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A screen on the Nasdaq building in Times Square reads: "Closes $11M Series A. The inclusive economy is here. Founders First Capital Partners.

By Ron Miller, TechCrunch | December 29, 2021

Unlike most Silicon Valley VC firms, Founders First isn’t looking for the next unicorn. Instead, Folsom seeks out founders from historically underrepresented backgrounds — women, people of color, LBGTQ, veterans — with solid ideas and decent, if not spectacular, revenue and growth who have had trouble getting external investment to help build their businesses.

Collab Capital Managing Partners Justin Dawkins, Jewel Burks Solomon, and Barry Givens.

By Jewel Burks Solomon, Collab Capital | May 26, 2021

Jewel Burks Solomon of Collab Capital announces the close of Collab Capital Fund I. We’ve garnered the support of 99 Limited Partners and are thrilled to have over $50M to invest in the best Black led early stage startups over the next few years. We have been intentional and specific about our focus on Black founders since 2018, when we first began planning the launch of our fund.

Melissa Bradley, Money + Meaning Podcast

By Alex Kravitz, SOCAP | March 2, 2021

In this episode of SOCAP’s Money + Meaning podcast, Melissa Bradley of 1863 Ventures discusses her work building entrepreneurial support ecosystems from leadership roles across the public, private, and social sectors. She also talks about how the entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown and evolved over the years and the biggest areas of need moving forward.

Jewel Burks Solomon, Money + Meaning Podcast

By Alex Kravitz, SOCAP | February 12, 2021

In this episode of SOCAP’s Money + Meaning podcast, Jewel Burks Solomon discusses the innovative structure of Collab Capital, how raising capital as a fund manager compares to raising capital as an entrepreneur, and how her entrepreneurial journey helped shape her work investing in and monitoring underrepresented founders.

Money + Meaning podcast

By Alex Kravitz, SOCAP | May 6, 2020

In this episode of SOCAP’s Money + Meaning podcast, Philip Gaskin (Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Entrepreneurship) and Agnes Dasewicz discuss the challenge entrepreneurs face raising capital, the Foundation’s effort to create systems-level change in entrepreneurial funding, and why this work is deeply personal for them both.

March 2021

By Bryce Roberts, indie.vc | March 12, 2021

By Dennis Price, ImpactAlpha | March 9, 2021

By Bryce Roberts, indie.vc | March 2, 2021


January 2021

By Lolita Taub, indie.vc, The Community Fund | January 12, 2021


December 2020

By Njera Perkins, AfroTech | December 11, 2020


October 2020

By Kristy Tillman, indie.vc, Tomorrow Looks Bright | October 23, 2020


September 2020

By Jewel Burks, Collab Capital | September 3, 2020


June 2020

By Jennifer Alsever, Medium | June 15, 2020

By Madison Hogan, AtlantaInno | June 9, 2020


February 2020

By Justin Dawkins, Collab Capital | February 12, 2020

By Bryce Roberts, Indie.vc | February 6, 2020


January 2020

By Pivotal Systems | January 30, 2020

January 2022

By Leah Solivan, TaskRabbit and Fuel Capital for FastCompany | January 14, 2021

January 2021

By David Teten, Versatile Venture Capital, and Jamie Finney, Greater Colorado Venture Fund | January 14, 2021

October 2020

By Priya Parrish, Impact Engine | October 30, 2020