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Precious Drews’ personal story is one of perseverance and passion. She’s the second youngest of eight children and first became an entrepreneur in middle school – making YouTube videos for her favorite artists in exchange for easy money. Although she didn’t consider herself an entrepreneur – anyone that hears her story can be quick to identify her as a natural-born leader. She was also the first in her family to go to college and later start her own small business – a natural skin care line that uses recycled coffee

Black tech entrepreneur Bill Spruill reportedly turned his employees into millionaires when he sold his startup Global Data Consortium for an undisclosed amount. Global Data, which he launched make in 2012, makes software that verifies the identity of people behind online transactions, an important step in eliminating potential fraud. Though financial details have not yet been revealed, Spruill described the deal to Axios as a “Bronto-level transaction,” which was acquired by NetSuite for $200 million in 2015. When Spruill started the Global Data Consortium he only raised $5 million from investors – this is rather

A £3 million cash fund for black founder-led tech businesses has been announced by Google. The Black Founders Fund, running for its second year, will be awarded to innovative European tech startups run by black founders. Recipients will need to demonstrate how they’re using technology to solve everyday problems. In return, they will receive up to $100,000, plus $200,000 in credit to use towards Google’s cloud services and advertising support, and mentoring by industry experts. “The UK is one of the most start-up-friendly environments in the world. Yet, Black start-up founders

Serena Williams’s early-stage venture capital firm, Serena Ventures, has raised an inaugural fund of $111 million that will invest in founders with diverse points of view. The achievement comes nine years after she first started the project and has taken on a portfolio of more than 60 angel investments. The investments were all backed by the athlete’s own money. For those who aren’t aware – an angel investor is an individual who uses their own funds to support a start-up company or project. “As an angel investor, you can only

Serena Williams is convinced that Silicon Valley is making a mistake by not investing in startups founded by Black women, and that’s why she launched Serena Ventures. This venture capital firm invests in early-stage entrepreneurs. The mission is to support dreamers and visionaries of the future, allowing them to capitalize on their genius. Serena Ventures is making waves in the VC world by investing in mission-driven companies with over 50 portfolio companies with a $33 billion market cap and 60 percent diverse founder investments. Besides her VC firm – we

Deciding on the right type of funding for your business can be difficult. In fact, it’s considered one of the hardest and most stressful things you could do as it can make or break your startup. Every funding option has advantages and disadvantages, and some are better suited to certain types of businesses and business models. It’s important to explore the funding options available before deciding how to build your company as the route you take will have some serious consequences. Here we break down what some of the keywords

A few days ago, I got an email regarding a Black-led, Gen Z fintech startup providing income-constrained individuals with investment opportunities. The release said the company, run by a 22-year-old and 25-year-old duo, had just announced their Series A investment round. This – of course – immediately caught my attention because I’m eager to highlight the achievements of young people in tech, but I was even more ecstatic when I saw the figure – Sheridan Clayborne and Mitchell Jones had managed to raise a whopping $18million in their fundraising round.

Nigerian automotive tech company Autochek has secured a $13.1 million seed round almost a year after raising $3.4 million pre-seed in November 2020. Pan-African VC firms TLcom Capital and 4DX Ventures led the recent fundraising. These are the same investors that led the startup’s pre-seed round. Other existing investors include Golden Palm Investments, Enza Capital, and Lateral Capital, invested as well. First-time investors included ASK Capital and Mobility 54 Investment SAS, the venture capital arm of Toyota Tsusho and CFAO Group. In total, Autochek has raised $16.5 million in two financing rounds. What service does

The Black founded start-up with a mission to make culturally competent healthcare accessible for minority communities has announced that it raised $1.6 million in seed funding led by the Female Founders Fund with participation from Serena William’s venture firm. Founded in 2018, HUED’s database now features over 600 healthcare providers tailored specifically towards communities of color and has developed a digital training curriculum for healthcare systems and stakeholders. The curriculum provides tools to dismantle structural and policy barriers that prevent these communities from accessing the care they need. Other round

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