Techstars Foundercon 2020 Techstars Foundercon 2020

Fundraising as a Black Founder


Gabby Cazeau
Harlem Capital Partners, Senior Associate

Gabby Cazeau is a Senior Associate at Harlem Capital Partners where she focuses on deal sourcing, due diligence, and connection building across the tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem. 

She is also a second-year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management and will graduate in May 2020. At Yale, Gabby served as an Innovation Advisor at TSAI City, Yale’s startup incubator and accelerator. Prior to Yale, Gabby worked in R&D and Innovation at General Mills where she created new products for iconic brands like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Epic, and FiberOne. 

She is Haitian and originally from Maryland. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where she was a John B. Ervin Scholar. In her free time she is an avid reader and enjoys salsa dancing, especially finding a good dance spot while traveling to a new city.

Sydney Sykes
BLCK VC, Co-founder & Investor
Obi Omile
theCut, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars LA 2018
David Potter
Curu, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Western Union 2019

Curu enables lenders to fund more loans by building applicant criteria (credit score, debt to income ratio, and more) with real-time recommendations.

Curu is ventured backed by Vestigo Ventures, Harlem Capital, Matchstick Ventures, FIS, Techstars, Chingona Ventures, Carolina Fintech Ventures and the Holdun Family Office.

Daricus Releford
StoreCash, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Western Union 2019
Ethan Austin
Techstars, Managing Director - Western Union Accelerator

Stories and discussion from Black Founders and CEOs on what it takes to raise capital as a black founder in a system that is stacked against you.