Seeing Latinx: Why Latinx founders deserve to be seen in the VC landscape

It’s no secret that the representation and support of Latinx founders in VC and entrepreneurship have been historically low.

A Note on Terminology

Growing Up Latinx

Education

From the Workplace to Entrepreneurship

Looking Forward

Summary of Recommendations

References

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