Next Wave Impact | Alicia Robb

Alicia Robb












Alicia Robb is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave Impact and the Managing Partner of two early-stage venture funds. She is also the Research Director at Cruelty Free Investing and a Research Fellow at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She was previously a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation for more than a decade. Alicia received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked as an economist with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Office of Economic Research in the SBA. She is a prolific author on the topics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is the co-author of A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses and The Next Wave: Financing and Investing Strategies for Growth-Oriented Women Entrepreneurs published by Stanford University Press, as well as Race and Entrepreneurial Success published by MIT PressShe teaches workshops on angel investing and investor readiness around the globe.  She is an active angel investor, a limited partner in three early-stage venture funds, a mentor to various young firms, and a board member for several groups, including the Kachuwa Impact Fund, Compassion Without Borders, and Next Wave Foundation.  Alicia was awarded the prestigious Hans Severiens Award in 2020, ACA’s annual award recognizing one individual’s work in advancing the field of angel investing.  She recently moved to Kanab, Utah with her husband, Mark, and a menagerie of rescued animals.


Some interviews and podcasts featuring Alicia:

Sanctuary Speaker Series with Farm Sanctuary CEO, Megan Watkins: Impact Investing and Aligning your Money with your Values

Big Girl Money Podcast:

Vegan Startup Podcast

Untold Stories of Innovation Podcast:: Elevating Female Founders and Funders with Alicia Robb of Next Wave Impact

Podcast: She Invests with Silvia Mah

Plant-Based Business Hour with Elysabeth Alfano:

LatinXAmerica Podcast with Adriana Flores-Ragade:

FlyWheel Elevator Demo Day Fireside Chat (February 2020) starting about 30 minutes in:

Kauffman Sketchbook of a Rising Tide:

Vegan Business Media Podcast with Katrina Fox:

On the Brink Podcast with Andrea Simon:…women-are-starting-businesses-and-doing-exceptionally-well

Syndicate Room Podcast:

Podcast: The Successful Pitch with John Livesay:

Podcast: Women who Startup:

Podcast: She Invests:

Female Funders:

Podcast: Investor Connect:

Economic Development Podcast from the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank:

Podcast: Seven Trillion:


Some of Alicia’s articles:


Articles citing or featuring Alicia:

Alicia Robb Magnified the Movement to Drive Impact, Diversity, and Inclusion in Early-Stage Investing  Groundbreaking economist, author, investor, and entrepreneur is honored with the Angel Capital Association’s Hans Severiens Award:

Outside Silicon Valley, A More Equitable Startup Culture Is Taking Hold