With the aim of bringing investment capital to Indigenous communities, Oweesta Corporation (Oweesta) and Impact Finance Center (IFC) are launching the Indigenous Communities Investor Club.

The club provides useful information and guidance for potential investors to drive investment capital to small businesses, startups, funds, nonprofits, and other ventures that serve Indigenous communities. The club launches on October 13.

Here’s what will happen at the launch event.

The launch—to be held virtually on Tuesday, October 13, 12:30–3:00 p.m. (CDT)—is targeted to a specialized audience. Consider attending if you represent:

• An Indigenous social venture or Native CDFI
• An accredited investor
• A social venture or community looking to create an Investor Club model in your area

Attendees will hear opening remarks from Oweesta CEO Chrystel Cornelius; gain insights from a Native community development financial institution (Native CDFI) panel with Foundation partners Ted Piccolo, executive director of Northwest Native Development Fund, and Lakota Vogel, executive director of Four Bands Community Fund, among others; learn from an investor panel that includes our program manager Karla Miller; plus more.

Investor Club organizers Oweesta and IFC will share their extensive knowledge and networks.

Longtime Foundation partner Oweesta is a leading Native CDFI intermediary. Denver-based IFC works to build an infrastructure that supports impact investing by connecting investors to investing opportunities that align with their areas of interest, identity, and location.

You’ll see at the launch how the infrastructure Oweesta and IFC are building achieves increased investment in the entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits that help Indigenous communities thrive on their own terms. Central to their strategy are Investor Accelerators and Investor Clubs, which can act as a marketplace to directly connect investors with projects that match their mission.

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