In the world we live in, most of us have too much student debt, too little income, maxed out credit cards and a 401k that derives most its growth from our contributions rather than from actual investment returns. For us, there is one simple question... Are there investment opportunities out there that will help me catch up? We aren't accredited investors (annual income of $250k+ or net worth of $1M+). We don't have the cash to invest in hedge funds, traditional venture capital/private equity or even flip a property. We have flashes of disposable income that often go toward home improvements, our children or our own peace of mind. We are "Everyday Investors".
The concept of the Venture Sponsorship Entity (VSE) was developed by the founder of SoTech Ventures, a fiscally sponsored non-profit investment organization. VSEs offer us an opportunity for economic mobility. Early-stage investing is unique in that it provides investors with the ability to watch the equity they own in various startups to skyrocket in value. All it takes is one big win... With the right mix of wisdom, strategy and discipline, the VSE model can significantly work in our financial favor.
This course uses a pure "Talking Head" lecture format to take students through an intermediate look at many of the emerging alternative investment options available to anyone with a laptop and internet access.
I am a serial entrepreneur, non-profit professional, grant writer, social enterprise consultant and impact investing innovator dedicated to harnessing some of the most historically profit-driven concepts from the private sector (private equity, investment banking, asset management) and re-tooling them into vehicles for significant social and environmental impact.
I have and continue to be a speaker at several conferences such as the Alternative Finance Forum, the Pan-African Trade & Investment Conference and others.