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Changing the Face of Angel Investing in Austin

Empower Lounge and the Pipeline Fellowship collaborate to help women philanthropists learn about angel investing

March 4, 2013, Austin, Texas – Empower Lounge and the Pipeline Fellowship have teamed up to host an event aimed at addressing the lack of diversity in the U.S. angel investing community.  Pipeline Fellowship Founder & CEO Natalia Oberti Noguera will discuss how her organization is changing the face of angel investing and she will interview special guest Ingrid Vanderveldt on Ingrid’s efforts to increase diversity in the VC and entrepreneurship communities.

Empower Lounge is working with the Pipeline Fellowship to engage women philanthropists in the South Central Texas area, putting them on the path to becoming angel investors.  “We are a natural fit to collaborate with the Pipeline Fellowship in Austin, as we are based here,” said Misty Gibbs, founder of Empower Lounge, a media site dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs launch and scale businesses to >US$1M.

In 2011, only 12% of U.S. angel investors were women and only 4% were minorities, according to the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire.  The Pipeline Fellowship aims to change that with their angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists.  Pipeline Fellowship Founder & CEO Natalia Oberti Noguera says that their mission is to increase diversity in the U.S. angel investing community while creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.  “As usual, entrepreneurs are ahead of the curve–while they have created hybrid business models, we need more hybrid investors who get the financial, environmental, and social value of triple bottom line businesses,” remarked Natalia Oberti Noguera, “I saw a huge opportunity to engage women philanthropists as angel investors by sharing with them the positive impact they could make through investing in women-led for-profit social ventures in exchange for equity.”

“With Austin in the Top 10 cities to be a woman entrepreneur, we’re excited to welcome Pipeline Fellowship’s innovative and disruptive take on capital creation,” added Misty Gibbs.

The event will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013, while Natalia Oberti Noguera is in town speaking at SXSW on the “Cultivating the New Minority Entrepreneur” panel (March 10, 2013) and at the Black Founders Conference on the “How Have Angel Investing and Crowdfunding Changed the Way Startups Get Money?” panel (March 8, 2013).

About the Event

Hosted by Austin-based Empower Lounge Founder and Chief Curator Misty Gibbs, join Pipeline Fellowship Founder & CEO Natalia Oberti Noguera and special guest Ingrid Vanderveldt for lunch at Sagra Restaurant on the Eastside on Monday, March 11, 2013.  Natalia will discuss how her organization is changing the face of angel investing and interview Ingrid regarding her efforts to increase diversity in the VC and entrepreneurship communities.

For full details and tickets: http://pfinfoaustinempowerlounge.eventbrite.com

About Empower Lounge

Empower Lounge is the go-to source and mentor community for women entrepreneurs launching and building scalable businesses.  Empower Lounge provides a visually-inspiring destination to help women think big, share their stories and access the best business advice, resources and connections shared by rising stars and women who’ve built $1M+ companies.

About Pipeline Fellowship

The Pipeline Fellowship is an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists.  The Pipeline Fellowship works to increase diversity in the U.S angel investing community and creates capital for women social entrepreneurs.

About Misty Gibbs

As Founder of Empower Lounge, Misty has seen firsthand how challenging it can be to launch and build a successful brand.  On a mission to provide successful and aspiring women entrepreneurs a global platform to share their secret weapons, stories and have a go-to source they can trust, Misty leverages her own startup journey and success with several venture-backed online advertising startups, two of which went public.  Misty has shared her entrepreneurial tips at the Austin Women’s Conference, Huffington Post, Forbes Woman and The Women’s Conference.

About Natalia Oberti Noguera

Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists.  The Pipeline Fellowship works to increase diversity in the U.S angel investing community and creates capital for women social entrepreneurs.  Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale.  She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Dowser, Forbes CSR Blog, ForbesWoman, Mashable, New Prosperity, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, and The New York Times.  Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter” and was selected as a Readers’ Pick for HuffPost Tech’s “27 Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter.”  Women’s eNews recognized her as a 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012.  You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

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