LOS ANGELES – Backstage Capital, a boutique venture capital firm that invests exclusively in women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, announced this week the launch of Backstage Tour 2020 – a multi-city, one-day event series bringing knowledge, investment, and connection. The tour comes to Detroit June 20.

Events will feature entrepreneur and investor workshops, speaker panels, a live investment opportunity, and a special spotlight on Backstage Founder and Managing Partner Arlan Hamilton’s new book, It’s About Damn Time. The series of events will take place in ecosystems serving underrepresented entrepreneurs in partnership with national and local partners and ecosystem builders in each city.

“Effective ecosystems optimize connections between entrepreneurs and resources, underrepresented founders lack many of these connections despite proven skill and innovation,” said Monica Wheat, Founder and Executive Director of Venture Catalysts, and Co-Producer of Backstage Tour 2020.

“I am excited to work with Backstage in this crafted effort to highlight these founders, invest in their companies, and enhance the amazing work already being done in these cities.” 

Backstage has partnered on this initiative with national sponsors PayPal and Mailchimp to bring attention and resources to underrepresented founders and investors in each ecosystem and nationally through venture investment and founder education.

“In every city I’ve visited I’ve met people working hard to help underestimated founders succeed. Backstage Tour 2020 gives us a chance to unite these ecosystem efforts, invest directly in each city, and bring access and attention to more founders and investors that deserve support,” said Hamilton.

The agenda for Backstage Tour 2020 events include premium daytime programming in select cities where founders and investors (via two concurrent tracks) can participate in actionable, interactive workshops followed by an AMA with Hamilton, and exclusive networking. At all events, general admission evening programming will feature expert panels, selected founder pitches, a $25,000 investment announcement, a fireside chat and book signing with Hamilton, an interactive ecosystem experience, and networking opportunities.

Backstage has invested more than $7 Million in more than 120 companies led by excellent underrepresented founders and run a successful global startup accelerator with programs in Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and London.

Launching with 12 cities, Tour 2020 officially kicks off May 5 in New York City.

North American Tour 2020 stops announced to date:

  • May 6 / Los Angeles, CA
  • May 8 / Bay Area, CA
  • May 12  / Dallas, TX
  • May 14 / Atlanta, GA
  • May 19 / Washington, D.C.
  • TBA / Miami, FL
  • TBA / Portland, OR
  • June 9 / Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • June 11 / St. Louis, MO
  • June 18 / Chicago, IL
  • June 20 / Detroit, MI

For more information, click on www.backstagecapital.com