Launch With GS
Black and Latinx
Entrepreneur Cohort

A customized and virtual 8-week experience that provides an
opportunity to access the best of Goldman Sachs – from
industry experts to influential networks – while building
relationships with investors during the evolving business landscape.

Meet the 2020 Entrepreneur Cohort

We are excited to welcome a select group of founders and CEOs in the US who are building fast-growing companies at the forefront of innovation and technology.

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Cohort Highlights

1) Financial and Industry Expertise

Participate in virtual 1-on-1 and sector-specific workshops with specialists across investment banking, research and investing teams 

 

2) Influential Networks

Engage with the Launch With GS Advisory Council of leading investors, entrepreneurs and executives, in addition to Goldman Sachs’ network of Fortune 500 companies and investors  

 

3) Startup Resources

Pair with industry-leading startup experts for customized advice on topics ranging from legal considerations to cap table structure to marketing and branding  

 

4) Opportunity for Investment

Build relationships with Goldman Sachs investors for investment consideration and participate in an Investor Showcase with an invite-only investor audience 

 

5) Business Development

Explore opportunities to integrate your company’s product or service into relevant Goldman Sachs businesses  

 

6) High Impact Content

Participate in a virtual 8-week program, designed to accelerate growth while allowing you to maintain focus on what you do best as a founder – building your business

Eligibility
  • Black or Latinx Founder, CEO or President of all genders

  • Company based in the United States

  • 2020 projected annual run rate revenue of at least $1 million 

  • High growth, tech or tech-enabled companies across fintech, enterprise software, consumer and healthcare

  • Proven market opportunity and path to product-market fit     

 

Key Dates

Launch With GS Advisory Council

The Advisory Council includes leading investors, entrepreneurs and executives who are collaborating with us to narrow investing gaps while driving returns.  

Chris Bennett

Co-Founder and CEO of Wonderschool

Orlan Boston

Global Account Excellence & Innovation Leader and Global Life Sciences Client Service Partner of EY

Melissa Bradley

Managing Partner at 1863 Ventures

Caretha Coleman

Chairman of Dignity Community Care

Julia Collins

Founder of Planet FWD

Aaron Holiday

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of 645 Ventures

Charles Hudson

Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures

Marc Jones

Chairman, President, and CEO of Aeris Communications

Juan Martinez

Vice President & CFO of the Knight Foundation

Nathalie Molina Niño

President of O³

Marlon Nichols

Founder and Managing Partner of MaC Venture Capital

Steve Pamon

President & Chief Operating Officer of Parkwood Entertainment

Miriam Rivera

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Ulu Ventures

Malcolm Robinson

Founder of Montclair Capital Group

Jewel Burks Solomon

Managing Partner of Collab Capital and Head of Google for Startups in the US

Our Partners

Cooley
Red Antler

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FAQs

Is this an incubator or accelerator?

No. The Entrepreneur Cohort is not an incubator, accelerator or bootcamp. It is an opportunity to provide the best of Goldman to exceptional early stage Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, without interfering with what entrepreneurs do best – building great businesses. We want to serve as an advisor, and provide tools and resources to elevate their companies to the next level of growth. The 8-week Entrepreneur Cohort will feature a Goldman experience customized for each entrepreneur and virtual sessions.   

 

Why is the Cohort only for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs?

Grounded in our belief that diverse teams drive strong returns, Launch With GS is our $500 million investment strategy that aims to increase access to capital and facilitate connections for women, Black, Latinx and other diverse entrepreneurs and investors. In particular, we recognize that Black and Latinx entrepreneurs face significant and unique challenges in raising venture capital. With only 1% of venture dollars going to these teams, it is clear that these ideas are not getting the capital they deserve and need to grow. 

Does Goldman Sachs take equity in exchange for participation?

No. Goldman Sachs does not take equity in exchange for participation. We like to get to know founders early and have intentionally designed the Entrepreneur Cohort to facilitate deep engagement with our investing team. All companies accepted into the Entrepreneur Cohort will have the opportunity for an equity investment from Goldman.

Is there an opportunity for investment from Goldman Sachs?

Yes. Members of the Entrepreneur Cohort will be paired with Goldman investors for advising and investment consideration. Additionally, entrepreneurs will present at an Investor Showcase to an invite-only investor audience. Companies do not need to be actively raising capital in order to participate in the Cohort.

How is this different from 10,000 Small Businesses?

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is run out of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and helps small businesses across the U.S., including Puerto Rico and Washington DC, by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. 10,000 Small Businesses focuses on small businesses with revenues over $150,000 and a minimum of four employees and in operation for two or more years. Click here to learn more about 10,000 Small Businesses

The Launch With GS Entrepreneur Cohort focuses on high growth companies with a projected annual revenue run rate of at least $1 million. The Cohort is focused on companies that need significant capital investment to scale. 

What kind of companies are you looking for?

We are targeting companies with a projected annual revenue run rate of at least $1 million on the path to or having achieved product-market fit. We are focused on companies that are high growth, tech or tech-enabled across fintech, enterprise software, consumer and healthcare with a Black or Latinx Founder, CEO or President of all genders. Companies must be based in the United States. We are excited to partner with entrepreneurs on achieving their next stage of growth, and our capital and connections would be most beneficial to companies at the aforementioned stage or later.

Who will I engage with at Goldman Sachs?

The Cohort will engage with Goldman Sachs investors, investment bankers, equity research analysts, and other experts to help accelerate growth. Entrepreneurs will also have access to the Goldman Sachs network broadly, including the Launch With GS Advisory Council, venture capital investors, industry leaders and advisors, successful founders, and potential clients.