Latimer Ventures Launches Accelerator For Black And Latine SaaS Founders: Meet The Inaugural Cohort
In honor of Lewis Latimer, Luke Cooper founded Latimer Ventures in 2022.
The venture capital firm is focused on helping the next generation of Black and Hispanic enterprise SaaS unicorns.
Latimer House is an 8-week intensive program for Black and Latinx founders, aiming to help them get to their next growth stage, whether that’s funding or their first enterprise customer.
The program also aims to help founders gain foundational and advanced entrepreneurial skills and network with industry professionals.
“Over eight intensive weeks, we cover foundational principles (vision, mission, values) to advanced concepts (corporate development, M&A),” Cooper wrote on LinkedIn.
“Our program combines hands-on exercises, practical sessions, and case studies, emphasizing thinking big while executing pragmatically.”
The flagship program, led by newly appointed program manager Juwan Platt, will be a hybrid program with an in-person program kickoff in Baltimore.
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Meet The Cohort
Cooper announced the program’s first cohort, which includes six founders from the US.
They aim to review their vision and mission while focusing on corporate development, mergers, and acquisitions.
The cohort includes Deshorn King, founder of Freight solutions company LogisX, 2023 Techstars DC participant Eduardo Cabrera Castillo, Tamara Brown, founder of Personal Injury Collective, and Javier Evelyn, founder of Alerje.
Latimer House is still actively accepting applications on a rolling basis.