Sustainability as an asset class
Sustainability investing has emerged as a fast-growing new asset class. What are the key opportunities and challenges in investing in early stage tech companies and green financing for supply chain? What are key best practices in helping these companies to scale?
Principal, Patagonia Tin Shed Ventures
Alex is the Director of Corporate Development & Investments at Patagonia and Tin Shed Ventures. He works on Patagonia's investment and innovation initiatives and oversees Patagonia's used gear business, Worn Wear (wornwear.com). Tin Shed Ventures invests in responsible startups with innovations that help Patagonia build the best product while causing the least amount of environmental harm. Prior to Patagonia & Tin Shed Ventures, Alex held various investment roles received degrees from Boston College (BA in Math & Economics) and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (MBA).
Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners
Caroline Brown is a Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners, a New York based investment firm and innovation center focused on the development of circular economies. Investors in Closed Loop Partners include some of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and family offices interested in strong financial returns and tangible social impact. Caroline leads the practice in fashion and beauty across venture capital and growth equity investment platforms. Prior to this Caroline spent over two decades in the fashion industry. She was Chief Executive Officer of Donna Karan International (DKI) and DKNY, for LVMH. Prior Caroline was President of Carolina Herrera, managing all aspects of the global fashion business with collections available in over 100 countries. Prior Caroline was Chief Executive Officer of Akris, Inc., the Swiss-based luxury fashion brand. She began her career at Giorgio Armani with over a decade in leadership roles of Marketing & Communications. Caroline serves on several circular economy company boards between the US and EU including For Days, The Renewal Workshop, DAI and Retrievr.Register to see speaker recommended resources.
Fund Director, Good Fashion Fund
Arvind Gupta co-leads Mayfield’s Engineering Biology practice whose mission is to invest in science based companies that could change history. Ranging from reinventing our food system to stopping climate change to novel therapeutics, Arvind was the first investor in breakout companies such as Geltor,Synthex, Prime Roots, NotCo, Prellis, New Culture, DNA Lite, Catalog, Prellis and Memphis Meats. As Founder of IndieBio, Arvind redefined the pace and possibilities of early stage biotech, investing in over 136 companies in five years, defining human and planetary health, and growing the IndieBio portfolio into billions of dollars in value. Under his leadership, IndieBio expanded to New York and grew to fifteen investment professionals with a world renowned adjunct partner board. He now serves as Venture Advisor at IndieBio. Arvind is the author of Decoding the World: A Roadmap for the Questioner, published by Twelve Books, a division of the Hachette Publishing Group. He was honored with the F50 Global Award for Impact in HealthTech Innovation. He is a frequent speaker at TechCrunch Disrupt, Slush, TedX and Future FoodTech. His work has been profiled in global media outlets such as Bloomberg News, Forbes, The Guardian UK, Neo.life, Nikkei News, Rotman, The Times of India, and CGTN in China. Arvind has been a guest lecturer at UCSF, MIT and Harvard and is a judge at the annual BIO conference startup stadium. Prior to founding IndieBio, Arvind was Design Director at IDEO in Shanghai where he earned numerous international design awards and presented his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was also a BASE jumper and big wall climber and now fights professional grappling. Arvind received his B.S. in Genetic Engineering from UCSB. He holds 8 patents. Arvind is married to an Icelander and has two daughters.Register to see speaker recommended resources.
moderator Co-director, The Mills Fabrica