Join Kathryn Finney, Author of Build the Damn Thing: How to Start a Successful business if You're Not a Rich White Guy for a fireside chat.
About this event
According to a recent TechCrunch study, women-founded companies receive a mere fraction of venture capital investments compared to all men-founded companies. When looking at BIPOC representation in the VC space, the numbers are even more abysmal. Kathryn Finney, managing general partner & founder of Genius Guild, a venture studio & fund that invests in scalable companies led by Black founders, a Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Advisor & author of the The Wall Street Journal bestselling book book, BUILD THE DAMN THING: How to Start a Successful Business If You're Not a Rich White Guy (Portfolio; June 7, 2022) will discuss how BIPOC & female entrepreneur-hopefuls can disrupt, remake & build their own rules of entrepreneurship & investing.
Kathryn Finney offers hard-won, battle-tested advice for every entrepreneur who the establishment has left out. Finney is not here to encourage entrepreneurs to wait for opportunities, but to break down the door & build their damn thing. With over a decade of experience, Finney empowers entrepreneurs to take advantage of their unique networks & resources; arms readers with responses to investors who say, great pitch but I just don't do Black women; & inspires them to overcomes naysayers.
Finney will guide us through the following questions: What are the first steps in identifying that your startup is worth it? What are the five bald-faced lies entrepreneurs need to ignore when starting their business? Bias, unconscious or otherwise, is real. As a result, why do BIPOC & female entrepreneur hopefuls need to build their own rules of funding & investing?
From this session you will gain the following key takeaways:
What are the first steps entrepreneurs can take when searching for funding & how can entrepreneurs decide when, & when not, to accept funding?
Why is it important for entrepreneurs to perform a self-assessment to recognize their core values, & define what constitutes a violation of them?
What is a personal advisory board & what kind of people should a board consist of?
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
Author of Build the Damn Thing: How to Start a Successful business if You're Not a Rich White Guy
Kathryn Finney, author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller, BUILD THE DAMN THING: How to Start a Successful Business If You're Not a Rich White Guy (Portfolio; June 7, 2022), is an investor, visionary entrepreneur, philanthropist, & startup champion who is Founder & Managing General Partner of Genius Guild. She is the chair of The Doonie Fund & founder & former CEO of digitalundivided, a groundbreaking social enterprise focused on creating a world where Black women own their work. She is also the founder of The Budget Fashionista (TBF) & became one of the first Black women to have a successful seven-figure startup exit when she sold TBF. A Yale-trained Epidemiologist, she has been recognized for her pathbreaking work by the Aspen Institute, Entrepreneur Magazine, Marie Claire, Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise, & more. More at: kathrynfinney.com