September 13 2011
Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) June 29, 2011 — On the heels of kicking off the second annual $500K Build-A–Business Contest, which aims to inspire entrepreneurs to start an online business, Shopify, the online SaaS ecommerce shopping cart, is furthering its commitment to entrepreneurship with a $100,000 donation to Acumen Fund. The not-for-profit venture fund that addresses poverty in South Asia and East Africa will use the donation to support pioneering entrepreneurs who are focused on providing critical goods and services such as water, healthcare, housing, and energy to the poor in their native countries.
Shopify is making the $100,000 donation to Acumen Fund in honor of its 16,000 customers that have built online businesses with Shopify’s ecommerce platform over the past five years. From DODOcase – last year’s Build-A-Business contest winner – to General Electric, companies large and small have come to rely on Shopify to power their online stores. This is exemplified in several key milestones the company recently hit:
With this donation, Shopify hopes to fuel the same level of success for entrepreneurs working with Acumen Fund where Seth Godin, Shopify’s Build-A-Business expert is an advisor. The funds will go towards Acumen Fund’s Energy Portfolio, which supports innovative enterprises providing affordable, efficient and renewable energy solutions to the poor.
Shopify is a commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at their retail location, and everywhere in between. Shopify offers a professional online storefront, a payment solution to accept credit cards, a point of sale system to power retail sales and a card reader to process credit card transactions through a mobile phone. Shopify currently powers over 120,000 retailers in 150 different countries, including: Tesla Motors, Gatorade, Google, Wikipedia, LA Lakers, CrossFit, and many more. Shopify was founded in 2006 and it has received $122 million in funding from OMERS Ventures, Insight Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, Felicis Ventures, and Georgian Partners. http://www.shopify.com.
Janet Park, Public Relations
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