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Crossing the Social Capital Traction Gap

Bret Waters Bret Waters

Many impact organizations are able to raise some initial funding and get off the ground. But precious few are able to gain enough traction to raise the additional capital required to deliver impact at scale. By looking at case studies of success and failure, what patterns can be learned, and how can they be applied to the 2024-25 landscape of sources and structures of capital? Bret Waters is a 3x Silicon Valley startup founder who now teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford and does angel investing. Danielle D’Agostaro is a Venture Capital partner and former COO at the Alchemist Accelerator. Both have extensive experience with capital-raising in the commercial sector as well as the social sector. In this talk they will discuss how social entrepreneurs and impact organizations can better leverage the wide array of sources and structures of capital available today to drive scale and impact.

Track

Capital Flows for Impact: Dialogues Around the State of Impact Investment

Format

Fireside chat (2 speakers)

Speakers

  • NameBret Waters
  • TitleTeacher Guy
  • OrganizationStanford University
  • NameDanielle D'Agostaro
  • TitleVenture Capital Partner
  • OrganizationWVV Capital

Description

Many impact organizations are able to raise some initial funding and get off the ground. But precious few are able to gain enough traction to raise the additional capital required to deliver impact at scale. By looking at case studies of success and failure, what patterns can be learned, and how can they be applied to the 2024-25 landscape of sources and structures of capital? Bret Waters is a 3x Silicon Valley startup founder who now teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford and does angel investing. Danielle D’Agostaro is a Venture Capital partner and former COO at the Alchemist Accelerator. Both have extensive experience with capital-raising in the commercial sector as well as the social sector. In this talk they will discuss how social entrepreneurs and impact organizations can better leverage the wide array of sources and structures of capital available today to drive scale and impact.

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