Keisha Knight Pulliam partners to invest in Black woman businesses
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 8/29/2019, 2:16 p.m.
Actress Keisha Knight Pulliam and Arian Simone have launched the Fearless Fund, which invests in women of color-led businesses seeking pre-seed, seed-level or series-A funding. The fund’s mission is to bridge the gap in venture capital funding for women of color founders who are building scalable, growth aggressive companies, reporters BlackBusiness.com.
Knight Pulliam is an actress and entrepreneur, who is the founder of a spice line called Keshia’s Kitchen, the “Kandidly Keshia” podcast, and a non-profit called the Kamp Kizzy Foundation. TV comedy fans will remember her as "Rudy" from "The Cosby Show." Simone is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, angel investor and marketing expert. She is also the best-selling author of several books, including “Fearless Faith + Hustle: 21 Day Devotional Journey” and “My Fabulous & Fearless Journey.”
Since its recent initiation, the Fearless Fund has hosted pitch competitions at Facebook headquarters and Spanx headquarters with brand partners such as Coca-Cola, UrbanSkinRX, Bumble and more. Early investors in the fund include actress and producer Marsai Martin (“Black-ish”), Atlanta OBGYN, Dr. Jacqueline Waters (“Married to Medicine”), Chattanooga VC fund, the JumpFund and other notable individual and institutional investors.
With a proven track record of molding successful startups and building an expansive network of top entertainers and business leaders, the Fearless Fund team is more than a source of capital infusion for the companies they invest in. In addition to a robust mentor program, the team is leveraging their network to build out an optional Celebrity Equity-Based Endorsement program for their portfolio companies.
This program aims to quickly scale companies by connecting them with celebrities for influencer marketing campaigns. Fearless Fund is proof that women of color are founding and growing businesses that drive strong returns for their investors while multiplying the number of women of color who are investors.