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The Pipeline Fund Fellowship (PFF) or Pipeline Fellowship is an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists with a goal of increasing diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. The program includes three components: education, mentoring, and practice. The Pipeline Fellowship aims to diversify the investor pool and connect women social entrepreneurs with investors who understand them.

Click to see some of the Pipeline Fellowship videos: [1], [2], [3].

Purpose

In 2012, only 22% of U.S. angel investors were women and only 5% were minorities, according to the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. The Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, works to increase diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and creates capital for women social entrepreneurs. Since launching its first angel investing bootcamp in April 2011, the Pipeline Fellowship has trained over seventy women, who have committed more than US$350k in investment, and has expanded from New York City to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C..

The Pipeline Fellowship Team

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Founder & CEO

Dubbed “The Coach” by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that’s changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company’s Co.Exist Change Generation series. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as Latina.com’s “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech.” Women’s eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Business Insider included her on its 2013 list “The 30 Most Important Women in Tech under 30.” You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

Julia Smith 

Special Project Manager

Julia Smith has been collaborating with Pipeline Fellowship Founder & CEO Natalia Oberti Noguera since 2010, when they teamed up to produce a well-received NYC-based TEDxWomen event that live-streamed the inaugural TEDWomen Conference and created a platform for nine diverse innovators to share their stories. In addition to her work with the Pipeline Fellowship, Julia serves as the Community Development Manager for NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, after having launched her Chicago-based consulting practice. Previously, Julia worked at Idealist.org as a Communications Manager and co-founded 826DC, an education nonprofit. You can find her on Twitter (@juliacsmith).

Lauren Abele

Founding COO

As Founding COO, Lauren was part of the initial launch of the Pipeline Fellowship and assisted in building the program’s foundation since its first angel investing bootcamp in April 2011. During her tenure, the Pipeline Fellowship trained over seventy women—who committed more than US$350K in investment—and expanded to multiple cities across the United States. Lauren helped establish the Pipeline Fellowship as a leader in training women to become angel investors, as well as creating capital for women-led for-profit social ventures. Prior to the Pipeline Fellowship, she worked in the nonprofit and public sectors in economic development, environmental issues, and women’s empowerment. Lauren received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MPA from Indiana University’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She is also a proud School for International Training (SIT) alumna. You can catch up with Lauren on Twitter (@laurenabele) and at about.me/laurenabele.

Program Overview

The Pipeline Fellowship is an angel investing bootcamp for women and includes three main components: education, mentoring, and practice. Applications for our spring 2014 programs in Boston, Chicago, DC, and NYC are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Criteria

The Pipeline Fellowship’s three main criteria are: a) Meeting one of the accredited investor definitions (i.e., US$200K in income or US$300K joint income with spouse for the past two years, or US$1M net worth) b) Interest in group learning model c) Passion for social entrepreneurship

Commitment

The Pipeline Fellowship is a six-month angel investing bootcamp for women and the time commitment is approximately two full days per month during the six months. The Pipeline Fellowship program fee is US$4.5k. Each Pipeline Fellow also commits to invest US$5k in the same woman-led for-profit social venture at the end of the program.

Locations

Currently, the Pipeline Fellowship operates in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C..  

Fellows

For most of the Pipeline Fellows, this is their first angel investment. They are attracted by the program’s three components (education, mentoring, practice) and benefit from the diversity of each cohort. Pipeline Fellows are intergenerational (ranging from late twenties to 60+) and come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Alumnae

The Pipeline Fellowship has seen the ripple effects of training women to become angels—in addition to continuing to invest in startups, Pipeline Fellowship alumnae have gone on to join later stage angel networks, as well as launch an accelerator and angel groups.

Investments

Pipeline Fellows are looking to invest in women entrepreneurs building tomorrow’s The Body Shop, Honest Tea, method, Seventh Generation, Warby Parker, and Zipcar. Some of the women-led for-profit social ventures that secured funding from Pipeline Fellows after presenting at a Pipeline Fellowship Pitch Summit include:

Cissé

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Cissé (pronounced “see-say”) is about creating connections through discovery. Because when we connected award winning recipes and socially responsible business values, we discovered that Cissé can do two great things—satisfy your senses and your sensibility. We invite you to discover the delicious organic, Fair Trade cocoa powder we hand selected in the Dominican Republic. We encourage you to connect with the cocoa farmers by scanning the QR Code on the back of our packages to write them a message. With Cissé, you’ll discover that pastry-chef-quality treats aren’t so hard to make. And don’t forget—connect with your family and friends to share your yummy, homemade goodies!

Dayone Response

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DayOne Response, Inc. developed and supplies the DayOne Waterbag™ addressing the vital need for clean water in disaster relief. The DayOne Waterbag™ is a patented water treatment device, which is specially designed to expand the usefulness and safety of the P&G Purifier of Water sachets. The DayOne Waterbag™’s unique features provide all essential functions of clean water provision in a personal backpack that is effective, easy-to-use, and compact to ship. Through this revolutionary technology, DayOne Response is saving lives in disaster areas worldwide.

Green Life Guides

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The Green Life Guides connects eco-conscious consumers with the information and products they need to live a greener life through a series of life-stage and event-based websites. The company’s first site, Green Bride Guide is the preeminent green wedding resource. In May, 2013, the company launched Green Mom Guide to connect parents with the resources they need to keep their kids happy and safe.

Happily Ever Borrowed

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Happily Ever BorroWED is the premiere online wedding shop that rents designer bridal accessories worldwide at a fraction of the retail price. Partnering with designers such as Enchanted Atelier & Justine M. Couture, they have curated a special collection of veils, tiaras, headpieces and jewelry. Aimed at reducing waste in the wedding industry, as well as breaking down financial barriers, Happily Ever BorroWED works with brides across the United States and beyond.

PhilanTech

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PhilanTech creates and provides technology to help social sector organizations do what they do … even better. Through innovative online products and services, PhilanTech helps organizations maximize social impact while minimizing environmental impact. The PhilanTrack® online grants management system helps funders and grant recipients streamline the grants administration process to focus more resources on program and service delivery. PhilanTech is proud to be a Founding B Corporation. B Corporations are setting the standard for social and environmental responsibility.

Repurpose

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Repurpose makes products from plants, not petroleum. Repurpose is focused on developing, sourcing, marketing, and selling innovative high-quality plant-based compostable products in the consumer retail (B2C) market, which currently includes cups and utensils and will expand to trash bags, sandwich bags, and more. Welcome to a cleaner world.

Sweetriot

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At sweetriot, we’re building a sweet movement to fix the world! We know you are looking for life’s best healthy delicious, on-the-go treats and snacks. You deserve a daily guiltless pleasure and that’s what we have created for you. sweetriot uses only all natural, healthy ingredients, and puts original artwork by emerging artists on every package. When you purchase from sweetriot, you’re supporting a women-owned company that is working to change the world! A riot never happens alone. Join us!

VOZ

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VOZ, meaning voice, is the first fair trade fashion brand to unite international designers with weavers to co-design elegant, ethnic garments. We empower indigenous women and their art forms. In February 2013, we debuted at Elle’s New York Fashion Week event where we were the only ethical or ecological brand in their milieu. After providing design innovation training programs, our products stem from the artisans’ ideas, for which we award royalties, a system that we are scaling globally.</div>

Pitch Summit

The pipeline fellowship pitch summit is an opportunity for invited women entrepreneurs to present their for-profit social ventures for a chance to secure funding.

Criteria

Companies eligible to apply to a Pipeline Fellowship Pitch Summit must meet the following four criteria:

a) Woman co-owner and/or co-founder

b) For-profit legal structure

c) Social and/or environmental mission

d) Duly organized and validly existing as a company in a U.S. state

Events

Pipeline Fellowship Founder & CEO Natalia Oberti Noguera is known for saying, “The numbers are low, but they're not zero.” In addition to its angel investing bootcamp for women, the Pipeline Fellowship increases visibility of more voices in the angel investing, venture capital, and entrepreneurship communities through a series of events.

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Signature Conference

The Pipeline Fellowship Conference is an all-day event on angel investing open to the public. Invited speakers range from serial entrepreneurs to seasoned angel investors and VCs.

Some of our past Conference speakers include representatives from: 500 Startups, Acumen Fund, Astia, Black Founders, Criterion Ventures, Echoing Green, Golden Seeds, Goodwin Procter, Illuminate Ventures, RSF Social Finance, StarVest Partners, SoftTech VC, TechStars, and Tiger 21.

Changing the Face of Angel Investing Interview Series

Pipeline Fellowship's Changing the Face of Angel Investing interview series spotlights women and people of color influencers who are doing their part to increase diversity in the angel investing, impact investing, VC, and entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Q&A with Pipeline Fellowship Alumnae

The Q&A with Pipeline Fellowship alumnae series is an opportunity to learn about a graduate’s journey into angel investing.

Distinct Differences From Other Offerings

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What makes the Pipeline Fellowship different from other fellowships is that it is an angel investing bootcamp with a specific focus towards women philanthropists with a goal of increasing diversity in the angel investing community and creating capital for female social entrepreneurs. Generally, when one considers an entrepreneurial fellowship, it caters towards the founders, this particualr fellowship is aimed at teaching female investors how to become Angel Investors through three core competencies: educationmentoring, and practice.

Education

The Pipeline Fellowship holds workshops on topics ranging from Due Diligence, Valuation, Portfolio Strategies, and Measuring Impact. The workshops are led by experts, including seasoned angel investors, VCs, experienced entrepreneurs, and impact investing professionals.

Mentoring

The Pipeline Fellowship matches Pipeline Fellows with seasoned angel investors who share best practices and lessons learned.

Practice

The Pipeline Fellowship Pitch Summit is an opportunity for invited women entrepreneurs to present their for-profit social ventures for a chance to secure funding.

Impact Achieved for Students and Campus

The impact of such a program like Pipeline Fellowship is dual sided. On one end of the spectrum there is the Pipeline Fellowship’s angel investing bootcamp for women that could be used to introduce female college students to the world of investments, private equity, business evaluation, and financial modeling. On the other end of the spectrum there is the Pipeline Fellowship Pitch Summit that provides opportunitiies for eager entrepreneurs to seek capital for the ventures. Ultimately, the experiential learning that can transpire through this fellowship can be specifically tailored towards college students so they can witness both sides of the financial world. Students can learn how to evaluate businesses as well as have an opportunity to showcase their businesses and seek funding and mentorship to grow their companies.  

Steps Required to Bring Competition to Your Campus

To bring a program like Pipeline Fellowships to a college, one would need to first identify prospective students interested in being "investors" and faculty or local business executives to be the "mentors". It would also help if the university or some other entity could sponsor the investments to give more credibility. Then advertisements could be made around the campus to solicite student entrepreneurs to submit proposals for grant funding. Next, the mentors who can work with the prospective student-investors to evaluate the proposals and determine what investments they would like to make. From this point, the system becomes more like a mentor-mentee relationship where the student learns about venture finance and gain mentorship from faculty or business executives. Additionally, the students, whose ideas get funded can work on developing their business ideas, minumum valuable product, customer discovery, financial model, and business plan to inevitably grow their business.

Contact Information

To learn more, go to: http://pipelinefellowship.com Questions? Email Pipeline Fellowship: info@pipelinefellowship.com

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