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Black Operator Ventures

Black Operator Ventures

  • Oakland, California, United States

  • Oakland, California

Stage

  • Early Stage, Seed

Type

  • Venture Capital

Description

Founded in 2021, Black Operator Ventures (Black Ops) is pioneering as the first venture capital fund managed entirely by a Black team of founders. Specializing in seed-stage investments in Black-led tech companies, Black Ops also participates in Series A and pre-seed rounds. The fund prioritizes resilient founders with unique market perspectives and a drive to excel in their sectors. Managed by partners with extensive operational backgrounds and expansive networks, Black Ops offers strategic support beyond capital, aiming to guide Black founders towards building billion-dollar companies, thus fostering unprecedented success within the entrepreneurial landscape.

Mission

Investment Criteria & Check Size:
We write checks up to $1.5 million and we typically lead Seed rounds. We also reserve a portion of our investment for follow-on funding in later rounds. We do limited pre-seed investments alongside trusted investors from our network.
Industry Focus:
Though we are generally sector agnostic, our team has a strong expertise and preference for software, tech, and tech-enabled companies. There are a few areas where we will not invest, including cryptocurrencies & NFTs, professional services & agencies, brick & mortar retail, physical spaces, food & beverages, gambling, and cannabis & tobacco.
Traction:
Your company should be post-product with some proof points around market acceptance. If you haven’t hit these milestones yet, you’re likely too early for us. But if you feel strongly that you’d be a good fit, feel free to explain that when you submit your pitch.
Geography:
We currently only invest in the United States and Canada. We cannot invest outside of these areas.

Beauty Investments #

  • 2

Primary Sector

  • Saas, Millennials, Employee Benefits, Consumer

Beauty Exits #

  • 0

Last Beauty Invest

  • TBD

BEAUTY PORTFOLIO

How to Apply?

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Criteria

Investment Criteria & Check Size:
We write checks up to $1.5 million and we typically lead Seed rounds. We also reserve a portion of our investment for follow-on funding in later rounds. We do limited pre-seed investments alongside trusted investors from our network.
Industry Focus:
Though we are generally sector agnostic, our team has a strong expertise and preference for software, tech, and tech-enabled companies. There are a few areas where we will not invest, including cryptocurrencies & NFTs, professional services & agencies, brick & mortar retail, physical spaces, food & beverages, gambling, and cannabis & tobacco.
Traction:
Your company should be post-product with some proof points around market acceptance. If you haven’t hit these milestones yet, you’re likely too early for us. But if you feel strongly that you’d be a good fit, feel free to explain that when you submit your pitch.
Geography:
We currently only invest in the United States and Canada. We cannot invest outside of these areas.

Resources Breakdown Funding Terms
  • $2.1M To $5M

  • N/A

Education
  • No
Accelerator
  • Type-No
  • Duration-No
Network
  • 4
1:1
  • Yes

IMPERATIVE: CULTURE & VALUES

Resilience
They’ve had setbacks and kept pushing forward.

Subject Matter Expertise:
They know their industry, their customer, and the problem they’re trying to solve better than anyone.

Conviction
They have an unwavering belief in their market, the opportunity, their team, and themselves.

Coachability
They can receive, evaluate, and rapidly act on feedback.

TBD

TBD

BEAUTY FUNDER FIT SCORE

Resources

Education

Accelerator

Network

1:1

3.35/10

*This score calculates the likelihood of any beauty brand getting funded by the investor. The score gives weights to number of beauty investments, recency of beauty investment, number of beauty exits, inclusivity inclination, resources offered, etc.

Inclusivity Investments %
  • 100.00%
Beauty Investments #
  • 2

Beauty Exits #
  • 0
Last Beauty Invest
  • TBD

LEAD DETAILS

Lead Contact

Sean Green

Title

General Partner

Twitter Handle

Black Operator Ventures

Contact

https://www.blackopsvc.com/reach-us

1(301)919-3260

JUMP CONCLUSION

Black Operator Ventures focuses on early-stage, Black-led tech companies in urban U.S. centers, iThey prefer collaborative funding, targeting tech-driven innovations in traditional industries and companies that address specific community needs.

Good Beauty Funder Fit for black-owned brands.

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