Alicia Robb

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Dr. Alicia Robb is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave Impact and a managing partner of two early stage venture funds. She is also a Visiting Scholar with the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She was previously a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation for more than a decade and currently does economic consulting for a variety of public and private entities.  She is also the Founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, an international development organization working in Latin America, Africa, and India. ( Dr. Robb received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked with the Office of Economic Research in the Small Business Administration and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She is a prolific author on the topics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. In addition to dozens of journal articles and book chapters, she is the co-author six books, including: Race and Entrepreneurial Success published by MIT Press and A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses and The Next Wave: Financing Women’s Growth Oriented Firms published by Stanford University Press. Some of the boards and advisory boards she serves on or has recently served on include: the National Advisory Council for Minority Business EnterpriseGlobal Entrepreneurship Week, the Deming Center Venture Fund, and the Good Food Institute.  She is an active angel investor and a mentor to various young firms. She enjoys speaking globally on the topics of angel investing, impact investing, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. She relocated to Boulder, CO in 2014 after 12 years in Marin County, CA and 5 years in Washington, D.C.  An avid animal lover and long time vegan, she is interested in investing in vegan entrepreneurs that are building companies that remove animals from the supply chain. Alicia lives with her husband and their many 4-legged family members in Boulder, Colorado.  Her most recent vegan investments include New Wave Foods, Finless FoodsVaute,  LivWell Nutrition, and The Gold Leaf Collective  (a vegan restaurant in Fort Collins, CO).

Links to some Press about Alicia and Next Wave:

Real Leaders



Links to some of Alicia’s Interviews:

Show Me the Money on Women Who Startup Radio 

Riding the Wave of Smart Impact Investing on She Invests with Dr. Silvia Mah

The Successful Pitch with John Livesay

Women Are Underrepresented in the Investing World. How Can We Change This?   With Angel Insights – learn from the world’s leading business angels (from Syndicate Room) 

CEO Money with Michael Yorba

Easy Vegan with JL Fields on Vegan Investing

Female Funders

Asian Entrepreneur


List of Alicia’s Books on Good Reads


Some of Alicia’s Posts &Blogs:

2017: Book forward written for All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World by Stephanie Breedlove


Alicia’s Investments:


Through the Next Wave US Impact Fund


Through the Rising Tide US Pilot Fund

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Sandstone Diagnostics                            Unaliwear                                                     OtoSense
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                   Envoy                                                     Parrable                                          Try the World
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Through the Rising Tide Europe Pilot Fund 

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Through the Rockies Venture Fund


Some of Alicia’s Straight Angel Investments
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Her investments through : 

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 Vaute Couture        Freight Farms                                      One Month Rails                            



Her investments through Finless Foods

         New Wave Foods                    Kiwi Crate


FG Angels Syndicate Fund II
Companies invested in through this fund:
CloudTags                Sickweather                Schoolzilla            Peer5
CloudTags                              Sickweather                      Schoolzilla                            Peer5
Next Thing Co.         VerbalizeIt    BoomBoom Prints           Cheddar Up
Next Thing Co.                 VerbalizeIt         BoomBoom Prints         Cheddar Up

All4Staff      CoinTent        The Mighty     Ramen

    All4Staff                   CoinTent                      The Mighty             Ramen
ExpenseBot    Lassy Project      Codementor
ExpenseBot              Lassy Project          Codementor


Media coverage of Alicia’s research (under construction):