The 2021 SECON Pitch Competition will be held March 27th 2:30-3:45pm ET. Five social enterprises that are tackling urgent and important problems, spanning healthcare to racial justice, will pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges of impact investors — Brian Trestad, Senior Lecturer at HBS and Partner at Bridges Fund Management and Nathalie Kylander, Managing Director at DRK Foundation.
There will be one Grand Award selected by the judges ($4,000) and Audience’s Choice ($1,000) that YOU will help select. Come join us at the Pitch Competition and vote for your favorite organization or idea!
At 5pm ET, we will also have an informal post-Pitch Happy Hour, where you can meet the finalists and judges in a casual setting.
Brian has nearly 20 years of impact investing experience, having written the business plan for Acumen in 2000 and served until 2012 as the Chief Investment Officer, where he oversaw $55m of investments into companies that were delivering health, water, energy, and agriculture services to economic base of the pyramid in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. As CIO, he was a member of Acumen’s management team and helped build out the network of country operations that worked closely with the entrepreneurs. Brian was also a co-founding board member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and was one of the principal architects of impact management software tool, Pulse, and the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian worked as a health care consultant at McKinsey & Company, was a lead environmental staff person at the Corporation for National Service, and has been involved in starting and advising a range of non-profit and for-profit start-ups.
Brian has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and an MA in City & Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He also teaches social entrepreneurship to at Harvard Business School. Brian was the first impact investor to go through the Kauffman Fellows Program of the Center for Venture Education, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
She has worked extensively in both the private and social sectors over the course of her 30-year career. As a biochemist, an MBA and a Ph.D., Nathalie also built on her experience in strategy consulting to hold a number of prominent positions in sales, marketing and management at Medtronic Inc. She led Doctors Without Borders programs in Armenia, worked for the UNDP in Senegal, and has consulted to dozens of both large and small nonprofit organizations.
Nathalie received a BS in Biochemistry from Imperial College at London University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. from Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Maria Liliana Iriarte (Co-Founder, CEO)
Carolina Acosta Gutierrez (Co-Founder, COO)
Angela Pradilla Reyes (Co-Founder, Lead Psychologist)
Felipe Rojas (Financial Advisor)