RETHINKING INVESTING

We see things differently.
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And what others don’t see is their loss and our gain.

 

We see emerging, vibrant networks of innovative entrepreneurs, many of whom are of color and women, overlooked by mainstream investors.

 


We see an untapped pool of founders who are
pursuing scalable business opportunities,
addressing challenging social and environmental issues,
yet lack the capital to grow.

 

 

We see a different approach to investing capital that will produce strong returns to shareholders and intentional benefits for stakeholders.

We invest growth-stage capital in companies that have the potential for both excellent financial returns and sustainable, measurable impacts… MORE »

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We know from experience that its possible to do much better than either/ or. We know its possible to create greater value, and we are committed to working with others who are not satisfied with the false choice between financial value and social value.

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We are accomplished at seeing value where others see none.

We have deep experience in impact investing, innovation and technology development and cultivating community. We are serial pioneers that have led successful “firsts” across diverse sectors and geographies.

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Edward Dugger III
Edward Dugger III

Ed, who is President, is a pioneering impact investment leader. He has managed venture capital funds for over 23 years … MORE »

Julianne Zimmerman
Julianne Zimmerman

For more than 25 years Julianne, who is Managing Director, has been putting technology to work for the greater good … MORE »

Ed, who is President, is a pioneering impact investment leader. He has managed venture capital funds for over 23 years on behalf of institutional investors committed to profitable, yet socially responsible investments. To be specific, he managed The UNC Venture Funds as President of UNC Partners, Inc. These funds focused on emerging and acquired companies operating in growth-oriented industries. This experience provided Ed with extensive investment experience in such areas as computer and digital technology; commercial air transportation; consumer products; broadcast media, commercial and residential real estate development; and environmental services.  The capital of the Funds was invested to consciously expand business opportunities for entrepreneurs of color and attracted over $1 billion of co-investments and financing for the growth and development of portfolio companies.

As a prominent business and civic leader, Ed served as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and is currently a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of Boston Community Capital, one of the largest regulated Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) in the United States. He is the Chair of the Board of Boston Community Ventures and serves on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable.  Most recently, he has guided growth companies to launch initiatives that: 1) anticipate the impact on business of rapid demographic and environmental changes in the United States and 2) develop new business models transforming these changes into competitive advantages for businesses.

Based in Boston, Ed is a graduate of Harvard College and Princeton University (MPA-UP, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs).

I’m a proud papa of three children, all of whom have been bitten by one of the “bugs” that has smitten me.  My son Cyrus (Brown Univ., NYU Law) has the social justice bug and is a labor lawyer in New York City, having recently set up his own law firm. My son, Langston (Brown Univ., Dartmouth MBA) has the entrepreneurial bug, and although he is currently a Senior Assistant Brand Manager at P & G, he is destined to be an entrepreneur.  My daughter Chloe (Brown Univ., Oxford Univ., UK, MA Development Studies, Africa & Asia) has the economic justice bug and is pursuing it in Johannesburg, South Africa.

When I am not bragging about my children, I spend my time as a serious fitness buff, photographer, family genealogist and practitioner of Buddhism.  Divorced, I spend as much time as I can sharing love, laughter and life with the new apple of my eye.

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For more than 25 years Julianne, who is Managing Director, has been putting technology to work for the greater good in the US and abroad.  Along the way she has contributed in a variety of roles:  Co-Founder of a seed-stage investment firm;  VP of Communications at a utility-scale energy storage company;  Co-founder and Director of Business Development of a biofuel company;  VP of Engineering at a water purification company;  and trusted mentor, board member, advisor, or consultant to many more. Julianne invests heavily in cultivating community, including as a mentor with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service and life deacon in her church;  she recently concluded a three-year term as Co-chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum Innovation Series.  As an author and speaker for domestic and global audiences, she has contributed to GreenMoney, GreenBiz, Sloan EMBA, GIST Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, All-Russia Innovation Convention, and the MIT Nuts & Bolts Course, among others;  she also frequently serves as a judge for technology and entrepreneurship competitions, and as a connectrix for innovators around the world.

Julianne earned two undergraduate degrees from MIT (Aero/Astro Engineering and Literature / Humanities), an MS from the University of Maryland, and an executive certificate in sustainability management from the Presidio Graduate School;  she previously volunteered as a certified Emergency Medical Technician in Maryland (PGFD 1) and Massachusetts (Boston Marathon finish line medical services);  she served as a research diver at the University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory.  She was twice a finalist in the NASA astronaut selection process.

I love both idea and execution, right brain and left brain.  Best of all is when both come together, as Richard Feynman so beautifully wrote: “Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination — stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern — of which I am a part… What is the pattern, or the meaning, or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it. Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?”

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We anticipate generating a non-concessionary internal rate of return, and significant measurable impacts.

We will seek our impact through investments allowing us to address inequities in the allocation of capital to founders who are of color and women and to share wealth more equitably. MORE »

We invest growth-stage capital in companies that have the potential for both excellent financial returns and sustainable, measurable impacts.

These young companies are poised for success because they have developed novel business models to address social and economic inequities in finance, health and wellness, energy and contamination, and related areas.

We are able to help them succeed because we have developed expertise in strategically attracting and applying the right resources — equity, debt, and other finance; people; partnerships; etc. — to achieve each company’s specific aims.

Working together, Reinventure Capital and our portfolio teams share common purpose to create value for all our stakeholders: investors, founders, employees, customers, partners, and community members.

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Reinventure Capital
Boston | San Francisco USA
617 500-6607

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