Meet 2021 Blueprint Investor Track

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In private email groups and small social circles, underrepresented investors share their stories. It often starts with a lack of representation that deems them lucky if they spot the right startup. The stories show that they face far more hardship raising money than their white counterparts, and ultimately, many decide to pass on investing.

These people represent the 3% Black and 3% Latinx in venture capital communities — a fraction compared to the 80% of investment partners who identify as white.

That’s why we brought back the Blueprint Investor Track.

Eight members of the 2020 Blueprint participants joined Dorm Room Fund as partners this year. Two of them, former track participants Jarrod Barnes and Chris Quaidoo, lead the track.

The investor series empowers Black, Latinx, and Native American students to find the “blueprint” they need to identify a strong venture. Students receive a curriculum, mentorship and access to the best investors in the business.

The cohort is made up of 57% male and 43% female, with 19 schools represented. Of the participants, 47% identify as Black, 43% as Latinx, and 10% as more than one race. The majority, 70%, hail from graduate programs, followed by 30% from undergraduate communities.

Let’s welcome the second cohort of the Blueprint Investor Track!

Chinasa T. Okolo

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Carolina Galdiz

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AJ Ervin

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Bruno Lulinski

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Alissa Del Toro

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Chris Ferrer

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Sophia Lugo

Sophia has previously worked in the Health Ventures Incubator at BGI Genomics (Shenzhen, China), the Boston Consulting Group, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sophia is most passionate about transforming health systems and democratizing access to biotechnologies. Fun fact: I spent two years studying flies biologically and two studying lobsters sociologically.

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David Okao

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Ike Okonkwo

Ike has worked for Harvard Business School as a case-writer, as well as a life-science researcher at the Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease. He is passionate about all things LatAm Tech & Healthcare. Fun fact: I’m an avid salsa dancer.

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Rod Figueroa

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Jasmyn Howell

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Florence Luna

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Mea-Lynn Wong

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Alec Zorrilla

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Zsika Phillip

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Juan Leal Trevino

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Tony Cueva Bravo

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Edmi Vazquez Ramos

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Ramy Kerdany

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Leonardo Girlando

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Christina Peña

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Tevin Singei

After graduating high school, I took two years of a break before joining college. During this period, besides pursuing work experience in consulting, banking, and non-profit work, I discovered and explored my interests in food and culture — I spent a few weeks in Chalbi Desert over December and that was an intriguing experience. In my free time, I typically go hiking while listening to either jazz or country music, which I guess explains my friends’ sentiments that I have a bad taste in music. Anyway, what I lack in artistic taste I make up for in culinary gourmet. Fun fact: My grandfather likes to introduce himself as an endangered species being one of the few unassimilated Suba, which I am too.

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Zach Thompson

Favorite cities are Cannes and Monaco in France. Hobbies include spin (indoor cycling), sports (football), cereal, and watch collecting.

Fun fact: I put a hole in my esophagus on my first day of college football practice.

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Thoba Grenville-Grey

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Ale Borda

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Alex Hunter

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Samson Berhane

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Aliyah Contreras

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Larissa Liburd

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This article first appeared on the DRF blog.

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