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Demystifying VC for Entrepreneurs of Color

Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Luncheon panel and networking event focused on demystifying the world of venture capital.

What is the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival?

A five-day series of events hosted by local businesses and organizations geared at highlighting the experiences, challenges, and opportunities for young professionals of color in our city with the ultimate goal of creating community.

With more than 30 events scheduled, you can plan to learn, connect, and have fun all week long, while also lending your voice to change. Join us September 4-8 to help make Boston more inclusive for all.

What is OpenView?

OpenView, the expansion stage venture firm, helps build software companies into market leaders. Through our Expansion Platform, we help companies hire the best talent, acquire and retain the right customers and partner with industry leaders so they can dominate their markets. Our focus on the expansion stage makes us uniquely suited to provide truly tailored operational support to our portfolio companies. Portfolio companies include: Calendly, Expensify, WeWork, and more. Learn more about OpenView at openviewpartners.com.

Why are we involved in F.U.N.?

With half of the workforce in Boston being classified as millennials, and nearly half of millennials in Greater Boston being people of color, we know that the business community must play a key role in improving the city’s image and increasing access and opportunities to attract and retain talent. Retention of young people of color is of critical importance to our future as a region.


Event Description:

OpenView is hosting a luncheon panel and networking event focused on demystifying the world of venture capital, aimed at young people of color with entrepreneurial interests. The panel will begin promptly at 12pm and last one hour, followed by an hour long networking session at the OpenView office overlooking the water of Boston’s scenic Seaport.

The panelists will be exemplary local venture capitalists with extensive experience around the racial nuances of the industry. Specific panelist details are to be announced at a later date.

Topics of discussion will include, but are not limited to:

– An overview of venture capital and general fundraising terminology

– What it means to give up equity of your business

– How venture capitalists evaluate potential investments

– Additional challenges young people of color face in the capital fundraising process

– How to prepare for a career or relationship with the VC industry

Attendees should expect to gain a deeper look into the Venture Capital industry during the panel with tips about navigating the space as a young person of color. The networking session will allow for a chance to foster community and mentor/mentee relationships among guests and panelists. Come join us for an open and inclusive discussion.


How do I know if the F.U.N. festival is for me?

Answer: If you are a young professional or young professional of color in Boston and you are looking to enhance your life and gain allies, then F.U.N. is for you.

How do I get to your location by public transportation or car, and where can I park?

Answer: OpenView is located at 303 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 – a 6 minute walk from South Station with connections to Red Line, Silver Line, and Commuter Rail. Parking is also available for about $25 at the Farnsworth Garage, across from Flour Bakery about a 4 minute walk from OpenView. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out for clarification.

What do I need to bring to the event? (i.e. license, proof of registration)

Answer: Please bring your online ticket with you to the event as proof of registration.

Will there be food?

Answer: A light lunch will be provided during the panel from 12pm to 1pm. If you have dietary restrictions, please reach out to the event organizer and we will work to accommodate.

How can I contact the organizer of the event?

Answer: For questions about OpenView’s event please contact Investor, Kaitlyn Henry via email at kaitlyn@ov.vc . For more general questions on FUN please contact City Awake directly.

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Friday, September 6, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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OpenView Venture Partners
303 Congress Street #701
Boston, MA
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