Join us for the “Investment Readiness Webinar for Entrepreneurs & Investors” on November 15th at 9am PT / 5pm GMT for a uniquely candid conversation between 3 social entrepreneurs and 3 impact investors on what it takes to be investment ready.

“Investment readiness” is often a concept oriented towards entrepreneurs, and yet investors can also grow in terms of their readiness to invest. In this webinar, we’re removing the divide between entrepreneurs and investors and working together to catalyze capital more efficiently towards impact.

About the Speakers

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Anna-Marie Wascher

CEO & Founding Partner, A Flat World

Anna-Marie Wascher is the CEO and founder of Flat World Partners, a next generation investment firm focused on forward-looking investment strategies. Anna-Marie has worked over as a member of investment teams for several family offices and investment firms in the US and Europe for over ten years experience evaluating investment opportunities in venture and hedge funds. Previously she served as a Director at Cantor Fitzgerald as a senior member of the capital introduction team. She is a venture partner to Aera, a venture fund investing in high growth early stage ventures defined by both purpose and profit. Anna-Marie started her career with Accenture as a financial consultant in their London investment banking practice as well as supported Accenture’s socially responsible business arm. In 2009 Anna-Marie left Accenture to become Co-founder and COO of Malaika For Life, a non-profit based in Tanzania. She has an MBA in corporate finance from Boston College, graduating with honors and an BA in finance from University of Miami, graduating with honors.

Lisa Kleissner

Co-Founder & President, KL Felicitas Foundation

Lisa Kleissner is joyfully aligning her family capital with her business acumen to help make the world a better place. An impact investor since 2000, Lisa advocates, teaches, writes and muses about the impact experience.

Lisa co-founded the KL Felicitas Foundation (, and Toniic Institute ( These organizations are building a movement to bring down the barriers to impact investing while transforming how we define and create wealth. Lisa co-founded Social-Impact International ( and Hawai’i Investment Ready ( to identify, capacity build and scale regional and indigenous social enterprise.

Sandeep Gupta

Pyfera CapitalVarshney Capital

Sandeep Gupta is focused on financing and fostering the growth of two dozen Life Sciences, Clean Tech, Social Impact and Digital Systems startups handpicked from over 300 candidates per year. Over the past twenty five years he has founded and successfully exited at over $100M multiple semiconductor, software, and systems technology companies. Additionally, Sandeep has held Division General Manager and Business Unit Director roles at large multi-national semiconductor firms, operating offices in North America and Asia, and conducting business in Europe and Asia Pacific.  Sandeep has led the acquisition of seven companies ranging from $800k to $720M, and led due diligence for multiple firms.  Sandeep holds an Electronics Engineering degree from University of British Columbia and now resides in lovely Vancouver with his engineer artist yogi wife and two tall kids.


Amy Cagle

Founder and VP Global Business Development, Day One Response

Amy is Co-Founder at DayOne Response because of her vision and dedication or passion to bring clean water to disaster relief victims. Amy has received 15+ awards for excellence in solving global problems including special recognition by United Nations in humanitarian innovation. Prior to DayOne Response, Amy was a key sales leader at two e-commerce technology companies from startup to acquisition by Intuit and Connexity respectively. Amy received her B.S. in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University and was part of the first class of entrepreneurs invited to attend Innovation Quest, an alumni led incubator.


Robyn Scott

Co-Founder & CEO, Apolitical

Robyn is co-founder and CEO of Apolitical, a global peer-to-peer platform for government, helping public servants find the ideas, experts and partners they need to solve the hardest challenges facing our societies. Robyn previously co-founded OneLeap, a London based executive education company, and Level Up, which teaches income generation skills to vulnerable young people in South Africa. She has written an acclaimed memoir about growing up in Botswana. She is an ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index, an advisor to the Responsible Mining Index, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Gates Scholar. She has a BSc in Bioinformatics from Auckland and a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge.


Sandeep Giri 

Co-Founder & CEO, Gham Power

Sandeep loves building technology companies with high social impact. Based in San Francisco, he has started 3 companies to date (1 acquired, 2 operating profitably). Sandeep founded Gham Power to provide solar-based agro-processing solutions to rural, off-grid farmers in Nepal, and develop microgrids at communities with steady tourism traffic. Gham started in 2010, and has deployed over 2 megawatts of solar across 1,500+ projects, powering hundreds of small businesses and households. It has a 30-person staff with an all-local management team, and has raised equity investment from PYMWYMIC (Netherlands), plus grants from GSMA, USAID, DOEN Foundation, NORAD, and ADB.

About EY Preparing for Scale Webinar Series

The EY “Preparing for Scale” webinar series aims to support impact entrepreneurs and their management teams to overcome barriers to growth. Presented in association with AcumenEchoing GreenANDE and Toniic, the webinar series will provide insightful, practical advice on how to understand and overcome these barriers to growth, as well as tangible examples of how they have been overcome in practice by leading impact entrepreneurs.

This webinar series is made possible by EY.

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