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Investing in Women of Color Entrepreneurs with Victoria Kennedy

The technology industry is predominantly led by white men under the age of 45. While this has been the case for a long time, many different types of founders are starting to enter the space and attempting to get venture funding. Venture firms and funds that focus on often underrepresented founders, especially women of color, are truly making an impact in the technology space and paving the way to change other investor’s attitudes toward whom they invest in. Victoria Kennedy is here to talk about Seed to Harvest Ventures and how they put women of color first in their firm. This week’s episode 92 of How Women Inspire Podcast is about investing in women of color entrepreneurs and founders!

In this episode of How Women Inspire Podcast, Julie Castro Abrams and Victoria Kennedy share the importance of using one's existing skills and strengths to pursue their passions and actionable steps you can take right now to build community and network as you seek funding.

Victoria Kennedy is the Founder and GP at Seed to Harvest Ventures, a venture firm committed to setting up early-stage companies who are historically overlooked and providing them with education, resources, and connections to scale their business. Victoria has unparalleled expertise in building products and assembling high-performance teams and has consulted for companies like Goldman Sachs and The Today Show with NBC.

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

  • Transitioning careers from a product leader to starting a venture firm.

  • Women of color founders deliver 35% higher ROIs than white male founders.

  • The challenges of being a black woman in a predominantly white male-led industry.

  • Using your existing skills to pursue your passions.

You can listen to Seed to Harvest’s podcast, Adventures in Fun(d)land, on Spotify!

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