Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in companies led by women, people of color, and LGBTQ founders.

Founded in 2015, Backstage Capital is an investment firm that is based in Los Angeles, California. The firm invests in startup founders who identify as a woman, person of color and/or LGBTQ. Its accelerator is a 3-month program designed to give founders the support they need to reach their next critical milestone.

The Backstage Studio

Backstage Capital's accelerator, The Backstage Studio, is a startup accelerator supporting companies led by women, people of color and LGBTQ founders with locations in Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and London.

Investment

Backstage Capital's investments include Aquaai, Seed&Spark, BeVisible, Drop, Airfordable, Weav, Blendoor, Bandwagon, NailSnaps, Kairos, Laugh.ly and O.School.

Timeline

March 20, 2019

Backstage Capital Shakes Up Its Management Structure

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Filament(IoT)

Filament(IoT) is a Reno, Nevada-based internet of things company founded by Allison Clift-Jennings, Sally Carson and Jeremie Miller.

SHYFT Power Solutions is a San Francisco-based developer of IoT and integrated software solutions to conenct and manage distributed energy resources.

Thesis Couture is a footwear company.

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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Amiah Sheppard

Partner, Los Angeles

Amrit Richmond

Ecosystem

Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis

Special Projects

Andy Davis

Partner, London

Arlan Hamilton

Founder and Managing Partner

Brittany Davis

Principal

Bryan Launders

COO

Chacho Valadez

Associate

Christie Pitts

General Partner and CEO

Del Johnson

Partner, New York City

Greer Engonga

Partner, Los Angeles

Monica Wheat

Partner, Detroit

Sarah Smith

Operations and Marketing

Tapan Kataria

Partner, Detroit

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Backstage Capital's $36 million fund is taking longer to raise than expected

Megan Rose Dickey

Web

March 19, 2019

The Hype Has Always Been Ahead of Arlan Hamilton, and It Finally Caught Up

Kimberly Weisul

Web

March 20, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Date
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Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Natasha Mascarenhas
June 2, 2020
TechCrunch
As protests against police brutality and economic manifestations of systemic racism in the U.S. continue, venture capital firms are joining the chorus of technology industry advocates lending their support to the cause. For the past three days, technology company executives and the investors who backed them have issued statements of support for the protests and [...]
Allana Akhtar
October 8, 2019
Business Insider
We named Hamilton one of our 100 People Transforming Business for shaking up the VC world by investing only in underrepresented founders.

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