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Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) has announced the close of its Morgan Stanley Next Level Fund, aimed at early-stage tech companies led by underrepresented entrepreneurs. The fund has closed at its target size of $50 million of total capital commitments with investors including Hearst, Microsoft, and Walmart. Morgan Stanley’s Next Level Morgan Stanley’s Next Level is MSIM’s impact-focused private equity business. It makes privately negotiated equity and equity-related venture capital investments in primarily stage tech and tech-enabled companies with women or underrepresented founders as part of the founding team. “We

Black Black Friday is a new initiative in Seattle that encourages residents to spend money at local, Black-owned small businesses. Statistics show that 7.9% of Seatlle’s population is Black, with less than 1% of their businesses Black-owned. Five times as many of these businesses are closing down compared to white-owned companies. This is why Black Black Friday was created, empowering Seattle’s Black-owned businesses by bringing the entire community on board. Black Black Friday Black Black Friday is organized by Intentionalist – a company that helps people support local, diverse small businesses. Intentionalist

As Black Friday approaches, consumers prepare for the year’s busiest shopping day. As Black-owned businesses gain recognition for innovation and creativity, we have compiled a list of Black-owned Amazon alternatives for your holiday shopping this year. HellaBlack HellaBlack began in 2019, founded by computer scientist Love-Leigh Trimiew and her cousins Layla Nielsen and Natalie Robinson. Together, they created a shopping experience connecting brands to a broader audience, becoming a site that encourages Black businesses to tell their stories. HellaBlack is committed to providing a best-in-class e-commerce experience with the most

Black-owned VC firm Cornerstone V.C, which boasts a diversity-led investment thesis, has hired its first female partner Ella Wales Bonner.  Bonner will spearhead the development of Cornerstone’s in-house coaching practice to support the leadership potential of its portfolio companies. Who Are Cornerstone V.C.? Born out of a Black-led angel group, Cornerstone Partners, Cornerstone V.C. firm was founded by Rodney Appiah, Edwin Appiah, and Wilfred Fianko. The early-stage venture capital firm invests in innovative B2B technology solutions in the U.K., launching its first £20 million ($23.9 million) fund last year. Cornerstone V.C. invests in many more

seeCOLe (see Clinical Data On Lens) is a wearable augmented reality health app revolutionizing how clinicians interact with electronic health records in real time. Using the app, healthcare professionals can interact with patient data using voice commands, removing the need to navigate patient records manually. CEO, founder, and lead developer Carl Osborne told POCIT about the pioneering spirit behind the app’s creation and how he hopes to make a lasting impact on the healthcare system. Inspired by Mary Seacole Jamaican-British nurse Mary Seacole inspires the company’s name. During the 19th-century Crimean War, Seacole

The Black community makes up over a fifth of New York City’s bustling population but accounts for just 2% of its small business owners. This Juneteenth, the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) unveiled its enhanced directory of Black-owned businesses, Shop Black NYC. Shop Black NYC: An Online Business Directory Spearheaded by SBS’s Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC), the directory has grown to showcase over 3,300 Black-owned businesses since its launch in 2022. The online directory allows users to search for businesses based on product or service,

Squire, the Black-owned all-in-one barbershop management platform, has surpassed $1 billion in payments processed, according to co-founder Songe LaRon. “It took two years to reach our first $1 million, 5.5 years to $100 million, and now we surpassed $1 billion,” said LaRon. “Every dollar reflects the hard work of our team and the dedication of the barbers we serve, and I’m deeply grateful to every shop owner, barber, and team member who’s been part of this journey.” What is Squire? Founded in 2015 by Songe LaRon and Dave Salvant, the

The latest figures from Crunchbase have revealed that Black founders raised just $187 million in the third quarter of this year, considerably less than the $350 million WeWork’s Adam Neumann raised for his latest venture. TechCrunch reports that this quarter’s figures mark a significant and continued decline in capital for Black-owned businesses. In total, Black founders have raised just over $2 billion in venture capital funding this year – although this may seem like a lot – it’s a massive decrease from the record-breaking $4.72 billion raised in 2021.  Lack of

Non-profit organisation, National Business League (NBL), is ramping up their efforts to empower Black entrepreneurs by unveiling new plans to digitize 1 million Black-owned businesses by 2028. The National Business League, founded by Booker. T Washington in 1900, is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the US that directly empowers the Black community. After over ten decades, the organization is still committed to championing invest and advancement of Black-owned businesses for centuries. Their motto which is: ‘The revolution won’t be televised; it shall be digitized’ is a symbol of

Businesses in the US and Canada can now self-identify as Black-owned on Tripadvisor. The world’s largest travel guidance company decided to launch the new feature after research showed that 77% of Black-owned businesses and 63% of Hispanic/Latinx-owned businesses actively use their platform.   Tripadvisor aims to use the data gathered on its users to help make accommodation providers and restaurants-owners feel safe and welcomed on the platform.  Now more than ever, it is crucial that POC-led businesses get the recognition they deserve to help amplify their voice and make their businesses

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