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Monday, March 16 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Funding Your Social Startup: Crowdfunding vs VC?

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In this session, Alisa Cordesius, Manager of Social Innovation at Indiegogo, and Wes Selke, Managing Director at Better Ventures, will compare two growth capital strategies for social startups -- raising money through crowdfunding versus from venture capitalists. Alisa will present the case of when crowdfunding is most effective and will share the most common mistakes social startups make when launching a crowdfunding campaign. Wes will present the case of when raising venture capital is most effective and will share the most common mistakes social startups make when pitching to impact investors. This panel will also include David Heath, Co-Founder and CEO at Bombas Socks, who will share how his social venture successfully closed a seed round for $1 million with funding from Venture Capital firms and Angel Investors within the company’s first year, and ran the most funded apparel campaign on Indiegogo to date.

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Alisa Cordesius

Head of Social Innovation, Indiegogo
Alisa is an international development practitioner turned manager of social innovation at Indiegogo, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way people fund what matters to them. She is responsible for building partnerships and empowering social entrepreneurs in education tech... Read More →
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David Heath

Co-Founder, Bombas Socks
David Heath is the co-Founder and chief executive officer of Bombas. Prior to the launch in 2013, David learned that socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelter and thought this problem could be solved through the one pair purchased = one pair donated business... Read More →

Wes Selke

Managing Dir, Better Ventures
Wes is Managing Director and Founder of Better Ventures. He's the resident "numbers guy" and enjoys helping startups figure out how they're going to make and raise money. Wes has 15 years of venture capital and financial advisory experience with Good Capital’s Social Enterprise... Read More →
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Suzi Sosa

CEO, Verb
Suzi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, Inc. Verb produces massive social innovation competitions that accelerate thousands of early stage social entrepreneurs around the world through seed funding, mentorship and global exposure. Verb spun out of the University of Texas at Austin... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

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