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The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) will kick off the 3rd Annual “Women of Color Connecting” summit next week, bringing together entrepreneurs, allies, and the investors who support their businesses to build paths to financial success.

Black and Latinx entrepreneurs typically attract significantly less seed capital than traditional startups. The Women of Color Connecting initiative is addressing this challenge with its vision to attract $1 billion in new wealth within 10 years.

WOCCON 2021 will take place online from March 11 to March 25 and feature insights from Women of Color entrepreneurs, discussions about allyship, thematically organized roundtable discussions, relationship-building sessions, and targeted introduction and networking opportunities. A new mobile app will allow attendees to connect with one another, visit the virtual exhibitor booth, and more.

“Bringing together Women of Color entrepreneurs and the allies, champions, and investors who want to support them is the driving force behind the WOCCON 2021,” said Jill Johnson, CEO of IFEL.

“We are coalescing an amazing group of people who will be acting with intentionality to open doors for Women of Color entrepreneurs. The message to these amazing entrepreneurs and founders is that we are here for you,” Johnson said.

WOCCON 2021 attendees will include Women of Color entrepreneurs with demonstrated traction and scalable potential; champions and allies who value inclusion and have the power to open doors; investors interested in leveraging diversity to achieve the highest returns; business professionals willing to contribute expertise to Women of Color entrepreneurs; and venture capital/private equity investors who want to build an inclusive network.

Visit to see the complete WOCCON 2021 agenda, guest speakers and to obtain sponsorship or registration information.

IFEL is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. Its mission is to eradicate the barriers that prevent entrepreneurs of color from being able to access the knowledge, networks, and capital required for business success. To learn more about IFEL, visit