Black Woman Tech Startup Founder Sevetri Wilson Rakes in $35 Million in Capital
The New Orleans native recently brought her capital-raising prowess to a Series B financing round. She raised $35 million from investors that will propel her company‘s expansion plans forward, NOLA.com reported.
Led by Panoramic Ventures and Framework Venture Partners, the successful round included investors, Mucker Capital, SoftBank Group’s SB Opportunity Fund, and Goldman Sachs Asset Management Fund.
“This latest investment gets us closer to realizing our vision of democratizing philanthropy by reallocating power over its decision-making and resources as well as providing more seats at the table,” Wilson said in a statement, per NOLA.com.
Launched in November 2016, Resilia is a software as a service (SaaS) platform that aims to “strengthen the capacity of nonprofits and help grantors scale impact through data-driven technology solutions,” per the company’s website. It provides nonprofits with resources for coaching, management, employee training, and funding, while serving granter makers—like governments and corporate or private foundations.
After spending nearly a decade advising nonprofits and grantmakers, the serial entrepreneur transitioned from building her first seven-figure company, Solid Ground Innovations, with zero capital to transforming the nonprofit sector through technology with her second business.
In 2020, Wilson raised $8 million in Resilia’s Series A round of funding, BLACK ENTERPRISE previously reported. It was the highest venture capital raised by a woman-founded tech company in the state of Louisiana.
The company has accumulated nearly $50 million since its inception, according to Forbes.
“I do subscribe to the fact that every business shouldn’t be backed by venture capital because I actually built a company that did not raise capital,” Wilson told BLACK ENTERPRISE.
“For us to really be able to compete, if we want to be able to capture percent of the market share, if we want to be thought leaders in this space, and really be the go-to for what we’re doing, we’re going to have to raise capital, she continued.”
Resilia, which currently has offices in New Orleans and New York City, boasts more than 15,000 nonprofit clients, including Oxfam America, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the United States Tennis Association Foundation (USTA).
BLACK ENTERPRISE will celebrate Wilson and the honorees at the 40 Under 40 Dinner, a private, invite-only ceremony on Wednesday, November 16, at City Winery New York. The celebration will continue with the 40 Under 40 Summit, taking place virtually on Thursday, December 8.