Black Women Entrepreneurs: Creating an Ecosystem

Access and Opportunity

Apr 20 2023 • 23 mins

American entrepreneurship had been on a 40-year decline. But 2020 is the year that turned around; entrepreneurship is on the rise once again. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, aspiring entrepreneurs filed paperwork to start 5.4 million new businesses in 2021. This recent surge in entrepreneurship has been disproportionally attributed to women and people of color, so for this special two-part series we’re honing in on an intersection of those two identities: Black women.

In the second of our two-part “Black Women Entrepreneurs” series, available in your feed now, we’re broadening the lens to dig into the cultural and business forces behind the rising tide of Black entrepreneurship and the marketplace changes needed to further empower its growth. Carla joins innovative business leader Melissa Bradley in Washington, D.C. to discuss 1863 Ventures, a national business development nonprofit accelerator and venture capital fund for historically underestimated individuals. The organization is on a mission to generate 100 billion dollars of wealth for founders by 2030. Through 1863 Ventures, Melissa is working to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem where Black founders, including the rising tide of Black women business owners, can thrive. Come on and join us for the ride.

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