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Queering Venture Capital 🌈

In this episode of Nothing Ventured, I sat down with Christian Tooley, the founder of i³ investing, the first, and only, registered organisation in the U.K. and Europe solely dedicated to queering venture capital – for both LGBTQ+ founders & investors.

His ‘day’ job is at Bain & Company where he leads a team across EMEA for Bain’s Venture Ecosystem focussed on venture capital as a service. Christian is an Ada Ventures angel a fellow of the Newton Venture Program and was previously a scout with BACKED VC.

Here are three key takeaways from my conversation with Christian:

Intersectional Incredible Founders: Christian highlighted the importance of supporting intersectional incredible founders who bring a unique perspective and resilience to the entrepreneurial journey. How by focusing on diversity and inclusion, we can foster innovation and create a more equitable startup landscape.

Unlocking Queer Capital: Christian shared insights into how i3 Investing is partnering with Crunchbase to spotlight LGBTQ+ founders and provide them better access to capital. By creating a platform for queer entrepreneurs to connect with investors, Christian believes it is possible to begin to bridge the funding gap and support diverse businesses.

Historical Perspective on LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurship: Christian challenged the notion that LGBTQ+ entrepreneurship is a recent phenomenon, citing examples from ancient cultures where diverse gender roles and identities were accepted. By acknowledging the historical presence of queer individuals in entrepreneurship, it is possible to combat stereotypes and promote inclusivity in the startup community.

In this episode, we also talked about:

🤑 Taking the dusty world of consulting into the sexy world of venture.
🧑🏽‍💼 Whether you take the corporate out of corporate venturing.
💸 Angel investing with Ada Ventures in post product, pre revenue companies in the UK.
🏳️‍🌈 From the day job to the gay job – launching i³ investing
⚧️ Unlocking queer capital.
🙋🏽‍♀️ Defining Intersectional Incredible Founders.
🤝 Partnering with Crunchbase to put a spotlight on your diversity.

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