Alicia Hanf is the Founder and Managing Partner at Dear Mama Ventures, a venture capital fund raising over $1 billion to support people of color, women, and veteran founders. With over 10 years of combined experience in leadership, coaching, sales, SaaS, business development, and relationship building, she focuses on helping companies and communities grow and empowering business executives to be leaders. Alicia is also a TEDx speaker and a US Army Veteran.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- Alicia Hanf shares her career trajectory from serving in the US Army to managing a VC firm
- Alicia’s criteria for evaluating and selecting companies to invest in
- What is Dear Mama Ventures’ purpose?
- The role of intellectual property in identifying courageous entrepreneurs
- How Dear Mama collaborates with other funds
- Alicia explains why VC funds should invest in diverse founders
In this episode…
Venture capital investments in the US have amassed over $300 billion. Yet women of color founders and other underrepresented entrepreneurs have received less than 1% of those investments. So how can you support minorities in business and VC?
Studies conducted by Forbes and the Harvard Business Review have shown that funds managed by women and people of color have higher performance rates, and diverse startup founders outperform their majority counterparts. Consequently, Alicia Hanf created a VC fund that invests in purpose-driven organizations to provide opportunities for minority business owners. She affirms that underrepresented individuals bring unique experiences and perspectives not otherwise offered and encourages VC boards to include these entrepreneurs in crucial decisions.
In this episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George welcomes Alicia Hanf, Founder and Managing Partner at Dear Mama Ventures, to talk about how she’s addressing the lack of opportunities for minorities in VC. Alicia shares her criteria for assessing and selecting companies to invest in, intellectual property’s role in identifying founders with grit, and the importance of investing in diverse founders.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- JiNan Glasgow George on LinkedIn
- JiNan Glasgow George
- Neo IP
- JiNan Glasgow George’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Patent Forecast
- Alicia Hanf on LinkedIn | Instagram
- Dear Mama Ventures
- Bunker Labs
- Monique Woodard on LinkedIn
- “Monique Woodard Unveils Cake Ventures, New $17 Million Fund Focused On ‘Demographic Change’”
- Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson on LinkedIn
- Katie Loeb on LinkedIn
- “The Intersection of Edge Computing, Venture Capitalism, and Prosperity” with Cole Crawford on Own Your Zone Podcast
- “Investing in the Infrastructure of the Digital Future” with Paul Gyra on Own Your Zone Podcast
- “Advancing Hypersonic Global Travel Capabilities and Empowering Women Engineers” with Sassie Duggleby on Own Your Zone Podcast
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