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Multi-City Entrepreneur Showcase Event Series

WOCCON Road Show
Cocktails & Conversation

New York City | July 19, 2022
Palo Alto | September 27, 2022

Houston | October 18, 2022

Washington, DC | October 26, 2022

More cities to be added soon!

While there are a growing number of Black and Latinx women-led startups crossing the $1MM threshold, the majority of Black and Latinx women–led startups raise significantly less than the average funded startup. For those who have not raised over $1MM, the median seed round raised by Black women founders is $125,000 and the median seed round raised by Latinx women founders is $200,000. As of 2020, the national median seed round funding for a startup is $2.5M.

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Women of Color Connecting Leverages the Power

of Relationship Capital

Because capital constraint remains a defining problem for the majority of Women of Color entrepreneurs, we are attacking this problem from a different angle. We are engaging the vast IFEL network to use their expertise and relationships to get more women of color on the grow-scale-exit trajectory to building wealth through entrepreneurship. 

About the WOCCON Movement

  • We shine a spotlight on the real issues that women of color business owners face

  • We provide a safe space for authentic conversations and honest dialogue

  • We facilitate organic relationship development that can lead to mutual benefit

  • We bring together the positive energy needed to propel a movement

  • You have the opportunity to be the change that you say that you want to see

  • We will provide opportunities to get involved and share your work

Apply for Success Circles

We are looking for amazing entrepreneurs who want to be positioned for an exit, and identify as a Women of Color.

Be An Agent of Change

It’s not the overtly racist or bigoted people who openly seek to oppress others that are the biggest problem. Polite society finds them and over time roots them out. It’s the well-intentioned people who say that they care about diversity and inclusion, fairness, equity and equality but who are not active in and mindful about changing “business as usual” who are the real problem. Those who talk about the right thing yet do little to effect change. Those who allow the wrong thing to continue to happen. We all know that the status quo isn't good enough. What are we going to do to change it?

Join us to create a new paradigm. Join us to share your insights. Join us to be part of the change we need to help more Women of Color entrepreneurs succeed. 

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Just because you aren't an angel or VC investor doesn't mean you can't help us address the access to capital challenge experienced by so many Women of Color entrepreneurs. Using your professional skills, you can help a Woman of Color entrepreneur grow, scale and get to the next level.  

Thank You to Our WOCCON 2022 Sponsors:

Champion Sponsor


Friend Sponsors


Women of Color Connecting Leadership Council

Toyin Ajayi

Jacqueline Allen

Janelle Benjamin

Bonnie Carter

Majora Carter

Tara Carter

Jacalyn Champion

Beth Colt

Cynthia Crossley

Nana Duncan

Bruce Eckfeldt

Stephanie Fowler

Twyla Garrett

Mary Giovinazzo

Annie Godfrey

Jeff Hamer

Marlissa Hudson

Deborah Jackson

Jan Johnson
Lynn Loacker

Kay Lucas

Kristin McDonough


Clarence McGann

Vishal Muni

Gina Nisbeth

Avis Yates Rivers

Gillian Sargeant-Allen

Lynn Selassie

Monica Slater Stokes

Seble Tareke-Williams

Peggy Wallace

Sandi Webster


Donate to Support the Mission

Women of Color Connecting builds a bridge between Women of Color entrepreneurs and those in positions to open doors. We call on our allies in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to stand with us and more importantly to stand in for us. Together we can make a difference.