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Celebrating Women's History Month: Black Women VCs Driving Change


This Women's History Month, we're spotlighting the achievements of Black women venture capitalists who are breaking down barriers and investing in the future. These inspiring leaders are making their mark in the male-dominated world of venture capital and fueling innovation and progress by directing capital toward underserved communities.


Investing in the Future




Veronica Reaves, founder of Black Women in Venture Capital (BWiVC), is building a thriving community to support Black women at all stages of their venture capital careers.









Arian Simone, co-founder and CEO of Fearless Fund, invests in women of color building technology companies, empowering them to thrive in the tech landscape.








Maria Toler, founding partner at SteelSky Ventures, focuses on companies improving women's health access, care, and outcomes, addressing a critical need in healthcare.








Sydney Sykes, a scout investor at Lightspeed Venture Partners and co-founder of BLCK VC, is dedicated to increasing Black representation in venture capital, fostering a more inclusive industry.





Building a Brighter Tomorrow



Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner at Backstage Capital, invests in underrepresented startup founders and works to close the funding gap for people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.






Mercedes Bent, a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, focuses on investing in companies across various sectors, promoting diversity and inclusion within the tech ecosystem.









Tracy Gray, founder and managing partner at The 22 Fund, supports early-growth companies led by women and BIPOC founders, fostering economic empowerment and job creation in underserved communities.




Leading the Way



Christina Lewis, chairwoman of BFO21, invests in high-potential founders and is dedicated to empowering youth of color through initiatives like the All-Star Code.









Ulili Onovakpuri, managing partner at Kapor Capital, prioritizes positive impact for low-income communities and communities of color through tech investments.








Amy Duffuor, general partner at Azolla Ventures, uses her expertise to support early-stage tech companies that address climate change and create a sustainable future.






Investing in Diverse Solutions


Sasha McKenzie (Wellington Management), Promise Phelon (Growth Warrior Capital), Jillian Williams (Cowboy Ventures), and Aia Sarycheva (Bessemer Venture Partners) are all accomplished investors who focus on diverse and innovative businesses across various sectors, including fintech, artificial intelligence, and climate tech. (From left to right.)


Championing Black Entrepreneurs


Kelauni Jasmyn, founding partner at Black Tech Nation Ventures, and Kathryne Cooper, partner at Jumpstart Nova, are dedicated to supporting Black-led startups, particularly in the healthcare sector.




Melissa Bradley, managing partner of 1863 Ventures, and Kimberly Bryant, investor and CEO of Black Innovation Lab, are passionate advocates for Black entrepreneurship and provide crucial funding and mentorship.





Abyah Nycole Wynn (True Capital Management) is a wealth management expert and investor who champions inclusive and accessible healthcare.





These are just a few of the many incredible Black women venture capitalists making a difference. Their leadership and dedication pave the way for a more equitable and innovative future. As we celebrate Women's History Month, let's recognize and celebrate the achievements of these remarkable individuals shaping the future of venture capital and the world around them.


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