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Black, Female Funding Stories

Two of the 11 black, female founders who’ve raised more than $1 million in funding share their (frustrating, successful) journeys.

By 2012, when she founded her startup, Cheryl Contee had about as impressive as resume as you can muster. She had gone to one of the most elite private schools in Washington, D.C., and from there to Yale, where she studied ethics, politics, and economics. She then embarked upon a career in communications, social media, and brand management. She’d helped launch a prominent blog, Jack and Jill Politics, as well as a consultancy, Fission Strategy.

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