Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sidecar Social Finance, & Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. During summer 2016, Melissa was named as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Since 2012, Melissa has been a professor of practice at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she serves as an expert lecturer on impact investing, social entrepreneurship, peer-to-peer economies and innovation.
She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services. She is also Founder and Curator of Venture DC, an initiative that empowers emerging entrepreneurs who are addressing and solving some of DC’s most pressing challenges in healthcare, education, housing, economic security and access to financial services. As a Presidential Appointee under President Obama from 2012-2015, Bradley was Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, served in the Department of Education, and was responsible for securing over $20 million in public-private partnerships to support national service and My Brother’s Keeper. From 2014-2015, she served as Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund, a White House Initiative committed to scaling ‘what works’ in our communities.
Description: Startups created by people of color and women currently receive less than three percent of all venture capital in the United States. This discussion will examine the challenges of securing capital for underrepresented techprenuers and how some are choosing to solve the problem by creating their own platforms.