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Celebrate Black History Month with Founders Meeting Funds at Expert DOJO

February 28, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate Black History Month with Founders Meeting Funds at Expert DOJO

At Expert DOJO we believe in supporting great entrepreneurs to find their way forward to secure their series A round. In the Black founder community we still consider it a disgrace that only 1% of venture money goes to this community. The only way to change an unjust paradigm is to be a part of a better one. That is why we are calling out to angels and funds led by or focused on black founders. Join us as we arrange an evening where we take control of change.


  • 5 PM: Intro Networking
  • 5:30 PM: Investor fire side chat
  • 6 PM: 10 x 4 minute startup pitches to investors (SUBMIT PITCH DECK BELOW)
  • 7 PM: Casual networking over drinks (ALL STARTUPS AND INVESTORS)

For any questions, please email ajani@expertdojo.com. Click HERE to Reserve a free Ticket.

Sneak Peak of VCs Attending: 

  • Yves Louis-Jacques founded and served as Chief Executive Officer at The Door. He also served as Venture Partner at Backstage Capital. He’s a former management consultant and 500 Startups alum and holds a BBA from Howard University and an MPA from Columbia university. He is currently a partner at Aperture Venture Capital.
  • Bruce Hamilton is a General Partner at Mech Ventures, a venture capital firm for pop culture, and the Founder / CEO of Wing Zero Apps (formerly known as Doly). He is passionate about using his entrepreneur experience, aesthetics, marketing and creative background to develop numerous brands (Wing Zero Apps, CrwdBoost, Grey Label Co.) and help them scale. Bruce previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer at House of Glue, an art e-commerce brand. Prior to his founding Wing Zero Apps, he was the Founder & CEO of Samurai Entertainment, a talent management firm representing artists, producers and songwriters. Bruce also worked at Epic Records as an A&R where he worked with artists such as Travis Scott, Fifth Harmony, and several others.
  • Dontae Rayford – Advisor – Black Ops Ventures
  • Sean Green – General Partner- Black Ops Ventures

About Black Operator Ventures: Black Ops Ventures (Black Ops), founded in 2020, is the first venture capital fund of its kind, managed and led by an all-Black team of founders. Black Ops leads seed-stage investments in Black-led tech companies and may also co-invest in Series A rounds or at the pre-seed stage. Black Ops invests in founders who are resilient, have a unique perspective on their market and possess the conviction to win their space. Managed by partners with operator experience, vast networks, and the skills necessary to help scale companies, the fund provides more than capital. Black Ops provides a roadmap to success for Black founders, and aims to create the most billion-dollar valued companies ever founded by Black people. Find Black Ops Ventures on Twitter at @blackopsvc.


February 28, 2023
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Expert DOJO
395 Santa Monica Place, Unit 308
Santa Monica, CA United States