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Diversity and Impact Investing: Key Drivers for Economic Growth

October 12, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


It is a proven fact that technology-based startups across all sectors and geographies drive innovation and economic growth. But how much impact can diversity have on growth? That is one of the questions we seek to answer in this webinar. What does it mean for a company to have a team made up of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and gender identities? And how much and what kind of impact can that have in the business and ultimately in the ecosystem?

Investment firms specifically focused on impact and diversity are making a real difference in the ecosystem by filling gaps and influencing the most traditional sources of capital.

In this webinar moderated by Morse Barnes-Brown Pedleton, we will hear from Reinventure Capital and Alante Capital, two leaders in the investment community. These firms are two impact investors, with Reinventure Capital investing in emerging networks of innovative entrepreneurs, many of whom are of color and women. Alante is a venture capital fund investing in innovative companies that radically improve environmental or social sustainability within the textile and apparel industry. Attendees will learn what led Reinventure and Alante to engage in impact investing; about their impact and track record; and what kind of startups they engage with and how. We will also hear from entrepreneurs about their fundraising experience, the challenges they went through, and the lessons learned along the way.


  • Moderator: Scott Bleier, Corporate Attorney, MBBP
  • Catarina Madeira, Director of Cleantech Navigate Northeast, NECEC
  • Julianne Zimmerman, Managing Director, Reinventure Capital
  • Leslie Harwell, Managing Partner, Alante Capital
  • Startup/Case Study: Solstice represented by the Co-Founder Sandhya Murali



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