Black Girl Ventures Founder Shelly Bell Levels the Playing Field

Shelly Bell had to rely on personal funding to launch Black Girl Ventures, an organization that creates access to community, capital, and capacity for Black and Brown women founders. A tax return and $5,000 from her mother helped get the nonprofit off the ground in 2016.

Since then, Black Girl Ventures has raised over $2 million for the largest pitch program for Black and Brown women in the world, funded more than 130 women founders, and received a $500,000 investment from Nike.

In today’s curation of must-read tech and innovation articles, the Plug In South LA Beat, we check out Bell’s technology-based game plan for bridging the funding gap:

Leveling the Playing Field

Black Girl Ventures Founder Turned Tax Refund into $500,000 Investment from Nike

Photo: Black Girl Ventures founder and CEO Shelly Bell. Credit: Shelly Bell on LinkedIn

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