A key issue brought up in many conversations with investors is that of a ‘pipeline problem’, meaning a lack of access/perceived existence of underrepresented founders in deal sourcing. We wanted to look into this issue in 2 parts, moderated by Banu Ozkazanc-Pan from the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab:
Part 1: (October 28th) To explore this idea we have asked experts and white investors who have built a truly diverse portfolio to explore concrete ways for all investors to diversify funding opportunities. We’ll look at Investment data and trends, and we’ll explore common biases and ways to expand deal sourcing, network and move beyond pattern matching to increase investor returns and diversify portfolios. We’ll also look at what happens post investment on ways of giving equitable access to key networks and mentorship. Speakers: Lisa Frusztajer, Senofer Mendoza (more to come)
Part 2: (November, date TBD) We have also convened groups who are building pipelines, or redefining access for underrepresented founders in various ways. From platforms, to programs and partnerships these groups offer concrete resources for funding and supporting more ‘new majority’ founders. Speakers: Shila Nieves Burney, Allison Byers, Yasmin Cruz & Marie Meslin
This open & ‘imperfect’ conversation is calling in all investors, entrepreneurs and community builders who want to support a more diverse and equitable startup ecosystem. Register for the event here.
We will explore:
– How to understand and debunk the pipeline ‘problem’ and why this idea is false and damaging to underestimated communities.
– New & emergent practices & data in funding & inclusion
– Industry-wide best practices in fostering diversity in deal flow
– Approaches that contribute to increased returns pre & post investment
This event is part of a series of conversations curated by The Capital Network & The Venture Capital Inclusion Lab titled: Investment and Inclusion – Effective Approaches and Practices.