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Inspiring and Funding Native American Entrepreneurship with Betsy Fore

In the world of founders and business owners, you’ll find many people who start more than one company. You’ll be hard-pressed, however, to find someone who has not only started multiple successful companies and a venture fund, but imbues all of her projects with as much passion, authenticity, and respect for her culture and values as Betsy Fore. Betsy has taken her success and turned to mentoring, funding, and supporting the next generation of Native American entrepreneurs through her from Velveteen Ventures, the non-profit Natives Rising, and more. Betsy is here today to talk about all of that and more! This week’s episode 120 of How Women Inspire Podcast is about inspiring and funding Native American entrepreneurs! 

In this episode of How Women Inspire Podcast, Betsy Fore is sharing the importance of understanding one’s deep inner ‘why’ and actionable steps you can take right now to support Native American entrepreneurs, founders, and young professionals. 

Betsy Fore is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Velveteen Ventures, a venture firm investing in Children & Planet for the next seven generations. Previously, she was the Co-Founder and CEO of Tiny Organics Founder and CEO of Wondermento, creators of WonderWoof. Betsy is also Co-Founder & Board Member for Native Rising, a career accelerator for Indigenous founders & Indigenous technologists that provides funding and opportunities through mentorship, networking, events, job placements and career development.

Some of the talking points Julie and Betsy go over in this episode include:

  • The challenges of being a "ceiling breaker" as a woman of color in the tech industry.

  • Lifting up other entrepreneurs to help them build companies and generational wealth.

  • Overcoming fundraising challenges as a Native American woman through authenticity and passion.

  • Partnering with indigenous organizations for economic empowerment.

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