The WHERE’S THE FUNDING? podcast demystifies entrepreneurship and the fog around funding for Black and other underserved entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs share their entrepreneurship journeys, fundraising experiences, and success connecting to capital to inform, motivate, and inspire other entrepreneurs on a similar journey. WTF? features interviews with investors, people who work in corporate philanthropy, grant-making, marketing, and public relations (PR). Listeners gain practical strategies, tips and actionable advice for securing funding, insights into successful fundraising strategies, guidance on navigating the funding landscape, building resilience as an entrepreneur and marketing and PR strategies to get your business seen, attract customers and generate revenues!


June 2, 2023 29 mins

How I Bootstrapped a Luxury Jet Business with Michael Darko S7 Ep. 6

Michael Darko is the founder & CEO of Farringdon Jets, The Worlds Most

Security Focused Jet Charter Company. After becoming familiar with the needs of High- and Ultra-High-Net-Worth-Individuals through his international career in property and offshore wealth management, Michael decided to merge his experience and network with his lifelong passion for aviatio...

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Be Hungry But Not Thirsty When Pitching VCs with Arlan Hamilton S7 Ep. 5

Seven years ago she was broke and sleeping on the airport floor. Now she is a successful investor, entrepreneur, and author..

Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital, Runner and author of Its About Damn Time published well before singer Lizzos popular song by the same name. Backstage Capital is a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding dispariti...

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Scaling Black Beauty with Leslie Roberson S7 Ep. 4

The US beauty industry is worth about $60 billion and spending on beauty is robust among Black Americans, a diverse and growing group of 41 million people with increasing spending power. In 2021, they spent $6.6 billion on beauty. However, Black brands make up only 2.5 percent of revenue in the beauty industry and Black consumers are responsible for 11.1 percent of total beauty ...

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Investing in BIPOC Founders and Normalizing Black Wealth with Danielle Shoots S7 Ep. 3

Danielle Shoots is the Managing Partner and Managing Director of the New Community Transformation Fund a $50 million equity venture capital fund for BIPOC founders in Denver. She is also President and CEO of Wealth Equity Enterprises, her holdings company, which owns several businesses that support the mission of building BIPOC wealth and lead...

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Pull Up and Pitch to Win with Omi Bell S7. Ep. 2

She dabbled in all sorts of ventures such as building a tent in her living room to rent on AirBnB, building furniture, owning a t-shirt company and a print shop before she started Black Girl Ventures. Stick around to hear how this system disruptor moves ideas to profit while empowering people to live more authentically.

Shelly Omild Bell ("Omi" Bell) She was named one of the To...

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OMG Milestone Season with Michelle McKenzie S7 Ep.1

Hey WTF? Podcast listeners! If you are new here, welcome. If you have been rocking with me for a while, thank you for being here!

Its been three years of podcasting and before the end of this season I will hit the 100th episode mark! Stay tuned to see what it will be about and make sure to check out all of the wonderful episodes coming up this season!

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Changing the Funding Ecosystem for Afropreneurs with Fernando Cabral S6 Ep. 12

If you are an early-stage Black founder, keep listening to learn how to survive your first 24 months as a startup entrepreneur.

Fernando Cabral is the co-founder of Djassi Africa, which invests in African tech-enabled startups and ecosystem builders by providing world-class expertise, operational support, and access to a global network to help thes...

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5 Fundability Factors for Building Small Business Credit with Jonathan Fodera S6 Ep.11

If you are a small business owner, lean in and keep listening to hear more about how to structure your business to qualify for SBA and commercial bank credit for your business.

My guest is the President of Integrated Business Financing, and the host of the podcast Create Success Out Of iFailure. Jonathan Fodera has been in business financi...

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Strategies to Standout on Social Media, Market and Increase Revenues with Danielle Jeter S6 Ep.9

Danielle P. Jeter has been quoted in over 20 national publications for her ability to advocate, inspire, lead, and build community. Her relentless pursuit of storytelling has culminated in hundreds of media features for her clients and partners!

Danielle is a dynamic storyteller and an award-winning travelpreneur. Her 13 years of ...

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How I Show Up as Woman in a Male Dominated Industry with Vava Angwenyi S6 Ep.8

How much do you know about your coffee before it comes out of your Keurig coffee machine or handed to you by the barista at your favorite coffee shop?

We hardly have any stories told by the coffee producer or the person living in that country and experiencing all the emotions that go with working in the coffee industry, from the growing of the coff...

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How to Win Business Grants with the Grant Lady Danita Doleman S6 Ep. 7

My guest is known as the Grant Lady. If you want to learn how to win grants for your business or nonprofit, break out your notebook and pen, tablet, or the notes app on your phone, sit in a quiet place and listen. Oh, and you can write a review and thank me later!

Danita C. Doleman has over 20 years of business experience and grants consulting. Recognizing...

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6 Characteristics of a Valued Business with Kevin Valley S6 Ep. 6

How do you know if you are building a business that is valued or investible? Keep listening to learn the 6 criteria for building a valuable business from Kevin Valley, host of The Value podcast who is helping entrepreneurs structure and grow successful businesses that can attract investment.

Kevin Valley is incredibly passionate about the development of entrepr...

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5 Ways to Improve Your PR and Business Communication with Phoenix Jackson S6 Ep. 5

Do you need some results-based tips and strategies to help you level up your PR and business communication? Stick around! By the end of this episode, you will learn a few strategies that you can implement right away.

My guest is Phoenix Jackson. Phoenix is the Founder of Phoenix Affect, a 17-year-old global public relations, communications, and...

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I Am the Big Deal: Fundraising and Entrepreneurship Lesson Learned with Kadion Preston S6 Ep. 4

If you are an immigrant like me, do you ever close your eyes and dream of some of your favorite foods from your home country? Caribbshopper turned that dream into a reality for people in the Caribbean diaspora when it launched in 2021. Listen to this episode to hear the Caribshopper founders fundraising and entrepreneurship journey an...

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5 Things Women of Color Should Do to Improve Their Access to Capital with Adeola Adejobi S6 Ep. 3

As women, we know its true. Women more broadly, women of color in particular and Black women especially have less access to capital and face compounded intersectional challenges in business.. One of the many hurdles is capital access for women of color and Black women in particular. My guest started the Women of Color and Capital Co...

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Growing from Zero to One with Drew Glover S6 Ep. 2

If you are struggling to find the right marketing strategy for your business or with figuring out which are the right hires to get your company to the next stage, keep listening. My guest will ube discussing what makes a hstrong go-to-market strategy and how to build a team from zero to one and beyond.

Drew Glover is a founding Partner of Fiat Growth and a General Partner at ...

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Hey WTF? Podcast listeners! If you are new here, welcome and if you have been rocking with me for a while, well, its been too long since I did a solo episode, so, here we are!

I have been at this podcast for a little while now and I am taking stock of what I can do better to serve your needs as listeners. Please complete this survey to let me know how I can improve the show and better serve your needs as listeners.

From now o...

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How Foundation and Government Grants Stifle Social Innovation with Linc Kroeger S5 Ep.12

Linc Kroeger is the President of Knight Moves, a limiting profit company creating the next generation of elite technology professionals through extensive training

in technology disciplines, with an intentional focus on including Native Americans,

and rural, and urban underserved communities. His passion for fighting social inequality led ...

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Beauty Entrepreneurs Shares How She Caught Beypnces Attention + How She Wins Grants to Fund Her Business with Ezinne Iroanya S5 Ep. 11

Ezinne Iroanya is the CEO of SKNMUSE, a premium beauty brand championing Inclusivity and Sustainability in luxury. She comes with over a decade of experience working for brands like Lancome, and Dior. For her, beauty is culture and she believes everyone, especially black women, deserves to have an au...

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What you Need to Know About Black Philanthropy and How to Benefit From It with Dr. Jackie Copeland S5 Ep. 10

Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland has been laying tracks for the narrative on Black Philanthropy for over 20 years. With the support of Reunity, formerly the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network, Black Philanthropy Month launched in 2001 with its first official global summit to commemorate the United Nations Year and Decade of ...

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