Startup Scaleup 2018 speaker: Diversity needed in entrepreneur ranks

Photo via Cleveland.com. Erin Horne McKinney, managing partner for inclusion at Jumpstart, left, interviews venture capitalist Monique Woodard.

Entrepreneurs who don’t look like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg often ask venture capitalist Monique Woodard if they will have a harder time getting funding because they are female, a person of color or older than 40.

“I say, you don’t have any choice, do you?” Woodard said Tuesday to an audience at Startup Scaleup, the fourth-annual business event for entrepreneurs. “You’re still going to be black, be a woman, be the age you are.”

Click here to read the complete article. Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer. Written by Julie Washington. Originally published June 26, 2018.

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