Urban Innovation

A More Inclusive Approach to Venture Capital: Action Steps for Venture Capitalists, Ecosystem Builders, and Philanthropies

July 10, 2018  • Urban Innovation

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On February 22, 2018, the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation hosted “A More Inclusive Approach to Venture Capital,” a day-long convening of fund managers, angel investors, entrepreneurial support organization leaders, and philanthropic funders to discuss strategies to make venture capital more inclusive for people of color and for women.  The convening included off-the-record conversations about how venture funds dedicated to supporting women and people of color can be smarter about measuring and bolstering their investment returns, and how the venture capital system can be more inclusive and accessible to a wide range of founders.  Participants also met in small breakout groups to identify pressing next steps.  The guide is a summary of what the breakout groups identified as priorities for specific actors in the venture ecosystem.