Mission Aligned Exits - What's Your Method?

Success stories and investment opportunities at Spring Venture Fair
Apr 30, 2013 9:00 AM ET

The Investors' Circle network invested more than $12 million into for-profit social and environmental enterprises in 2012 with aims to move even more in 2013.  Join one of the most active angel networks in the US (HALO Report) on May 8-9 in San Francisco to hear vetted pitches from 15 high-impact deals that are seeking investment and engage in a due diligence process right away. 

Adam Lowry, co-founder of Method Products, will share insights into its successful, mission-aligned exit to Ecover and Chris Martin, President of Cleanscapes, a Recology Company, tells his story of growing a successful impact enterprise merged with Recology.

Another 20 companies will speedpitch and showcase followed by an afternoon of breakout sessions with an outstanding line-up of industry leaders: 

Trending Impact: Technology’s Role Across the Impact Spectrum. Technological innovation has opened up new possibilities for connecting people, products and services, and managing data and processes across all impact sectors. Engage with panelist experts in a discussion of how technology and design innovation are creating new opportunities for impact, including and beyond traditionally tech-focused sectors.  Panelists:  Manju Bansal, Global Marketing, SAP, Randy Haykin, Angel investor, VC, entrepreneur, The Gratitude Network, Brent Freeman, Founder, Roozt.com, Sally Madsen, Designer, Project Lead, leading thinker in social innovation, IDEO Brandon Barnett, Director of Business Innovation, Intel Corporation

Portfolio Perspectives: Total Activation for Impact. Engage with leading impact investors who are committing a majority—or more!—of their portfolio to impact. How did they decide to make this commitment? How are they balancing their portfolio and their return and impact goals? What are their key criteria for impact investments? What new products are available across asset classes? Panelists: Patrick Gleeson, CEO, Meyer Family Enterprises Kristin Hull, Managing Director, Nia Foundation, Fran Seegull, Chief Investment Officer, Impact Assets Julia Sze, Managing Director, Sonen Capital.

Early Stage Expeditions: Emerging Innovations in Early Stage Impact Investing. Join this discussion of emerging trends and opportunities in early stage impact investing. How does impact fit in broader early stage investing trends? What new structures and ap- proaches are investors using? What role is and may crowdfunding play in moving capital to enterprises? Panelists: Sarah Dickey, Research Director, Angel Resource Institute, Rory Eakin, Founder & COO, CircleUp, Victoria Fram, COO, Village Capital, Susan Preston, General Partner, CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund

Ivory Tower to Muddy Boots: What Does the Latest Research Mean for Entrepreneurs & Investors? Industry and research leaders discuss the latest findings, the action their firms are taking in response, and the practical applications for active impact investors and entrepreneurs in the field. Here is your chance to engage researchers on what you are experiencing on the ground.  Panelists: Ben Thornley, Director of PCV InSight, Pacific Community Ventures Cathy Clark, Founding Director, CASE i3, Duke University, Paula Goldman, Director, Knowledge and Advocacy, Omidyar Network Alicia Robb, Senior Research Fellow, Kauffman Foundation, Mark Newberg, Managing Director of Impact Investing Strategies, 5 Stone Green Capital.

Learn more and register here.


Founded in 1992, Investors’ Circle is the oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network worldwide. Promoting a transition to a sustainable economy, together with hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices, IC has propelled $171 million, plus $4 billion in follow-on, has been invested into 271 enterprises and funds dedicated to improving the environment, education, health, and community. We aim to move $100 million more by 2020. Impact Investing Happens Here.