SJF Institute

Helping Entrepreneurs Change the World

The SJF Institute is an independent nonprofit affiliated with SJF Ventures that connects, inspires, and accelerates sustainable entrepreneurs and the fields that support them.  SJF Institute empowers companies that provide green solutions and builds workplaces where employees can grow and thrive.  They work with foundations, corporations and investors who believe in the power of entrepreneurship to change the world for the better.  In 2011, SJF Institute completed a strategic merger with Investors’ Circle, a network of angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy.


We bring together diverse constituencies to help bridge traditional gaps between entrepreneurs, investors, economic developers, policymakers, and community leaders; we do this daily and through networking events and summits. We participate in industry-building initiatives and lend our expertise in speaking and judging at national and local entrepreneurial events.

 “SJF’s CleanLinks events provide the perfect venue for us to connect with cleantech industry leaders and financing partners that can help accelerate our new product launches and support our continued sales growth.” – Greg Frisby, CEO of Sensory Analytics


We define and disseminate best practices and conduct applied research to scale the fields of sustainable business, employee engagement, and impact investing. This work includes the Green Jobs Award, research reports such as Employees Matter: Maximizing Company Value Through Employee Engagement, CEO panels, and webinars highlighting innovative entrepreneurs  and practitioners.

 “Inspiring examples of innovation and turning green into profits and ethics.” – 2009 SJF Summit on the New Green Economy Attendee


We enable sustainable entrepreneurs to go further, faster through direct assistance, Getting Ready for Equity™ workshops, and mentorship programs, leveraging the expertise of our affiliated impact investment fund, SJF Ventures. We provide unique support around employee engagement and broad based ownership.

“Assistance from SJF Institute helped position us to be a stronger company when seeking investment.” – Michael Shore, CEO, FLS Energy

Learn more about the SJF Institute at and Investors’ Circle at


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Entrepreneur Testimonies

"When we looked for an equity investor for our company that shared our values and vision, SJF Ventures was the natural choice. They saw the promise early that B. B. Hobbs could help its agricultural customers produce more fruit and vegetables on less land with less water and fertilizer. They have worked on our board to help us achieve sustainable growth to new markets throughout the Southeast and to build a company that we can be proud of.”

Bryan Hobbs, President, BB Hobbs