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25 Black Founders and VCs (2018)


By Kate Clark
First Published: February 21, 2018

Let’s celebrate the brave and successful black people in this list – and check out what they are doing today. Their twitter handles are provided for connections. There are 25 in the list below but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the articles on this website for many more.

Arlan Hamilton

Founder and managing partner at
Backstage Capital, a VC firm that invests in women, people of color and LGBT founders.

Brian Dixon

Investment partner at Kapor Capital, a VC firm that backs social impact tech companies.

Charles Hudson

Managing partner at Precursor Ventures, a VC firm focused on B2B and B2C software startups in the pre-seed stage.

Chris Bennett

Co-founder of Soldsie and CEO of Wonderschool, a startup that partners with educators to create childcare programs and preschools in local communities.

Erica Joy Baker

Senior engineering manager at Patreon and a founding advisor of Project Include, a nonprofit using data and advocacy to accelerate diversity in the tech industry.

Erik Moore

Founder and managing director of Base Ventures, a seed-stage VC firm with a portfolio including AngelList, Wildfang and PlanGrid.

Hadiyah Mujhid

Co-founder of Black Founders and HBCU.vc, a firm that teaches students at historically black universities skills in tech and VC through its student investor fellowship.

Kathryn Finney

Founder of digitalundivided, which helps lead black and latinx women through the startup pipeline.

Kesha Cash

General partner at Impact America Fund, which invests in tech startups bringing business efficiency, market transparency and non-predatory consumer options to underserved communities.

Kimberly Bryant

Founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit that teaches computer programming and tech skills to girls and young women from underrepresented communities.

Kwame Anku

Co-founder and principal of Black Angel Tech Fund, a firm that invests in tech startups funded by black entrepreneurs.

Laura Weidman Powers

Co-founder and CEO of Code2040,
a nonprofit aimed at helping underrepresented minorities achieve educational and entrepreneurial success.

Makinde Adeagbo
Founder of /dev/color,
a nonprofit community for black software engineers.

Schumacher-Hodge Dixon
Founder and CEO of Founder Gym,
an online training center that helps underrepresented founders build successful startups.

Marlon Nichols
Co-founder and managing partner of Cross Culture Ventures, an early-stage VC firm that invests in technology and consumer products.

Monique Woodard
Former partner at 500 Startups.
The first black partner at 500, Woodard has new, undisclosed project(s) in the works.

Morgan DeBaun
Founder and CEO of Blavity,
a news and entertainment platform for black millennials.

Paul Judge
Co-founder of Pindrop and co-founder and CEO of Luma,
the provider of a wifi system that allows users to manage network security and performance.

Peter Boyce II
VC at General Catalyst and co-founder of Rough Draft Ventures, a student team that backs student-led startups with up to $25K in funding.

Sarah Kunst
Angel investor and founder of Proday, a sports-centered media platform that covers style, entertainment and politics.

Shauntel Poulson

Co-founder and general partner at Reach Capital, a VC firm that backs edtech startups focused on issues of access and opportunity in education.

Troy Carter

Co-founder and managing partner of Cross Culture Ventures, and founder and CEO of Atom Factory, an entertainment management company for global pop culture.

Sydney Paige Thomas

Investment associate and head of operations at Precursor Ventures, a VC firm focused on B2B and B2C software startups at the pre-seed stage.

Yves Louis-Jacques

Venture partner at Backstage Capital, a VC firm that invests in women, people of color and LGBT founders.

Y-Vonne Hutchinson

Founding advisor of Project Include and founder of ReadySet, an employment policy and recruiting firm that helps tech companies attract, retain and grow diverse talent.