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A weekly newsletter for Black and Brown women (and our allies) highlighting entrepreneurship and venture capital in the tech ecosystem.
Welcome to Issue #90 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. 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!
The great VC pullback of 2022
-Matt Turck/ FirstMark
Freeze peach and the Internet
-Antonio García Martínez
Is it Time to Ditch Sustainability?
How to Help Your Employees Value Equity
Elon Musk Is Silicon Valley’s New Hero—for Better or Worse
-Sam Lessin / The Information
OPPORTUNITIES, FUNDING & COMPETITIONS
International Founders Office Hours - 2022 Launch. Blue Lake VC in partnership with Tech Nation's Visa team are proud to kick off our Office Hours initiative. Running between May and August 2022, it will provide incomparable access directly to partners at some of the UK's top VC firms for international founders from across the globe now based in the UK. May 3, 2022.
Radio France x France Télévisions Challenge at Vivatech. Startups, scaleups: come and pitch your innovative solution at Vivatech and win the opportunity to experiment in an open innovation process, a visit to the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique and France Télévisions, media coverage by franceinfo, as well as a gateway to the European network Future Media Hubs! Apply by May 6, 2022.
InNYC -A new program from McKinsey designed to help NYC startups with underrepresented founders tackle their toughest challenges and achieve sustainable, inclusive growth. Apply by May 13, 2022.
WOCstar Fund Academy & Ghetto Film School Brand Storytelling Program 2022 Spring Cohort Application. If you are a Black retail or tech entrepreneur looking to scale your business, apply now! Deadline is May 20, 2022!
Roadmap to Billions Pitch Competition. Enter for a chance to win $20K. Must have a Black woman on the founding team. Apply Now.
UPCOMING (VIRTUAL) EVENTS
Cleantech Scandinavia Dealflow Webseries focused on "Alternative Proteins and Plant-Based Food". This event showcases 5 highly innovative companies from the Nordics and Baltics: May 3, 2022.
What is happening with follow-on fundraising in the UK? Join Capital Enterprise for a panel discussion and networking on the state of follow-on fundraising in the UK. May 3, 2022.
European Innovation Gender and Diversity Index Workshop. The European Innovation Council (EIC) is organizing an informative workshop to discuss how the European Innovation Gender and Diversity Index call is expected to increase diversity in European tech start-ups. May 5, 2022.
EIT Food Nordic & Baltic Startup Forum. The Forum is bridging the Nordic and Baltic agri-foodtech ecosystems to enhance innovation, co-creation, and networking. It will bring together corporates, academia, investors, and startups to share what's happening in the local agri-foodtech spaces and discuss the future of food from their perspectives. In Helsinki on May 11, 2022.
Angel Academe Pitch Event (online). These sessions are for angel investors from our network and invited guests who are interested in investing in female-founded tech startups.We'll start with introductions followed by a founder pitch and Q&A. May 11, 2022.
AFROTECH EXECUTIVE Washington DC. Join us for an evening celebrating the connections and community we’ve built this year while spotlighting opportunities to cultivate Black wealth – followed by a Happy Hour networking reception. In-person event May 19, 2022.
The Seed Stage Demo Day (May '22). The Seed Stage is the first demo day without an accelerator, where the most ambitious and talented founders come to generate term sheets and competition for their rounds. 15 founders will pitch their startup to thousands of the most esteemed early-stage investors - both VC funds and angels. May 25, 2022.
ON OUR RADAR
The rise in funding to female-led startups in Africa has many caveats.
Corporations Tap Women- And POC-Led VC Funds To Reach Emerging Markets.
The Black women redefining California’s cannabis market – one curated store at a time.
PEOPLE / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shu Nyatta and Paulo Passoni two managing investment partners of SoftBank’s Latin America practice, are leaving the firm to start their own venture practice.
Maren Bannon and Jennifer Neundorfer, GPs of January Ventures have closed a $21 million fund II to invest in early stage B2B tech startups.
Tribal Ventures, a new fund led by Christine Chang will provide equity financing for early-stage Fintechs in emerging markets.
Brianne Kimmel has raised a $35 million fund II for Worklife Ventures, her second future work-focused fund.
Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Productions and Laugh Out Loud merge and get a $100 million investment by private equity firm Abry Partners.
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