Meet Eli Velasquez, co-founder of the Investors of Color Network, an ecosystem of black and Latinx accredited investors working to close the racial funding gap in startup capital. Eli is a native of El Paso, TX, who shares the positive aspects of living in a border community, which are rarely mentioned in the media. Eli left El Paso to pursue higher education, initially becoming a mechanical engineer who transformed into a patent attorney after pursuing a Juris Doctor degree while working full time. After living in Boston and California for a number of years, he returned to El Paso to contribute to this vibrant community, but encountered obstacles that led him to become an entrepreneur. Since then, Eli has been involved in the startup ecosystem from the investment side. He shares his experience navigating a field dominated by white men, and encourages the Latinx community to step into an abundance mindset that can enable us to support each other, and share opportunities and resources with our Latinx network. Eli also offered tips we can implement to eventually become investors who can support entrepreneurs from our own Latinx community.
Some of the opportunities mentioned in this episode:
Investors of Color Network: https://www.investorsofcolor.com
Connect with Eli Velasquez: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eli-velasquez