2021 Atlanta Venture Capital: Looking Ahead

Who really changes the world?

Not government (not enough, anyway!). Founders. Founders create new innovation, jobs, and intergenerational wealth.

In December 2020, Valor closed just over $20 million on Fund 2, the Financial Inclusion Fund.

As we embark on Journey 2021, in the Southeast region and Atlanta,

  • Valor Fund 2 is the first seed-stage institutional Atlanta venture capital fund founded by a woman.
  • It’s the first institutional Atlanta venture capital firm with a codified approach to racial and gender inclusion.
  • The core team has experience in over 100 venture capital financings.
  • Goldman Sachs, Khosla, Felicis, Bessemer, Maveron and Initialized are among follow-on investors in Valor portfolio companies already. We’ll be growing our relationships with more best-in-class, inclusive firms who lead at Series A and B in the year ahead. Drop me a line if you want to get in the loop on next rounds from courageous Valor founders.

With 40% of the U.S. population in the Southeast, and the greatest density of founders and executives of color, Valor’s home is the heart of the briar patch where better technology is born.

But will it be funded? With Valor’s new fund, that answer is yes. Our home turf is where the founders and the issues grow tightly together. Intertwined with the pains of an unequal society are the solutions from informed founders.

Valor will lead between 7–9 seed rounds in 2021, with a check ranging from $500K-$1M in rounds typically $1M-$3M.

Our pipeline is swelling through our signature investor introduction platform for under-represented founders, Startup Runway. We’re more compelled than ever by the visions of overlooked, overachieving founders, especially after a horrifying year of COVID-19 ravaging many of our brightest and most beleaguered.

Growing a portfolio of courage and conviction

We’re looking for founders who’ve experienced a pain first-hand and are developing software to solve it right here in the Southeast. They are an inclusive team and know inclusion builds a first-class team for all time. In terms of stage, they have not yet had a seed equity round (first equity) and are looking for that elusive lead investor to bring a meaningful round together. That’s where we fit in. If you are this founder or you know this founder, let’s get to know each other.

Founding general partner @ValorVC in Atlanta