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ICM VC Salon: Introducing Underrepresented Founders to ICM Members

Annie Olszewski May 27, 2021

We know that women, Black, Latinx and Indigenous founders receive significantly less in funding than their white counterparts: Female-founded companies raised $3.31 billion in 2020, or 2.2% of the year’s total sum; Black and Latinx founders, together, represented only 2.6% of the total sum invested in 2020. During this 1-1.5 hour networking event, social entrepreneurs that are underrepresented in VC investments, will have the opportunity to pitch directly to and connect with ICM member fund GPs and members of their investment committees. This event builds off of ICM’s experience launching the ‘Open Call’ series in the summer of 2020. This  series focused on connecting Black, Latinx, and Indigenous founders with ICM members for informal pitch and networking sessions, designed to support founders as they refine their pitch and communications strategy and to build their network with potential investors.


Networking Event

Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Impact Investing

  • Social Entrepreneurship


Racial Equity, Inclusion, VC

Purpose and Desired Outcome

ICM is committed to working towards practical solutions to complex, systemic issues and see this session as a needed space to increase capital flows to underrepresented founders.


  • Entrepreneurs

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Asset Managers


  • NameDave Kirkpatrick
  • TitleManaging Director, Co-Founder
  • OrganizationSJF Ventures
  • StatusInvited
  • NameStephen DeBerry
  • TitleFounder + Managing Partner
  • OrganizationBronze Investments
  • StatusInvited
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