The SWAN Impact Network originally operated under the name of The Southwest Angel Network, and is a network of individual angel investors. The SWAN Impact Network leaders are in the process of establishing a parallel, sister organization, the SWAN Impact Fund, a VC-style impact investor.
The Mission of the SWAN Impact Network: The angels at the SWAN Impact Network are bound together by a passion for making the world a better place by supporting dynamic startups that are striving to address serious challenges that our society faces. SWAN focuses on companies who expect to deliver measurable social or environmental impact, and who also have solid plans for financial success. Secondarily, we recognize that women and people of color startup founders have been under-funded by the startup investment community. Half of our investments have gone to these under-represented founders. And SWAN’s leadership and membership reflects the diversity of the community.
A rapidly growing and nationally prominent impact angel network, SWAN has chapters in Austin and Dallas, and includes angels from across the US. And we invest in amazing companies from across the US.
We also have programs to help promote entrepreneurship with the underserved high-school students in the Austin community. Through “I Live Here/I Give Here” you can help us provide a scholarship to the social-impact winners of the city-wide Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Superstars competition
Examples of social-impact include improving education and healthcare outcomes, increasing financial empowerment, protecting the environment, and working to improve the lives of groups of people who face unique challenges.