Impact Ventures

The Last Word: Benjamin Vann on Impact Ventures Becoming the Second CDVC Firm in Texas

Vann's news: Impact Ventures "will be considered 1 of 74 [Community Development Venture Capital] firms in the U.S."—and the second in Texas—"providing more small businesses access to equity and equity-like capital, especially in times like today where interest rates are higher and traditional debt is considered to be expensive."
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Barbara Bush, co-founder and board chair of the nonprofit Global Health Corps, right, in conversation with Shena Ashley, vice president of Capital One community impact and investment and president at the Capital One Insight Center. [Photo: Capital One Reimagine Communities Summit 2024]
Reimagine Communities: The Keys to Unlocking Nonprofit’s Access to Opportunities
by | Jun 13, 2024
Innovators and experts share how nonprofits and corporations can work together to spur socioeconomic mobility at Capital One’s eighth annual summit.
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Access and Opportunity Take Center Stage at Impact Ventures’ Inclusive Capital Summit in Dallas
The inaugeral Inclusive Capital Summit will kick off with a VIP event on May 3rd, followed by two days of inspiring keynotes from national leaders, solution-based conversations, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. Check out the lineup.
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Nonprofit Incubator Impact Ventures Names Director of Programs

by | Nov 21, 2022

India Stewart was recently named director of programs at Dallas-based nonprofit incubator Impact Ventures.

Stewart is a self-described practical idealist, and her research and social impact work focuses on understanding disparities and exploring strategies to increase equitable access to economic, educational, and housing opportunities for all our neighbors and neighborhoods, Impact Ventures said....

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Tech Talk and ‘Meaningful Connections’: 10 Takeaways From Venture Dallas 2022
by | Nov 7, 2022
At last week's Venture Dallas conference, more than 400 VCs, angel investors, startups, and business leaders gathered for a showcase of North Texas' entrepreneurial and venture ecosystem. Here's a look at the highlights—from Troy Aikman saying "There are no shortcuts" to Alto Founder Will Coleman on the power of doing "the opposite" to Mark Cuban's "ready, fire, aim" approach. “Regions like Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth, we’re the model for the rest of the nation on how to get things done," Ross Perot Jr. said at the conference kickoff.
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Venture Dallas Brings ‘the Premier Venture Capital Conference in North Texas’ to George W. Bush Presidential Center this November
by | Oct 4, 2022
Venture Dallas 2022—a full-day conference to be held Nov. 3 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center—will connect investors from all over the U.S with the “best founders in our region” with the goal of sparking “collisions” and “meaningful connections," co-founder Aaron Pierce says. He adds that those could potentially lead to fundings—and successful exits. Here's a look at why the North Texas startup and VC scene is hopping, and what Venture Dallas 2022 could mean for you.
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Fort Worth Founder Aims to Help People Tackle Debt Through Content Creation

by | Apr 21, 2022
Demetrius Curry founded Fort Worth-based College Cash in 2019, giving users a way to pay off their student loan debt by creating content for brands. With a $50 minimum threshold to join a campaign, he says high school students can start the program and earn up to $25,000 by the time they graduate college. Along with investments from Overlooked Ventures, Impact Ventures, and Capital Factory, Curry expects College Cash to close a $1 million seed funding round soon—and he's expanding his solution to cover a number of major forms of debt.
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Follow the Money: D.R. Horton Acquires Public Water Resources Firm, Critical Start Raises $215M, Fort Worth Biotech VC Raises New Funds, and More
by | Apr 15, 2022
What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants and acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money.
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Impact Ventures Raising $20M Dallas Inclusive Capital Fund to Make the Region a Hub for Diverse Entrepreneurs
by | Apr 14, 2022
“Entrepreneurs of color are over-mentored and undercapitalized. While others are saying, ‘Here’s a program or mentorship,’ we’ve been one of the first groups to say, ‘Here’s that, plus capital, to get you there,’” says Benjamin Vann, founder and CEO at Impact Ventures.
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From Dumpling Makers to VR Job‑Trainers, Impact Ventures Welcomes its Newest Startups
by | Apr 4, 2022
Dallas-based nonprofit accelerator Impact Ventures has unveiled the lineup of its latest cohort, made up of nearly 20 companies that span from Nepalese dumpling makers to virtual reality job-training platforms.
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Pegasus Prize

Apply Now: The Dallas Foundation’s Pegasus Prize Includes a $50K Social Innovation Grant

by | Oct 15, 2021
Nonprofits, for-profit organizations with a charitable purpose, and hybrid organizations applying innovative approaches to addressing community needs are eligible.
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Dallas-Based Impact Ventures is Hosting a Virtual Startup Showcase and $50K Pitch Competition This Weekend
by | Jan 27, 2021
On Saturday, 13 tech startups and small businesses led by diverse founders will vie for $50K in a virtual “Shark Tank”-style pitch competition. Three expert-led panels also will cover how to build a million-dollar business in a pandemic, the current and future state of DEI, and capital for underrepresented founders.
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Capital One’s $200M Impact Initiative Partners With Two Local Orgs to Advance Socioeconomic Mobility
by | Oct 7, 2020
Capital One is teaming with Impact Ventures and Paul Quinn College as part of its new nationwide initiative to close support growth in underserved communities and advance socioeconomic mobility.
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