Capital and inclusion: Investing in diverse founders

Sharon Johnson
Hardik Desai
Allison Murdock
04 May 2022
10:15 am
Breakouts IV

Capital and inclusion: Investing in diverse founders

According to data from the Kauffman Fellows Research Center, “Ethnically diverse startup founding teams and executive teams both raise more money from and provide higher returns for investors.” While Black, Latino, women and Tribal Nation entrepreneurs enjoyed a small portion of the explosion in 2021 venture capital, many of these founders still consistently experience barriers accessing risk capital.  How can we change this dynamic? Change toward increasing your social impact may start from the lessons and advice shared by the venture development organizations participating in this interactive discussion.


  • Hardik Desai, Senior Partner – Investing, Jumpstart, Inc.
  • Allison Murdock, Analyst, Invest Detroit


  • Sharon Johnson, Director of Entrepreneurship Access and Inclusion, WEDC