Since 2011, Kapor Capital has invested exclusively in early-stage, tech-driven startups committed to closing gaps of access, opportunity, or outcome for low-income communities and/or communities of color. Led by Ulili Onovakpuri and Brian Dixon, who became managing partners in January 2021, Kapor Capital was one of the first venture capital firms to openly accept cold requests via the website, create a fellows program to provide a pathway for individuals typically underrepresented in venture to enter investing, and launch the Kapor Capital Founders’ Commitment to help portfolio companies make collective progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a family of organizations, Kapor Capital, Kapor Center, and SMASH work collectively at the intersection of tech, diversity, and entrepreneurship to end racial and gender inequities that persist in the tech ecosystem.
Stage of capital: Pre-Seed, Seed, Other
Location: Oakland, CA
Fund manager diversity: Woman-led, Black and African American led
Industry focus: Environmental Sustainability, Fintech and Payments, Healthcare and Wellness (incl. FemTech), Future of Work and Living (incl. Education/EdTech)
Min and max capital: $500,000 - $1,500,000