Colorado Institute for Social Impact announces PRISM Awards Finalists

Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) and Vectra Bank co-present the 2nd Annual PRISM Awards – the first-of-its-kind community celebration of social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs, which will be held next Friday evening, March 2, 2018 at The Briarhurst Manor Estate.

Social impact is the outcome of a mission-driven business or a business with a higher purpose that uses the powerful economic engine of capitalism for good, not merely for gain. Referred to as the fourth sector, social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs are changing the way business is done.

The PRISM Awards honors social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs in three categories: Social Impact Business of the Year, Social Impact Startup of the Year, and Social Entrepreneur of the Year. The top three finalists in each category have been selected.


Social Impact Business of the Year

Mission Catering

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Mountain Equipment Recyclers

Social Impact Startup of the Year

The Pedal Station by Kids on Bikes

MilHousing Network

The Men’s Xchange

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Tina Schwaner, Frayla Boutique

Steve Wood, Concrete Couch

Lindsey Litton, MilHousing Network

“We thank the community for their nominations and congratulate all nominees and finalists of the PRISM Awards,” said Jonathan Liebert, executive director and CEO. “The PRISM Awards enhances CI4SI’s ongoing goal to create awareness of this growing sector of our economy and to celebrate those social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs who are growing our economy while creating impact for our community.”

Judges for the PRISM Awards were:

  • Jonathan Liebert, executive director & CEO of the Colorado Institute for Social Impact

  • George Reed, dean of UCCS School of Public Affairs • Thayer Tutt, vice chairman & chief investment officer, El Pomar Foundation

  • Jacob Eichengreen, executive director of The Quad Innovation Partnership

  • Aikta Marcoulier, executive director, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center

  • Lisanne McNew, president & COO, McNew and Associates

  • Ted Mossman, vice president, Colorado Business Bank

“We are thrilled to see the momentum in the social impact sector and its impact on our community. Congratulations to all the finalists and nominees,” said Shawn Gullixson, vice president of Vectra Bank.

“Vectra Bank is passionate about supporting our local businesses and to support the mission and vision of our social impact entrepreneurs.”


When: Friday, March 2

Where: Briarhurst Manor Estate Time: 4:30-8 p.m.

Tickets: $20. Register at Admission includes one beer or wine ticket, as well as CI4SI’s inaugural Social Impact Magazine produced in collaboration with Colorado Collective.

Media is invited to attend.


Vectra Bank serves Colorado’s small and middle-market businesses, and their owners, managers and employees through full-service branches across the state. We are an innovative banking organization eager to surpass your expectations.

Vectra Bank focuses on hiring passionate people who are dedicated to this region and the local business community. “Big enough to count, small enough to care” is more than just a marketing slogan; it’s in our DNA. That’s what you can expect from a proactive, relationship with Vectra Bank.

Vectra Bank, as part of Zions Bancorporation, has won numerous Greenwich Excellence Awards for Middle Market and Small Business Banking. We are a division of ZB, N.A. Member FDIC /

Greenwich Associates is a leading global financial services research and consulting firm. The Greenwich Excellence Awards for Small Business and Middle Market Banking were based on interviews with over 28,000 businesses across the U.S., with sales of $1 million to $500 million. More than 750 banks were evaluated. Please visit our website at for a full listing of awards.

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