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Alicia  Robb

Alicia Robb

Next Wave Impact
Founder & CEO


Author, researcher, angel Investor, and managing partner of two early stage venture funds. Ph.D. economist specializing in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and international development. My most recent vegan investments include New Wave Foods, Finless Foods, LivWell Nutrition, Vaute, BillionVegans, Vegan Fine Foods, and the Gold Leaf Collective.

One of the driving goals of Next Wave is to increase diversity in angel investing and high growth entrepreneurship.

Their first pilot programs sought to narrow the gender gap in angel investing by providing nearly 200 women a unique learning opportunity that allowed them to build a diversified portfolio of investments receive mentoring by women who are experienced angel investors, and an education & training program around angel investing. They completed programs: a US program in partnership with Portfolio and Go Beyond Investing and a Europe program in partnership with Go Beyond Investing and the European Business Angel Network. The Angel Capital Association also partnered with us on the education and training piece, which was supported by the Kauffman Foundation. We now have new funds in the US and Europe, as well as several initiatives in emerging markets. They have also set up a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, the Next Wave Foundation, which will focus on building out the education and training programs, as well as a global network of women investors and entrepreneurs (and the men who support them).

The Next Wave Network is a global movement to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class. It has been developed to provide an enriching investment experience; including an investment portfolio in start-ups, and education of the investment process, and the development of a global angel community of successful businesswomen across the US, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

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