Nonprofits and charities are no longer the only means of “doing good,” and the private sector is no longer a means of profit maximization at any cost. Today, with the advent of new, creative entity types, like benefit corporations and B-certified entities, for-profit businesses are expanding the range of tools used to address our world’s most pressing societal and environmental challenges while angel investors, venture capitalists, private foundations and public charities are experimenting with new ways to invest in these entities. Program Overview Our panel of business and legal leaders will define these various corporate structures, and describe the types of investment tools available to start-up companies and the funders who want to invest in them. Agenda: 2:30 p.m. Registration 3:00 p.m. Program Commences 5:00 p.m. Networking & Cocktail Reception Corporate Structures for Socially Responsible Entities. Investment Tools for Foundations and Public Charities.
Keynote Speaker: Bonny Moellenbrock, Executive Director, Investors’ Circle and SJF Institute Investors' Circle is an early-stage impact investing network. Together with hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices, Investors’ Circle has propelled over $200 million into more than 300 enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health and community. SJF Institute is a non-profit institute that works with positive impact businesses and sustainable entrepreneurs to facilitate their access to capital, promote employee engagement, and help build sustainable economies. Featured Benefit Corporation Presentation: Thread International PBC Inc. Ian Rosenberger , Founder and CEO, Thread International PBC Inc. Thread is a public benefit corporation that recycles plastic bottles in Haiti and Honduras to make fabric, From Ground to GoodTM. Jay Katarincic, Managing Director, Draper Triangle VenturesDraper Triangle Ventures is a Pittsburgh based venture capital firm. Founded in 1999, Draper Triangle has invested in many of the Midwest’s most successful startups including TOA Technologies, Renal Solutions, BodyMedia, CardioInsight, and Carnegie Learning. Panelists: Sarah Kearney, Executive Director, PRIME Coalition PRIME Coalition is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2014 for the purpose of unlocking the floodgates of philanthropic capital for early-stage climate innovation. Kenya T. Boswell, President, BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a private foundation that provides funding in the Southwestern Pennsylvania area through a combination of grants and charitable sponsorships. BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Michael M. Matesic, President and CEO, Idea Foundry Idea Foundry is a Pittsburgh-based economic development organization combining early stage investment with hands-on business development to create high-potential, innovation-related jobs across diverse industry verticals. With more than 200 companies in its portfolio, Idea Foundry is a pioneer in tech transfer, commercialization, and bringing innovations to market. Cordelia A. Glenn Grabiak , K&L Gates Partner, Tax-Exempt Organizations/Nonprofit Institutions Oded Green , K&L Gates Partner, Emerging Growth and Venture Capital Eryn F. Correa , K&L Gates Associate, Corporate/M&A
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