Alicia Robb

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Dr. Alicia Robb is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave, which provides early stage financing and advising to young firms. She is also a Visiting Scholar with the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was previously a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation for more than a decade and currently does economic consulting for a variety of public and private entities.  She is also the Founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, an international development organization working in Latin America, Africa, and India. ( Dr. Robb received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked with the Office of Economic Research in the Small Business Administration and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She is a prolific author on the topics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. 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 Women’s Growth Oriented Firms published by Stanford University Press. Some of the boards and advisory boards she serves on include: the National Advisory Council for Minority Business EnterpriseGlobal Entrepreneurship Week, the Deming Center Venture Fund, and the Good Food Institute.  She is an angel investor, a mentor to various young firms, and a general partner in several early stage venture funds. She enjoys being a judge for pitch competitions around the world as well as speaking globally on the topic of entrepreneurship. She relocated to Boulder, CO in 2014 after 12 years in Marin County, CA and 5 years in Washington, D.C.  An avid animal lover and long time vegan, she is interested in supporting vegan entrepreneurs and getting better plant-based products to market. Alicia lives with her husband Mark, along with their many 4-legged family members: Chalula, Karina, Jake, Sam, Meadow, Calvin, and Sylvia on 80 acres in Montezuma County, outside of Durango, Colorado.  Her most recent vegan investments are Peaceful Meadows Bed and Breakfast located near Mesa Verde National Park and The Gold Leaf Collective, a new restaurant opening in Ft. Collins, CO. Please see and for more info.


Some of Alicia’s Posts, Blogs, Interviews:

2017: Book forward written for All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World by Stephanie Breedlove


Links to some of Alicia’s talks:

The Successful Pitch with John Livesay

Episode Summary
Alicia Robb is a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the author of A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms. Alicia talks to us on what it’s like to work with the co-founder of Portfolia and the work that she’s doing with the Rising Tide Fund. She also said there are many books and resources out there, but you should always get involved with your local startup community to learn from people who are already in the trenches.

Angel Insights – learn from the world’s leading business angels (from Syndicate Room) 

Women Are Underrepresented in the Investing World. How Can We Change This?   


Alicia’s Investments:

Through the Rising Tide Program’s first US Fund

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Sandstone Diagnostics                            Unaliwear                                                     OtoSense
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                   Envoy                                                     Parrable                                          Try the World
               Beneath the Ink
Through the Rising Tide Program’s first Europe Fund 

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Some of Alicia’s Straight Angel Investments
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Her investments through

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Freight Farms                                               One Month Rails                            



Her investments through

Kiwi Crate (500 Startups Syndicate)


FG Angels Syndicate Fund II
Companies invested in through this fund:
CloudTags                Sickweather                Schoolzilla            Peer5
CloudTags                              Sickweather                      Schoolzilla                            Peer5
Next Thing Co.         VerbalizeIt    BoomBoom Prints           Cheddar Up
Next Thing Co.                 VerbalizeIt         BoomBoom Prints         Cheddar Up

All4Staff      CoinTent        The Mighty     Ramen

    All4Staff                   CoinTent                      The Mighty             Ramen
ExpenseBot    Lassy Project      Codementor
ExpenseBot              Lassy Project          Codementor


Media coverage of Alicia’s research (under construction):