Community Capital Pitches to Investors

Monday, September 28
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Community Capital pitches are for social venture businesses and community businesses that are raising money through impact investing sources.

Pitching Companies

Investor Panelists

Hillary Talbot

Sail Community Capital
Hillary is a community capital advocate and local investor at heart. She founded Sail Community Capital to help startups and small businesses raise the funds to bring their dreams to life. She guides clients through the maze of crowdfunding to select a crowdfunding platform, build their debt or equity offering, and market their raise. Hillary is also building a coalition of local investors who want to create vibrant local economies.

Jennifer Kuyper

Pacific Valley Bank
In her 20 years in commercial banking Jennifer has helped hundreds of visionary business owners access the capital necessary to launch, scale or grow their business. She has a passion for community banking and making funding more accessible across a broader base of the population.

Eric Quick

The Town Kitchen
Eric has thirty years’ experience in management and has held senior leadership positions with start-up ventures and notable companies including McDonald’s, Disney, Safeway and Revolution Foods. Eric (CoFounder & CEO of PocketCFO) is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for developing emotionally intelligent teams. His track record demonstrates his ability to nurture and accelerate big ideas from inception to hypergrowth opportunities. Eric recently launched and is Co-Host and Producer of Bathtime 2 BoardroomTM, a Podcast focused on working parents or parents to be and how they balance work, life and the challenges that come with it.

Justin Renfro

Justin is currently leading growth and operations for Wefunder, helping entrepreneurs raise capital and connecting them to resources that will support their success. Prior to that he started his own business (Chill Charters) and worked at Lyft,, and LinkedIn. He sees himself as an entrepreneur with an eye for impact. He's a proud generalist and enjoys working across a wide range of different functional areas. This is why he loves working for and working with startups. He loves the energy, the creativity, and the challenge.


Susan Szasz Harker

Slow Money Monterey Bay
Susan Szasz Harker is part of the team that brought Slow Money to Monterey Bay. After a career in large corporate, Susan switched her focus to building the next generation of business leaders -- through CSUMB, supporting undergrad and MBA students, and through Slow Money Monterey Bay, supporting entrepreneurs and the community by promoting local investment in local sustainable food systems.