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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Jun 27, 2022

What Is Esg?

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance, and represents the area of focus for socially responsible investors. 

This is often referred to as sustainable investing.

ESG investing incorporates environmental, social, and governance factors as it relates to the mission of the business. 

It’s a set of standards for company operations that come into play in hiring leadership, compensation, shareholder rights, and more.

Environmental centers around renewable energy, waste management, water pollution, and deforestation.

Social centers around fair pay, workplace inclusion, and prevention of sexual harassment.

Governance centers around executive compensation, financial transparency, and board diversity.

Many investors focus primarily on executive compensation.

Limited partners increasingly look for ESG-related investments and will not participate in those without it.

Impact investing is different from ESG investing. 

Impact investing seeks to fund startups that provide a measurable impact on a social cause.

Startups applying ESG to their business look for how ESG drives decision-making across all operations including the impact of the product or service, the operations, and that of their employees. 

ESG investors look for their investment to make a meaningful contribution to the cause.

Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

Let’s go startup something today.

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