Clean Business Investment Summit

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Sep 04, 2015 at 11:03 PM


By Jerry Knotts
Jay Weiner


The Largest Venture Forum in the Central Coast Aims to Outdo Previous Success

(Santa Barbara, CA) – This September 10, 2015, the California Coast Venture Forum sails into its 19th year as the largest venture forum in the Central Coast focused on sustainable, clean business with the seventh annual Clean Business Investment Summit™ at the Corwin Pavilion at the University of California, Santa Barbara. CBIS brings together high-growth, sustainable, socially responsible enterprises from all over the world to present their companies to investors. Investors range from leading angels to VCs and beyond, who are looking for viable, ethical Clean Business™ opportunities.

Building upon the success of 2014’s sold-out summit, CBIS 2015 aims to shine bigger and brighter with this year’s theme, “Heroes of Entrepreneurship: Successes of the Socially Responsible.” Befitting the “hero” moniker, this year’s speaker roster brings a mountain of entrepreneurial talent in world leaders, CEOs, and investors who have achieved their successes through ethical and socially responsible business practices, and by being on the cutting edge of new categories, trends, and technologies. CBIS 2015’s impressive roster includes keynote speaker Jay Weiner, co-founder of celebrated animal sanctuary The Gentle Barn, and global corporate social responsibility expert.


Jay Weiner, Co-Founder of the Gentle Barn Animal Sanctuary, and Mission-Driven Business Builder

Jay L. Weiner is a passionate animal welfare advocate, and accomplished animal rescuer whose deep commitment to animal wellness and proactive corporate social responsibility has established the Gentle Barn as a multimillion dollar, world renowned, national organization serving as a model of excellence in animal and child welfare. Jay serves as Co-Founder for The Gentle Barn, managing all aspects of the rapidly growing non-profit that has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of animals across the United States. Jay has leveraged his business acumen in the areas of management, fundraising, event planning, and relationship building to grow the non-profit organization from an annual budget of $25,000 to a multimillion dollar organization that continues to expand nationally. Jay’s creative implementation of compelling corporate social responsibility programs (like the groundbreaking Gentle 52 program) has resulted in a powerful and effective organization with a rapidly growing community, and a clear mission that resonates with that community and creates impressive results for their corporate partners, through his vast knowledge in business, marketing and social media. Jay is a sought-after speaker and has spoken to audiences of thousands of people. Topics range from “Going Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility to Maximize Success,” and other business and motivational topics, to sharing his stories on the frontlines of animal rescue, environmental change and the connection between animals and children.

Supporting the impactful keynote speech is a stellar roster of speakers, including Frank Foster of DFJ Frontier and the Gideon Hixon Fund, Consulate General of Finland for Los Angeles Juha Markkanen, CEO of Christie & Co Gillian Christie speaking on the successes of this year’s Kiwa Investment Summit, Ron Boehm of BOMA Investments speaking on growth financing approaches, and Noah Weiner with an update on his success. In addition to the remarkable speakersthere will be a series of dynamic, innovative, high growth presenting companies, student enterprises, and an incredible roster of leading investors from around the world. CBIS’ Investor Roundtable component deepens engagement between investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts.

About CBIS:

CBIS is responsible for introducing more than 575 start-up and growth companies to venture investors and related services experts, with more than $125,000,000 invested as a result and a success rate of more than 30% of all presenting companies getting funded. The continued success of CBIS is based upon the strength of our Board, partners, growth ecosystem and communities which includes: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Bartlett, Pringle, & Wolf LLP, Watershed Capital, Impact Capitalism Circle, Economic Vitality Corporation, Christie Communications, Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Opportunity Collaboration, Convening the Conveners, California SBDC, KUR Food, American ValuMetrics, Kiwa Investment Summit, Tech Coast Angels, CircleUp, 1% for the Planet, Unreasonable Institute, Startup SB, Kaldera Marketing, Shiphawk, Channel Islands Outfitters, Pacific Coast Business Times, Growth Capital Conference, Bren School’s NetImpact Chapter, Pasadena Angels, SoCal Bio, DFJ Frontier, Nutrition Capital Network, NGEN Partners, Crowdfunder, OneHope Wines, Grassini Family Vineyards, and more. For further information, please visit or contact Alissa Sears at [email protected] or by phone at (805) 969-3744.


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