What is Next Wave Ventures?
The goal of Next Wave Ventures is to drive diversity in angel investing and high growth entrepreneurship.
The first initiative of Next Wave Ventures is the Rising Tide Program, which is a learning-by-doing program and 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. We’ve completed two programs so far: the Rising Tide US Fund I in partnership with Portfolia and the Rising Tide Europe Fund I in partnership with Go Beyond Investing and the European Business Angel Network. We are now launching new programs in the US, Europe, Africa and MENA. We have also set up a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, The Rising Tide Foundation, which will focus on building out the education and training programs, as well as a global network of women investors and entrepreneurs (and the men who support them).
The Rising Tide Program and Network is a global movement to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class. It has been developed to provide an enriching investment experience; including an investment portfolio in start-ups, an education of the investment process, and the development of a global angel community of successful business women across the US, Europe, Africa,Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
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.