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Founders of Color Showcase 2021

Save the Date: Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Announcing the Second Annual Founders of Color Showcase


Did you know that less than 5% of venture capital in the US goes to companies with female, Black, and Latino CEOs? 1,Let’s work together to change this!

Join us and other like-minded funds, angel groups, and other investors/entities with an investment thesis that includes investing in scalable companies led by founders of color. Next Wave Impact is convening our second annual showcase on Monday, May 3rd. We will have 5-7 finalists present their companies.

We are looking for like-minded hosts, company champions, partners, and investors that share our investment thesis of investing in underrepresented entrepreneurs.

More details coming soon!


Last year’s showcase brought together more than 200 investors from the early-stage investing ecosystem including Social Venture Circle, Rockies Venture Club, Techstars, Kachuwa Impact Fund, Beta Boom, Village Capital, Vilcap Investments, VentureWell, Endeavor, Camelback Ventures, Pipeline Angels, Citrine Angels, Astia Angels, Score 3, Impact America Fund, Rising America Fund, VamosVentures, Collab Capital, Connectic Ventures, Kapor Capital, Harlem Capital, Southwest Angel Network, Women’s Investor Network, Female Founders Alliance, VC Include, Illumen Capital, Impact Engine, SustainVC, Chloe Capital, Ad Astra Ventures,  SoGal Ventures, Builder Capitalism, O³, Gratitude Railroad, The 22 Fund, Queen City Angels, Mission Driven Finance, Republic, Main Street Angels, Social Impact Now, XXcelerate Fund, Boston Impact, GAN Ventures, Ozone X Fund, WOCstar Fund, Valor Ventures, the Angel Capital Association, and many more.

In aggregate, the ten finalists raised millions of dollars in investment in 2020. Next Wave Impact, in partnership with Loon Creek Capital, set up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs), which invested almost a million dollars into five of the finalists. The nearly four-dozen individual investors that participated in these SPVs invested between $5K-$50K each. These SPVs provide a minimum investment level ($5K) that allows newer investors to begin to participate in this asset class and build a diversified portfolio.

For partnership and sponsorship opportunities please contact:



2020 Audience Choice winners: Best Investment Opportunity (AgTools) and Best Pitch (Flikshop)

View the May 11th, 2020 showcase recording HERE and find the full program HERE

Our 2020 Finalists



Our 2020 semi-finalists!


Agtools Martha Montoya CA
BlocPower Donnel Baird NY
CareCar Joshua Itano CA
Courtroom5 Sonja Ebron NC
Flikshop Marcus Bullock DC
Innovare – Social Innovation Partners Adrian J (AJ) DeLeon IL
LiftEd Andrew Hill NY
MedHaul Erica Plybeah TN
Meetcaregivers Florence Furaha MA
My Money My Future Ramona Ortega NY
Neopenda Sona Shah IL
Noria Water Technologies Sivan Cohen CA
PeduL Kayla Jackson NJ
Pigeonly Frederick Hutson NV
Possip Shani Dowell TN
Provider Pool Janna Westbrook MO
Pulmonaer Analytics Sunti Wathanacharoen KS
Qoins Technologies Christian Zimmerman GA
Re-Nuble Tinia Pina NY
Uulala Oscar Garcia CA

Thanks to our 2020 sponsors!









Special thanks to ACA for hosting us as a pre-ACA Annual Summit event!



1 Pitchbook, 2019

2 Kauffman Foundation, 2018