On March 25, Transparent Collective hosted a virtual Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with Ali Rosenthal, founder and managing partner of Leadout Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in non-traditional teams in high potential markets.

Transparent Collective hosts these sessions to increase exposure and access to Silicon Valley for underrepresented founders. The mission of TC is to prepare underrepresented founders for fundraising, to connect investors to high-caliber entrepreneurs, and to build an ecosystem where underrepresented entrepreneurs flourish.

Virtual AMA with Ali Rosenthal, Founder and Managing Partner of Leadout Capital

On March 25, Transparent Collective hosted a virtual Ask…


Transparent Collective is a non-profit that gives Black, Latinx, and women founders access to resources and connections to build successful tech companies. To date, we have helped 50 plus companies raise over $40 million in funding (and we’re just getting started!).

We are dedicated to increasing exposure and access to Silicon Valley for underrepresented founders, and we love hosting events that pull back the curtain on how the entire process works.

In our most monthly Ask Me Anything (AMA) event, we had the privilege of speaking with entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Evan Tana.

Evan Tana is a Founding General Partner…


Transparent Collective is a non-profit breaking down the barriers that acutely affect the success of minority founders at the early-stages of their startups. Committed to supporting Black, Latinx, and women founders in building connections with investors and gaining access to resources, the organization is on a mission to increase exposure and access to Silicon Valley for underrepresented entrepreneurs.

By bringing founders and investors together to talk openly, share advice and get to know others in the community, Transparent Collective is expanding its impact and growing its network.

In our monthly investor Ask Me Anything (AMA) event, we had the privilege…


The TC team is elated to introduce the 9 founders who participated in the 7th startup showcase, the second that TC has held remotely. The nine tech founders were invited to join the intensive week-long program focused on key aspects of founding and running an early-stage company.

Batch 7 and the Transparent Collective team during the latest showcase.

With access to investors, mentors, and tech experts, the founders perfected their pitches, improved their products and connected with funding to grow their startups. From environmental and health technology to interest-based communities and more, this group of founders contributes to Transparent Collective’s development of an innovative startup ecosystem where minority entrepreneurs can flourish.


Transparent Collective is a non-profit that breaks down barriers that notably target underrepresented founders at the beginnings of their startup career by preparing founders to fundraise, connecting investors to first-class entrepreneurs, and contributing to their overall development.

We’ve worked with over 50 startups who have collectively raised more than 47 million in Seed funding and recently we started a new series called “Founders Lives.” During a Founder Live, we chat with a different Transparent Collective alum to learn about their founder’s journey, what they have discovered along the way, and any advice they have for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

In our…


Transparent Collective is a nonprofit organization focused on breaking down the barriers that acutely affect the success of underrepresented founders at the early stages of their startups. We focus on tackling three areas where underrepresented founders encounter the most challenges in building successful technology company companies, and raising venture funding.

  • Preparing founders to fundraise.
  • Connecting investors to high caliber entrepreneurs.
  • Contributing to the development of an ecosystem where all entrepreneurs can flourish.

We’ve been operating for several years and over that time, we’ve worked with over 50 startups who have collectively secured north of $40 million in seed funding. In…


For 2020, the TC team is enthusiastic to announce the culmination of its 6th annual startup showcase. 11 Black, Latinx, and women founders from across the country with promising tech products and traction were selected to participate in its intensive week-long program focused on key aspects of founding and running an early stage company.

With access to investors, mentors, and tech experts, the founders perfected their pitches, improved their products and connected with funding to grow their startups. …


We had a record number of incredible applications for our 2020 Transparent Collective Startup Showcase event! Since we will be hosting our September event virtually due to COVID-19, we were able to increase the number of startups accepted into the program (we are typically limited by the expense of flights and accommodations for our founders). For those who were not accepted into this program, or who are looking to apply to future programs, we want to be transparent with the way we rate and score applications.

Transparent Collective partners look through every pitch and score each company based on the…


The meeting is only one piece of the puzzle. Learn how to find more black founders and how to build a relationship that will get you in their round.

Four black founders with exceptional companies who are currently raising.

In the midst of a pandemic, I don’t think we ever expected to see one of the most energized social justice movements in the past few decades. Emboldened by the movement, many are engaging in more frank discussions about the role race plays when it comes to funding opportunities for early stage tech companies. As a result, a group historically dominated by white men has shown increased interest in finding and…


June 4, 2020

I hope all of you are safe and well. I’ve been taking some time to reflect on the state of affairs, and I want to use this opportunity to write a personal note to all those who believe in the Collective.

I, and the entire Transparent Collective team, stand in solidarity with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other Black people who have died at the hands of law enforcement.

As a Black man, I’m all too familiar with racial injustice. It has been a fact of life, my entire life. So when we speak about police brutality, some…

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