Impact Investing in Silicon Valley
Impact Investing in Silicon Valley

Impact Investing in Silicon Valley

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Bootup Ventures

68 Willow Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025

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The Impact Investing in Silicon Valley program is designed to provide practical, hands on professional development for both new and experienced impact investors.  Utilizing a variety of formats such as panel discussions, breakouts, and culminating with a “demo day”, the program enables individuals and teams of professionals to gain exposure to the concepts, experts, and deal flow sources specific to the impact investing field.  

In particular, the program will focus on impact investing opportunities based in Silicon Valley, with a detailed look at the funders, the companies, and the supporting ecosystem that powers it forward.

The program will be facilitated by experienced, active impact investors and will provide exposure to several of the top impact investment opportunities in Silicon Valley, coming from institutions such as Stanford, Berkeley, Santa Clara, Presidio Graduate School among others.

Agenda & Presenters

12:45  Registration

1:00   Program Kick-off

1:15   Investor Panel:  Evaluating, Executing, and Supporting Impact Investments

  • Tripp Baird - Managing Partner, The Builders Fund
  • David Bank, Founder & CEO Impact Alpha
  • Paul Herman, Founder & CEO HIP Investor
  • Miriam Riviera - Co-Founder Ulu Ventures and Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs

2:15   Break-out Sessions

  • The Family Office POV - Kathryn Coffey - President of ARB Family Office Investment Company
  • Legal Considerations for Impact Investors - Erik Edwards - Partner Cooley LLP, family office specialist
  • Onboarding female investors into the Impact Ecosystem - Suzanne Andrews, Founding Partner, Wingpact
  • Foundations & Non-profits role in Impact Investing - Lisa Van Dusen, SV2

3:00   Break - Networking- (beverages & snacks)

3:30   Demo Day Presentations by Social Impact Companies


  • Erik Edwards - Partner Cooley LLP, family office specialist
  • Ted Levinson - CEO Beneficial Returns, Board of Directors Social Enterprise Alliance
  • Heather Richman - Head of Strategic Partnerships, Energy Excelerator
  • Pankaj Shah - Founder of Ignite Advisors
  • Keely Stevenson - Founder & CEO Weal Life

Presenting CEOs, Company

  • Cat Berman, C Note
  • Kevin Davis, Rebound Technologies
  • Elena Foukes Lucas, Utility API
  • Ruben Kalra, WellBrain
  • Kurt Kuhlmann, Pumped Innovation
  • Conlan O'Leary, Sighten
  • Eric Sorensen, Carbon Roots International
  • Miranda Wang, BioCellection
  • Rose Wang, Six Foods
  • Sophia Yen, Pandia Health

5:30  Reception- Networking (heavy appitizers, desserts, beverages, wine & beer)

7:30  Close


A diverse participant mix comprised of the following types of investors:

  • Impact investors, angel investors, VCs and other financial service professionals
  • Family office representatives
  • Social impact entrepreneurs
  • Corporate social impact professionals

What’s Unique

  • Structure – Educational panels, break-out sessions, demo day
  • Participants – Mix of early and later stage impact investors and entrepreneurs
  • Focus – Silicon Valley based impact companies and funds

Program Advisors

The Palo Alto Impact Center would like to extend a special "thank you" to the following individuals who have contributed to the success of this program:

  • Jorge Calderon - Social Impact faculty Haas Business School UC Berkeley
  • Thomas Knowles - Managing Partner, Gratitude Railroad
  • Tony Stayner – Managing Director, Excelsior Impact Fund, Partner SV2 

Program Partners 

Partner organizations play an integral role in providing direction to the program architecture and content, logistics, and marketing support.


SV2 is a vibrant giving network of more than 200 Partners who come together to learn about effective giving and pool their money and talent to support promising social ventures throughout Silicon Valley and the world.

Gratitude Railroad

Gratitude Railroad serves as a community and catalyst for 100+ community members to learn, discuss and invest across asset classes focused on delivering top tier returns and helping to solve environmental and social challenges.


Wingpact is a global community of 650 women angel investors and entrepreneurs focused on a mission to unleash women’s financial resources to create the future. 

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is a global law firm with 800 attorneys headquartered in Palo Alto, CA with offices throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and China. The firm's practice areas include technology, life sciences, clean technology, real estate, financial services, retail, and energy.

Produced By The Palo Alto Impact Center

The Palo Alto Impact Center provides professional development for social impact investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate professionals.  Our mission is enabling the launch of new social impact organizations that improve the lives of individuals in the Bay Area and globally.  We achieve this by growing and connecting the ecosystem of social impact professionals, creating high-impact professional development, and providing access to capital. 

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