We are excited to announce our upcoming webinar – Bold Breakthroughs: Using Equity Capital and Revenue-Based Financing to Invest in Entrepreneurs of Color. The webinar will build on the conversation coming out of our recently published report, The Equity Capital Gap for Entrepreneurs of Color in Chicago that was completed at the request of Arc Chicago, LLC, which is the Fund created in connection with Benefit Chicago (an initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, and Calvert Impact Capital).
We will be joined by a panel of leaders from philanthropy, equity investors, and small business to discuss how the racial equity capital gap is playing out in communities across the country, share potential solutions to closing the gap, and learn how to shift the national mindset to see investing in entrepreneurs of color as a business imperative that will drive economic growth.
Bold Breakthroughs: Using Equity Capital and Revenue-Based Financing to Invest in Entrepreneurs of Color
When: Thursday, August 13th, 11:00am – 1:00pm CST
Meet our panelists
Moderator: Charisse Conanan Johnson, Managing Partner, Next Street
Based in Chicago, Charisse is a Managing Partner and Head of Next Street’s Advisory Practice. In her role, Charisse is responsible for overseeing all elements of the firm’s Advisory Practice, including driving business development, managing profitability and operations, and delivering client solutions.
Kim Folsom, Co-Founder, Founders First Capital Partners, LLC
Kim Folsom is the co-founder and CEO of Founders First Capital Partners, LLC, (FFCP) a revenue-based investment and advisory support investment platform. FFCP is the largest private provider of growth funding for service-based businesses and the only minority and women-led, revenue-based venture platform with $100M in committed capital.
Irma Olguin Jr., Co-Founder and CEO, Bitwise Industries
In 2013, Irma L. Olguin Jr. decided to build a company focused on strengthening the tech industry in Fresno, Calif. and leveraging it as the economic driver to remake the city. Bitwise Industries now operates with the goal of activating human potential for the technology industry in underdog cities across the United States.
Linnea Roberts, Founder and CEO, GingerBread Capital
Linnea believes that women-led businesses are changing the world for the better. They’re also really smart investments that are too often overlooked and undervalued by investors. To change that scenario, Linnea launched GingerBread Capital in 2016 to build and invest in women’s entrepreneurial success- and encourage other women to do the same.
Akobe Sandy, Associate, Impact Investments, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Akobe is currently an Impact Investments Associate for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Within this role, he helps manage MacArthur’s $500 million impact investment portfolio, including Benefit Chicago, a $100 million fund advancing economic development throughout Chicago.
Shuaib Siddiqui, Director, Impact Investing, Surdna Foundation
Shuaib serves as the Director of Impact Investing at the Surdna Foundation where he manages Surdna’s impact investing portfolio, leading an effort to better align the foundation’s investment policies and practices with its mission. He works with the program teams to investigate ways to realize both social and financial returns through program and mission related investing.