Category Archives: diversity

Program for Diverse Founders Targets Lack of Friends and Family Funding

Most startups fund their earliest days with money from friends and family, as well as angel investors. But what if your friends and family are not wealthy—and, in fact, are more on the struggling side of the equation? That’s the stark reality for many entrepreneurs, especially those from diverse backgrounds. The average white household has […]

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Women-Owned Businesses Surge, Led by Black and Latina Owners

Women are creating more businesses than their male counterparts, and African American and Latina women are driving that trend. However, minority women still lag behind in terms of revenue. Those are some of the top line findings from the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, an annual report commissioned by American Express and prepared by Ventureneer […]

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Women-Owned Businesses Surge, Led by Black and Latina Owners

Women are creating more businesses than their male counterparts, and African American and Latina women are driving that trend. However, minority women still lag behind in terms of revenue. Those are some of the top line findings from the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, an annual report commissioned by American Express and prepared by Ventureneer […]

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Meet Impact America: A ‘Best for the World’ Fund

Every year, B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corps, celebrates “Best for the World” companies—those that score in the top 10% of B Lab’s Impact Assessment. They also analyze investment funds. This year, 28 funds representing $1.3 billion in assets under management made the list of “Best for the World” funds; eight of them […]

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The Global Crowdfunding Convention Marks its Sixth Year With Focus on Diversity

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—except if it’s the Global Crowdfunding Convention. This big tent crowdfunding conference brings together experts and novices from around the world to network and learn about all forms of crowdfunding. The maestro behind the event is crowdfunding authority and entrepreneur Ruth Hedges. She is the founder of CrowdfundingCRM.com, a marketing […]

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As Regulation Crowdfunding Turns One, Progress For Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

As its first full year draws to a close, Regulation Crowdfunding is making progress in breaking down barriers to capital for a wide range of entrepreneurs. But the flow of capital to women, minorities and rural entrepreneurs who stand to benefit the most from the new law is still just a drop in the bucket. […]

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Minorities Lag in Crowdfunding, Study Says

Women and minority entrepreneurs have long been at a disadvantage when it comes to raising seed and growth capital for their ventures. That’s one reason why there was so much excitement about the JOBS Act. By cutting out the gatekeepers and allowing entrepreneurs to appeal directly to their communities and the general public, investment crowdfunding […]

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Republic Wants to Bring Angel Investing to the Masses

A new investment crowdfunding platform joined the fray over the summer. Founded by AngelList alumni, Republic.co brings with it a high level of street cred—and ambitions to match. It focus: everyday investors and companies that are innovative, diverse and mission-driven. Since it was launched six years ago, AngelList has become the gathering place for early […]

Startups: On the Rise and Increasingly Diverse

Startup activity in the U.S. is on the rise again. Three-hundred and thirty out of every 100,000 adults became an entrepreneur last year—translating to 550,000 new businesses a month. A growing number of them were women and Latinos, and most started a new venture to seize an opportunity, rather than out of necessity. These are […]

Startups: On the Rise and Increasingly Diverse

Startup activity in the U.S. is on the rise again. Three-hundred and thirty out of every 100,000 adults became an entrepreneur last year—translating to 550,000 new businesses a month. A growing number of them were women and Latinos, and most started a new venture to seize an opportunity, rather than out of necessity. These are […]