As the Founder & Managing Partner of 1863 Ventures, seasoned business mastermind, venture capitalist & serial entrepreneur Melissa Bradley is a trusted voice whose advice is as good as gold (literally) for entrepreneurs looking to learn what moves to make to successfully take their businesses to the next level.
Described on the company’s official website as a conglomerate of “DC-based business veterans” looking to bridge “the gap between entrepreneurs and equity,” Bradley and the 1863 team have shown and proven that they’re a visible force to be reckoned with when it comes to providing lucrative guidance and opportunities for Black & Brown business owners. From offering early-stage and growth-stage entrepreneurs consistent support in the form of leadership training, capital and strategic market access, to being a one-of-a-kind mentorship hub for Black & Brown business owners, the company provides an immersive experience intended to yield high growth by reducing barriers and risk for founders nationwide.
And make no mistake, this is a team who has the numbers to back it up.
Collectively, 1863 Ventures leadership brings much to the table, including: $12 million in startup founders & team members; 56 years of cumulative startup and corporate experience; 36 years of project management experience; $45 million raised to support New Majority Teams; and a whopping $300 million in aggregate revenue generated by the 2,500 entrepreneurs who have completed their program.
Scroll down for a look at 5 key learnings for entrepreneurs shared by Melissa Bradley during her ESSENCE + GU Entrepreneur Summit panel presented by Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women. For more of everything you missed at the Summit, visit essencestudios.com.
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