Popular crowdfunding platform, SeedInvest, has announced the launch of a new initiative called ‘BlackCapital’.
BlackCapital's goal is to facilitate economic equality among black communities across the United States. It was launched in collaboration with Kevin Johnson – a former NBA All-Star, and Mayor of Sacramento.
Tackling economic inequality is no small feat. Recognizing this, SeedInvest has taken a structured approach towards its goal.
In order to positively affect the greatest number of people, SeedInvest's BlackCapital has been structured as a two-pronged system; each of which will provide participants with access to fully-vetted, high potential start-ups. Investors can choose to invest in companies that are lead by black founders. At the time of writing, SeedInvest has three companies with black founders that are fundraising.
1. Black Capital Access
With an investment minimum of $1000, this program allows investors of any ilk the ability to create a portfolio comprised of up to 25 different start-ups raising capital through SeedInvest.
2. Black Capital Fund
With an investment minimum of $50,000, this program is geared specifically towards accredited investors. Much like BlackCapital Access, this fund will provide its participants with access to many vetted investment opportunities, along with access to a bevy of features within the SeedInvest platform.
SeedInvest notes that, until now, early-stage venture capitalism has only been accessible by roughly 2% of the population. Furthermore, this form of investing has been heartily outperforming the S&P 500 over the past two decades. By creating and promoting BlackCapital Access/Fund, with the help of Kevin Johnson, SeedInvest is hoping to increase that 2% as much as possible.
It should be interesting to see how SeedInvest continues to develop BlackCapital and if the BlackCapital initiative does in fact benefit the black community.
Given that we are currently midway through 2020, it is sad to say that many marginalized communities throughout the world still exist. Currently, in North America, black communities are in the spotlight due to a myriad of issues. SeedInvest has taken note, and it is beginning work to contribute towards forward progress.
At the Helm
While SeedInvest may be facilitating BlackCapital, the project’s creation was made possible through collaboration with Kevin Johnson. If this name sounds familiar, his past accomplishments may explain why.
- 3x NBA All-Star with the Sacramento Kings
- Mayor of Sacramento from 2008-2016
- CEO of Seven Ventures
Throughout his career, Kevin Johnson has experienced great success in many of his endeavours. For instance, along the way he has become known for developing programs which help marginalized communities gain access to better educational and economic opportunities. With this being the case, his participation in an initiative such as BlackCapital, is no surprise.
While BlackCapital is very new, we hope to see continued growth in supporting the black community by empowering black founders and black investors. We also hope to see continued growth in supporting other marginalized members of the community.
Since the ‘Jumpstart Our Business Act‘ was passed in 2012, crowdfunding has been steadily increasing in popularity. This popularity has led to the rise of various companies like SeedInvest, as they look to establish themselves as market leaders. Investing through such means can provide savvy investors with fantastic opportunities, by gaining access to companies at an early stage.
While the potential for great returns is there, it is vital to note that early stage investing is a high-risk endeavour. SeedInvest echoes this sentiment, by stating, “Only those prepared for extreme volatility, a lack of liquidity, and the risk of losing their entire investment should invest in early-stage startup investments.”
Founded in 2011, SeedInvest is a crowdfunding platform, based out of New York, New York. Through their platform, SeedInvest provides investors access to pre-vetted opportunities from promising startups.
CEO, Ryan Feit, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
Since COVID-19 began wreaking havoc on the world as we know it, various crowdfunding platforms have noted an increase in investor activity – with SeedInvest being among these.
Accordingly, we took a brief look at these events, and how they led to a record setting quarter by SeedInvest. To learn more, click HERE.