Collectively's In Good Companies: Investor Panel & Pitch Night is an opportunity for mission-driven entrepreneurs to learn about & better understand the investment landscape when fundraising for their impact-focused start-up & pitch their company in front of a panel of investors & experts for actionable feedback.
Outside of designing & building digital products alongside founders, we're always creating more opportunities for them to connect with the right people to continue growing sustainable & impactful businesses.
A lot of questions surround the investment landscape for companies that are mission-driven & looking to create scalable business models.
Founders often have a ton of questions on what investors are looking for when funding mission-driven companies & know there are a ton of challenges when trying to find investors who believe in their mission.
Investors are often trying to better understand how to quantify impact with their investments & what that means when investing in a for-profit venture rather than a non-profit.
This event will be an opportunity for founders to practice their pitches & learn about the investment landscape & for investors to interact with the start-up community here in NYC.
6:30pm - 7:00pm - Check-in
7:00pm - 7:45pm - Panel & Q/A
7:45pm - 8:30pm - Pitches (3 minutes each) & investor feedback
8:30pm - 8:45pm - Open Mic - 30 seconds for you to share why you're here
8:45pm - 9:30pm - Open Networking
Food & drinks will be served.
Interested in pitching?
Applications are open until Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 5pm.
Sarah Millar, Investment Associate at City Light Capital
Sarah is an Investment Associate at City Light Capital, where she focuses on early stage investments in education, energy, environment, & safety & security.
Sarah joined City Light after completing her MBA & a short Fellowship with Endeavor, a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship in emerging & frontier markets. During her two years at Wharton, she held internships with two impact investors based in Mexico City (IGNIA & Adobe Capital), & another internship in business development for an e-commerce startup in the city. She also served as a consultant for multiple impact organizations, including local & global impact funds & nonprofits.
Prior to business school, Sarah was a market analyst at ConvergEx Group, a broker-dealer based in New York City where she wrote economic & market commentary for the ConvergEx Morning Markets Briefing.
"I'd say my goals are to increase the network of social entrepreneurs in NYC, & to help founders understand how to embed impact feedback loops into their products."
Elizabeth Werbe, Director ofthe The New School's Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI)
Elizabeth Werbe is the Director of the The New School's Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI), a series of university-wide programs that support emerging socially-focused leaders in developing the entrepreneurial mindsets, skills, & sense of purpose needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world.Before joining The New School, Elizabeth managed innovative programs at leading educational organizations & nonprofits, including the University of Michigan, Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the Municipal Art Society of New York, Ashoka Youth Venture, & Bridges to Understanding.What she most enjoys in her work is designing transformative experiences that allow individuals to connect with themselves & the world.
Elizabeth is an entrepreneurial leader & educator with two decades of experience working at the intersection of design, education, & social change. Her work is rooted in a desire to awaken young adults to their passions & support them in realizing their full potential. A natural connector who excels at recognizing & building on individual strengths, she thrives in dynamic settings where she engages diverse stakeholders in developing & implementing vision & strategy that increase impact. She is passionate about inspiring others to find a sense of meaning & purpose in their lives & believes in the power of stories. Elizabeth holds an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, M.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, & B.A. from Haverford College.
"I'm looking forward to connecting with individuals doing inspiring work to tackle complex social issues, & sharing questions & feedback that help entrepreneurs think critically about their next steps."
Sree Kolli, Associate at the Partnership Fund for New York City
Sree Kolli is an Associate at the Partnership Fund for New York City. Prior to joining the Partnership Fund, Sree was a technology, media, & telecommunications investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan where she evaluated various capital structures & advised companies on several M&A, spin-off, restructuring, & LBO transactions. She is a BBA graduate of the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business & holds a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Michigan's School of Engineering. At Michigan, she was the first female Student Body President & led several initiatives to promote student engagement, including the Och Women in Finance Initiative which sought to promote women in financial services. She currently serves as the Venture Capital Chair for the Michigan Ross NYC Alumni Club & is the Head of Strategic Partnerships for the Young Professionals Board of BoardAssist, the largest non-profit matching service based in NYC.
"I want to meet interesting companies & industry folks, & learn more about the VC space as a whole --- i.e., how can we help startups better."
City Light Capital
Driven to solve today's most pressing social problems, City Light Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to generating both strong financial returns & measurable social impact. While our primary focus is on identifying & investing in the bestmission basedentrepreneurs with the right solutions, we will occasionally act as entrepreneurs ourselves, creating companies that combine the right talent, capital, technology & models to further our mission.
The New School's Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI)
The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI) is a series of university-wide programs that support early-stage entrepreneurial leaders in developing the mindsets, skills, & sense of purpose needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The IEI aims to catalyze the creation of a more inclusive economy by making entrepreneurship education, resources, & networks more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds at different stages of the entrepreneurial journey. We envision a world that works for us all, in which individuals can do well by doing good, using their talents to help shape a more sustainable & equitable society.
The Partnership Fund for New York City
Founded by Henry Kravis in 1996 & capitalized by New York's leaders of business & finance, ourmission is to mobilizeour investors'resources-their money, time & influence-to create jobs, spur new business creation & to expand opportunities forall of the city's residents & neighborhoods.We invest exclusively in New York City-based ventures-both for-profit & non-profit-with an overall job creation priority.
Asan evergreen fund, realized gains are continuously reinvested. Since inception, the Fund has invested in excess of $150 million.
The city's business leaders help us to identify & support promising entrepreneurs, with hundreds of business leaders contributingannually on oursector advisory boards, investment evaluation teams & as judges & mentors in ourprograms.
ThePartnership Fund Boardis led by Co-Chairmen, Charles R. Kaye & Tarek Sherif. Maria Gotsch, President & CEOleadsourteam.
TechHubis the global community for tech entrepreneurs & startups. We support the growth of over 750 companies across the world, whether they're founders getting started, or fast-scaling 50 to 100-person teams.
TechHub membersbuild technology product businesses within a variety of industries & verticals.Our members benefit fromthe flexibility & freedom to build their businesses & develop their products how & when they want, with the consistent support of our dedicated teams & a community of like-minded peers.
We don't take equity, invest in or impose success metrics or membership time limits on our startups.We work exclusively withtech product startups & scale-ups by offering support tailored to the needs they have at each stage, from ideation to exit.
Collectively is an innovation partner that works with mission-driven founders to build technology companies that create a more equitable, sustainable, & inclusive future.
Through connections, education, & in-house product design & engineering, we work side-by-side with founders who truly believe in leveraging the power of business & technology for good.