We invest in early stage startups that close gaps of access for all.

Kapor Capital is an Oakland-based venture capital firm that invests in industry-transforming startups. We redefine what venture capital is capable of by prioritizing a new outcome: a more fair, just, and equitable society for low income communities and underrepresented communities of color.

A quick look at Kapor Capital

$106M
Invested in technology-driven companies with gap-closing solutions
170+
Portfolio companies
62%
Founders identifying as underrepresented people of color and / or women
60+
Students who have graduated from Kapor Capital Fellows program since 2011

Inclusion makes dollars and sense

We believe that your economic future shouldn’t be determined by who you know or the zip code you live in.
We support founding teams from all walks of life who want to make a difference in their chosen communities.

34%
of first-time investments in racially underrepresented founders
38%
of first-time investments in woman-identifying founders
Irma Olguin Jr.
CEO & Co-Founder of Bitwise Industries
Elevating underdog cities by activating human potential for the technology industry.
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
CEO & Co-Founder of Promise
Providing flexibility in payments for people who can’t cover their whole water or electricity bill at once.
Kristy Kim
CEO & Founder of TomoCredit
Building a better credit system by offering credit cards to Americans who are cash-rich but have been overlooked by traditional lenders because they have no credit score.
Ruben Harris
CEO & Co-Founder of Career Karma
Matching people with the right coding boot camps and providing them with support for the rest of their careers.
Olan Soremekun, MD MBA
CEO & Co-Founder of Cayaba Care
Reimagining how maternity and pediatric care is delivered in Medicaid, lower-income, and other communities.
Kerry Wang
CEO & Founder of Searchlight
Using science to help companies hire more top performers and diverse teams.
Nick Green
CEO & Co-Founder of Thrive Market
Making healthy living easy and affordable for every American family.
Lisa Gelobter
CEO & Co-Founder of tEQuitable
Helping users address issues of bias, discrimination, and harassment in the workplace.
Aline Lerner
CEO & Founder of interviewing.io
Helping engineers get hired based on their skills, not how they look on paper.
Donnel Baird
CEO & Co-Founder of BlocPower
Marketing and financing clean energy and energy efficiency projects in financially underserved communities.
Matthew Gross
CEO & Co-Founder of Newsela
Supercharging reading engagement and learning in every subject.
Kai Frazier
CEO & Co-Founder of Kai XR
Allowing kids to immerse themselves in new worlds and opportunities, through their smartphones.

Our ever-expanding portfolio features over 170+ startups creating new economic opportunities across every sector, including education, work, finance, justice, food, health and more.

We invest at the Pre-Seed, Seed, or Series-A stage for many reasons, not least of which is that we enjoy helping entrepreneurs establish their foundational social impact and diversity plans. Our portfolio companies commit to reporting on these accomplishments in their investor updates, which reinforces the link between business and diversification.

Are you a first-time founder?

If you’re a tech-based, early-stage startup motivated to improve the lives of people in underrepresented communities, you can submit a pitch.

We offer a number of tailored services to our founders

Exclusive Resources
& Training

We invest in people ops technology (POT), training programs, and resources that assist with mitigating bias in the employment life cycle (e.g. sourcing, hiring, promotion). We also host diversity and inclusion sessions to learn what works and what doesn’t.

Connecting Talent with Founders

We are always on the lookout for exceptional individuals to fill a multitude of job openings across our portfolio of over 178 groundbreaking startups. Join the talent network.

Establishing Goals & Additional Support

We assist with strategy, problem solving, growing the business, and fundraising. A core part of our engagement is helping our founders establish diversity and inclusion goals that are appropriate for their company’s funding stage, employee size, customer base, and core business.

“Our company has benefited tremendously from partnering with Kapor Capital – attending programming that is designed for founders, leveraging their in-house expertise to help shape our people/growth strategy, and tapping into the Human Resources network to fill our first critical hire.”

Olan Soremekun MD MBA | CEO,
Co-Founder, Cayaba Care

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