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What is Next Wave Ventures?

The goal of Next Wave Ventures is to drive diversity in high growth entrepreneurship and angel investing by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups. Myself included.

The first initiative of Next Wave Ventures is the Rising Tide Program, which is a learning-by-doing fund that seeks to narrow the gender gap in angel investing by providing women the education and training they need to become sophisticated angel investors, while offering them a unique learning opportunity that allows them to build a diversified portfolio of investments, receive mentoring by women who are experienced angel investors, as well an education & training program.  The Rising Tide US Fund I is in partnership with Portfolia, while the Rising Tide Europe Fund I is in partnership with Go Beyond Investing and the European Business Angel Network. 

Future programs will focus on vegan consumer products, social impact, emerging markets, and minority investors.

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Founder

Dr. Alicia Robb is a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation. She is the Founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development. (www.fsdinternational.org). Dr. Robb received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked with the the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Office of Economic Research in the SBA. She is a prolific author on the topic of entrepreneurship. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is the co-author of Race and Entrepreneurial Success published by MIT Press and A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses and The Next Wave: Financing and Investing Strategies for Growth-Oriented Women Entrepreneurs by Stanford University Press.  She is a guest contributor to outlets such as Forbes and Huffington Post and she is an active angel investor, mentor to various young firms, judge for pitch competitions around the world.  Click here to see some of Alicia’s blogs and investments.

The Rising Tide Program

Rising Tide Program

The Rising Tide Angel Training Program launched in 2015 in both the United States and Europe.

United States: 1million+ dollars from 97 investors; 6-10 deals over 12-18 months   Click here for details.

Europe: 1 million+  euros from 90 investors; 6-10 deals over 12-18 months  . Click HERE for more details.

The lead investors in each of these programs are nine women with significant angel investing experience  that want to support the next generation of women angel investors. Most of the other investors are be women that are new and emerging angel investors, although several very experienced angels are participating as well. The nine lead investors will lead the due diligence and decide on the 6-10 investments for each fund.

Online training materials will be available to all participants in the program. Additional training will be provided to program participants through online podcasts, webinars, Q&A sessions, angel investor hours, and in-person quarterly regional workshops. All webinars and podcasts will be recorded and placed on the platform.

A Brief Summary of the Rising Tide Angel Training Program

Why is there a gender gap in angel investing?

  • Many women aren’t aware of opportunities for angel investing
  • They aren’t asked to invest
  • The don’t feel prepared to make that first investment
  • They are risk averse and shy away from making large investments
  • They don’t know other angel investors and aren’t part of investor networks
  • They don’t see deal flow and aren’t exposed to investment opportunities

The goals of the Rising Tide Angel Training Program are to increase women’s participation in angel investing and educate a new wave of angel investors.

Click HERE to read more about our goals and our investment thesis

Click HERE to see how we will be selecting companies for consideration.

Click HERE to view the fund’s investments.

The Rising Tide Angel Training Program is an innovative way to learn-by-doing as an angel investor. We will build a diversified portfolio of investments in terms of both sector and geography. Training and educational materials will be provided online, in addition to webinars, monthly Q&A sessions, and deal room access. Mentoring by women who are experienced angel investors as well as local, regional, and national events will compliment the experience. The program will culminate with a women’s investor summit, which is sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.

We also have plans to bring this program to Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East in 2016 and 2017.

Timeline for Rising Tide Angel Training Program:

9 Lead Angel Investors Selected                         June 30, 2015

(view bios of lead angels for US program)     (view bios of lead angels for Europe program)

Fund Memorandum Finalized                              August 30, 2015

90 New/Emerging Investors Committed              September 25th, 2015

Funds Finalized                                                   September 10, 2015

Rising Tide US Launch Event- Silicon Valley       September 25, 2015

Rising Tide Europe Launch Event-Geneva          September 10, 2015

Quarterly Investor Seminars                                December ‘15, March and June ‘16

Women Investors Summit                                   TBD

Education & Training

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Brigitte Baumann of Go Beyond Investing, Marianne Hudson of Angel Capital Association, and Alicia Robb of Kauffman Foundation and Next Wave Ventures will lead the education and training component of the Rising Tide Programs.

Online training materials will be available to all program participants. Additional training will be provided to program participants through online podcasts, webinars, Q&A sessions, angel investor hours, and in-person quarterly regional workshops. All webinars will be recorded and placed on the platform.

Q&A and mentoring sessions will also be held by the experienced investors on a monthly basis for all new/emerging investors.

Go to the Education and Training Page for more details.

Partners & Sponsors

Next Wave would like to thank the following Sponsors, Partners, Advisors:

Educational/Training Sponsors and Partners

 
 

Deal Flow Partners

 
 

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