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Monday, March 11 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Connecting founders of color to capital and community

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Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up (SU)³ [pronounced sue cubed] is an initiative designed to address the challenges in access to capital, social networks and expertise that founders of color encounter in growing their businesses. In Albuquerque, New Orleans and San Francisco, people of color are underrepresented as business owners. Evidence suggests that the low numbers are due not to the lack of entrepreneurs, or absence of viable business ideas, but rather to social and financial capital remaining amongst primarily white entrepreneurial networks. Without the expertise and coordinated efforts to meet the needs of entrepreneurs of color, cities are failing to benefit from the success and exponential impact on local innovation and wealth creation these founders stimulate.

(SU)³ cities are taking an ecosystem-approach to break down the barriers to capital, strengthen public policy and expand networks. In this session, local ecosystem builders from Albuquerque, New Orleans and San Francisco, as well as Living Cities’ (SU)³ leaders, will share how they are unlocking the resources and relationships in their entrepreneurial ecosystem to provide founders of color the resources they need to thrive.


Eleni Delimpaltadaki Janis

Chief of Capital Markets, NCRC
Eleni Delimpaltadaki Janis has joined NCRC as Chief Capital Markets Officer and Managing Director. Delimpaltadaki Janis is a social impact executive with an extensive record of success developing new business, large-scale programs and investment strategies for corporations, social... Read More →


TD Lowe

Partner, 42Phi Ventures
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Judith Dangerfield

Owner, MetroSource
An entrepreneur and owner of Metro-Source, LLC, a New Orleans-based consulting firm, Judith Williams Dangerfield has provided consultation to numerous local, state and national organizations and government entities across multiple subject matters including workforce development, small... Read More →
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Robin Brule

Chief Community Engagement Officer, Nusenda Credit Union
Currently, Robin serves as the Vice President of Community Relations and Assistant to the President at Nusenda Credit Union. In addition, Robin serves as an “executive on loan” from Nusenda to Mayor Richard J. Berry, City of Albuquerque, to help accelerate implementation and results... Read More →
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Elizabeth Reynoso

Assistant Director of Public Sector Innovation, Living Cities
Elizabeth joined Living Cities in June 2015 as Assistant Director of Public Sector Innovation.   She works on the development of public sector strategies to foster promising public practices and accelerate the uptake of innovation across the country.  Elizabeth served as the first... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am EDT