Introduction to AVG Anti-Bias Fund

Tuesday, January 12th, 2:00 PM EST

“You can invest either for return or for impact.” NOT TRUE.

Diverse founders—women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups—continue to be underfunded by VCs. Yet we can cite a number of compelling stats and studies to demonstrate that diverse leadership “generates better financial performance, stronger innovation, and higher levels of startup success” (Harvard Business Review).

This kind of disconnect is where AVG sees opportunity for venture investors who are interested in both making a difference and potentially seeing a return on their portfolio. Our answer is the AVG Anti-Bias Fund (ABF). This fund consists of a portfolio of about 20-30 diverse venture investments that (1) must pass our vetting as promising investments, and (2) are led by a diverse founder/team or featuring a business model addressing systemic biases. Investment minimum is only $25K.

In this 45-minute webinar, AVG’s CEO and CIO will discuss the opportunity to do good and well through the Anti-Bias Fund, answering these questions.

  • What’s the state of diversity investing today?
  • What is the case for investing in diverse founders?
  • How does the ABF build a portfolio?
  • What is unique about the Anti-Bias Fund?
  • What would an ABF investor’s portfolio look like?

You can join our webinar by registering at the right. We’ll save time for your questions during the session, but feel free to include in the form any questions that you would like us to address.*

*You must be accredited to invest in venture capital

About Your Presenters

Mike Collins, CEO - Alumni Ventures Group

Mike Collins, CEO - Alumni Ventures Group

Mike has been involved in almost every facet of venturing, from angel investing to venture capital, new business and product launches, and innovation consulting. He is currently CEO of Alumni Ventures Group, the managing company for our fund, and launched AVG’s first alumni fund, Green D Ventures, where he oversaw the portfolio as Managing Partner and is now Managing Partner Emeritus. Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has started multiple companies, including Kid Galaxy, Big Idea Group (partially owned by WPP), and RDM. He began his career at VC firm TA Associates firm. He holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science from Dartmouth and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Anton Simunovic, CIO - Alumni Ventures Group

Anton Simunovic, CIO - Alumni Ventures Group

Anton has 20+ years of technology experience as a proven venture capital investor, entrepreneur and operating executive in companies ranging in size from start-up to Fortune 10. Most recently, Anton founded and led Vener8 Technologies, a technology commercialization company he started with GE. Previously in his career, Anton led the Software and Internet Infrastructure Group at GE Equity where he directly invested $72 million in 10 companies generating more than $500 million of realized gains. Anton has substantial international experience in Canada, China, Europe and Israel, and has served on the board of directors of more than 20 private and public companies. Anton has a BSc. Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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