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A weekly newsletter for Black and Brown women highlighting entrepreneurship and venture capital in the tech ecosystem.

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Spring weekend. Welcome to Issue #48 of For Colored Girls Who Tech, a weekly newsletter for Black and Brown women highlighting entrepreneurship and venture capital in the tech ecosystem. We love hearing from our readers so feel free to reach out if you’d like to share stories, tips, comments, or questions. Don’t forget to like this post above and share it with friends.

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Quibi's content is coming to Roku as Roku Originals. The US has pledged to halve its carbon emissions by 2030. Reddit unveiled its Clubhouse rival, Reddit Talk. Parler's coming back to the App Store. Discord walked away from Microsoft talks and now pursuing an IPO. Amazon is opening a hair salon in London.


INSIGHTS


OPPORTUNITIES, FUNDING & COMPETITIONS

Recast Capital Enablement Program. A tuition-free educational program for emerging fund managers in venture. Apply by May 2, 2021.

Calling all female founders for the Viva Tech x 50 in Tech #FemaleFounderChallenge. Apply by May 2, 2021.

XRC Labs bi-annual (virtual) Investor Days the first two weeks of May 2021.  Investors can schedule an exclusive “speed dating” with 29 XRC startups before they begin fundraising from the general public.

Launch a Social Startup in a year. Applications for the 2021/22 Social Innovation Fellowship are open. You’ll leave with frontline experience, practical business skills, and a robust venture idea. Apply by May 2, 2021.

FEMPIRE x SoGal Angel Investor Training Bootcamp & Syndicate.


UPCOMING (VIRTUAL) EVENTS

All Raise: Starting a Business: From Legal to Taxes, April 27, 2021.

Tuesday Talks-Ecosystem Giants with Soraya Darabi-The most networked woman in Venture Capital. April 27, 2021.

SDG Integration webinar series: Defining Priorities and Setting Goals, April 27, 2021.

Envision x VCFamilia - What we wished we knew about fundraising, April 28, 2021.

Insights Series #1 : Empowering Women in Esports, April 29, 2021.

Transparent Collective 7th Annual Startup Showcase. Hear from 10 early-stage, underrepresented founders with promising tech products & traction from across the country. April 30, 2021.

University of Pennsylvania Venture Lab Startup Challenge Showcase (Online). 8 Finalist Teams will pitch for their chance to win a part of $135K in cash and in-kind awards. April 30, 2021.

NFT Virtual Summit hosted by Andreessen Horowitz and the Stanford Center for Blockchain Research, May 4, 2021.

Impact Accelerator Autumn 2020 cohort - Pitch day, May 5, 2021.

Ladies, where is the Money? Why female investors are a gamechanger for the European tech ecosystem, May 5, 2021.


ON OUR RADAR

Travis Kalanick's stealth $5 billion startup, CloudKitchens, is Uber all over again, ruled by a 'temple of bros,' insiders say.

We Won’t Be the Only Ones Eating Lab-Grown Meat—Our Pets Will Too.

This biotech startup thinks it can delay menopause by 15 years. That would transform women’s lives.

The Future of High Heels Looks Wobbly—at Least for Now.


PEOPLE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

Angel Rich launched the artificial intelligence fintech app CreditRich in partnership with credit report agency Experian. 

Mastercard has made a multi-million dollar investment to Fearless Fund, a venture capital fund built to support women of color.

Jen Rubio, Away Co-Founder, named CEO ahead of Potential IPO.

Denise Gardner named the new board chair of Art Institute, believed to be the first Black woman chair at a major art museum.

Zoom launches $100 million Zoom Apps fund to spur growth in developer ecosystem.

Lauren Kassan, the Wing’s other cofounder and longtime COO, has been formally named CEO.


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