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Its not a pipeline problem its a process improvement opportunity: Deploying capital to Black founders in Massachusetts: a case study

Jason Allen July 13, 2022

In 2021, Massachusetts startups received over $30 billion in venture capital investment.  Only .04% went to Black-led companies. The MassMutual Catalyst Fund invested over $10 million in Black entrepreneurs.  We know that this is not a pipeline problem but a process opportunity. We will walk  you through how we approach sourcing, diligence and portfolio support and attendees will hear from some of our dynamic founders  who are currently fundraising in Massachusetts.  We want to share our insights into how reframing the approach to investing in diverse founders will help investors find great businesses led by Black founders.  Our goal is to leave investors and capital allocators with practical how-tos on our open source investment approach.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Power and Capital


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Anyone allocating assets can learn from and adopt from the Catalyst Fund's pragmatic solution


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Entrepreneurs


  • NameJason C Allen
  • TitleLead Portfolio Manager
  • OrganizationMassMutual
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSchendy Kernizan
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationRapid Liquid Print
  • StatusInvited
  • NameFlorence Furaha
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationMeetCareGivers
  • StatusInvited
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