Intentionality investing in founders from diverse backgrounds while making outsized returns is not mutually exclusive. To us, investing in diversity means investing in the future of entrepreneurship.

WHAT WE DO

Paradigm supports amazing founders with diverse backgrounds by creating a robust, inclusive and authentic ecosystem of mentors and funders to help grow the next generation of entrepreneurs.

FOR ENTREPRENEURS

The entrepreneurial grind can be grueling…  We are community first and authentically inclusive.

FOR INVESTORS

We are building a national network of idea-stage and early stage entrepreneurs.  Join the Paradigm network as an investment partner.

FOR PARTNERS

As a mentor, partner or supporter, there are several ways to build with Paradigm.

OUR WORK

Paradigm is an entrepreneur education and consulting firm based in Washington DC. Paradigm’s mission is to develop scalable models that deliver support services to idea-stage, early-stage, and established entrepreneurs of color. The work we do is focused on de-risking businesses, increasing survival rates and facilitating capital readiness. In addition to curriculum development, program management and consulting, Paradigm helps to conceptualize, build and operate inclusive ecosystems that help improve outcomes for entrepreneurs.

WHY PARADIGM?

There are serious inefficiencies in deploying seed capital to early stage startups founded by entrepreneurs of color.

for example:

Capital is concentrated on demographic and geographic lines…

…but a broader market clearly exists…

99%

of venture funding goes to non-people of color.

77%

of VC funding is concentrated in 3 states.

1/3

of new entrepreneurs are people of color.

$2.4T

is spent annually by consumers of color.