RevHubOC, a social entrepreneurship advocate operating in Orange County, extends its vision by sponsoring UCI’s Livable Cities Lab (LCL), a forward-thinking community development center.
Orange County, CA, 2020 | Livable Cities Lab, a product of the University of California in Irvine, has secured sponsorship by local social enterprise incubator RevHubOC. As a community of investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, and partners, RevHubOC merges entrepreneurial for-profit ventures with non-profit sustainability. LCL’s advanced approach of building aspects of community and urban development relevant to cities of the future, such as housing and criminal justice, closely aligns with RevHubOC’s vision for social entrepreneurs in Orange County and beyond.
In addition to sponsoring LCL’s mission, President and CEO Stephan Erkelens is focusing RevHubOC’s efforts on shaping the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Orange County with the intention of gaining momentum throughout the state, eventually reaching national and international scale.
“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, churches, corporations, universities, and the OC public sector all encourage innovation here.”
Erkelens co-founded RevHubOC 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. They intend RevHubOC to become a collaborative ecosystem of like-minded individuals such as LCL, where both founders and funders are able to accelerate the impact of nascent social enterprises.
“The ultimate goal is to equip and connect social entrepreneurs and social investors alike,” says Tim Shaw, co-founder of RevHubOC. “We address their joint objective to narrow the divide between the efficiency and scale of pure market-based business models, and the social impact of traditional philanthropic/nonprofit organizations.”
RevHubOC is committed to fostering economic growth and empowerment within the OC community and beyond, creating opportunities and drive systemic change through entrepreneurship.
About RevHubOC |
RevHubOC is coalescing Orange County’s social enterprise ecosystem for greater innovation and impact. Founded in 2019, RevHubOC assists in incubating, mentoring, and funding social enterprises to solve global challenges. This ecosystem is designed to illuminate pathways and eliminate barriers to entrepreneurship for under-represented and under-resourced communities, bringing together comprehensive resources to provide people what they need to explore and develop new business ideas.