Our friends at Blue Star Recyclers, and Leader Bill Morris, were named social venture of the year at Colorado Impact Days earlier this month. The event featured a panel of expert impact investors, who selected Blue Star Recyclers as the Social Venture of the Year at CO Impact Days in Denver. More than 200 accredited impact investors, 60 selected social ventures, and more than 500 community members attended the event. Founder Stephanie Gripne stated the purpose of CO Impact Initiative is to catalyze $100 million in impact investments into Colorado social ventures in the next three years.
Blue Star Recyclers was selected from the 60 social ventures that were invited to present poster displays for investors. Blue Star Recyclers was one of 8 category award winners that include energy producing engines, opiate prescription tracking systems, childhood education programs, and art and music programs. Those eight winners participated in a Shark-Tank-like panel with experts in the field of impact investing. After a round of questions, the five judges unanimously selected Blue Star Recyclers as the Social Venture of the Year.
Bill Morris, Blue Star's CEO, told the audience how Blue Star Recyclers works with the unique abilities of people with autism and other disabilities through recycling electronics. He explained that this population faces over 80% unemployment and that recycling just 16 computers will keep an employee working for a day at Blue Star Recyclers. He stated that he was humbled to receive this award on behalf of the amazing team at Blue Star.
As broadcaster Kyle Dyer of Channel 9 presented the award with Dr. Gripne, she noted that she has been impressed with Blue Star Recyclers ever since she did a story about Blue Star’s expansion in Denver that includes refurbishment of computers and distribution to low-income families.
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