Staff report

Charlotter-owned Vermont Works Management Company LLC, in partnership with Big Path Capital, hosted the first Vermont Investors Summit on Oct. 16 at the new Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.

The event was designed specifically for local companies seeking early and growth-stage funding to meet with socially minded investors from Vermont and elsewhere. Selected companies showcased their unique investment opportunities, and investors gained insight into the larger Vermont innovation ecosystem.

The evening featured a multi-round “speed dating” session, a keynote speech by Anna-Marie Wascher, the CEO and founder of Flat World Partners, a next generation investment firm focused on forward-looking investment strategies, and a reception featured local food and beverages. The summit was opened with remarks by Gov. Phil Scott.

The summit coincided with Vermont Innovation Week, sponsored by BTV Ignite. Sponsors of the Investors Summit included Vermont Works Management Company, Big Path Capital, LaunchVT, Milk Money VT, Merritt & Merritt, Champlain College, the University of Vermont and Vermont Technology Alliance, the Sustainable Innovation MBA at UVM, VSECU, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Community Loan Fund, the Small Business Administration, Noble Fresh and others

Vermont Works plans to hold this event annually. For more information visit vermontworks.org or contact Aditi Datta at aditi@vermontworks.org.