NextSeed’s Youngro Lee named to SEC Advisory Committee


NextSeed is a company that has been a pioneer in crowdfunding since the company’s inception and this has not gone unnoticed. Youngro Lee, NextSeed CEO and long time member of Collaboration Capital’s rich network of collaborators, has been appointed to serve as a member of the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (  This committee was established by Congress via the SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016 to assist the SEC on small business capital formation issues. This position is a 4-year term and will afford Mr. Lee opportunity to engage directly with the SEC Commissioners and others on how to improve US securities laws to support private capital-raising for small businesses.

Youngro Lee is the only professional from the online investment platform/investment crowdfunding industry named to this committee and we at Collaboration Capital agree that this is a strong indication that NextSeed is doing things the right way.  This appointment is a tremendous honor for both Youngro Lee and NextSeed and the appointment will provide much credibility as NextSeed pursues increasingly more sophisticated opportunities in service of their investors and the users of their platform.

City Building Templates at CoLab
Christopher L. Knapp to present at the Impact Capitalism Summit
Community Capital Management Spring Newsletter
Go Big and Go Home; Intensely Global and Hyper Local

Focus on both the intensely global and hyper local may seem a strange collision of ideas, priorities, and even values. Collaboration Capital CEO, Chris Knapp, will be delivering the keynote address on these same ideas at the 2019 Family Office Association National Summit March on March 8th in his talk Go Big and Go Home; Intensely Global + Hyper Local: Technology, Cash Flow and Opportunity Zone Fund Investments in Complete Portfolios.

The Family Office Association is dedicated to successful individuals, families, and single family offices with an aim at creating deep value that allows for the multi-generational pursuit of passion and impact.

Harvard Business Review: Sixup gives securitization meaningful social impact

Collaboration Capital Portfolio Contributor SixUp receives worthy mention in Harvard Business Review article “The State of Socially Responsible Investing.”

Sixup is taking tremendous strides in giving securitization new life as a tool for social impact. By providing an education finance platform, founder Sunwoo Hwang and the team at SixUp are giving high-achieving students who are from low-means environments and who are quite often first-generation students the ability to attend four-year colleges and universities. The families of these students frequently don’t have credit scores or would, because of their income, otherwise find themselves unable to secure funding for the ever rising price of higher education.

It’s not just about providing access to capital though- SIXUP takes a vested interest in these student’s success. As the Harvard Business review points out:

“Along with loans, Sixup provides students with tutoring, job-matching, and other counseling. Sixup currently counts Goldman Sachs as its largest lender. Once it has reached $100 million in total lending assets, it will test the market with a securitization—a critical milestone towards scale. Over time, as their lending assets grow, Sixup plans to tap into the broader fixed income markets, as well as more traditional securitizations. If successful, it has the potential to mobilize more than $1 billion towards the Future-Prime market providing thousands with a stronger pathway to economic mobility.”

Please take a moment to read the full article at the link below. To discover more about the network of collaborators and portfolio contributors who make Collaboration Capital a success, simply fill out the contact form HERE.

Sixup founder, Sunwoo Hwang, at the 2018 Collaboration Capital Investment Forum

Collaboration Capital in Big Sky Country

Collaboration Capital CEO, Christopher Knapp, was invited to participate in and help lead a national discussion on social entrepreneurship and investment opportunities tied to early stage for-profit companies solving complex problems.

Christopher Knapp, Collaboration Capital CEO, contributes essay to Monocle

Why forgoing a car in Houston, Texas is turning out to be the ride of this writer’s life

by Christopher Knapp

In “The Opener” section of the July/August issue of Monocle magazine, published in London and distributed world wide, one can find articles on Vienna’s water, Vancouver’s mini libraries, Berlin barbecues, and Collaboration Capital founder and CEO Christopher Knapp’s essay about foregoing a car in Houston, one of America’s most car-centric cities.

Invest Local: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Edible Houston

You may shop and eat local but do you invest local? Houston-based NextSeed started in 2015 and has made investing locally possible in a way that wasn’t available before. NextSeed is a community-driven investment and financing platform, which means it’s the newest, and one of the only forms of true local investment available to the average Houstonian. It’s changing the way people in Houston—and across the US—invest their money.

Christopher Knapp, Collaboration Capital CEO, presents at the Private Foundation Summit in Washington, D.C.

Collaboration Capital CEO, Christopher Knapp, presented “Impact Investing: Understanding the Spectrum and Gaining Additional Insights” at the AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry and Private Foundation Summit on June 21st in Washington, DC.

He spoke about the spectrum of impact investing tools used by private foundations from grants to maximizing return on traditional investments, and everything in between. Speakers provided examples of interesting investments which qualified as Program Related Investments as well as those that did not. Presenters shared lessons learned, risk factors, dos and don’ts.