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27 black founders and investors to watch in 2019

By Kelly Knickerbocker
February 22, 2019 View comments (6)
 

Temiloluwa Adeniyi

Founder and CEO of Nopneu, a biotech startup developing a low-cost diagnostic test for pneumonia. Nopneu was the judges' pick at the 2018 Pitch Black event at SXSW.
@TemiloluwaAdeni

Chris Bennett

Co-founder of social shopping service Soldsie and CEO of Wonderschool, which partners with educators to create childcare programs and preschools.
@8ennett

Nicholas Brathwaite

Executive managing director at WRV Capital, founding partner at Riverwood Capital, and board member at Calysta, a developer of sustainable industrial food and energy products.

KG Charles-Harris

Co-founder and CEO of Quarrio, a provider of automated data analysis, and co-founder and CEO of Emanio, a developer of predictive analytics software.

Cheryl Contee

CEO of consulting agency Do Big Things, co-founder and strategic advisor at Attentive.ly at Blackbaud, and board member at Chloe Capital.
@ch3ryl

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Co-founder and CEO of Promise, a legal software platform intended to provide a cost-effective, more humane alternative to pre-trial incarceration.
@phaedrael

Muhga Eltigani

Co-founder and CEO of NaturAll Club, a monthly subscription service that delivers handmade hair products made with natural ingredients.
@Picture_meem

Kathryn Finney

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

Aaron Gillum

Senior vice president at 50 South Capital, co-founder and former managing partner at Caerus Investment Partners.
@aaron_gillum

Melissa Hanna

Co-founder and CEO of Mahmee, a prenatal and postpartum care management platform that connects families to healthcare providers and offers personalized support.
@MelissaCHanna

Felecia Hatcher

Co-founder and executive director of Code Fever, co-founder of Black Tech Week and 2014 White House Champion of Change for STEM access and diversity.
@FeleciaHatcher

Heather Hiles

Founder and managing partner at Imminent Equity, and founder and CEO at Pathbrite, which provides a cloud-based platform for building personal work portfolios.
@HeatherHiles

Charles Hudson

Founder and managing partner at Precursor Ventures, and partner at Uncork Capital (formerly SoftTech VC), both seed-stage venture firms.
@chudson

Karen Kerr

Executive managing director at GE Ventures, the corporate venture arm of General Electric, and former senior director at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.
@karenekerr

Mariah Lichtenstern

Founder of Cineshares, a platform that exhibits films for crowdfunding, and founding partner and managing director at impact-focused VC firm DiverseCity Ventures.
@lightedstar
 

Marlon Nichols

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

Roshawnna Novellus

Founder and CEO of EnrichHER, which connects women entrepreneurs with lenders and was the audience pick at the 2018 Pitch Black event at SXSW.
@DrRoshawnna

Angelica Nwandu

Founder and CEO of The Shade Room, an Instagram-first media company covering entertainment
and celebrity news.

Robert Reffkin

Co-founder and CEO of real estate platform Compass and founder of America Needs You, which provides mentorship to first-generation college students.
@RobReffkin
 

Michael Seibel

CEO and partner at Y Combinator, former CEO of Justin.tv (now Twitch Interactive) and Y Combinator participant Socialcam.
@mwseibel
 

Corey Thomas

An angel investor, and the president and CEO of Rapid7, a provider of security data and analytics solutions.

Laurence (Lo) Toney

Founding managing partner of Plexo Capital, which he incubated and spun out from GV, where he was a partner.
@lo_toney
 

Zim Ugochukwu

Founder and former CEO of Travel Noire, a boutique travel company acquired by Blavity in 2017, CBO at Blavity, and host of The Bloom Podcast.
@zimism

Paris Wallace

Co-founder and CEO of digital healthcare platform provider Ovia Health, and co-founder of Good Start Genetics.
@paris_wallace

Sevetri Wilson

Founder and CEO of ExemptMeNow, which aims to simplify the creation and maintenance of nonprofit organizations.
@sevetriwilson


 

Monique Woodard

Founder and executive director of Black Founders, the first black partner at 500 Startups, and a recent angel investor in legal marketplace provider Court Buddy.
@MoniqueWoodard

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

President and CEO of DreamBox Learning, an online software provider that focuses on K-8 math education.
@jessieww

To learn more about other black founders and investors, check out the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of this post.

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