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Benchstrength is an early stage venture capital firm focused on investing in technology companies that transform business and uplift communities. Based in NYC, Benchstrength invests in software and technology-enabled businesses across enterprise, consumer, fintech, and healthcare. The firm is committed to building, cultivating, and re-architecting networks in a way that expands access to opportunity and builds a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Stage of capital: Pre-Seed, Seed

Location: New York, NY

Fund manager diversity: Black and African American led

Diversity focus: Women, Black and African American, Hispanic-Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Native American

Industry focus: General Tech- and Tech-Enabled, Consumer and Retail, B2B, Fintech and Payments, Healthcare and Wellness (incl. FemTech), Future of Work and Living (incl. Education/EdTech)

Min and max capital: $500,000 - $3,000,000

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John Monagle
General Partner

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Ken Chenault Jr.
General Partner