Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021
9:00am – 3:00pm
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Building Momentum: Diversity and Entrepreneurship

Get inspired, gain actionable skills, and build community in a virtual conference to build momentum for more diversity in entrepreneurship.
Open to
Stanford Community



Being a successful entrepreneur is no easy feat. It takes passion, hard work and grit, and plenty of support to start and scale a company. Building Momentum: Diversity and Entrepreneurship addresses the unique challenges and opportunities faced by founders from underrepresented communities, and ways that investors, nonprofits, and communities are working to encourage more diversity in entrepreneurship. This virtual conference is equal parts inspiration and education, practical knowledge and tactical skills, powerful networking and community building.

Sponsored by the Stanford GSB Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the conference invites aspiring and active founders from all communities historically underrepresented among entrepreneurs, such as those from the Black, Latinx, Indigenous, LGBTQ communities, and women founders. We also invite investors, ecosystem builders, allies, and everyone who wants to inspire and accelerate diversity in entrepreneurship to attend. It’s a unique opportunity to hear from founders scaling successful companies and others who can provide ideas, inspiration, and insights. Please come share, support, and connect with peers and founders.

The exciting agenda includes fireside chats, presentations, and panel discussions focused on gaining knowledge, learning skills, and sharing personal stories of both success and failure. The day also includes interactive breakout sessions on everything from finding market fit and building great teams to financing options and scaling success to ultimately create economic and employment opportunities for our communities and beyond.

Join us in building momentum.


We invite you to view some of the key discussions from the conference.

What is Product-Market-Fit and how to find it?

What is Product-Market-Fit and how to find it?

Building Teams: Fast, Great and Diverse

Building Teams: Fast, Great and Diverse

Venture Fundraising

Venture Fundraising

Scaling Sales and Operations

Scaling Sales and Operations

Building a Company the Non-VC Traditional Way

Building a Company the Non-VC Traditional Way

Who’s Building Momentum?

Who’s Building Momentum?


Keynote Speaker
Founder and CEO, Blavity, Inc.
Founder and CEO, Chipper
Cofounder and CEO, Clerkie
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Entertainment Studios
Founder and CEO, TAGit
Cofounder and CEO, Wild Earth
Founder and CEO, La Monarca Bakery
Cofounder and CEO, super{set} startup studio
Managing Partner, RareBreed Ventures
Cofounder and VP of Product, CareMessage
Founder and CEO, Sugar
Founder and CEO, Founder Gym
Cofounder and COO, Nova Credit
Cofounder and CEO, Career Karma, Inc
Founding Partner, Chingona Ventures
Founding Managing Partner, Pear VC
Founder and Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures
Cofounder and CEO, Squire
Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Founder and CEO, Beautyocracy
Founder and CEO, Clase Azul
Cofounder and COO, PayJoy
The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford GSB
Early-stage Investor, Pareta Ventures
Cofounder, Kabam
Managing Director, Emerson Collective
Lecturer in Management, Stanford GSB
Founder and CEO, Rocket Lawyer
Founder and CEO, RUNWAY
Partner, Lux Capital
Cofounder and CEO, Praxis Labs
Founder and CEO, VRT Management Group
Founder and Strategic Advisor, Agile Sourcing Partners
Cofounder and Managing Partner, Harlem Capital
Cofounder and CEO, ZeroStorefront
Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford GSB

Advisory Board

Cofounder, Access Distributed
Interim CEO, Latino Business Action Network (LBAN)
Julkowski (they/them)
Managing Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)
MBA Candidate, Class of 2021 Founder and CEO, Beautyocracy
Cofounder and COO, PayJoy
MBA Candidate, Class of 2021 VC Fellow, PayPal Ventures
Head of U.S. Startup Developer Ecosystem, Google
Cofounder and CEO, ZeroStorefront