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Backstage Capital invests in the best underrepresented founders in the U.S. We believe that some of the most successful companies in the future will be founded by people who don’t look like the ones we currently see in the press and on the portfolio pages of other VC firms.

Maybe you didn’t go to Stanford (maybe you did!) Maybe you haven’t worked at Facebook. Maybe your startup isn’t in Silicon Valley. Maybe most VCs don’t understand the market you’re targeting because they’re not in it themselves. We think that you deserve a chance to be seen and considered for funding.

That’s why we have an open application process where any tech startup founder that identifies as a person of color, woman, or LGBTQ, is welcome to apply to be considered for funding.

Please know that we are only able to invest in a very small percentage of the talented founders that apply. We will do our best to reply to every application, but we can’t guarantee you’ll get personalized feedback if we decide not to pursue discussing funding your company at the time you apply.

If you think Backstage Capital is a good fit to help your startup succeed, we invite you to apply today.


How to Apply

  1. Click the “Apply Now” button below, and you’ll be taken to the GUST site.
  2. Complete the GUST application – answer as best you can. We encourage you to upload a deck if you have one.
  3. We review all applications and we’ll get in touch with you if there’s interest in learning more.
  4. You can update the information in GUST whenever you want. Be sure to make a note of your login info.

Thank you for your patience as we consider your startup.

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Great! We look forward to reviewing your application.

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