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Today’s episode is a roundtable conversation inspired by Union Market’s new mural on Sixth St NE. The mural, designed by artist Brandan “BMike” Odums, features five local Black women who are founders and entrepreneurs from the Black Girl Ventures (BGV) network, an accelerator providing virtual communities for Black and Brown woman-identifying founders to access capital and capacity building in order to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship.
The mural is a continuation of BGV’s new partnership with Nike that aims at elevating Black and Brown woman-identifying Founders through the arts by shining a light on their work as community change agents. The piece itself features a few lines from the spoken word poem, “Entrepreneurship is a Boxing Match.” Written by BGV’s Founder and CEO Shelly Omilàdè Bell, the poem is read at the start of each BGV pitch competition.