25 black founders and VCs to watch in 2018

February 21, 2018 View comments (11)
 

Arlan Hamilton 

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

Brian Dixon

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

Charles Hudson

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

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.
@8ennett

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.
@EricaJoy

Erik Moore

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

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.
@hadiyahdotme

Kathryn Finney

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

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.
@KeshaCashIAFund

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.
@6Gems

Kwame Anku

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

Laura Weidman Powers

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

Makinde Adeagbo

Founder of /dev/color,
a nonprofit community for black software engineers.
@makinde

Mandela
Schumacher-Hodge Dixon

Founder and CEO of Founder Gym,
an online training center that helps underrepresented founders build successful startups.
@MandelaSH

Marlon Nichols

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

Monique Woodard

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

Morgan DeBaun

Founder and CEO of Blavity,
a news and entertainment platform for black millennials.
@MorganDeBaun
 

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.
@pauljudge

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.
@badboyboyce

Sarah Kunst

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

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.
@SLP_EDU
 

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. 
@CrossCultureVC
 

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.
@sydneypaige10

Yves Louis-Jacques

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

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.
@hutchamachutch
 
 

 

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