Introducing: Overlooked Ventures

Founding partners: Janine Sickmeyer & Brandon Brooks (photo by Megan Leigh Barnard)

In 2020 alone, only 2.3% of all venture capital went to women founders and less than 1.0% to startups with a Black founder.

The Overlooked Journey

Overlooked Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on supporting and investing in early-stage companies with one or more historically ignored founders and provide them with capital, resources, and connections to scale their business. Filed as 506(c), Overlooked Ventures Fund I is $50MM pre-seed/seed-stage fund investing in 80–100 industry-agnostic startups in tech, tech-enabled, and D2C, with check sizes between $150–250K.

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Why overlooked?

  • 86% of VC funding in 2020 went to all-male founding teams (AllRaise)
  • Only 2.3% of women founders received venture funding in 2020 (HBR)
  • Investment in women founders dropped by 22% in 2020 (Crunchbase)
  • Only 0.67% of Black founders received funding in 2020 (Crunchbase)
  • Only 0.27% of total funding went to Black women and 0.37% went to Latinas in 2020 (ProjectDiane)
Sources: Crunchbase, ProjectDiane, HBR, AllRaise

Diverse funders will fund diverse founders

To change the game, we have to fight the odds and fund systemically marginalized founders when they need it most — from day one.

The Overlooked Advantage

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Janine Sickmeyer

Janine Sickmeyer

Founding Partner at Overlooked Ventures

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