Your Pitch Deck is Your Tinder Profile; The Keys to Investing in Emerging Markets; #TheMilkOfDreams.
A weekly newsletter for Black and Brown women (and our allies) highlighting entrepreneurship and venture capital in the tech ecosystem.
Welcome to Issue #89 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 Best Leaders Have a Contagious Positive Energy
-Emma Seppälä and Kim Cameron / Harvard Business Review
16 Things to Know About Raising Debt for Startups
-Nathan Yoon and Melissa Wasser / a16z
The Keys to Investing in Emerging Markets
Cultivating Catalytic Communities
Your Pitch Deck is Your Tinder Profile
-Jon Butterfield / SpeedInvest
OPPORTUNITIES, FUNDING & COMPETITIONS
Atelier100 is open to anyone with an original concept or making facility within a 100km radius of central London. Backed by H&M & Ingka Group (the largest IKEA franchisee), funds of £1,000 up to £10,000 are available for Atelier100 participants to bring your concept to life. Applications close tonight, April 24, 2022.
a16zSTART program which fuels founders at the early stages of company building by equipping them with the tools and support they need to succeed -- and up to a $1M investment.
Applications for the first Biden-Harris White House internships are open — and they're PAID. Applications close May 2, 2022.
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. Applications open tomorrow, April 25, 2022 with Demo Day on May 25, 2022.
ARM Labs Innovation Program in partnership with GreenTec Capital Partners and Axum are running a change-making incubator programme for FinTechs in Nigeria. 7-week intensive program coupled with $50,000. Apply now.
Founder Institute Food Ecosystems Accelerator launches global virtual 2022 program to help pre-seed foodtech & agtech entrepreneurs build impactful, global companies. Early applications due May 1, 2022.
UPCOMING (VIRTUAL) EVENTS
Designing Your Success! Avoiding Pitfalls as a Creative Entrepreneur, April 26, 2022.
Q1 ’22 Africa Venture Spotlight: Insights from Africa and the opportunities of cross over from MENAPT. An Africa exclusive webinar to discuss key venture capital trends from the first quarter of the year across the African continent. April 27, 2022.
Gravy Unpacked: The Blueprint: Raising a VC Fund. The blueprint for successfully raising VC funds from 3 VCs who've gotten it done and will dive into their strategies, lessons learned, and the challenges along the way: Jewel Burks Solomon, Managing Partner at Collab Capital & US Head of Google for Startups, Nasir Quadree, Founder and Managing Partner at Zeal Capital Partners, and William Crowder, Managing Partner at Aperture Venture Capital. April 28, 2022.
Project Drawdown: Earth Day Special. Hear from renowned experts in climate priorities with Dr. Foley from Project Drawdown + a panel discussion with specialised solar, water and plastic mitigation investors, along with a rapid-fire round of pitches from regional startups for real-time impact feedback. April 28, 2022.
Women in Venture Capital Night in-person event by Meetfounders in London. The event will host 8+ VCs and Industry leaders, plus 10+ startups who will showcase their businesses. May 5, 2022.
Diversity X Pitch Day, the 100 second startup pitch event. The event will feature between 5 and 8 of the best startups from the first Pitch Dojo cohort. All of the founders meet the Diversity X definition of an underestimated founder and are are from the Diversity-X Founders Community. May 17, 2022.
ON OUR RADAR
What are Y Combinator’s most valuable African startups?
How VCs Can Overcome the “Winner’s Curse”
EU approves groundbreaking rules to police Big Tech platforms.
PEOPLE / ANNOUNCEMENTS
2 Chainz May Be Starting His Own Venture Capital Fund.
Darren Dixon, Goldman Sachs’ Youngest Black Partner Leaving to Start His Own Fund.
Dayna Grayson and Rachel Holt, co-founders and general partners at Construct Capital, raised a $300 Million Fund II for critical infrastructure automation.
Actor Harry Lennix received a $26 Million grant to revitalize a Chicago performing arts center in Bronzeville.
Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton join bid to buy Chelsea Football Club.
Natasha Fernandes was promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of IMAX.
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