Next Wave Impact CEO Alicia Robb is helping more diverse founders fund their companies

Alicia Robb
Next Wave Impact

Next Wave Impact is working to increase diversity in angel investing and high growth entrepreneurship through an innovative learning-by-doing model led by an experienced investment committee of twelve women from across the country. Their fund is made up of 99 investors and will build a portfolio of investments in early stage impact companies, diversified across industry and geography, over a four year investment period.

Alicia is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave and the Managing Partner of two early stage venture funds, as well as a venture partner at New Crop Capital. She was previously a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation for more than a decade ( She is also the Founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development. ( Alicia received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked with the the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Office of Economic Research in the SBA. She is a prolific author on the topic of entrepreneurship. 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 by Stanford University Press, as well as Race and Entrepreneurial Success published by MIT Press. She is an active angel investor, a limited partner in three early stage angel funds, a mentor to various young firms, and an advisory board member for several nonprofit groups, including the Deming Center Venture Fund, the Good Food Institute, and the Foundation for Sustainable Development.