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Foodshed Investors NY
NYC LION is a network of angel investors connecting with local business owners who need capital. It’s not a venture fund. Or a bank. Or an investment club. Or a financial institution of any kind.

LION links local angel investors with local businesses seeking funds. It’s a potent alternative to Wall Street, and a way for everyday folks to keep more of our money circulating close to home.

For businesses, NYC LION is an alternative to banks or other commercial lenders. Especially for new small business, loans and investment are hard to obtain. LION offers businesses an alternative to borrow money from those who are your neighbors, customers, and others interested in your success.

For investors, NYC LION is a way to see where your money is going – and who it is helping. It enables you to invest in what you know and can see, in the local businesses that make NYC unique.

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Foodshed Investors NY

Derek Denckla is an impact investor, strategic advisor and serial social entrepreneur. For fifteen years his firm, Denckla Projects, has provided advisory services and sourced investment capital for sustainable and ethical companies. He has worked with beloved local brands and projects, such as Egg Restaurant,, Brandworkers, Brooklyn Grange, Liddabit Sweets, Cracked Candy, Majora Carter Group, MetaMenu, Provenance Meals, Brooklyn Food Works, Red Hook Community Farm, Local Farms Fund, Blue Marble Organic Ice Cream, Greenbelt Condos and many others. He founded non-profit Slow Money NYC since 2011 – a community of 4,000 linked through networking events that explore investing in local, sustainable food and farm business. Denckla produces the large regional gathering promoting sustainable food business investing at the annual Food + Enterprise Summit. For the last five years, he founded and managed Foodshed Investors NY, the first angel investor network dedicated to funding local and sustainable food business. Their work is guided by “Slow Money” Principles – deploying patient impact capital to alter the nature of the current food system. Denckla is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching topics in sustainable food business practices and markets. He is invited to write and speak regularly on impact investing, sustainable food and farm enterprise development.

Derek participated in the FundingPost event: Food Investing Conference 2016 on Thursday, August 25, 2016 in NY, Sponsored by McCarter & English,, Picnic In The Park

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