The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas
Our organization was founded in 1999 by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and friends to promote philanthropy and community engagement. Our mission has evolved to also help entrepreneurs build corporate cultures and employee engagement that contribute to success, to support Capital Factory's community and philanthropic initiatives and to promote youth entrepreneurship.
We Help Entreprenuers & Their Teams Build Successful Corporate Cultures
The evidence is conclusive: companies that produce outsized results have strong teams and cultures. We help entrepreneurs build both, which results in stronger performances in the communities where they live and operate.
Our member companies and their team members have raised over $11 million for other non-profits and have donated more than 109,000 volunteer hours in our communities. Through our youth entrepreneurship programs, we have reached over 95,000 children who have earned nearly $1.9M and donated over $875,000 to local and national charities. As the nonprofit arm of Capital Factory, we promote philanthropy, community involvement and community-minded corporate cultures.
How We Support Our Member Companies
Our range of experience and services are broad – from helping establish modest, community involvement objectives to helping a company apply its core competency to a specific community need. Ways in which we support our member companies include:
- Help create, grow, and empower community involvement committees and its leaders;
- Build and launch custom surveys to assure community engagement is aligned with employee interests and the company's goals and mission;
- Identify impactful ways a company may get involved in its community based on its unique values, goals and strengths;
- Align a company's team-building opportunities with community needs;
- Produce unique events and opportunities for a company to work alongside other tech companies in our communities;
- Offer annual service day events and celebrations;
- Create mentorship and leadership opportunities around youth entrepreneurship;
- Pinpoint and uncover resources for company wellness initiatives; and
- Track and report community involvement efforts to bolster company recruiting and retention efforts.
Our Focus Areas
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS
We first launched in 2009 with Lemonade Day Austin and have since hosted tours and mentoring experiences at Capital Factory for youth K-12 and a summer camp focused on entrepreneurship + design thinking for rising 9th-12th graders.
Our annual Summit convenes an intimate group of C-suite leaders from across the country who prioritize culture and employee engagement. It is a must-see experience for industry leaders.
We provide unique team-building opportunities for individual companies as well as large annual events for 450+ tech leaders and team members. Two of our largest community partners for our larger events include Austin ISD and the Austin Parks & Recreation Department.