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1863 Ventures

The 1863 Venture Fund I believes that by providing appropriately aligned capital to New Majority entrepreneurs, we can support individual, enterprise, and community wealth creation.

To achieve this, the Fund leverages equity-like and revenue-based financing vehicles to expand access for New Majority entrepreneurs to a coherent and accessible investment continuum.

The 1863 Venture Fund I is committed to growth-oriented companies that lack access to traditional capital sources and desire an alternative to predatory debt financing. We are sector agnostic in our investments focusing on early-stage investments. Our check sizes range from $50k to $300k, and we provide highly engaged portfolio management support to our portfolio.

Stage of capital: Pre-Seed, Seed

Location: Washington, D.C.

Fund manager diversity: Woman-led, Black and African American led

Diversity focus: Black and African American, Hispanic-Latino

Industry focus: General Tech- and Tech-Enabled, Consumer and Retail, B2B, Fintech and Payments, Food and Agriculture


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Melissa Bradley
General Partner