October News

Fall Connections Back in Person! 

Voices from Our Community 

Thursday, 10/13 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm PT
EPACENTER: 1950 Bay Road, East Palo Alto

Our flagship fall gathering centered on our Grantee and Impact Investee Partners is finally back in person after two long years! Come join us for an interactive evening of connection and storysharing with Streetcode Academy, Redwood City PAL, and Amped Innovation. We are showing our support for local food entrepreneurs, and at this event, you'll be noshing on delights from an artistic grazing board, a taco bar, and a cupcake frosting station! 


BE MORE with Anu Gupta

Breaking Bias Summit

Thursday & Friday, 11/3-11/4 | 9:00am - 2:00pm PT | Zoom

Following our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging training with Anu Gupta in May, we’re thrilled to announce our sponsorship of BE MORE with Anu’s inaugural Breaking Bias Summit: Applying Mindfulness to Dismantle Systemic Racism. It’s going to be an inspiring convening of leaders, practitioners, and scholars from across sectors sharing novel solutions towards Breaking Bias. Together we will create a world where we belong everywhere. 

#BreakingBiasSummit #BelongEverywhere


Impact Investing Group (IIG):

October Monthly Pitches 

Wednesday, 10/12 | 11:30am - 1:30pm PT | Zoom

As part of expanding our impact investing practice at SV2, we are excited to announce six SV2 Partners appointed to our FY22-23 Investment Committee (IC): Bill Brownell, Aarti Chandna, Nancy Heinen, Lisa Jones, Rekha Pai, and Tony Stayner. The IC will be responsible for investment policy, portfolio strategy, and deal selection decisions at SV2.

Please join the first hour to hear pitches from two companies: Ecotone Renewables (a social enterprise startup turning food waste into carbon-negative organic liquid fertilizer) and New Way Homes (an impact fund addressing housing affordability). Feel free to stay on for the second hour to observe the new IC in action as we review the Diligence Team efforts to make investment selection decisions on past company pitches: Mirza, Gradient Health, and Candoo Tech.



Tony Lam

Tony is a serial entrepreneur, seed investor, and restaurateur. After working as an engineer for 14 years at CISCO, Tony started frozen dessert company Mavens Creamery, which won Shark Tank in 2015 and will be rolling out its unique Malaysian durian flavor at Bay Area Costcos this November. A food tech advisor and e-commerce logistics group purchaser named as a SKU Accelerator winner in 2022, Tony is co-owner of Wingstop Restaurants, alaMar Kitchen & Bar, and OmniBev. In his spare time, he volunteers as an American Leadership Forum Fellow, Asian America Foundation sponsor, and Asian Hustle Network mentor to young entrepreneurs. Tony is a first-generation immigrant from Vietnam and lives with his wife Van and their two sons, Damon and Andy, in San Jose.

Connect with Tony on mySV2

Tanja Powers

Tanja is a life sciences and biotech executive who is passionate about people, patient access, and healthcare in underserved communities. She’s the mom of two amazing young adults and is a life-long learner and dabbler in writing, yoga, camping, and traveling. Tanja is excited about the next mountain and how she can make a greater impact in her community.


SV2 Grantee Partner Celebrations, Volunteer Opportunities, and Events

Braven | Economic Opportunity

We are proving what’s possible when you empower the next generation of leaders with the skills, networks, experiences, and confidence necessary to launch a strong career. Check out their Impact Report!

Code Tenderloin | Workforce Development

There are various volunteer needs (both in person and online) at Code Tenderloin, starting at 1-2 hours/week. We can work with students directly and help them secure long term employment and succeed at their work places. Learn more

ICA | Business Accelerator

Shop the ICA Marketplace! | By shopping with us, you’re helping the Bay Area small business ecosystem thrive. Shop now

Safe & Sound | Child Abuse Prevention

Use your lunch break for good! Invite Safe & Sound staff to inform and educate the employees at your company. Child abuse is a pervasive, often overlooked, ill in our community. While our city faces many social challenges, including poverty, homelessness, crime, and addiction, child abuse is often the hidden, contributing factor that directly impacts all of us. Eradicating child abuse from society will take effort from all of us, and you can help. Host a Lunch & Learn

Upward Scholars | Economic Inclusion

Supporting local small businesses started and owned by Upward Scholars students and alumni helps students continue to live out their entrepreneurial dreams! Support a student


The Social Impact Book Club, led by SV2 Partner Paru Desai, is for current Partners only and meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Join the Book Club on mySV2!

About SV2

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) is a learning community of everyday givers committed to accelerating equity in the Bay Area through grantmaking and impact investing. For over 20 years, SV2 has been a trusted social innovation leader supporting locals to connect, learn, and practice giving in community alongside their peers. 

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