Arlan Hamilton

Backstage Capital

About Her Business & Career: Hamilton built Backstage Capital from the ground up in 2015 while homeless; today, the VC firm has invested more than $20 million in over 180 companies led by underrepresented founders since its founding. With plans to raise up to $30 million for its newest fund, Backstage hopes to double its current level of investment in minority-led startups.

Why She Made the Worthy 100: Hamilton’s entire mission is to make funding more accessible to founders who have traditionally been excluded from venture capital (women, POC and LGBTQ+). By building one of the largest portfolios of exclusively underrepresented founders, Hamilton is committed to breaking down barriers.

Industry: Venture Capital

Year Founded: 2015

Headquarters: Los Angeles, Calif.

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