The Rising Tide Foundation is a US based 501c(3) nonprofit organization that was formed to support the Rising Tide Program and Network, which is a global movement to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class. The Rising Tide Program has been developed to provide an enriching investment experience; including an investment portfolio in start-ups, education and training in the investment process, and the development of a global angel community of successful business women across the US, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

The Rising Tide Foundation, which was formed in 2016, will focus on building out the education and training programs, which will support the capacity building of new angel investors, as well as the global network of women investors and entrepreneurs (and the men who support them).

Role, Responsibility of the RT Foundation

  • The Rising Tide Foundation will provide support for the education and training piece of the Rising Tide Program as well as more broadly supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystems where the Rising Tide Funds invest. We will seek to raise funds from governments, multilateral institutions, foundations, the private sector, and individuals in order to provide support for education, training, and networking events for both investors and entrepreneurs, as well as the early stage entrepreneurial ecosystem around the world.
  • We will sponsor workshops and other events and activities that help to build and support the entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • We will develop online platform that facilitates the network, through the sharing and syndicating of investments, sharing best practices in investing and entrepreneurship, and offering opportunities for the RT community to add value to their local entrepreneurial ecosystems, as well as the broader global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Rising Tide Foundation Board members (US):

Dr. Susan Coleman is a Professor and the Ansley Chair of Finance at the University of Hartford located in West Hartford, Connecticut.  She teaches courses in entrepreneurial and corporate finance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Coleman’s research interests include entrepreneurial and small business finance. She has published extensively on the topic of financing women-owned firms and is frequently quoted in the business press.  Dr. Coleman has completed two books (with Alicia Robb) entitled A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-owned Firms published by the Stanford University Press in April, 2012 and The Next Wave: Financing Women’s Growth-Oriented Firms in August, 2016.

Dr. Bethann Kassman is CEO of Go Beyond Network, Go Beyond’s strategic alliance partner, in the United States and has been a member of the Go Beyond Management Team since 2009. Bethann has been a cross-border business angel for many years, investing in companies in both Europe and the US.  She serves on a number of committees in the angel community and works with start-up companies in areas of strategic positioning, management and marketing. Bethann was one of the nine lead angels in the inaugural Rising Tide US Fund.  Bethann previously lived in Switzerland where she ran a successful consulting company, was a professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Webster University’s Geneva campus and of Strategy at the Open University’s Executive MBA program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of eBella Magazine and the Collier Senior Resources Center, the AngelPool Advisory Board, Investors’ Circle Consumer Products Selection Committee and the Global Health Advisory Board.  Bethann has a B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University, a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Doctorate in Business from Business School Lausanne. She was one of the nine leads in the inaugural Rising Tide US Fund.

Krista Katsantonis Bloome is the former Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization that teaches entrepreneurship skills to youth from low-income communities. There, she forged collaborations with Google, Microsoft and SAP, among others, engaging executives and employees as valuable partners to enhance student outcomes. Prior to NFTE, Krista worked in community economic development at the Peace Corps in Panama, first as a volunteer, then as a trainer of incoming economic development volunteers. Krista began her professional career in advertising media, where she honed her management and leadership skills, earning Gap, Inc’s Operational Excellence award.  Krista holds an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a BA from UC San Diego. She was one of the LPs in the inaugural Rising Tide US Fund.

 Dr. Alicia Robb is a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation. She is the Founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development. ( Dr. Robb received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Office of Economic Research in the SBA. She is a prolific author on the topic of entrepreneurship. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is the co-author of Race and Entrepreneurial Success published by MIT Press and A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses and The Next Wave: Financing Strategies for Growth-Oriented Women Entrepreneurs by Stanford University Press.  She is a guest contributor to outlets such as Forbes and Huffington Post. An active angel investor, she mentors many firms around the world. She relocated to Durango, Colorado after living in Boulder for 2 years, Marin County, CA for 12 years, and Washington, D.C. for 5 years. She is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave Ventures and a Managing Partner of the Rising Tide US Fund I and a Limited Partner in the Rising Tide Europe Fund I.

Wendee Wolfson is a Leadership Coach and Consultant to entrepreneurs, corporate executives, non-profit directors, and family business leaders. She has been investing in early stage, high growth companies since 1997. As a co-founder and part of the management team of both, a professionally managed fund of active women angel investors, and Women’s Growth Capital Fund, a venture capital fund that invested exclusively in women entrepreneurs, Wendee has worked closely with entrepreneurs of high-growth, startup companies, advising them on business models, financing, and a variety of management challenges. She served on the board or as board advisor to several portfolio companies. She served as one of the nine of the lead angels of the inaugural Rising Tide US Fund.  She remains actively involved with organized angel investing groups, currently as a member of New Dominion Angels, in northern Virginia, and as co-chair of the International Exchange, an annual gathering hosted by the Angel Capital Association to strengthen the network and share effective practices among group leaders and investors in developed and emerging countries. She has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.