By Jack Graham, Thomson Reuters Foundation
TORONTO, March 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Struggling to find funding, technology entrepreneur Bobbie Racette was told by one investor to downplay her sexuality.
“You don’t need to tell us that you’re LGBT,” she was told. “We can just leave that out of your pitch deck.”
Data suggests the odds are stacked against LGBT+ tech founders and entrepreneurs trying to obtain venture capital (VC) funding.
More than $1.5 trillion was invested in global VC deals […]
LGBT+ Tech Leaders: Joe DiPasquale, Lorenzo Thione, Bryan Janeczko, and Darren Spedale joined forces in 2009 to found @StartOut, a nonprofit for empowering LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. https://t.co/Osr3FZ0zAT
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Arlan Hamilton launched Backstage Capital in 2015 to help diversify the pool of #entrepreneurs who receive venture funding. Here, she discusses what she's learned over the past three years, and her hopes for the tech industry moving forward. #LGBTQ https://t.co/0MVTMz7yq3
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