Present At The Creation: The Emergence of Social Business, Impact Investing, and the Fourth Sector in Minnesota

Jan. 17, 2018

Present At The Creation: The Emergence of Social Business, Impact Investing, and the Fourth Sector in Minnesota

December 2013

Written by Jeff Ochs and Brad Brown

Written By:
Kimberly Lowe

Written by Jeff Ochs and Brad Brown


Jeff Ochs is the founding CEO of Venn Foundation, which is a nonprofit public charity on a mission to unleash the full power of Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to advance charitable impact.  Jeff has made a career as a successful cross-sector entrepreneur.  He first founded and directed Breakthrough Twin Cities, a nonprofit college access and teacher training program. He then invented and commercialized Snake Oil, a hit educational party game that won the prestigious Mensa Select award and was licensed by Hasbro.  Before founding Venn Foundation, Jeff served as the Executive Director of an angel investor network; managed the University of Minnesota’s Discovery Capital program; and consulted for foundations making program-related investments into social enterprises.  Jeff has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, and he played a leadership role in drafting and advocating for Minnesota's Public Benefit Corporation statute.  He was recognized with the “40 Under 40” award by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal in 2015.


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