Know the Numbers: The Basics of Financial Accounting for Social Impact

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Location: Entrepreneurial Hub, Event Room 115


Want to be a social entrepreneur or impact investor?  You'll need to understand the basics of financial accounting.  

In a three-hour Keller Center mini-course, Brian Trelstad, Partner of Bridges Ventures and Former CIO of Acumen (and trustee of Guidestar, VisionSpring and former trustee of Isles) will offer a lively overview of financial accounting for impact organizations.  The interactive session will cover the basics of the big three: the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. 

This mini-course is open to undergraduates, graduates and postdocs. Lunch will be provided and registration is required.


Brian Trelstad Bio


Since 2012, Brian has been a partner at Bridges Ventures, a global asset manager specializing in sustianable and impact investing.  Prior to Bridges, he was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, where he oversaw $75M of investments into companies that were delivering health, water, energy, and agriculture services to economic base of the pyramid in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. As CIO, he was a member of Acumen’s management team and helped build out the network of country operations that worked closely with the entrepreneurs. Brian was also a co-founding board member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and was one of the principal architects of impact management software tool, Pulse, and the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, was a lead environmental staff person at the Corporation for National Service, and was involved in a range of non-profit and for-profit start ups. Brian has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and an MA in City & Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.  Brian was the first impact investor to go through the Kauffman Fellows Program of the Center for Venture Education, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.