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Founders of Color Showcase 2020

Congratulations to the winners of our audience choices for Best Investment Opportunity (AgTools) and Best Pitch (Flikshop)


Please view the May 11th showcase recording HERE

Find the full program HERE

Interest Form: HERE (Use this form to indicate your interest in potentially investing)


One remaining Information Session: Q&A on the companies, due diligence, and investing. Register here: May 21

Did you know that less than 5% of venture capital in the United States goes to companies with female, Black, and Latino CEOs? 1,Let’s work together and 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 this showcase on Monday, May 11th. We will have 10 finalists present their companies.

We are looking for like-minded investors that share our investment thesis of investing in underrepresented entrepreneurs.  Accredited investors are encouraged to consider investing in one or more of these companies after undertaking their own due diligence or in collaboration with others.




Company CEO Sector STATE Primary SDG
Agtools Martha Montoya agtech CA 9
BlocPower Donnel Baird cleantech NY 11
Courtroom5 Sonja Ebron legal tech NC 10
Flikshop Marcus Bullock communications DC 9
LiftEd Andrew Hill edtech NY 4
MedHaul Erica Plybeah transportation platform TN 3
Meetcaregivers Florence Furaha health services platform MA 3
Neopenda Sona Shah medtech IL 3
Possip Shani Dowell edtech TN 4
Qoins Technologies Christian Zimmerman fintech GA 10



Congratulations to all of our 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 sponsors!









Prizes and Prize and Workshop Sponsors


Our Investor Partners include:


Social Venture Circle, Rockies Impact Fund and 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, 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, many more. Join us!


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


For future sponsorship opportunities please contact Alicia via email:


1 Pitchbook, 2019

2 Kauffman Foundation, 2018