In the U.S., immigrant and working-class populations struggle to get insurance because they don’t have an insurance history, credit score, or live in the “wrong ZIP code.” So I decided to build an inclusive car insurance provider for these communities by providing affordable access to auto insurance.
— Nestor Solari, Co-Founder of Sigo

Nestor Solari, Co-Founder of Sigo

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Meet Nestor, Co-Founder of Sigo, a mobile-first inclusive car insurance platform focused on providing immigrants and the working class affordable access to auto…


We wanted to address the abysmal funding gap for women and people of color. When investigating the huge disparity and roadblocks in funding, we found that access to a network is often a big part of the puzzle. Most people are not born into Silicon Valley and don’t have an expansive network where they can just call on friends and family and then raise a huge seed round. We created Envision to democratize access to the resources that get founders from 0 to 1.
— Eliana Berger, Co-Founder of Envision Accelerator

Eliana Berger, Co-Founder of Envision Accelerator

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders…


We have previously shared our perspective on the question “Who could make a great Visible Hands fellow?” (If you haven’t read about our personas yet, you can check them out here). In that piece, and on many other occasions, our team has expressed that we are aiming to look beyond traditional indicators of talent when selecting our inaugural cohort.

In VC, pattern-matching is pervasive. It is common for investors (intentionally or not) to favor founders who are similar to other successful founders. Alumni affiliation, geography, and one’s gender and racial identities are all factors at play here.

As Daniel Applewhite…


Be patient. Everything is not what it seems. A lot of first-time founders dream about the idea of immediately shooting up to 1000-kilowatt success, but it takes grit, confidence, and patience for things to fall into place.
Kristina Liburd, Co-Founder of Viageur

Meet Kristina, Co-Founder of Viageur, an AI travel tool that aims to help cities safely rebuild their travel economy. She is an inspiring go-getter with a mission to redefine traveling post-COVID. We sat down with her for a conversation about her journey; read below to learn more.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey leading up to Viageur.

First and foremost…


Despite being very fortunate to live quite a privileged and international life, I grew up seeing these financial struggles. Throughout my work, my driving force has always been about solving problems in the Philippines and helping to improve lives for Filipinos both abroad and at home. Without my Filipino auntie or my Filipino family, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Rebecca Kersch, Founder of TANG app

Rebecca Kersch, Founder of TANG app

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Meet Rebecca, Founder of TANG app, an international…


To have someone say, “I’m gonna write your first check,” to you is one of the greatest feelings no matter the size, but it will never replace the check you write for yourself when giving yourself a chance. We need support, no doubt but even if that idea didn’t work out, even if things failed, it really doesn’t matter if you have mustered the courage to create and that’s meaningful in itself.
Kyra Peralte, Co-Founder of Roofheads; Creator of Paragoo Games and The Traveling Diary Tour

Kyra Peralte, Co-Founder of Roofheads; Creator of Paragoo Games and The Traveling Diary Tour

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and…


The most common reason startups don’t work is that the co-founding team breaks up. You want to find someone who has the same set of values as you, someone who is going to put the same amount of effort as you, and someone who has a skillset that is complementary to your own. I was lucky to find all of those things.
— Ablorde Ashigbi, Co-Founder of 4Degrees

Ablorde Ashigbi, Co-Founder of 4Degrees

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Ablorde Ashigbi is the Co-Founder of 4Degrees; an…


Thinking about applying? Let’s cover the basics.

What is Visible Hands?

Visible Hands is a pre-seed investment fund with a fellowship program supporting underrepresented talent in finding their co-founding teams and building venture-backed, technology-driven startups. Through this fellowship, Visible Hands provides investments of up to $200k, company building-services, and access to a national network of industry experts, founders, and investors.

At Visible Hands, we evaluate individuals rather than ideas, teams, or companies. We look for skilled, ambitious, and high-potential people who are ready to take the leap into entrepreneurship, whether or not they already have an idea or prototype.

Visible Hands’ vision is to…


You’ve got to put it out there — that’s the only way you’ll make progress. A lot of people put together pretty decks and surveys from their computer, but you’ve got to get out into the world or you won’t see the results.
Lillian Cartwright, Co-Founder of ShelfLife

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Having recently graduated from Harvard Business School, Lillian is the Co-Founder of ShelfLife — a software-enabled marketplace connecting emerging food and beverage brands to prominent ingredients and…


A few months back, we created personas for our team to use internally — three distinct archetypes of founders, based on conversations that we had with both active and aspiring entrepreneurs. These personas were not created to act as an assessment tool, but rather as a way for our team to document our perspective around the question: Who could make a great Visible Hands fellow?

At Visible Hands, we believe that great entrepreneurs are all around us — we just must choose to see them. …

Visible Hands

Visible Hands is a VC fund with a 14-week, virtual-first fellowship program that supports overlooked talent in building technology startups by providing company

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