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SOCAP podcast, Capital Access Lab

By SOCAP | May 6, 2020

In a SOCAP podcast, Agnes Dasewicz, Capital Access Lab Lead, and Philip Gaskin, VP of Entrepreneurship at Kauffman, discuss the challenges entrepreneurs face raising capital, the Foundation’s effort to create systems-level change in entrepreneurial funding, and why this work is deeply personal for both of them.

Melissa Bradley

By Melissa Bradley, 1863 Ventures | June 2, 2020

As I have sought a path of healing and wellness, I find myself meditating, hiking, and eating better… During my walks in nature, I see that I am not the only one suffering. My people and my planet are being crushed under the pressure and weight of racism, hatred, and pain.

Impact Terms

By John Berger, Impact Terms | April 20, 2020

This global crisis presents the opportunity to reconsider how we structure early-stage investments. If a crisis can quickly slow the economy once, it will happen again – why not design our financing structures for flexibility and resilience?

‘Innovation Doesn’t Have A Color’ Collab Capital Targets $50M Fund To Invest In Black Founders

By Mary Ann Azevedo, Crunchbase News | June 9, 2020

The murder of George Floyd and its emotional aftermath has brought the severe lack of representation of black people in the startup world to the forefront.

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Read stories about the current landscape of capital access for entrepreneurs, and what the future of funding could look like.

Why We Need All Kinds of Capital for Recovery

By Kelly Nottermann, Flexible Capital Fund | April 13, 2020

We need now, and will need in the future, more flexible equity and equity-like financing instruments (and investors) to support businesses that are critical to our communities and food system infrastructure.

Banks and investors aren't helping small businesses enough

By Bert Van Der Vaart and Agnes Dasewicz, Fortune | July 2, 2020

The economic consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown have been clearly disproportionately hard on America’s small businesses. Even more recently, many small businesses have regrettably been damaged by looting and vandalism that coincided with demonstrations against the tragic killing of George Floyd.

The Myth of Blackness in Venture

By Reggie James, @hipcityreg | June 4, 2020

There is a myth across the startup ecosystem around the question of who gets to contribute, benefit, receive titles. And in the recent days the continual work of equality in this ecosystem, has been supercharged by the macro events within this nation.

The Third Reconstruction

By Edward Dugger III, Reinventure Capital | June 18, 2020

In America today we are in the midst of our Third Reconstruction, another pivotal point in our history where the truth of our nation is revealed to be so disturbing that it cannot be ignored. A period during which we will once again decide how freely we will let Black folks breathe and who we, as a nation, actually will be for the next generation or two to come. And as powerfully disruptive as it is certain to become, our Third Reconstruction holds the promise of truth telling: it will set us free to be people we are not yet, but claim we want to be.