Giving Fund Donors Invest in Seed Stage Social Entrepreneurs at “Angel Tank”

4 min readMay 22, 2019
Angel Tank Angels Choice Award winner Jen Horonjeff, Founder and CEO of Savvy Cooperative

The 2nd Angel Tank social enterprise pitch competition was an inspiring kick-off to the 2019 SEED Conference in San Francisco, CA on May 20, 2019. An impact twist on ABC’s Shark Tank, this year’s Angel Tank featured five leading Bay Area impact investors as judges and a select group of six social entrepreneurs. Each entrepreneur had 5 minutes to pitch their world-changing idea to a live audience for a change to win two prizes: the Angels Choice and Audience Choice Award.

ImpactAssets and Real Leaders co-hosted Angel Tank for the second year to support the growing field of investors and entrepreneurs activating seed capital for good.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support and showcase this exceptional group of social entrepreneurs. Their fresh ideas and inspiring vision of a more inclusive and just system are helping to transform business as a force for good — for profit, people and planet.” — Tim Freundlich, CEO, ImpactAssets

The Angels Choice Award winner was Savvy Cooperative, who won the judges vote for their innovative approach to healthcare. Savvy Cooperative is designing healthcare through patient insights and creating income opportunities as the first patient-owned co-op and public benefit corporation. Jen Horonjeff, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Savvy Cooperative accepted the award — a $12,500 philanthropic investment through the ImpactAssets Giving Fund, a donor advised fund.

Giving Fund donors Elizabeth Stelluto Dunaier, Kristin Hull and Janine Firpo sponsored the investment.

“Being an Angel Tank judge at the SEED conference is inspiring because there is such a wide variety of people addressing the problems in our society through business. I like the breadth of the investments and personally do my seed stage investing through my Giving Fund because it’s philanthropic capital. I’m able to take a much different approach to risk and invest in companies earlier on than if I needed the financial return.” — Elizabeth Stelluto Dunaier, Angel Investor, NextWave / Personal Portfolio

The Audience Choice Award winner was Native Women Lead, who won the support of the audience as a native women led business network that’s revolutionizing systems in a way that honors native culture, creativity and sustainability practices. Jaime Gloshay, Co-Founder of Native Women Lead accepted the award — a $20,000 Real Leaders Media Prize.

Giving Fund donor Kristin Hull also committed an additional $5,000 of capital into Native Women Lead.

Giving Fund donors Beth Stelluto (left) and Kristin Hull (right) with Angel Tank Audience Choice Award Winner Jaime Gloshay, Co-Founder, Native Women Lead

The excitement from impact investors and social entrepreneurs who participated in Angel Tank highlights the timely opportunity to invest in world-changing entrepreneurs, and the important role philanthropic capital must play in accelerating solutions at the seed stage.

To learn more about how you can invest philanthropic capital in early-stage impact ventures through the Giving Fund click here.

2019 Angel Tank Entrepreneurs
Jen Horonjeff, Founder & CEO, Savvy Cooperative
Sarah Lin, Co-Founder, EllieFunDay
Emily Darchuk, Founder, Wheyward Spirit
Jaime Gloshay, Co-Founder, Native Women Lead
Sapna Satagopan, Xyza News For Kids
Pedro Moura,Co-Founder, CEO, Flourish

2019 Angel Tank Judges
Chris McLemore, Program Manager of Oakland Startup Network, Kapor Center
Aarti Chandna, Partner, SV2
Kristin Hull, Founder, CEO & CIO, Nia Impact Capital
Eva Yazhari, CEO, Beyond Capital
Elizabeth Stelluto Dunaier, Angel Investor, NextWave/Personal Portfolio

About Real Leaders
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About ImpactAssets
ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns. ImpactAssets’ donor advised fund (“The Giving Fund”) and field-building initiatives enable philanthropists and other asset owners and their wealth advisors advance social or environmental change through impact investment and philanthropy. The Giving Fund currently has $675M in assets from a community of more than 1,100 donor advised funds, working with 300 wealth advisors across 50 financial services firms.




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