We spoke to a ton of people that wanted signposting to communities, accelerators, investors and more that are allies of the underestimated founders. Hence our Diversity Directory. Get in touch to be added to it! Diversity and Inclusion are at our core so we'd love to hear from you.
1818.vc - An early stage investor actively looking to invest in UK based diverse teams/founders
Ada Ventures - An inclusive VC looking for the best opportunities available in the UK from underestimated founders
Alma Angels - An Angel community focused on female founders as part of their investment thesis for founding teams where at least one female founder is playing a significant (equity holding) role at the company
Angel Academe - A fast-growing and award-winning angel network. We invest in female founders and introduce more women to angel investing.
Angel Investment Academy - empowers, equips and educates entrepreneurial professionals on how to get started with investing in startups, no matter their background.
Barclays Black Founder Accelerator - a programme especially designed to champion diversity in entrepreneurship and showcase Black Founder-led businesses
Black Valley - A community, accelerator and more for UK based Black Founders
Cornerstone VC - An early stage fund aiming to invest cheques of £250k+ in diverse founders from prototype stage onwards
Capital Pilot - An investor readiness platform that assesses your early stage deck and home of the Boost Fund that writes 50k cheques to UK based businesses of all stages
Codebar - A charity that facilitates the growth of a diverse tech community by running free regular programming workshops for minority groups in tech.
Create Equity - A new fund aiming to drive racially equitable funding in the arts and social investment spaces.
Diversity VC - is working with entrepreneurs, investors and universities in order to create an industry that is free from bias
Diversity-X - A community (and soon a fund and accelerator) that is home to the underestimated of all genders, colours, abilities, ages and socio-economic backgrounds
Female Founders Rise - A community supporting female founders of all backgrounds & ethnicities to help each other succeed
Founders for Change - a place to commit to funding the underestimated - contains a further list of investors who are actively investing in diverse teams & founders
Foundervine - Support the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator, have their own funds (including one focused on Nigeria & Ghana) and provide bespoke accelerator programmes for groups
Goodsoil VC - Goodsoil is a UK venture capital firm that invests in pre-seed and seed-stage companies based in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on underestimated founders delivering a global impact.
Google for Startups Black Founders Fund - A Google for Startups initiative giving access to funding to Black-founded startups in Europe.
Growth Impact Fund - They provide investment for early stage, growing organisations. Our investment is made for organisations that are committed to improving their teams diversity, reducing inequity & have a social impact
Impact-X VC - They are a double bottom line venture capital firm, founded to support underrepresented entrepreneurs across Europe.
January Ventures - They believe the founders of the next decade will look fundamentally different: more female, more diverse and more distributed. They back founders based on their tenacity and ambition, not their pedigrees or who they know.
Mint Ventures - MV are an Angel group committed to investing in more female led startups and creating more opportunities for female Angels to invest or become investors.
Morgan Stanley Inclusive Ventures - in-house startup accelerator, formerly known as the Multicultural Innovation Lab, promotes financial inclusion and provides access to capital and connections for early-stage technology and technology-enabled companies led by underrepresented founders.
Pact VC - The fund states on its LinkedIn that it follows a philosophy which it calls the “ABCs”: access, betterment and climate and invests in under-represented founders
Pink Salt Ventures - PSV is a London based pre-seed fund investing in market-making female founders.
Proud Ventures - A grassroots community of LGBTQ+ VCs & angel investors in the UK. Building relationships and driving change in the industry.
Raise Ventures - with over 50% of their cohorts regularly under-represented founders, they provide virtual/on-premise acceleration to startups globally (but predominantly UK & the Island of Ireland)
SeriesQ - The LGBTQ+ network for entrepreneurs & creators in the UK.
Simsan Ventures - Founded in 2021, by brothers Sahil and Sagar, Simsan invests in undervalued markets (Europe, South Korea and India) and underrepresented founders.
Symvan Capital - Looking for Billion Dollar companies and particularly welcome applications from overlooked founders.
UKBlackTech - UKBlackTech is an innovation group on a mission to make the UK the world's most ethnically diverse tech ecosystem.
YSYS - An online community committed to improving diversity in Tech with its' own online video content library for founders, community & access to other programmes.
Let us know if you want to add someone to the directory!