Entrepreneurs Conference: Getting a Seat at the Venture Capital Table
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

At the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, business leaders and advocates talked venture capital and minority access to funding. Moderated by Shark Tank executive, Rodney S. Sampson, the panelists for the session titled, “Opportunity Up: Accessing Equity Capital,” included Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder and CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship; Lauren Maillian Bias, entrepreneur and author of The Path Redefined; Shaz Niazi of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; and Rich Longdale of NCT Ventures.

A key topic during the session was about the inclusiveness of minorities and women when it comes to having a seat at the table with people who could provide vital seed capital for businesses to grow.

Check out a few insights from this discussion on how minorities and women can gain access and the challenges they face in seeking it:

Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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