On this episode of the Behind Her Empire podcast, hear from Nisha Dua, co-founder and general partner of BBG Ventures, a NYC-based seed fund investing in consumer tech startups with a focus on women and under-represented founders.

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Women entrepreneurs in Southern California are more likely to receive early-stage funding from the nation's top 100 VC firms than if they live elsewhere, according to an exclusive new look at a report on U.S. VC investment in diverse founders.

The report, previewed Wednesday at dot.LA's summit, was conducted by RateMyInvestor in partnership with Diversity VC. It looked at investments under $100 million made by the nation's 100 most active VC firms by deal numbers during 2018 and 2019. It also accounted for the "perceived" race and gender of founders, said Bennett Quintard, co-founder and COO of RateMyInvestor.

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Women entrepreneurs, especially those of color, don't have the same buy-in from investors as their male counterparts, but that shouldn't deter them. That's the advice of four women startup founders and investors during a panel on equity at The dot.LA Summit.

"We can't let the data stop us, especially as women," said Morgan DeBaun, founder and CEO of Blavity, who said she hit roadblocks six years ago when trying to get her media company geared toward Black millennials funded.

The panel, "Locked Out in Lockdown," also featuring Bonfire Ventures principal Jennifer Richard, Halogen Ventures General Partner Jesse Draper and Suma Wealth co-founder and CEO Beatriz Acevedo, explored the deep inequities that remain for women.

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