEP into a Job! asserts that vocational training programs that include strong social supportive services, technical training, and direct engagement with employers provide the best results—measured in retention, graduation, and job placement rates. Their model consists of Social Supportive Services, Technical Training, Employer Engagement, Apprenticeships, as well as Placement Services. Debt. [Underserved Communities] [Education]