Invest in African Investors; Find your first Product Management job; Facebook will pay $1 billion to creators; 100+ Female angel investors in Europe.
A weekly newsletter for Black and Brown women highlighting entrepreneurship and venture capital in the tech ecosystem.
Welcome to Issue #60 of For Colored Girls Who Tech, a weekly newsletter for Black and Brown women (and our allies) highlighting entrepreneurship and venture capital in the tech ecosystem. Please feel free to reach out if you’d like to partner with us or share stories, tips, or questions. If you enjoy our content, we encourage you to like this post above and share it with your community!
Investment in fintech booms as upstarts go mainstream
Invest in African Investors: A long-term solution to funding underrepresented local African founders
How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit
-Rahul Vohra / Superhuman
Black Women still receive just a tiny fraction of VC funding despite 5-year high
-Sophia Kunthara / Crunchbase
Why venture capital should commit to gender balance
-Sanna Bedi / World Economic Forum
Why the next wave of startups will be community-led
OPPORTUNITIES, FUNDING & COMPETITIONS
Digital Female Leader Award #DFLA21 nominations are now open. Apply in 18 categories such as Career, Digital Leadership, Digital Transformation, Diversity & FinTech / Money. Nominations close July 26, 2021.
EDF has launched the 4th edition of the EDF Pulse Africa Awards: a call for projects for African SMEs and start-ups. If you have an innovative project in the field of energy and want to develop your business, apply for a chance to win up to €15,000 and access to the new EDF Pulse Africa Factory program. Apply by July 26, 2021.
V8 Growth Labs Program provide world- class mentorship, rapid business development and improved access to capital. Early stage companies in Africa with a preference for technology enterprise business should apply.
Creative Destruction Lab is accepting applications for a nine-month, equity-free mentorship program for seed-stage, science-and technology-based companies. Apply by July 30, 2021.
Visa She's Next Grant Program for Canadian Entrepreneurs. Win $10,000 CAD plus a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching membership. August 3, 2021.
Women TechEU - a new EU scheme supporting deep-tech start-ups led by women and helping them grow into tomorrow’s deep tech champions. Receive grants of €75 000 and first-class coaching and mentoring. Call for proposals until November 10, 2021.
UPCOMING (VIRTUAL) EVENTS
Women in Blockchain Talks with Itzel Yard (Ix.Shells) & Randa Al-Rifai, July 21, 2021.
Women Entrepreneur Virtual Demo Day @ Halo Incubator, July 21, 2021.
Webinar: How to Find Your 1st Product Management Job by eBay Product Leader, July 22, 2021.
Financing and Scaling Your Startup in 2021: Tips from Women in VC by Puzzle HER, July 22, 2021.
Ask Me Anything: with Sharmadean Reid, CEO of Beautystack & The Stack World, July 22, 2021.
STARTUP AUTOBAHN, powered by Plug and Play’s EXPO 10 welcomes the brightest minds and top innovators to present their technologies to industry leaders and curious creators around the world. July 21-23, 2021.
TechCabal Live with Adam Molai: Making funding more accessible for early-stage startups in Africa, July 23, 2021.
July Startup Pitch Competition & Networking with Founders + Angel Investors by Entrepreneurs Collective, July 28, 2021.
Black Women Equal Pay Day: A Speaker Panel, August 3, 2021.
ON OUR RADAR
How to mend your broken pandemic brain.
European companies may ban the hijab at workplaces under certain conditions, top court rules.
The music streaming industry needs “a complete reset”
Emoji use at work? Survey says — thumbs up!
PEOPLE / ANNOUNCEMENTS
David Rawlinson II will be the next CEO of Qurate Retail, the parent company of QVC and HSN. He will bring the number of Black CEOs in the Fortune 500 back up to five.
Female Founders Fund closes $57 million funding round, backers include Goldman Sachs and Melinda French Gates.
Nasir C. Qadree founder of Zeal VC recently announced that he has closed his debut fund with $62.1 million.
Peter Boyce II is starting his own $40 million fund, Stellation Capital, less than one year after being promoted to a Partner at General Catalyst.
100+ Female angel investors in Europe (including yours truly).
Mayor of London commits to £20m for underrepresented founders.
LeBron James' SpringHill Co. is in early talks with Nike and others to sell equity stakes that would value it at upwards of $750 million.
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