A lo largo del Mes de la Historia de la Mujer, celebramos las contribuciones económicas, sociales y políticas que las mujeres hacen a nuestro mundo. Las mujeres representan aproximadamente la mitad de la fuerza de trabajo estadounidense, alcanzan niveles más altos de educación que los hombres y son una parte cada vez mayor del ingreso primario o único del hogar. No hay duda de que para que Estados Unidos prospere, debemos promover el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres.
Al igual que los “ángeles”, los cuales se enfocan en realizar inversiones del sector empresarial, el capital de riesgo también es un tipo de financiamiento de capital, lo que implica renunciar a una parte de la propiedad de la empresa a cambio de dinero de los inversores. Las empresas de capital de riesgo (conocido por sus siglas en inglés como VC) suelen estar organizadas como sociedades colectivas.
Throughout Women’s History Month, we celebrate the economic, social and political contributions that women make to our world. Women account for roughly half of the American workforce, attain higher levels of education than men and are an increasing share of primary or solo breadwinners. There is no doubt that for America to thrive, we must promote the economic empowerment of women. Central to women’s economic success is women’s entrepreneurship, which contributes significantly to overall economic growth and prosperity.
Venture capital is a type of equity financing that involves giving up a portion of the ownership of business in exchange for money from investors. Venture capital (VC) firms are usually organized as partnerships. They raise money from institutional investors, such as pension funds and endowments, which the VC partners then invest in promising startups.
When you need cash for your small business, whether it’s to get off the ground or fund a new initiative, venture capital is one option to consider. But is it the right option? Is it even accessible to small businesses? And what do you and your enterprise stand to gain or lose by aligning with a venture capitalist?
Throughout America, minority communities are being undermined by a problem that may, in some ways, be as pernicious as underfunded schools, inadequate housing, and a scarcity of public amenities like parks and libraries. It is a problem, moreover, that goes largely unnoticed and that is not fully understood, save for a few who are steeped in the issue or grapple with it daily. The problem—inadequate capital access for minority-owned businesses—is depriving minority communities of their own source of wealth and jobs.
As I wrote last week, Yemani Mason is the founder and CEO of a new real estate crowdfunding platform called VestMunity. He is an innovator offering a hub for regular folks to access investment opportunities previously out of reach, in this case, the rehabilitation and sale of distressed Florida properties. He is also a black entrepreneur that has experienced first-hand the challenges of minority access to venture capital to support and scale his venture.