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…

Rohini Pandi and Obi Omile on Facebook Live
Rohini Pandi and Obi Omile on Facebook Live

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…

Encouraging Diversity in Tech

San Francisco, CA — November 1, 2016Transparent Collective (TC), a non-profit dedicated to empowering African-American, Hispanic and women founders, will present the Startup Showcase at this year’s AfroTech conference on November 11, 2016. In pursuit of diversity and inclusion, the TC program provides resources, mentorship and networks to help the next batch of remarkable founders.

The Startup Showcase will spotlight two TC program alums, Ofo Ezeugwu of WhoseYourLandlord and Brian McKinney of Benjii, as well as two new founders, DeShuna Spencer of KweliTV and Rica Elysee of BeautyLynk, who will enter the TC program early next year.


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Transparent Collective helps Black, Latinx, and women founders access the connections & resources needed to succeed.

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