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An Evening Celebrating the Power of Entrepreneurs to Change the World
Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
New York, NY
GoodCompany Ventures and Green Spaces Present:
An evening celebrating the power of entrepreneurs to change the world
Join four innovative investors in a conversation on the potential for private capital to have tremendous social impact. The event will feature a panel that brings together the nation's most prominent advocates for both early stage investment and social enterprise. Fred Wilson, founder of Union Square Ventures, is an advocate for early stage investment and the single most read blogger in the venture capital community. Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder of the Acumen Fund, a global nonprofit venture philanthropy fund that hat uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. They are joined by Roger Ehrenberg, founder of IA Venture Strategies and one of the most active angel investors in New York and Jacob Gray, partner at Murex Investments. The panel will be moderated by Scott Edward Anderson, founder of the greenskeptic.com and a frequent commentator on the FOX Business Network. This rare combination of finance and philanthropy leadership reflects GoodCompany Ventures' unique mission to help social entrepreneurs develop scalable, for-profit businesses to address unmet social needs.
6:00 -- 6:10 Introductory Remarks
Marissa Feinberg - Co-Founder, Green Spaces
Garrett Melby - CEO, GoodCompany Ventures
6:10 -- 6:30 Lightning Pitches
Black Gold Biofuels
6:30 -- 6:45 GCV Incubator 2010 -- Support for Social Entrepreneurs
Christopher Bentley - COO, GoodCompany Ventures
6:45 -- 7:45 Panel: "Venture Capital as an Engine for Social Innovation"
Scott Edward Anderson
The Green Skeptic
Founder & CEO
Union Square Ventures
IA Venture Strategies
7:45 -- 8:00 Networking Reception
Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Fund
As Founder and CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz has led the Acumen Fund to invest $40 million in over 35 companies serving 25 million low-income customers in the developing world.
Prior to Acumen Fund, Jacqueline Novogratz founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership program at the Rockefeller Foundation. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank.
Jacqueline currently serves on the Board of the Aspen Institute as well as the advisory councils of Stanford Graduate School of Business and MIT's Legatum Center. She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, a Synergos Institute Senior Fellow and has received honors including Ernst & Young’s 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2009 CASE Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award and AWNY's 2009 Changing the Game Award.
Jacqueline is a frequent speaker at international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative and TED. She is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, published in early 2009. Jacqueline's Twitter stream is followed by 315,000 people around the globe.
Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
Fred is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures, which has invested in many of the companies that are responsible for building the social media environment, including Twitter, Tumblr, Disqus, Delicious, Feedburner. Foursquare, Meetup, and Boxee.
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. In 1996, Wilson co-founded Flatiron Partners with Jerry Colonna. Prior to Flatiron, he was at Euclid Partners.
Fred's has become the most prominent voice for early stage investing. His blog, "A VC", is the number one most read blog in the national venture community, with over 100,000 monthly visitors.
Fred is also an active philanthropist and a board member of DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that connects individuals to classrooms in need.
Roger Ehrenberg, IA Venture Strategies
Roger is the managing partner of IA Venture Strategies, an early-stage investment firm focused on innovative companies in digital media and financial technology.
Prior to founding IA Capital, Roger served as president and chief executive officer of DB Advisors, LLC, Deutsche Bank's internal hedge fund trading platform. His 130-person team managed $6 billion in capital across multiple strategies. Earlier, Roger was global co-head of Deutsche Bank's Strategic Equity Transactions Group.
Roger is the author of the financial blog Information Arbitrage, which was recently named one of the "Top 25 Financial Blogs". He has appeared in numerous media outlets including Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, Reuters, Wall Street Journal and more.
Jacob Gray, Murex Investments
Jacob has developed and secured more than $18 million in capital sources for Murex since 1999. He is involved in deal sourcing, assessment and strategic planning for Murex. He previously helped some of the region’s largest and fastest-growing public/private and nonprofit ventures grow through comprehensive strategy, public-policy analysis, investor relations, and marketing.
Scott Edward Anderson, The Green Skeptic
Scott is founder of VerdeStrategy, a consulting and advisory firm focused on the cleantech, energy, and environment sectors, and the popular blog "The Green Skeptic" (http://thegreenskeptic.com), as well as a frequent commentator on Fox Business Network.
He has over 20 years experience in management, marketing, fund raising and business development. He has held management positions for large institutions, such as The Nature Conservancy, the world's most successful global conservation organization, and Ashoka, a social venture capital organization with operations in 72 countries worldwide, and has consulted with dozens of businesses and social entrepreneurs around the globe.
Scott is also an entrepreneur, having developed several successful ventures in print and online media, and launched the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, a regional business network for entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers working in alternative energy sector.
In addition, Scott has served as an Advisory Board member for GoodCompany Ventures, a social enterprise incubator, and GreenMicrofinance, LLC, which develops alternative energy projects in the developing world.
While at The Nature Conservancy, he was part of the Global Climate Change and Global Marine strategy teams, which developed high-level global strategies for the organization, and was a John C. Sawhill Conservation Leadership Fellow.
He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as at conferences and workshops around the country, and is a frequent speaker and panelist at such venues as the Aspen Environment Forum, the Salzburg Global Seminar, and the Global Forum, among others.
Scott is also an accomplished and award-winning poet with many publications credits and public readings.
When & Where
Good Company Ventures & Green Spaces
About GoodCompany Ventures
A GoodCompany pursues both purpose and profit. The GCV Incubator serves entrepreneurs developing scalable, profitable companies to address significant unmet social needs. The Incubator offers social entrepreneurs a great space to work in Philadelphia and connects them to a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, coaching from industry and academic experts and capital from early stage and angel investors.
About Green Spaces
Green Spaces’ vision is to forward the sustainability movement globally through widespread local hubs that incubate environmental entrepreneurs. As a platform for "social change", Green Spaces not only thrives as a stomping grounds for the city’s cutting edge entrepreneurs, but it spurs connections among companies who share a passion for sustainable and ethical business and lifestyle. The Green Spaces network represents nearly 5,000 people in NYC and thousands more nationwide. It has become a catalyst to thousands of global conversations and is also partner to more than 100 local and global organizations.