This is post is part of a series dedicated to highlighting small and medium-sized enterprises across the country employing technology in new and innovative ways.
What else but technology can “be disruptive” and “do good” at the same time? Innovation has done wonders for large, private sector companies, but it is an important tool for nonprofits and religious organizations, as well. A Florida-based startup called Envint Management Group (EMG) harnesses technology to empower nonprofit and religious groups to impact society for the better. I spoke with EMG’s founder, Quinterius Enzor, to learn more.
Courtney Duffy (DisCo): Quinterius, you have a rigorous STEM background. Can you share a bit about your experiences in STEM, and how they inform the mission and work of Envint Management Group?
Quinterius Enzor (EMG): Sure. I recently graduated from Florida A&M University with my Bachelors of Science in Applied Physics. As far as back as my memory travels I always had a knack for entrepreneurship and science. Although I didn’t pursue entrepreneurship until later, I always found ways to monetize my skills within the science community, and I tutored students in STEM subjects for 10 years. I recognized major disparities in students’ skill sets, and I discovered that there was a lack of grant awards for research in the STEM space. My mother, who was a compliance officer at the university, taught me everything she knows and encouraged me to establish Envint Management Group (EMG). Today, EMG is a grant consultancy that specializes in the location and proposition of funding for startup nonprofit and religious organizations.
DisCo: How do you harness the Internet to engage with your audience? Do clients tend to find out about you online?
EMG: I harness the Internet as a virtual means of engagement with my audience. I give clients all the tools to contact me at any time, and my hands-on approach guarantees a high quality of service. Roughly 68 percent of my prospective clients find me online, and I recently noted that as my search engine optimization has improved, the number of inbound and prospective clients has increased.
DisCo: How can nonprofit and religious organizations better optimize technology?
EMG: In the world of grant awards and research, it’s imperative that organizations cultivate a solid website containing relevant, eye-catching information that will legitimize them in the eyes of potential grant makers and collaborators.
DisCo: What sorts of technology policies empower these organizations to succeed? Are there policy changes that would make life easier for them?
EMG: Nonprofit and religious organizations, big and small, make our society great. I’m noticing a recent trend, however, in which larger organizations are becoming bigger than ever before, and smaller organizations are forced to innovate or be left behind. Technology is a great tool for these smaller organizations to harness in order to compete with the big guys: a good website, for example, as I mentioned, and robust social media channels can go a long way.
DisCo: What advice do you have for other startups looking to incorporate technology into their growth strategies?
EMG: If they plan to use technology – and I think they should – be sure to measure its impact and tie it to dollars saved and earned whenever possible.
DisCo: What’s next for Envint Management Group?
EMG: This fall, we will be introducing Grantably. Grantably is an online platform that matches grant seekers with grant funders.
Courtney Duffy is a Research & Innovation Fellow at CCIA and an MBA Candidate at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Follow @cduffy90