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VC Spotlight: Unshackled Ventures Closes $35M To Fund Immigrant Founders

Immigrants start businesses at twice the rate of native-born Americans. But many potential immigrant entrepreneurs face an awful headache: the paperwork required for work authorizations and permanent residencies. Unshackled Ventures helps ease the pain and has established a strong track record by specializing in this niche. Founded in 2015 by Manan Mehta and Nitin Pachisia, […]

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VC Spotlight: Hustle Fund Focuses On How Entrepreneurs Build Companies

Eric Bahn, Elizabeth Yin and Shiyan Koh, are co-founders and general partners at Hustle Fund. Launched in 2017, Hustle Fund looks for entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas and can hustle, which Bahn further describes as, “It’s more about how you build and how fast you learn.” Name: Hustle Fund  Location: San Carlos, California  Website: […]

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VC Spotlight: Zane Venture Fund in Atlanta Focuses on Diverse Founders in Southeast U.S.

Shila Burney worked for 20 years in the nonprofit sector, for organizations like the American Cancer Society, Points of Light, and the Black Women’s Health Imperative. She also was a reporter  at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Burney, an Atlanta native, knew that diverse entrepreneurs faced challenges in accessing capital. In 2019, she launched Zane Access, a […]

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VC Spotlight: VEST Her Ventures In Oklahoma Focuses on Future of Work, Care Economy

After spending several years working at a private equity firm that invests in aerospace and defense companies, Erika Lucas founded StitchCrew in 2017. The non-profit organization connects women and BIPOC entrepreneurs with capital, resources and networks needed to launch and scale companies.  StitchCrew created programming via workshops, coaching sessions and networking opportunities for traditionally overlooked […]

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A Crop Intelligence Startup Backed by Salesforce’s Benioff Aims to Help Farmers Feed the World

Times of E’s series: Deep Dives into Secondary Cities was sponsored by Armory Square Ventures (ASV). ASV is a returns-oriented, mission-focused technology venture capital firm based primarily in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. It is an optimism engine for secondary cities and a community catalyst for regions outside Silicon Valley. You can read other articles […]

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VC Spotlight: Boomerang Ventures in Indiana Focuses on MedTech and Health

Unexpected fact: Warsaw, Indiana, population 16,000, is the orthopedic capital of the world. One hour west of Fort Wayne, Warsaw is home to more than 100 medical device companies, like Zimmer Biomet and Paragon Medical, working on the mechanics and processes that make hip implants and other sophisticated surgeries possible. . The medical device industry […]