A panel of three judges from the San Diego business community have officially named Sunlight Retreats the winner of Mission Edge’s City SAIL (Social Enterprise Accelerator and Impact Lab) Final Pitch Event on July 16th.Throughout the evening, hosted at Revel Revel, eight entrepreneurs pitched their social enterprises to a live audience of over 100 community members, entrepreneurs, investors, donors and a panel of expert judges.
Sunlight Retreats, is a social enterprise that accelerates healing for survivors of rape through healthy retreats aimed at providing comprehensive truama education and scientifically proven coping tools to combat PTSD, anxiety, and depression. As the winning organization, they received a cash prize as well as additional consulting services from Mission Edge.
Brittany Kirk, Founder and Executive Director of Sunlight Retreats, says “City SAIL has equipped Sunlight Retreats with not only the tools I need in my toolbox to scale, but also thrive. With the expert team at Mission Edge and my assigned mentor, Jabez LeBret, I have been able to chart the path forward for Sunlight Retreats for Survivors of Rape with expert advice and education. I now have a clear understanding of what I need to do to grow a thriving Social Enterprise.”
This is the first cohort of Mission Edge’s City SAIL program, in partnership with the City of San Diego. The program is designed to equip mission-driven organizations within San Diego city limits with the strategy and skills necessary to develop sustainable, revenue-based business models that accelerate social impact and promote economic and workforce development. Through a rich curriculum including workshops, lectures and mentorships, Mission Edge equips social entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to build, test, and launch their ideas.
The organizations who completed the nine-week program include:
- Autism Proximal Innovations
- Breaking the Silence Together
- Kim Center for Social Balance
- Launching Legacies
- Nature Unplugged
- The PGK Project
- Champions for Total Health
- Sunlight Retreats
- Skinny Gene Project
- Via International
The work Mission Edge does with SAIL participants doesn’t stop with SAIL. Once the accelerator is complete, cohort members are invited to the Impact Lab, where they receive additional services. “The Impact Lab is designed to help these organizations go from idea to execution,” says Mission Edge CEO Ken Davenport. “We provide mentoring, operational support and access to business development opportunities so these organizations can scale.”
Brittany Kirk expresses her excitement about having the opportunity to continue to grow Sunlight Retreats and monitor her progress. “The best part is— [City SAIL] is not over! I fully intend on taking advantage of the Impact Lab moving forward and connecting with future cohorts.”, says Kirk.
City SAIL was funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego. Additional City SAIL support was provided by the generosity of Qualcomm Inc. and Cox Communications.