Keisha Knight Pulliam and Arian Simone have launched the Fearless Fund, which invests in women of colour-led businesses seeking pre-seed, seed level, or Series A funding.
Their mission is to bridge the gap in venture capital funding for women of colour founders who are building scalable, growth aggressive companies.
Actress and entrepreneur Keshia, best known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtabl, is the Founder of a spice line called Keshia’s Kitchen, the ‘Kandidly Keshia’ podcast, and a non-profit called ‘The Kamp Kizzy Foundation’.
Serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, angel investor, and marketing expert Arian who built up a PR firm from nothing that has worked on Sony and Universal films like Ride Along, Limitless, Hancock, and Quantum of Solace, 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 & 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 moulding successful start-ups 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 colour are founding and growing businesses that drive strong returns for their investors while multiplying the number of women of colour who are investors.