According to a report by the Center for Women's Business Research, black women are part of the fastest growing entrepreneurial segment in the country, growing at a rate of 191.4% from 1997 to 2007. CEO of BOLD Guidance, Nichelle McCall, is one of those women and is featured as one to watch by Inc.com. Yet few are founders of scalable tech-enabled enterprises. The reasons there are few black women tech founders, despite a strong tendency toward entrepreneurship, are numerous: lack of funding, lack of pipeline, geographical location.
[Featured] are nine awesome early-stage tech startup founders who just happen to be black women. These entrepreneurs have the same strategic vision, technical skills, and experience investors look for in every founder.
Founder, BOLD Guidance
What makes BOLD Guidance innovative: BOLD Guidance helps students navigate the college application process through their mobile devices, while allowing counselors to track their progress online.
What makes Nichelle awesome: A first-generation college student, Nichelle had challenges navigating the college application process--organizing the different applications to the FAFSA and other financial aid forms. Bold Guidance has raised more than $450,000 thus far in Series A funding.