SXSW Interactive 2015
Creating Inclusive Startup & Tech Ecosystems
African Americans and Latinos entrepreneurs receive less than .02% of all private equity capital invested. Women entrepreneurs receive less than 4%. In this session, we'll discover viable and definitive solutions to closing the exposure, talent, technical assistance, mentorship and private equity gaps in underserved and underrepresented communities in America and beyond by creating end to end startup and technology ecosystems. We'll learn how to authentically engage with underrepresented communities for talent, startups, advisors, investors and investments. Join us as we discuss solutions in supporting leaders and experts that are building tech and startup ecosystems in their community to provide resources for aspiring entrepreneurs.
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- What are the core competencies of creating startup and tech ecosystems in communities where they currently are non-existent?
- How do you sustain these ecosystems once they are launched?
- What does it take in terms of capital to launch and sustain each part of the ecosystem. Parts including education, talent development, coworking, accelerators, incubators, venture funds?
- How do we best position startups to access private equity capital inside of these ecosystems?
- How do municipalities, cities, states and nations properly engage with startup and tech ecosystems to ensure maximized opportunities for job creation, increased private equity investment and community rebuilding?
Rodney Sampson, Founder, Opportunity Ventures / Opportunity.Ecosystem