Recruiting Women To The Burgeoning (But Mostly Male) Host Of Angel Investors

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Women philanthropists have traditionally stood back from venture capital startups and angel investing; only 13% of angel investors in the U.S. are women. That’s why Natalia Oberti Noguera, a 2005 Yale graduate, founded an angel-investing bootcamp for women.

Created to increase the ratio of women angel investors in the social good category, Oberti Noguera’s Pipeline Fellowship is announcing a call for applications for women philanthropists who want to be angel investors in social ventures. The classes of 20 women in New York and 10 women in Boston start this year (applications can be found at the Pipeline Fellowship applications page).

Oberti Noguera wants to take successful women from different industry areas and show them that they can boost the rise of venture creation by applying their passion for social change and their experience as philanthropists. Her Pipeline Fellowship will give them hands-on experience investing in women-led, for-profit social ventures.

The program is specifically designed for women who are first-time angel investors, and expects fellows from a variety of backgrounds, including law, finance, healthcare, the arts, and small business, among others–the common thread being that they want to learn to “invest for good.” Pipeline will provide education on due diligence, term sheets, valuations, and board governance, and will match each participant with an experienced angel investor to serve as a role model. Participants will commit to invest in a woman-led for-profit social venture at the end of the training.

Source: Fast Company (link opens in a new window)

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