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27 black founders and investors to watch in 2019

This Black History Month, we’re highlighting 27 founders and investors who are leaving their marks on venture capital and tech.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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.


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


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



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.


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

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

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