The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that its New York and San Francisco regional offices will co-host a virtual event discussing the experiences of tech entrepreneurs of color when raising capital for businesses. The event will be on April 27, 2021, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. ET and is free to the public via live webcast.
The first panel will feature Martha Legg Miller and Sebastian Gomez Abero of the SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital, as well as Jennifer Zepralka from the SEC’s Office of Small Business Policy in the Division of Corporation Finance. The panel will discuss current capital raising rules, including crowdfunding, as well as other regulatory changes and issues under consideration.
The second panel includes a dynamic group of tech founders and funders who will share their experiences, insights and successes in launching and growing new businesses. The panelists, Ramona Ortega, founder of My Money My Future; Brittany Davis, general partner at Backstage Capital; Brian Dixon, partner at Kapor Capital; and Kameale Terry, co-founder and CEO of ChargerHelp!, will discuss the challenges facing entrepreneurs of color when raising capital for their businesses and ways to increase access to capital. Please see the Eventbrite invitation for more information about the event.
“Navigating the regulatory landscape when raising capital can be challenging for new businesses,” said Erin Schneider, Director of the SEC’s San Francisco Regional Office. “The goal of this program is to help business founders understand the resources the SEC provides.”
Richard Best, Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office said, “We look forward to hearing from the accomplished panelists about their many successes and challenges when raising capital, including how the COVID pandemic has altered the landscape for startup tech companies.”
To take part, go to SEC.gov between 4 and 5:30 p.m. ET on April 27, 2021, and click the Eventbrite link on the home page. Pre-registration is not required. Participants can submit questions for the speakers before the event by emailing SECNYOutreach@sec.gov.
Members of the public are encouraged to share information about this worthwhile event with family and friends.