More and more people are looking to start-up social enterprises. Social enterprises achieve two goals:
- They are for-profit businesses and are established to turn a profit.
- They also have the purpose of creating measurable social impact.
As the leader of an international social enterprise myself, I know this is good business.
One of the challenges for women in business has been funding for start-up companies. Oftentimes venture capital or investment money has gone to companies led by men. On the flip side of the coin, investors have also been primarily men. As recently as 2014, the Center for Venture Research found that 26 percent of angel investment funders were women. And, of those only 8 percent were minority women.
Pipeline Angels is looking to literally change the face of investment funders and recipients.
Pipeline Angels accomplishes its goals in several ways.
For women who are looking to be investors in social enterprises led by women, they have a signature bootcamp. The program focuses on three areas: education, mentorship and practice.
The topic areas include valuation, portfolio strategies and measuring impact. The professionals who lead the bootcamp classes are all experts in their fields. And, many include experienced investors, venture capitalists and impact investors. Participants are matched with a mentor to learn first-hand practical knowledge about social impact investing.
To date, over 180 women have graduated from Pipeline Angel Bootcamp. 20 companies have secured funding directly from these Pipeline Angels, and over $1.7 million has been invested in women-led social enterprises.
The pitch summit is a chance for women-led social enterprises to present their social ventures for an opportunity to secure funding.
The criteria for seeking acceptance to make a pitch for funding include the following:
- The social enterprise has a woman as a co-founder and/or co-owner.
- The business must be a for-profit business.
- The mission of the social enterprise must be social and/or environmental.
- The business has to validly exist in the United States.
Finally, they also have a conference that is open to the public. There are panels and presentations covering topics such as: angel investing, due diligence, deal structuring, valuation and post-investment relationships.
I came to know of Pipeline Angels through a recent article in the Chicago Tribune entitled, “Pipeline Angels fuels women-owned, socially conscious startups”. If you want to know a little more about the founder, Natalia Oberti Noguera, and her thinking around the organization she established, click here.
Wayne is the author of “Not Your Father’s Charity: Be Bold, Dominate and Succeed in Marketing For Today’s Digital World On A Limited Budget” (Free Digital Download)
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