An interesting collision of an exquisite luxury brand, Chivas Regal (Pernod Ricard Scotch star) and a movement meant to bring light and investor dollars to start ups and entrepreneurs who see past their ‘bottom line’ noses happened this past Wednesday, May 6 at Sonos Studios space, underwritten by media giant, Fast Company.
Bonus for all was that a newcomer to the Chivas family, Chivas Regal Extra, was paired with gourmet small bites of salmon, Brie and other delectable goodies. This is a new super-premium blend of rare malts made perfect, matured in Oloroso sherry casks thanks to master blender, Colin Scott, the new spice, vanilla and toffee rounded expression is a tribute to James and John Chivas, the two brothers who pioneered the art of blending whisky in the 19th Century.
Chivas Regal also just launched the $3500 a bottle rare bird, Chivas Regal The Icon, a magical blend of single malts from Strathisla, the oldest continuously operating distillery in the Scottish Highlands, Longmorn and Glen Keith distilleries.
The brand is working in conjunction with Fast Company to laud The Venture global competition. The Venture is Chivas Regal’s global search to find and support the most promising and aspiring social entrepreneurs who want to succeed while making a positive impact on the lives of others. With a $1 million prize in funding and resources, The Venture will enable social entrepreneurs from around the world to realize their potential and gain exposure for their businesses.
They have selected a finalist:
Meet Christine Souffrant. Creating the online market for remote street artisans, Ms. Souffrant is the Haitian born U.S. finalist and founder of Vendedy Corp. Think an international Etsy writ large, married with the basic idea of eBay and available on your smart phone. This intrepid young woman is making the world a better place for business resource starved poor people who create and those who want to directly purchase their goods.
One of the coolest things about traveling the world is seeing the unique artistic and fashionable expressions of the people you are visiting. Ms. Souffrant does this in an organized way with Vendedy, her exchange that allows street artists to get paid for their work.
Simply stated: Artists upload photos of their work; people then bid on the pieces for a week or two; once a sale is confirmed, artists drop off that piece at various centers and receive payment once the delivery is completed.
For the first time, street vendors can upload photos of their products online via mobile so that a traveling consumer can search, purchase, and pay via SMS. The innovation lies in the use of Vendedy’s global cross border mobile SMS cloud platform for mobile commerce exchange in 3rd world markets- streamlining product, payment and delivery that connects street vendors to traveling consumers.
Essentially Vendedy brings the bazaar marketplace to everyone, whether you have a passport on not. Most of these vendors are utterly poor and without the resources to tap in to such a huge marketplace.
Her company was selected as a 2014 Poverty Alleviation commitment by the Clinton Global Initiative. Since then it has received over 40 different press mentions across Magazines, Newspapers, Radio and TV stations in Dubai, the Caribbean and the Americas.
Chivas Regal (Pernod Ricard) has now selected Christine Souffrant the founder of Vendedy, to represent the U.S., in this global competition.
The Venture is Chivas Regal’s ongoing global search to find and support the most promising aspiring social entrepreneurs who want to succeed while making a positive impact on the lives of others. With over $1 million in funding and resources, The Venture will enable social entrepreneurs from around the world realize their potential and gain exposure for their business.
Voting is open to the public and will take place on TheVenture.com from May 11-June 14, where consumers decide how $250K of the $1M Venture fund is distributed among the 16 finalists Each week, over a 5 week span, $50,000 will be awarded to the finalist with the most votes from the previous week
On top of this, 16 of the most promising social entrepreneurs from as many countries will spend a week in Silicon Valley where they will be mentored by global business leaders and successful social entrepreneurs. The culmination of the week: an opportunity to pitch for funding in front of The Venture Final Pitch judges. Year two of the program will be a continuation of the first year with new entrepreneur finalists and judges.