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Innovations in Job and Wealth Creation, Social Finance, Philanthropy and Crowdfunding

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (5:30 - 9:30pm). We will have four concurrent panels discussing opportunities to innovate finance, and how we make Houston a center for this innovation.

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Impact Investing: Innovations in Job and Wealth Creation, Social Finance, Philanthropy and Crowdfunding

Impact investing is one of these world-changing innovations, and now is truly an innovative time for impact investing which is transforming the way we finance business and philanthropy.  Come hear economic development experts, venture capitalists, social media technology experts and others discuss the opportunities and what we can do to make Houston a center for this innovation.

When: Tuesday, September 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m 

Location: United Way of Greater Houston

50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Free parking in the adjacent garage 

Cost: $50 (including dinner and all refreshments. Catering by "Kitchen Incubator")


5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.    Registration and Networking - Dinner

5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.    Panel Session 1: Panels I & II

6:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.    Break - Snack

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.    Panel Session 2: Panels III & IV

8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.    Closing Session

8:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.    Reception and Network - Dessert


Panel Descriptions and Panelists

Panel I - Social Finance - cutting edge topics in mobilizing private capital, talent and innovation dedicated to tackling social, health, environmental and human service problems for the public good. 

Moderator - Katherine A. Meese, MPH, Program Manager, Methodist International


Saleha B. Khumawala  Ph.D., CPA, Professor of Accounting, Director, Nonprofit Management and Microfinance, C.T. Bauer College of Business

Jeff Kaplan, New Living


Panel II - Crowd Sourced Fundingincentive and equity-based crowd funding, the 2012 JOBS Act and the role of SEC-registered funding portals. 

Moderator - Travis Crabtree, Looper Reed & McGraw


Hall T. Martin, Director, Texas Entrepreneur Network

Robert Dobyns, CEO, Conzortia Business Funding, Inc

David Marlett, Founder and Executive Director, National Crowdfunding Association


Panel III Crowdfunding Success Patterns –the “Ultimate To-Do List Before You Launch”

                Moderator - Kami Watson Huyse, Social Media Breakfast


Rassul ZarinfarFounder, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company

David Dewane, Founder and Director, Librii/Libraries for Africa

Elliott J. Nunez, CEO, NextGen 

Nicole Moss, Campbell & Riggs, P.C.

Frank Karbaz, President and CEO, CoreX Materials, Inc. 


Panel IV - The Role of Incubators, Accelerators, CoWorking Spaces and Startup Boot Camps - the role of these models in entrepreneurship and business start-ups and the resources offered by them.

Moderator - Paul C. Watson, Hermes Investment Group


Neal Murthy, Managing Director, Indalo Solutions

Huan Le, A21 Young Leader, Founder and President,  Medifr, founder and member of the board of Caphin, Inc.

Keith Kreuer, Principal, RedHouse Associates, Inc.

Leah Mayo, Managing Director at START Houston  


Capstone Session: Can Houston be the center of Financial Innovation and Impact Investing?

Moderator – Michele Price, Partnership Director, SMC Houston and Host, Breakthrough Business Strategies


Jeff Reichman*, Houston Chair, Startup America and Founder, January Advisors

Kirk Brand Coburn, Founder and Managing Director, SURGE Accelerator

Michael A. Rybarski*, Chairman, LifeChangeMarketing & Strategy 

  Juliana GaraizarManaging Director at Houston Angel Network, Kauffman Fellow

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