A Conversation with Open Road: The role of impact finance and investment in the wake of COVID-19


In the face of a global pandemic, small- to medium-sized businesses turn to the federal, state, and local governments, investment banks, private equity firms, and venture capitalists for financial support and stability, but an additional support mechanism has emerged – impact funds, such as Open Road Alliance, to help bridge the gap – literally. Listen in to our conversation with Orrick’s Impact Finance Attorney Perry Teicher and Open Road’s Chief Executive Officer Maya Winkelstein to learn more about the role of impact finance and investment in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

In this Q&A you will learn about:

  • Impact finance and investment and Open Road’s thought process behind launching an impact fund
  • What Open Road is doing to differentiate themselves in the market
  • How to pivot and see the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to meet new needs of social enterprises
  • Steps impact funds and other investors can take to collectively respond to COVID-19