It is a proven fact that technology-based startups across all sectors and geographies drive innovation and economic growth. But how much impact can diversity have on growth? That is one of the questions we seek to answer in this webinar. What does it mean for a company to have a team made up of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and gender identities? And how much and what kind of impact can that have in the business and ultimately in the ecosystem?
Investment firms specifically focused on impact and diversity are making a real difference in the ecosystem by filling gaps and influencing the most traditional sources of capital.
In this webinar moderated by Morse Barnes-Brown Pedleton, we will hear from Reinventure Capital and Alante Capital, two leaders in the investment community. These firms are two impact investors, with Reinventure Capital investing in emerging networks of innovative entrepreneurs, many of whom are of color and women. Alante is a venture capital fund investing in innovative companies that radically improve environmental or social sustainability within the textile and apparel industry. Attendees will learn what led Reinventure and Alante to engage in impact investing; about their impact and track record; and what kind of startups they engage with and how. We will also hear from entrepreneurs about their fundraising experience, the challenges they went through, and the lessons learned along the way.
Attendees Will Learn About
The meaning of diversity and impact
How diversity or the lack of it affects innovation and drives startup and economy growth
The mission of impact investors
The type of startups impact investors are looking for
When should an entrepreneur raise capital from impact investors
What returns (and timeframe) do impact investors expect
Moderator: Scott Bleier, Corporate Attorney, MBBP
Catarina Madeira, Director of Cleantech Navigate Northeast, NECEC
Julianne Zimmerman, Managing Director, Reinventure Capital
Leslie Harwell, Managing Partner, Alante Capital
12:35pm-12:50pm: Speaker Presentations
1:10pm-1:25pm: Audience Q&A
1:25pm-1:30pm: Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
NECEC's Investor and Corporate Partner Readiness Webinar Series aims to provide the cleantech innovation community with practical strategies to help strengthen the capacity of early-stage entrepreneurs, investors, corporations and incubators. The series will provide entrepreneurs with increased knowledge about investment models, sources and strategies, and the roles and expectations of large corporations and organizations. challenges in corporate partnerships, and how to successfully bring products to market.
Check out our playlist of all webinars in the series.