Early-Stage Angel Investments to Watch: Spotlighting Black-Founded Startups

Dawn Dickson
10 min readMay 24, 2021

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From tech and retail to cannabis and social impact, bold and revolutionary ideas by Black innovators have been flying under the radar across a number of industries for far too long. For this reason, I’ve made a commitment to do what I can to shine a light on hidden, early-stage minority-led companies that I believe are worth watching.

How did I get started on this “watch list” trail? Well months ago, I posted a Tweet to find Black founders who are raising money and have some traction but need more exposure. With 135 retweets and over 60 responses, it was evident that media opportunities for new Black-owned startups didn’t come around every day, and when trying to get in front of angel investors, exposure has been one of the major missing links.

Whether you’re a seasoned or new angel investor, I know you’re looking for more than just great business ideas to invest in — you’re looking for great leaders and teams behind those businesses. (And by all means, you should be!) While I have not worked with each company featured in this article, many I have come to learn much about. I believe they are all innovative with promising futures, and, most of all, I want to see them win!

You’ll notice the companies are at various stages: Some already have well-equipped teams while others are looking to fill key roles. Some have raised money while others have not yet. All in all, what I know for sure is that they can all use customers, advisors, investors, and referrals.

I encourage you to research their data, review their work, and reach out to their contact emails provided to find out more. As always, do your due diligence before investing. What you’ll find here is only a headstart in the right direction.

I plan to do this once a month so be sure to stay connected for more! (Listed in no particular order.)

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Dawn Dickson

Serial Entrepreneur, Inventor |Founder, Flat Out of Heels |CEO, PopCom| www.DawnDickson.me