The deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of police have sparked an outpouring of statements from businesses, founders, and investors across the tech industry, which is notorious for its lack of diversity in hiring and investing.
At UCLA Ventures, we strive to support and encourage Bruin entrepreneurs of all races, colors, and creeds. We’ve aimed to build a diverse community that reflects the values of this institution.
At the same time, we realize we have a platform to support and elevate Black entrepreneurs. With that in mind, we worked with several longtime UCLA Ventures members to bring you this virtual panel that examines the experiences and challenges faced by Black entrepreneurs.
Marion Patricio ('14) - Program Manager at UCLA Ventures
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid ('10) - CEO at Boost
Robert Dansby, Ph.D ('70)
- CEO and founder of Copharix
Joe Kwong - Founder of Sprokit
- Managing Director of DiverseCity Ventures
Elan Mevasse ('02) - Startup Advisor
Murisiku Raifu - CEO and cofounder of Talamus Health, Inc.