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Jason Towns    

Startup Investor & Award Winning Tech Diversity Advocate

Throughout his 18 year career, Jason Towns has successfully built and sold venture-backed startups and has advised or invested in dozens of brave entrepreneurs around the world. His work spans a number of industry verticals such as predictive analytics, big data, last mile delivery, crypto and enterprise mobile.

Today, he runs Groundwork, helping top seed stage startups from diverse backgrounds access capital, connections & strategic support while enabling seed investors to build stronger, more inclusive portfolios. He’s helped companies raise more than $17m in capital from seed stage through growth. Since 2014, valuations for companies he’s advised have risen more than 3x. His mission is to quietly and efficiently serve founders while driving capital & resources from the west into innovation ecosystems around the globe. Jason also serves as a Senior Advisor at the Millennial Policy Initiative’s Commission on the Future of Work.

Jason has also received numerous professional distinctions such as The Root's list of the 100 Most Influential African Americans, The Digital Diversity Network Change Agent Award, The Registry's 40 Under 40 in Silicon Valley, MIPAD’s 100 Most Influential People in the African Diaspora, and most recently Ebony Magazine’s 2017-2018 Power 100 list.

Speech Topics

Secrets To Getting Funded As A First Time Startup Entrepreneur

How Hip Hop Culture Inspires Entrepreneurs

The Business of Diversity. Why Creating an Inclusive Culture Makes Dollars... and Sense

Lose Until You Win. 5 Key Learnings from Setbacks in Life and Business

How Regions Can Build Stronger & More Inclusive Startup Ecosystems

Digital Detox. Finding Peace Within a 24/7 Connected Culture

The History of Global Black Entrepreneurship

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