Arlan Hamilton

Founder + Managing Partner

Backstage Capital

About Arlan

Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $15 million and invested in more than 180 startup companies led by underestimated founders. In 2018, they launched a four-city accelerator program in Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, and London. Arlan has been featured on the cover of Fast Company magazine as the first Black woman non-celebrity to do so, and is the author of “It’s About Damn Time” and host of the weekly podcast “Your First Million”. Arlan and her mother, Mrs. Earline Butler-Sims, announced their scholarship program which kicked-off with scholarships for Black students at Oxford University and HBCU Dillard University.

Their Sessions

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm 16th June 2021

Black founders receive less than 1% of VC funding in the US, and less than 0.24% in the UK. Why does this happen? Is it really a pipeline issue or is it down to the implicitly racist trope that...

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