Less than 1% of American venture capital backed founders are Black and the percentage of Black people in decision making roles within the venture capital arena is not much higher. This lack of diversity within investment firms ultimately translates to a lack of diversity in the companies that they invest in.
The good news is that there are a growing number of investment firms run by people of color who understand that Black founders present a large and untapped market. These investors make it a point to include Black startups in their portfolio, and in some cases, focus solely on underrepresented entrepreneurs.
Black Owned Venture Capital, Private Equity & Angel Investment Firms
GenNx360 Capital Partners (New York, NY) is a private equity firm that focuses its investments in industrial and business services companies in the U.S. middle market.
Authentic Ventures (Oakland, CA) is a seed and early stage Venture Capital Firm that believes that a strong, inclusive network of founders, operators and investors can accomplish great things.
Impact America Fund (Oakland, CA) is an investment company that funds market opportunities which use technology to enhance the lives of all Americans.
645 Ventures (New York, NY) is a seed to Series A VC firm that applies a data-intensive approach to investing in top software and Internet companies.
Backstage Capital (Los Angeles, CA)is a venture capital fund that invests in new companies led by underrepresented founders in the U.S.
Harlem Capital Partners (New York, NY) is a diversity focused venture capital fund that invests in early stage companies focused on tech-enabled services, retail, and real estate.
Precursor Ventures (San Fransisco, CA) operates as an early stage venture capital firm. The company invests in seed and early-stage consumer, digital health, education, Fintech, hardware, and SaaS companies.
KICVentures (Maiden, MA) is an investment holding company that creates, invests and manages several portfolio companies in the health-tech sector.
Fairview Capital Partners (West Hartford, CT) is a leading venture capital and private equity investment management firm. They implement innovative fund of funds, co-
The Bronze Venture Fund (East Palo Alto, CA) makes and manages innovative investments that align strong financial returns with positive social impact.
DiverseCity Ventures (Sacramento, CA) invests in scalable, technology-
Cross Culture Ventures (Culver City, CA) invests in and develops companies that fuel shifts in cultural trends and behaviors within an increasingly diverse global marketplace.
Vista Equity Partners (TX, IL, CA) is a private equity and venture capital firm focused on financing and forwarding software and technology-enabled startup businesses.
Reach Capital (San Fransisco, CA) invests in early-stage tech tools, applications, content, and services to improve education opportunities for all children.
Base Ventures (Berkley, CA)is a seed-stage fund investing in technology companies.
Reinventure Capital (Boston, MA & San Fransisco, CA) is a growth-stage equity and debt investment practice focusing on founders of color and women.
Caerus Investment Partners (Chicago, IL) is a micro-venture capital firm that provides seed capital to early-stage technology companies.
Syncom Venture Partners is a leading venture capital firm primarily focused on growth stage investments in emerging and underserved segments of the media and communications industry.
-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson (IG: @thebusyafrican)