Keisha Knight Pulliam of ‘Beauty Shop’ Launches Venture Capital Fund for Black Female Entrepreneurs
African American onscreen star, Keisha Knight Pulliam recently set up a venture capital company geared towards supporting black businesswomen.
This funding process serves as an aid to African American women entrepreneurs. Black women who are business owners make up a tiny ratio of the population of venture capital dollars raised in the USA.
To curb this imbalance, the "Fearless Fund" under the administration of a pair of colored females entertainers, Keisha Knight Pulliam and Arian Simone combined with their entrepreneurial skills have progressively enlisted $5million to beginner firms.
The company has over four portfolio firms to its name. They also intend to continue supporting startups over the next couple of years. A recent nstagram upload on Keisha's social media detailed the aims and objectives of the funding processes.
According to her, the company seeks the intense and rapid growth of small businesses. The post caption read:
"We've been busy!! Only 2% of Venture Capital Investors are African American & less than 1% are women. We decided to be part of a solution by investing in our community!!"
"Our mission is to bridge the gap in venture capital funding for women of colour founders building scalable, growth aggressive companies."
The women have managed to bring on board renowned individuals such as Rodney Sampson, (a Professor who teaches Entrepreneurship at Morehouse College) and also Tracy Gray who is a seasoned gender lens investor and the owner of a Venture Capital firm known as "The 22 Fund"as partners and advisors.
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We’ve been busy!! Only 2% of Venture Capital Investors are African American & less than 1% are women. We decided to be a part of the solution by investing in our community!! I am so excited to announce that @Ariansimone & I have started The Fearless Fund... A fund for us by us!! Our mission is to bridge the gap in venture capital funding for women of color founders building scalable, growth aggressive companies. Follow our journey @fearless.fund !! 📸: @dewaynerogers
The Fearless Fund has connected with an array of celebrities; they have also put out competitions to surf for investable businesses. One of the competitions held at the Atlanta based Span, while another was at Facebook Headquarters.
Nailah Ellis-Brown's brand, known as the Ellis Island Tea, was discovered in the course of one of the competitions. She happens to be the first woman of color to establish a beverage production facility.
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Arian is a shrewd businesswoman and an author, and she has a record of creating entertainment based PR and marketing companies.
In an interview, she explained that her drive for business began when she was a young adult. Arian also explained that this existing project would "prove great returns" for investors.
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STOP 🛑 CALLING ALL Female Founders (Product based businesses) please tag below 👇🏾 NEED YOUR INPUT! Because of the response for the Authors Event, we are thinking about doing a Female Founder Edition of our Fearless Marketplace Event! If we do it, it would take place 11/30 on Small Business Saturday in Atlanta, GA! ✨If you would like to be considered for this please DM me ASAP, your full name, email, phone number, type of business!✨ ⠀ If we move forward, just like the previous, we have many perks! ⠀⠀ To participate there is a $500 registration fee just like the Authors Event! The event would be FREE to the public we want them to come enjoy and shop with you!! ⠀⠀ Registered Vendors receive all the below perks! ⠀⠀ -Free Ad for your business on Fearless App with link to purchase (ads begin at $500 and for you this is free) ⠀⠀ -Featured on social media @fearless_app page ⠀⠀ -Featured on @fearless_app ig stories ⠀⠀ -Creative collateral to announce your business being featured -You receive 3 minutes on stage to share information on your business. ⠀⠀⠀ -7 foot wide booth space ⠀ -Access to the RSVP list -30 min live class taught by Arian Simone before we open the doors. I will also be giving out resources and contacts, I don’t mind sharing at all! -One business will win an interview spot on my Fearless Podcast My goal was to give you a bang for your buck even before you arrive! Let’s get as many sales going before you show up! ⠀⠀ To be CONSIDERED please send your info quickly to my DM, full name, email, phone number, type of business! Space is limited because we want all businesses to have their moment to ✨shine ✨ ⠀⠀ If we get the feedback we are looking for we will announce and get back to you! ⠀⠀ #ArianSimone #fearless #faith #family #friends #love #fun #positivevibes #greatenergy #author #entrepreneur #investor #FearlessApp #FearlessMarketplace #fearlessfaithhustle #growthmindset #successmindset #gogetter #growyourbusiness #femaleentrepreneur
It appears that these women's efforts are recognized as several internet users took to their social media handle to commend them!