Venture Partner, 500 Startups; Founder & Executive Director, Black Founders
Monique Woodard is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups where she invests in early stage startups and leads a $25M microfund that invests in Black and Latino founders and growing markets. She believes that demographic shifts combined with current $2.5 trillion in Black and Latino purchasing power is creating the next big emerging market â€“ right here in the United States. As the co-founder of Black Founders, Monique created an organization for tech entrepreneurs and has provided support for startups around business strategy, marketing, and fundraising. She also served as an Innovation Fellow for the City of San Francisco â€‹where sheÂ worked on government innovation, including open data and municipal broadband access. Monique has had a 15 year career in tech that includes both entrepreneur and operatingÂ experience in consumer-centric businesses in mobile, media, e-commerce, and civicÂ technology.