Product-Founder fit; Money is not enough; Hey Spotify; Racism is a public health problem.

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

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Welcome to Issue #45 of For Colored Girls Who Tech, a weekly newsletter for Black and Brown women highlighting entrepreneurship and venture capital in the tech ecosystem. We are a community centered newsletter so feel free to reach out if you’d like to share stories, tips, comments, or questions.

What’s In This Issue

Insights

Opportunties, Funding and Competitions

Upcoming (Virtual) Events

On Our Radar

People / Announcements


Facebook leaked 533 million people's data and didn't tell anyone. Clubhouse has launched a payments feature. The New ‘Hey Spotify’ Feature. Jessica Alba’s Honest Company files for IPO. Canva Reaches $15 Billion Valuation. 25 venture-backed companies from the Bay Area became Unicorns in Q1. NFL star Tom Brady is launching a company for digital collectibles called "Autograph."


INSIGHTS


OPPORTUNITIES, FUNDING & COMPETITIONS

OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator and Conference. Apply for Free startup track by April 12, 2021.

Diligenced: A Live Pitch Session & Fellowship Overview Hosted by On Deck Angels, April 21, 2021.

Apple Impact Accelerator - A program for Black- and Brown-owned businesses with a focus on innovation and a commitment to the environment. Apply by April 30, 2021.

Coalition Venture Studio-A different way to accelerate. The Coalition welcomes all qualified Black founders to register their company with the Studio and is open to startups in any industry or vertical. Rolling Applications.

BLCK VC NYC Path Program in partnership with Lerer Hippeau and Anthemis. 25 Fellows will discover jobs in venture capital through educational programming, community connections, and mentorship. Apply by April 16, 2021.

Ad Astra May 2021 Get to Even Founder Bootcamp. For tenacious female founders in the early stages of a business. Applications open until April 16, 2021.

Apply to ERA's Summer 2021 accelerator program. ERA is the leading accelerator in NYC. Each accepted company receives an initial $100K investment with the potential for follow-on funding. Deadline April 26, 2021.


UPCOMING (VIRTUAL) EVENTS

Venture Stand-up Event Benelux. Hear pitches from 5 deep tech founders, who graduated from the EIT Digital innovation programme, which invests up to €1M in grant funding. April 13, 2021.

Boost VC Digital Demo Day, April 13, 2021.

CultureBanx + UBS-Normalizing Black Future Wealth, April 14, 2021.

Tropics Business Mixer, “Africa - America Cooperation” a pre-summit event hosted in anticipation of the 5th Annual Tropics Business Summit. April 16, 2021.

Sustainable Fashion: Transforming the Industry with Technology from Design to Delivery, on April 20, 2021.

AARP Innovation Labs and 1863 Ventures are hosting a pitch competition on April 21, 2021.

TERN Investor Showcase-Opportunities to invest in and support four emerging refugee-led businesses. April 28, 2021.

Remote Demo Day hosted by Jason Calacanis, April 28, 2021.


ON OUR RADAR

Intel’s Dystopian Anti-Harassment AI Lets Users Opt In for ‘Some’ Racism.

Spain will experiment with a four-day workweek, a first for Europe.

CDC Director Declares Racism A 'Serious Public Health Threat'.

Diddy Faces Backlash Over 'Hypocritical' Call To Spend More On Black Businesses.


PEOPLE / ANNOUNCEMENTS

Travis Montaque’s AI messaging company, Holler, Raises $36M In Series B Round.

COO Tekedra Mawakana will become co-CEO of Waymo.

LL Cool J's Rock the Bells direct-to-consumer business raises $8M In Series A Funding.

Kim Godwin will make history as the first Black woman to run a broadcast network news operation as new ABC News president.

Sarah Kunst is targeting up to $20 million for Cleo Capital Fund II.

Kathryn Finney’s Genius Guild Emerges From Stealth With $5 Million To Support Black Entrepreneurs.

Top American Latinx Tech Leaders in the US.

Black-owned brand CurlMix is breaking the internet with the launch of its equity crowdfunding campaign, raising over $2.5 million in a week.

Sawari Ventures an Egyptian VC firm raised a $63.8 million fund for innovation-driven startups.


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