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Read our 2021 Impact Report
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attract just 2 percent of the total capital invested in VC-backed startups.

Companies founded solely by women

Learn more in our 2021 Annual Impact Report Executive Summary
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Illumen Capital takes a systems-level approach to reduce bias facing women and people of color who are fund managers, entrepreneurs, or otherwise in the investing field. To work at the systems-level, we know we cannot do it alone. We are grateful for our ambassadors, skilled individuals with deep experience in impact investing, who regularly coach or provide expertise to support our work and collectively advance our mission.


  • Marlene Orozco, Lead Research Analyst at the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business


  • Brian Ferguson, Chief Operating Officer at the Frederick Douglass Project for Justice and former Executive Director at the Mayor of D.C.'s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs

  • Jen Welter, first female coach in the National Football League (NFL) and author 


Illumen Capital's bias reduction curriculum, IllumenIQ, provides training, tools, and resources to reduce racial and gender bias in venture capital and private equity decision-making. We are grateful to the following contributors for sharing their lived experience and stories as a part of IllumenIQ.

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