Fostering business growth by entering the entrepreneurial ecosystem in resilient pursuit of integrated relationships and beloved community
African American founders and business owners have faced historical headwinds when it comes to access to capital, networks and opportunity. Today, the headwinds remain gravely inequitable with only 1% of all venture funding being invested in founders of color.
Resilient Ventures launched in 2019 to advance the movement for economic equity by opening greater access and opportunity for entrepreneurs raced as non-white by intentionally investing in their businesses. Resilient is a for-profit company which will not only invest $10M in black-owned entrepreneurial ventures over the next five years, but also serve as a hub for integrated community, resources, and education.
Also, Resilient is a functioning example of what contemporary, beloved community building looks like in venture capital. Resilient entrepreneurs, investors, and stakeholders walk together inspired by biblical stories of tearing down dividing walls and economic flourishing for all.
The founder and owner of Durham-based Madison Consulting Group, Keith has more than 30 years of leadership and teaching experience in fields including MBA recruitment, HR, operations, program and grant management, and cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce. Keith has also served as executive director for two thriving NPOs with a substantial legacy in community development and transformation.
Tom is president of Droege Computing Services, which creates SaaS solutions, custom software, and IT services to clients worldwide. He is a lifelong entrepreneur, a private investor, and an angel investor with experience in helping to accelerate businesses. Tom is known as an early implementer of groundbreaking technologies. He led the development of more than 25 information systems at Duke Medical Center and University, including the first LAN-based departmental system.
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