Debate (*With Moderator)

How will impact investing really matter for start-ups?

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Impact investing is often talked about, and the increase in capital has been significant – especially in the formal markets. In the start-up world, the relationship with impact investment is more mixed. In this debate, we want to get different perspectives and some reality. At conferences like this, we often just hear the rosy scenario. Let’s get real and see how this makes a difference.

Confirmed Panelists

Val Red-Horse Mohl, Executive Director, Social Venture Circle

Val has worked in finance for decades for triple bottom line initiatives. She is a Native American women with deep experience in financing social change.  Social Venture Circle (SVC) is a membership network that equips entrepreneurs, impact investors, and capacity-builders with connections, money, and expertise in order to build businesses that drive the NEXT economy: one that is regenerative, equitable and prosperous for all. Social Venture Circle connects, empowers, and finances entrepreneurs, investors, capacity- builders, and policy makers in a powerful, diverse, and inclusive network.

Facilitator Drew Tulchin, UpSpring,

Drew has more than two decades of experience in impact investing. His work with triple bottom line start-ups, including Meow Wolf, Electric Playhouse and others, have led to more than $200 million in impact investing. Previously, he was the founding staff member of Grameen Foundation’s Capital Markets Group.


Unconfirmed Panelists

Stephen DeBerry,

Stephen DeBerry uses the economy and culture to build a more just and joyful society. He runs Bronze Investments, an investment firm built to benefit Eastside communities, (places on the social, economic, and environmental margin by design.) He is a 20+ year Silicon Valley veteran, having worked as an entrepreneur and investor for the founders of Microsoft, eBay and Lotus Software. He’s on a mission to use tech and for-profit business for good.



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  1. We are seeking to make this session as inclusive as possible. We welcome your comments and ideas. And, we can add another panelist or someone to join the Q&A portion.

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