Funding Innovation

inancial markets play a critical role in the process of sustainable business practices. Sustainable investment practices offer not only the benefits of reducing economic, environmental, and social risks, but also the potential for businesses and investors to achieve superior financial returns.


We have identified key barriers for business, and created this educational Speaker Series to help all size businesses overcome financial barriers. The speakers provide relevant input and catalyze further important dialogue on the issue of 'Financing Resilience for Business'. 

To boost knowledge transfer and to build capacity, we provide access to critical information and qualified contacts. Specifically, by joining ECE events hosted by regional organizations, participants will learn about loans, guarantees, co-guarantees, counter-guarantees, equity guarantees, credit, foreign direct investment, export‑credit insurance, lease, securitization, venture capital, angel investment, matching fund, transfer fund, crowdfunding, barter, microfinance, insurance, and more.

The SMART Speaker Series in association with SMART Community Exchange (SCE) and Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE) is now in production. From live events and select local venues, to an on-line presence that enables the worlds of social media and live performance to seamlessly meet, the ECE experience is about collaborative learning, discovering new business opportunities and unique contacts. 

The ECE is always open and just waiting to be discovered.


The Speaker Series will discuss the following:  


Stability in regulation, policy framework and public procurement to attract investors; 

Development of a range of financing options for SMEs, including debt and smaller scale financing as venture capital is very selective and not able to address the needs of all Innovators; 

Review and reduction in red tape for public support; 

Development of more flexible risk-sharing conditions to engage financial actors – namely banks – in the Eco Commerce area; 

Better understanding of the role business angels can play to support innovation as they operate differently than venture capitalists; 

Intelligent use of public funding through leveraging, using it as a complement to private finance; 

Greater involvement of large corporations and understanding of how they can contribute to the financing of innovation;

Examine the international dimension of Innovation financing to meet the challenges of global needs and competition.

...and more.

For topic suggestions, speaker engagements, and sponsorships:


The Speakers have at least one thing in common - they share insight, provoke thought and stimulate conversation about compelling and timely issues, stories and events. By offering entertaining educational opportunities that are unique and unavailable elsewhere, ECE continues to attract expert Speakers from around the world. 

The first Speaker Series in 2013 featured a number of highly regarded experts in the field of Eco Commerce . The lecture program has since expanded to include internationally renowned business executives, investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, philanthropists, scientists, authors, media experts and other luminaries.

The Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE) has become a well-established and highly regarded highlight of the global commerce, and an integral part of the international business community. 

International Audience

The ECE works closely with organizations around the planet to identify Speakers who have particular appeal for ECE's fast growing international audience of over 2 million business executives, values-based investors and donors, entrepreneurs, and policy leaders

Public Service 

The Speaker Series also addresses an important role of ECE's global mission - public service in the communities - by dedicating speakers to address education and other societal issues and concerns.

All production expenses for the Speaker Series are covered by sponsorships. NO state funds, research foundation funds, donations or general gifts are used to fund or support the Speakers or programs.

Public Private Partnerships (PPP)

We help investors seeking potential partnerships to find projects and engage investors with enterprises, organizations and communities around partner projects by region. 

Collaborative Online Learning 

Financing innovation is about commercializing new technology and bringing best practices to market. ECE brings together individuals and organizations in a way that does not require a large investment of funds and time. By pooling our contacts and resources, we can find new opportunities and develop unique financial instruments and tools to bring innovations to market in a quick and efficient manner. Together, we can overcome market penetration challenges and remove barriers accelerating access to funding, markets, and government approval process.


SMART objectives - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time-Bound. Sustainable and inclusive growth, and collective impact and shared value. An outcome is new partnerships and trust, and the most efficient ways of financing innovation.

About Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE)

ECE is a network of capital industry and business executives, entrepreneurs, and values-based investors and donors.  

ECE is a catalyst for the development of the Eco Commerce capital industry through investments in innovation. 

ECE builds on the network of Eco Commerce Hubs, regional gateways for leaders and learners in Eco Commerce.  

To stimulate investment in Eco Innovation, ECE delivers a deal flow, sector specific portfolios of highly qualified innovations, to values-based investors.

To improve and accelerate access to much needed capital, ECE provides hands-on advisory services to business executives, entrepreneurs, and investors. 

The ECE, acts as an aggregator, leading the global efforts in developing unique partner programs, investment strategies, financial instruments, and regional funds that will meet specific requirements of all stakeholders. 

Impact Investing

Investment approach that aims to proactively create positive social and environmental impact against an acceptable risk-adjusted financial return. This requires the management of social and environmental performance (in addition to financial risk and return). With impact investing “impact” comes first, whereas with sustainable investing “financial returns” come first.

Responsible Investing

Investment approach that integrates consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into investment decision-making and ownership practices, and thereby improve long-term returns to beneficiaries. Source: UN PRI NB: in this paper “sustainable investing” and “responsible investing” are used as synonyms

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

Socially responsible investing, an area often affiliated with the retail financial sector, incorporates ESG issues as well as criteria linked to a values-based approach. For example, it can involve the application of pre-determined social or environmental values to investment selection. Investors may choose to exclude or select particular companies or sectors because of their impact on the environment or stakeholders. Negative screening (such as weapons exclusions) and positive screening (such as Best-in-Class or thematic approaches) typically fall in the remit of such investments. 

Sustainable Investing

Investment approach that integrates long-term environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria into investment and ownership decision-making with the objective of generating superior risk-adjusted financial returns. These extra-financial criteria are used alongside traditional financial criteria such as cash flow and price-to-earnings ratios.

Social Venture Capital Investing

Is a form of venture capital investing that provides capital to businesses deemed socially and environmentally responsible. These investments are intended to both provide attractive returns to investors and to provide market-based solutions to social and environmental issues. Social venture capital can refer to debt or equity investments in socially-oriented enterprises, which includes BoP (Base of the Pyramid)-targeted efforts to stimulate economic development in the poorest regions of the world.


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Loans & Grants 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term loans for physical and economic damage caused by a declared disaster. Learn more about home and personal property, business and economic injury loans.

Business Physical Disaster Loans

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Military Reservists Economic Injury Loan

Small Business Loans

Surety Bonds

Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)


Venture Capital

Emergency Preparedness

For small business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. Explore the resources that can help you develop an emergency preparedness and disaster relief plan.

Disaster Assistance

Emergency Preparedness

Disaster Planning

Disaster Cleanup

Disaster Recovery Plan

State Government Information

Green Business Guide

There’s a new focus on environmental responsibility, and as a small business owner, you can make a difference. Help protect our ecosystem and serve your customers who value your environmental efforts.

Green Marketing

Green Business Case Studies

Green Business Practices

Green Certification and Ecolabeling

Environmental Grants & Loans

Use the links below to help find financial resources to pay for energy efficient upgrades to your facilities, to finance your business’s innovative environmental products and technologies and to support your environmentally friendly business. 

Department of Energy Grants and Loans

The Department of Energy provides many funding opportunities, including:

Loan Programs,

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy grant programs

Office of Science Grants and Contracts

Environmental Protection Agency Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has several grant programs, many of which are listed on this site. In addition, links to several specific programs are provided below:

Brownfields Grants for redeveloping formerly polluted real estate

Green Building Grants

Integrated Pest Management Grants

National Center for Environmental Research

National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Sustainability

Energy for Sustainability

Small Business Innovation Grants

A few federal programs provide grants to small firms engaged in scientific research and development (R&D). The federal government's SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs award a specific percentage of federal R&D funds to qualified small businesses. SBIR/STTR programs encourage small firms to undertake scientific research that helps meet federal R&D objectives, and have high potential for commercialization if successful.

The following federal agencies award SBIR/STTR grants:

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Transportation

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Science Foundation

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Programs

Organic Certification Cost Sharing Program

Farmers Market Promotion Program

Climate Funds

Adaptation Fund Board

Amazon Fund, Clean Technology Fund 

Congo Basin Forest Fund

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

Forest Investment Program 

GEF Trust Fund

The Global Climate Change Alliance

Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund 

Green Climate Fund 

Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund,

The International Climate Fund 

The International Climate Initiative

The International Forest Carbon Initiative 

Japan’s Fast Start Finance

The Least Developed Countries’ Fund 

MDG Achievement Fund

The Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative 

Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program for Low Income Countries

Special Climate Change Fund 

Forest Investment Program 

Pilot Program for Climate Resilience 


Eco Commerce

Eco Commerce Loan

Eco Commerce Capital

Eco Commerce Credit

Natural Capital

Climate Resilience for Business

Catalyzing Climate Finance

Due Diligence and Disclaimer

The due diligence process is negotiated between the interested investors and the companies seeking funding. ECE does NOT engage in the sale or resale of securities.