1+ Many: The Power of Convening for Social Impact
Sunday, March 15
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
Even in our high tech world, sometimes it takes people actually coming together to really make things happen. Austin has proven this theory for many years with incubators, accelerators, research centers, funding events and with gatherings like SXSW. Recently, the city has exploded with a plethora of coffee shops, co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators and entrepreneurial hubs with more to come as people seek out places to convene and share ideas.
In social impact, where companies create not only market value but also contribute to the social, environmental and civic good, perhaps the power of convening becomes even more relevant. So how does all of this work? Is the infrastructure in place for Austin to be a top city for social impact? What do we need to create and what can we learn from those who have blazed that path around the country and around this globally connected city? Join experts and entrepreneurs who are leading this charge for an informative and engaged discussion.
Founder I Pilot
Aunt Bertha Inc
Scott Collier is a Managing Director at investment bank Pasadera Capital and spent the prior 20 years as a venture capital and private equity manager, most recently as Managing Director of Triton V...Show the rest
Scott Collier is a Managing Director at investment bank Pasadera Capital and spent the prior 20 years as a venture capital and private equity manager, most recently as Managing Director of Triton Ventures, an Austin-based technology venture capital firm. Prior to Triton he served as Vice President of Capital Southwest Corporation, a publicly-traded venture capital and private equity firm with assets under management of over $500M Scott has advised private and publicly-traded companies on matters of capital formation, has served on the boards of 14 venture-backed companies and has led corporate development activities for several companies including Vignette Software and a division of Hearst Corporation. Scott has served on the boards of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and the Austin Technology Council and is an organizing leader for Slow Money in Texas and California.Hide the rest
Global Program Dir
Whole Planet Foundation
Steve is passionate about microfinance and business solutions that improve the lives of the poor. He was hired by Whole Planet Foundation in March 2006 as the Field Program Manager to support the c...Show the rest
Steve is passionate about microfinance and business solutions that improve the lives of the poor. He was hired by Whole Planet Foundation in March 2006 as the Field Program Manager to support the creation of new microfinance institutions in Guatemala and Costa Rica in partnership with Grameen Trust. Two months prior, Steve completed his service in the Peace Corps working with rural Guatemalan farmers implementing business solutions in an effort to improve their livelihoods.'
His international development experience coupled with his previous work in business development in the tech help Steve to bridge between people struggling to make ends meet and leaders looking to understand the challenges of the poor. Now as the Global Program Director, Steve is responsible for overseeing and expanding Whole Planet Foundation’s portfolio of microfinance projects around the world.
Steve is proud to be a 2008 Whole Foods Market Global All-Star, an avid rugby player, and a fluent Spanish speaker.Hide the rest