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Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital

  • Los Angeles, California, United States

  • Los Angeles, California

Stage

  • Early Stage, Seed

Type

  • Venture Capital

Description

Backstage Capital is a venture capital fund investing in the best startups led by underrepresented founders in the U.S. The firm was founded in 2015 by Arlan Hamilton and is headquartered in West Hollywood, California, United States.

Mission

We invest in overlooked and underestimated startups led by women, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+ founders in all industries. We invest in scalable, venture-backable startups whose founders live and breathe their product or service. We look for founders that are destined to be doing what they’re doing. This can be in a variety of industries or business models.

Beauty Investments #

  • 6

Primary Sector

  • Beauty

Beauty Exits #

  • 0

Last Beauty Invest

  • Feb, 2021-Healthy Roots Dolls- $1M

BEAUTY PORTFOLIO

How to Apply?

Fill out form https://backstagecapital.com/apply-2/

Criteria

Backstage Capital focuses on investing in companies led by underrepresented founders (women, people of color, and LGBTQ+). Most of these founders have been overlooked or underestimated, whereas, as Brittany Davis (General Partner) puts it, “We make it our intention to find these founders.”

We find founders who have good metrics, and we try to stay “industry agnostic,” meaning that we don’t want the industry to play a large role in our decision. We often discover these founders at their early stage and track them for a few years (often investing in them at least one round prior to presenting them to the syndicate), which means that when we present them to you, we’re confident that it’s a great investment opportunity.

Resources Breakdown Funding Terms
  • $25K to $40M

Education
  • No Mention
Accelerator
  • Type-No
  • Duration-No
Network
  • 153
1:1
  • Yes

IMPERATIVE: CULTURE & VALUES

Commitment

Confident

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

BEAUTY FUNDER FIT SCORE

Resources

Education

Accelerator

Network

1:1

7.45/10

Inclusivity Investments %
  • 86.27%
Beauty Investments #
  • 6

Beauty Exits #
  • 0
Last Beauty Invest
  • Feb, 2021-Healthy Roots Dolls- $1M

LEAD DETAILS

Lead Contact

Arlan Hamilton

Title

Founder, Managing Partner

LinkedIn

Twitter Handle

Backstage Capital

Contact

arlan@backstagecapital.com

+1 (832) 531-5684

JUMP CONCLUSION

Backstage Capital targets startups led by underrepresented founders, focusing on tech sectors like AI, healthcare, IT, and software, primarily in California and other innovation hubs such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. They invest at various stages and often co-invest rather than lead. Ideal candidates are diverse-led startups in tech-driven sectors with potential for social impact or innovative solutions.

Best Beauty Funder Fit.

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