Our Executive Director, Bob Bridge, has been invited to lead a panel on impact-investing at the annual Angel Capital Association Summit in Boston in April. --- A special treat at our May 9th dinner event. Maria Hernandez and Lizett Abrego from Travis Early College High School will share their plan for their "Hope" impact start-up. Maria and Lizett were city finalist in the recent high-school Superstars competition, and will be presented a college scholarship at our meeting.
The Southwest Angel Network, here in Austin, is nationally-recognized as a leader in supporting social-impact companies and diversity. We also have programs to help promote entrepreneurship with the underserved in the Austin community.
We are the only social-impact angel network in this part of the country, and while most of our angels reside in the Austin areas, we see funding applicants from Austin, the rest of Texas and the rest of the US.
And while we focus on social impact, we have not lost sight of the goal of making a return for our investors.
Examples of social-impact include improving education and healthcare outcomes, increasing financial empowerment, protecting the environment, and working to improve the lives of groups of people who face unique challenges.
The Southwest Angel Network supports equal access to capital for companies with diverse management teams, and has taken the Startup Diversity and Inclusion Pledge. At the end of 2017, one-half of our investments to date have been in companies led by women or by minorities.
The Southwest Angel Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with an educational mission. We work with Austin social-impact accelerators to educate entrepreneurs on what it means to establish growing and profitable businesses. We educate angels on social-impact investment opportunities.
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