About

Tech Funding Equity is a project developed within the Aspen Tech Policy Hub from January 2 -  March 13, 2020.  Fellows of this program are technologists who embark on a 10-week journey to learn and apply the policy making process. By the end of the program, fellows produce policy and advocacy outputs that can help solve a well-scoped policy problem.

 

The policy problem we set out to solve is: How might we close the early stage funding gap for under-represented tech startup founders? Our solution is twofold:

 

1) Address the systemic racism put in place during the Great Depression; namely, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) definition of "accredited investor." This can help put an end discriminatory barriers to capital formation and wealth creation based on unfair and unproven assumptions.

 

2) Increase funding to underrepresented founders and fund managers with the Opportunity Pledge to Accelerate Equity in Startup Opportunities. This pledge offers a framework for sustained effort and lasting change.

 
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Project Leadership

The Tech Funding Equity project was launched by Aspen Tech Policy Hub Fellow (Winter 2020), Mariah LichtensternAttorney and American Leadership Forum Fellow, Chris Russell, Partner at Stoel Rives,is the Project Mentor.

Key Advocates

Mariah Lichtenstern
Mariah Lichtenstern

Founding Partner, DiverseCity Ventures

Chris Russell
Chris Russell

Corporate Attorney / Project Mentor

Elizabeth Carter, Esq
Elizabeth Carter, Esq

Securities & Crowdfunding Attorney

Cameron Law
Cameron Law

Executive Director, CSUS Carleson Center | Venture Partner, DiverseCity Ventures

Sheena Franklin
Sheena Franklin

Founder & CEO, K'ept Health | Government Relations & Political Affairs Consultant

Cheryl Beninga
Cheryl Beninga

Co-Founder, FourthWave Accelerator | Venture Partner, DiverseCity Ventures (formerly at Intel Capital and American River Ventures)

Ramona Ortega
Ramona Ortega

CEO, Mi Dinero Mi Futuro (My Money My Future) | Securities Attorney

 

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