London Tech Week launches EQL Pledge, its first ever global campaign to increase funding for underrepresented founders, including:
- people of colour
- the LGBTQIA+ community
- people with refugee status
- people from a lower socio-economic status
- people living with disability
As VCs and investors have made the backing of diverse founders a priority, the EQL Pledge will turn words into action.
About EQL Pledge
As VCs and investors struggle to put the brakes on funding disparities for founders from underrepresented backgrounds, EQL Pledge aims to help operate a pivot towards real representation.
Using London Tech Week as a backdrop, EQL Pledge will strive to secure a minimum of 20 pledges from VCs and investors by closing bell of the London Tech Week 2022 campus (17th June).
Opposite is the amount of money already secured!
Ready to join the pledge? Whether you are a VC/investor or an underrepresented founder, we need you to take action. Check out how below!
ARE YOU A VENTURE CAPITALIST?
Over the last year, VCs and Investors throughout the world have committed to make the backing of founders from diverse backgrounds a priority. But the reality remains that many investors struggle to achieve this industry goal.
EQL: Pledge is here to turn words into action. We call for VCs and investors to publicly pledge either a specific amount or percentage of their fund to underrepresented founders as we put the spotlight on such brilliant founders in search of funding.
ARE YOU AN UNDERREPRESENTED FOUNDER?
EQL Pledge is calling on underrepresented founders to load their pitch decks (or create one from a pre-built template) to a special EQL: Pledge gallery on Pitch.com, which will be shared with VCs to amplify the founders’ discoverability and visibility.
EQL Pledge Celebration
On 1st June, EQL Pledge will host an exclusive afternoon reception for a select group of supporters, founders and VCs.
We are thrilled to announce that Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State will host a panel discussion on the importance of the EQL Pledge to create a level playing field for founders from all backgrounds and on the vital shift needed for the tech sector to embrace diversity and inclusion as a force for progress and innovation.
We only have a handful of invitations available to the public. Apply below for a chance to be selected as part of our prize draw. Final deadline is 27 May 2022.
LIST OF PLEDGES - AS OF XX.XX.2022