Leading Black Organizations Partner to Increase Investment in The Black Technology Ecosystem and Drive Opportunities for The Link Members and the Communities They Serve
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Atlanta, Ga — (March 1, 2021). Today, on the first day of Women’s History Month, 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund, Opportunity Hub and The Links, Incorporated announce a national initiative to create multi-generational wealth in the Black community and beyond by investing in Black owned venture funds, technology startups and ecosystem building companies.
As of 2016, the $171,000 average net worth of a typical White family was 10 times greater than the average $17,150 net worth of a typical Black family, according to the Brookings Institution. In 2018, The Washington Post reported that the number of Black decision-makers in venture capital dropped to 1 percent — representing just seven Black people at the 102 largest venture capital firms in the United States, according to an annual survey by the Information, a tech-news outlet. In 2019, according to the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor, the authoritative quarterly report on venture capital activity in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, with support from Silicon Valley Bank and Carta, less than 1% of the $136.5 billion invested in approximately 11,000 US-based companies that are responsible for creating 60% of net new jobs went to Black high growth entrepreneurs.
Yet, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Federal Reserve 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances, 1% percent of Black Americans, approximately 440,000, have a net worth over one million dollars while 1.8%, approximately 792,000, generate over $200,000 annually in income.
Under its agreement, The Links, Incorporated through The Links Economic Empowerment Platform (LEEP) will make a strategic investment in the 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund and will work with the Fund to create Black angel investors, limited partners, venture capitalists and equity crowdfunding investors. The objective of the partnership is to diversify the ownership and capitalization tables of our nation’s high growth Black owned startups and venture funds while ensuring career pathways for those who are often overlooked.
The Links, Incorporated will also:
- Collaborate with 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Kenan Flagler Business Scale School, Duke University, North Carolina Central University and other HBCU’s to launch a first of its kind “Black Technology Ecosystem Investment” Certificate Program. The program is scheduled to launch in the Fall of 2021;
- Create, together with OHUB, a pitch competition to launch at The Links 2022 National Assembly aimed at expanding opportunities and access to early-stage capital;
- Host member-only webinars with equity crowdfunding and blockchain pioneers and authorities to inform the membership on the possibilities to further provide access to early-stage startup capital via the Jumpstart Our Startups Act and cryptocurrency investments, respectively;
- Provide Links members with access to OHUB-identified board advisor, director and executive roles at high growth, venture backed technology startup companies; and
- Expand its HBCU initiative by providing student memberships and scholarships to OHUB and OHUB.SXSW, respectively.
“We are proud to announce a game-changing strategic partnership with 100 Black Angels & Allies and OHUB,” said Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, National President of The Links, Incorporated. “It is consistent with our Founders’ vision of leadership in this ever-changing environment. As the organization, its members, communities and partners grapple with the unprecedented impacts of a global pandemic,” she continued, “We believe more than ever the need for innovation, next level thinking, action and collaborations which are critical for relevance, value, wealth creation and resiliency.”
“Women of African descent have been the backbone of generational wealth creation for the Black American family,” said Rodney Sampson, who serves as General Partner, 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund; Executive Chairman & CEO, OHUB; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; and Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. “It’s fitting that they be given vetted access to the current opportunities in the tech, startup and venture ecosystem to create new multi-generational wealth for our families and communities,” he said.
About The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 16,000 professional women of African descent in 292 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
About Opportunity Hub
Opportunity Hub (OHUB), co-founded in 2013 in Atlanta, GA by Rodney and Shanterria Sampson as a follow up to the highly successful Kingonomics’ book release and large scale conferences, is the leading technology, startup, and venture ecosystem development platform created to ensure everyone, everywhere has a path to multi-generational wealth creation with no reliance on pre-existing multi-generational wealth. Today, OHUB is the parent holding company of a suite of businesses committed to increasing racial equity in the fourth industrial revolution; including a not-for-profit foundation and an ecosystem enablement investment fund, 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund.
About 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund
The mission of 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund is to align smart, affluent, innovative and skilled Black and ally capital to build a scalable and sustainable Black technology, startup entrepreneurship and venture ecosystem that powers a global Diasporic engine and platform to ensure that Black people everywhere are equitably represented at all levels in the startup ecosystem as a path definitive path to increasing equitable innovation density in cities across America and beyond.