Addressing systemic barriers Black business owners may face in entrepreneurship.

Navigating Barriers

Acknowledging and addressing systemic barriers minority business owners may face in entrepreneurship.

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NAVIGATING BARRIERS

Navigating systemic barriers to entrepreneurship

Join Jewel Burks Solomon, Head of Google Startups in the US and Managing Partner of Collab Capital, as she explores how to anticipate and recognize barriers and bias as an entrepreneur and identifies tactics to overcome them in the funding ecosystem and in contract procurement.

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Lesson 1

Overcoming bias in the funding ecosystem.

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Lesson 2

Navigating barriers in procurement.

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Lesson 3

Building mental fortitude.

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About the workshop expert.

Jewel Burks Solomon
Head of Google Startups in the US

Jewel Burks Solomon is the Head of Google for Startups in the US. In this role, Jewel works to level the playing field for underrepresented startup founders and communities by connecting them with the best of Google’s products, people, and best practices. In addition to this role, Jewel also serves as Managing Partner at Collab Capital, an alternative investment fund she launched to close the funding gap for Black entrepreneurs. 

Prior to leading Google for Startups and Collab Capital, Jewel was Founder/CEO of Partpic, a startup that was acquired by Amazon in 2016, which streamlined the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision technology. After the acquisition of Partpic, Jewel became a product leader at Amazon’s Visual Search and AR team. She led the integration of Partpic’s technology and launched it as Amazon PartFinder in 2018 to the over 150M users of Amazon’s Mobile Shopping App.

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