Can we get some applause for Angela Benton? This woman has given the male-dominated VC industry a strong upper cut. Angela founded her business, NewME, in 2011 and has accelerated over 300 startups, helping them raise over $17 million in venture capital funding. She’s also been honored by Ebony magazine as one of the Power 150 in 2010, Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013 and Marie Claire’s 50 Women Who Rule in 2013. Angela, at age 29, was inducted into Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) Hall of Fame in 2010, the youngest person ever.
Angela’s beginnings may not have been typical for a person of her stature. She did not attend Harvard, nor was she born into a prominent family. In fact, at 16 years old, she became a single mother and she used the skills she had to master – multitasking, creativity, managing and/or operating on a budget, and problem-solving – to take on the work of an entrepreneur. I am really in awe!
What I like most about Angela is that she sees the inner strength in the entrepreneurs she meets and gives them an opportunity to shine, instead of basing her decisions on where their degree comes from. Big cheers to Angela for transforming this industry like only a woman could do! There’s no stopping her!
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