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3 weeks, 7 Cities and 6,762 Miles Later

By Emily Ziethen | Mon May 23 2016
The past three weeks have been a whirlwind for two of the RENEW partners, Matt and Laura Davis, who travelled thousands of miles across the United States to visit investors and members of the Impact Angel Network on our spring 2016 investor trip. The travel was divided between the West Coast and East Coast of the United States, with Matt and Laura spending time in Omaha, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Salt Lake City, and then back to Wilmington and Washington D.C. Here are just a few highlights from their time in these cities:
The purpose of this stopover was to experience the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting as we continue to hone RENEW’s investor experience and investment strategy. It was an exceptional experience, and in the midst of it, we met great investors from around the world, almost bumped into Warren Buffet and Bill Gates a few times and even ran into an Impact Angel Network member!
RENEW met with several local impact investors and social entrepreneurs, and presented an informal information session for Portland-area business professionals to share about the growing fields of angel and impact investing. A big thank you to Kate Kilberg and her firm Catalyst Law for hosting!
With the help of IAN member Brian Ratzliff, RENEW had a stellar time in Seattle visiting members of the IAN, local investors and other potential partners, including Intellectual Ventures Global Good, an amazing innovation laboratory funded by Bill Gates that is working on inventing and patenting innovations for the developing world. Also, during our time in Seattle, we co-hosted an event with Brian to discuss an Ethiopia Econ-Tourism trip that folks from Seattle will be participating in late in 2016 or early 2017.
San Francisco:
Matt and Laura were able to spend some quality time with IAN Advisory Board chair Jodi Morris and her husband, who opened up their home and hosted a happy hour event for their friends and colleagues interested in the impact investing space. The team was also able to meet with several local impact investing firms to continue to discuss possible partnerships.
Salt Lake City:
The RENEW team met with members of our Utah chapter in Salt Lake City and Park City, as well as local community and business members to discuss impact investing and philanthropy in the context of Ethiopia. Matt and Laura had the privilege of meeting Martin Frey, an angel investor who recently won a Guinness World Record for his adventures, and visited Brad Dickson at Pando Labs, Park City’s Innovation Center.
IAN Advisory Board chairs Donna and Jeff Turi opened up their Wilmington home to new and potential members of the Impact Angel work for a sesame laden event with Soom Foods in honor of our recent investment in the Ethiopian sesame sector. (@jeffturi)
Washington DC:
The roadshow ended on another high note with one-on-one meetings with DC-area cocktail event in downtown DC attended by members of the IAN, and partners and impact investors including ACDI-VOCA, USAID, Arabella Advisors and many others!
It was a whirlwind, but all in all a wonderful trip filled with valuable dialogue IAN members, potential investors and too many stakeholders and partners to count!
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