Room 1
11:00 - 11:30
Access to Work & New Economy
Hacking the Funding Structure: Creating Next Level Opportunity

Short thesis

Venture Capital isn’t for everyone. But for those who pursue it, access to VC checks and other key funding opportunities is disproportionately distributed amongst entrepreneurs and markets - despite key success prereqs being met. Both developing ecosystems and underestimated entrepreneurs (women, people of color, and LGBTQ+) bear the brunt of these disproportionate markets. We walk through key tactics of how we are hacking the funding structure and creating next level opportunity.


Most Venture Investing done to date is based on a perceived pattern or prototype of characterizes of a successful, investable founder. How do we turn that pattern 180 ° and open pathways for additional founders to be considered and receive investment? Join us as we walk through how both Backstage Capital and Venture Catalysts approach the “pipeline problem” in entrepreneurship and venture capital. Assessing entrepreneurs for strength & resources. Find key opportunities to both contribute and benefit.

The baseline of creating good relationships is educating the different ecosystems and eliminating both the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown. Also key is acknowledging the gaps in core language and relationships with investors and leads of alternate funding sources.