Art Restart Named as CO Impact Days and Initiative Social Venture Finalist November 10, 2017 10:04

Art Restart Named as CO Impact Days and Initiative Social Venture Finalist

One of 100 to Participate in Second Annual Marketplace for Impact Investing

Denver, November 10, 2017CO Impact Days and Initiative announced the top 100 social ventures that have been invited to meet face to face with investors in order to seek millions of dollars of “impact investments” at CO Impact Days Social Venture Showcase on November 17, 2017. Art Restart, a social enterprise of The Gathering Place, is proud to announce our inclusion. Art Restart was chosen out of 150 applicants in a competitive process with over 138 judges from around the United States.

The 100 ventures will convene on November 17 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex for the second year of this innovative, exciting, “shark-tank for good” statewide marketplace for impact investing.  The chosen social ventures will have the opportunity to showcase their investment opportunities to offer not only a financial return on the impact investor's investment, but also to offer solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

“We are so thrilled to again invite over 200 investors and philanthropists to interact with these valuable social ventures. When these two groups of powerful move-makers share a room, there is no telling the good that will come. We’ve aimed to offer a diverse array of impact investments, with a goal that every investor attendee will leave knowing that deal flow is not a Colorado impact investing problem,” said Dr. Stephanie Gripne, Founder of the Impact Finance Center and creator of CO Impact Days and Initiative. “We’re excited to continue this effort and see even more fruitful collisions at this year’s marketplace.”

The goal of CO Impact Initiative is to catalyze $100 million in impact investments into Colorado social ventures in the next three years, and it is kicking off with CO Impact Days on November 15-17. CO Impact Days encourages a new breed of impact investors and community members to Learn. Connect. Invest.

“We are incredibly honored to be part of this event for social ventures,” says Teresa Densmore, Director of Art Restart. “What an amazing opportunity for so many like-minded people to come together and present solutions for tackling the most pressing needs of our society today. Because of this event, the potential for positive impact in our communities is great.”

CO Impact Days’ innovation is uniquely possible because Colorado is home to a number of national leaders in impact investing and a thriving and collaborative community of social venture entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, plus philanthropists and investors who are committed to growing Colorado’s economy and creating good jobs while ensuring our state remains one of the best places to work, live and play in the U.S.  

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About CO Impact Days and Initiative
CO Impact Days is in the second year of its trail blazing effort to create a statewide marketplace for impact investing; identifying, connecting, and celebrating Colorado's top social ventures and impact investors from the Western Slope to the Front Range. CO Impact Days’ brings together Colorado’s top 100 social ventures, 200 impact investors, and 500+ community members to Learn. Connect. Invest.  For more information or tickets, visit or contact Kristin Giant at

CO Impact Initiative, created by the Impact Finance Center and led by Dr. Stephanie Gripne is a 3-year strategy to elevate and accelerate impact investing in Colorado, catalyzing the flow of $100 million in investment capital into Colorado social ventures that deliver positive impact on the state’s communities, economy and natural environment.

About Art Restart
Art Restart is a social enterprise of The Gathering Place (TGP) and provides opportunities to women experiencing poverty to transform their lives through art. As part of TGP’s mission to motivate and assist these individuals in becoming self-sufficient, Art Restart was launched in 2014 to give these women an opportunity to express themselves artistically while working toward their own financial independence. Art Restart provides members with the support and supplies they need to create their own art. Select pieces are then turned into custom merchandise from which the artists receive a royalty on every purchase made.

The origins of Art Restart began in holiday and greetings cards serving as a socially conscious sentiment for friends, family, colleagues and clients. We are proud to have expanded our line into scarves, calendars, postcards and more. Depending on the product sold, artists receive between 5-50% royalties on every transaction. The remainder of the proceeds are reinvested back into TGP to help make the free services we provide to our members possible. Learn more at