Chris Karr, co-owner of a software startup, joins RevHub to advance social entrepreneurship efforts in ClimateTech for CABI and Sustain SoCal.
Irvine, CA, September 1, 2023 – Announcing an executive-level hire tasked with leading Climate Action efforts for RevHub, propelling its mission to build the social enterprise ecosystem and illuminate pathways to entrepreneurship for under-represented and under-resourced communities throughout Orange County.
Appointed to the new position of project lead for CABI, Orange County’s first climate action business incubator, Chris Karr is a small businessowner with executive leadership background in the private sector. As one who led engineering teams in developing hardware and software products with global reach, Karr is positioned to help build ecosystems involved in social entrepreneurship and community resilience. His decades of product development history and cutting-edge insight will prove invaluable to his role with RevHub, which is leading the establishment of CABI.
RevHub is partnering with Sustain SoCal, which assembles clean technologies and sustainable economic development, in the creation and operation of CABI. As a show of good faith, RevHub has agreed to provide $200,000 to increase resources available for CABI’s progress under its guidance. Karr will be spearheading CABI’s growth.
RevHub President and CEO Stephan Erkelens is focused on utilizing organizations like CABI to shape the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Orange County, setting the precedent for the rest of the state, the nation, and eventually the world at large.
“OC is an emerging sector and economic driver, spawning new jobs where potential millions are being employed to benefit society, the environment, and other valuable causes,” says Erkelens. “Local foundations, corporations, universities, and the OC public sector all encourage innovation here.”
A long-time innovator of the coffee industry, Erkelens co-founded RevHub with the support of other seasoned professionals who have a proven track record in charitable giving, business, finance, and social enterprise. Compelled by a unified vision, the group strives to create a better mechanism to fund and sustain social enterprises both at home and around the world. With the mentorship of leaders like Karr, RevHub has become a collaborative ecosystem of like-minded individuals where both founders and funders are able to accelerate the impact of nascent social enterprises.
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RevHub is coalescing Orange County’s social enterprise ecosystem for greater innovation and impact. Founded in 2019, RevHub is a community of investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, and partners which has incubated 23 social enterprises and established RevFund I, Orange County’s first social impact investment fund. In 2022, RevHub joined several partners in establishing the NorthSTAR (Systems To Access Resources) OC Collaborative to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Orange County. This ecosystem is designed to illuminate pathways and eliminate barriers to entrepreneurship for under-represented and under-resourced communities.