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Investing globally in underrepresented founders

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Our Diverse Founders Initiative (DFI) ensures underrepresented founders across the world have access.

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“Our goal is to put capital in the hands of underrepresented founders.”
Antonio Key Director of Corporate Development and Venture Investor at Samsung Next

DFI guides the investments Samsung Next makes in best-in-class founders who are often hiding in plain sight—whether due to race/ethnicity, gender, religion, or geographic location.

For Founders

We aim to provide founders capital, and by doing so, connect them to the networks and resources to achieve their goals, and to scale leveraging the Samsung ecosystem.

We invite any founder, anywhere in the world to join our Next Global Innovators Directory. We pledge to review every submission and reference the directory often—whether it’s to identify large companies that may be good corporate partners, startups that are doing interesting work in one our primary focus areas, founders who may be a good candidate for our Diverse Founders Initiative, or for companies that we can highlight on Dispatch or Component.



We partner with organizations to work directly with underrepresented founders to expand networks and potential deal flow, and help them receive the resources and support they need.

Black Women Talk Tech

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Black Women Talk Tech is a collective of black women tech founders who have a unique understanding of the challenges we face and the advantages we bring in the industry.

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Culture Shift Labs

Culture Shift Labs is a diversity and innovation consultancy that provides services under three pillars: Advising, Strategy, and Activation.

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Techstars

The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed.

Resources

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