Building a company is difficult in itself. Building a company as a Black founder — a Black woman founder outside of Silicon Valley — only compounds entrepreneurial challenges.
Black people are often brought up to hear, “You have to be twice as good to get half as far. And unfortunately for Black women, it’s even more than that. The metrics for Black female entrepreneurs are widely known: receiving less than 1% of VC funding raised by startups, all while dealing with the effects of tech’s systemic racism issue. Entrepreneur and Resilia CEO Sevetri Wilson knows all too well about overcoming insurmountable odds, as a Black solo-founder from New Orleans who went on to raise $11M in venture capital funding. Despite the odds she has succeeded — and continues to succeed — in an industry where more often than not, people that look like her, are unable to beat the odds.