Funding your business can be stressful, and sometimes customer revenue alone isn't enough to help you reach your next milestones. You've thought about raising venture capital but don't really want to give up too much equity. What are your other options?
Come hear from industry leaders and get all your alternative capital questions answered!
About Republic: Republic is where both accredited and non-accredited investors meet entrepreneurs and access high-growth potential deals across a range of private markets. Entrepreneurs can seek funding from a wider base of diverse investors while simultaneously growing a loyal base and leveraging Republic’s private investment network.
About Collab Capital: Collab's mission is to establish a new institution that provides a viable pathway to sustained wealth for the Black community. They establish this pathway by investing in tech and tech-enabled companies through efficient capital and effective connections between Black innovators, investors, and influencers.
About IndieVC: Indie.vc is a program designed to fund and support founders on a path to profitability. They believe deeply that there are hundreds, even thousands, of businesses that could be thriving, at scale, if they focused on revenue growth over raising another round of funding. On average, the companies backed have increased revenues over 100% in the first 12 months of the program and around 300% after 24 months post-investment.
About Clearbanc: Clearbanc is the world's largest eCommerce investor and specializes in providing non-dilutive growth capital.
About Fleeting: Fleeting provides shippers & motor carriers direct access to reliable fleets & to flexible CDL drivers who operate them. - Their CEO was the first African American male to raise $1M+ via equity crowdfunding.
Founder & CEO
Director of Operations
Director of Strategy & Investments
Venture Growth & Partnerships Lead
A successful entrepreneur in the transportation industry, generating over $4M in revenue with two companies. Pierre has 20 years of experience as a CDL Class A Truck Driver. As an owner-operator, he built JP&L Transportation, Inc. to $1M in revenue in its first year of operations. Additionally, Pierre was the first African American male to raise $1.07M via equity crowdfunding.
Rachel is a passionate change agent for operational excellence. She has global experience working across different industries including Food & Beverage, Automotive, B2B & B2C Tech, Healthcare, Music, Fashion, and Media. She led supply chain projects for over a dozen Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, she spearheaded national accounts and global product expansion at Combs Wine & Spirits, a Sean “Diddy” Combs Company. She also serves as Chairwoman to her family-owned addiction and mental health treatment center Omnis Health Life Wellness Center.
Rachel has a B.A. in Economics & Business from Agnes Scott College and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology
Sian Morson is the ultimate multi-hyphenate; a change-agent, entrepreneur, author and investor.
An accomplished entrepreneur, Sian has founded 3 tech companies and has been at the forefront of technology for the past 15 years. Currently, Sian is the Director of Strategy and Investments at the Starfish Accelerator – the first of its kind accelerator that invests in storytellers of color. In addition to her work at Starfish, Sian is an active angel investor and advisor to startups and founders including Funder.ai, GlowUp Games and Kanna.
Her educational background includes graduation from New York University’s Tisch School of the arts with a bachelor’s degree in Film & Television and a master’s degree in Electronic Art from Middlesex University in London. Sian is regularly called upon to speak about topics ranging from diversity, to design and investing; and she has been featured globally in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Essence, Inc. Magazine and Fast Company.
Heather is the Venture Growth and Partnerships Lead at Republic, the leading crowd investment platform for startups to raise capital from the public. Her work centers around building meaningful partnerships to create a supportive community around diverse investors and founders. She brings a dynamic background in education, nonprofit, philanthropy, travel writing, and project management to the VC and technology community. She recently worked with the Cannabis Marketing Association to build internal capacity and processes and with the American Genius as a staff writer focusing on innovations in technology and real estate. She holds a BA in Neurobiology from Harvard University and is a City Year AmeriCorp alum.
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Mych is a former founder, product guy, and ecosystem builder with a driving mission to build bridges between purpose and resources. Previously, he's helped launch programs from a zero stage and worked with Founders to craft and refine product offerings, business models, and go-to-market strategy. In addition to his role as a Chapter Director with Startup Grind, he also scouts for venture capital and private equity fund and is a Venture Partner for Republic.